Day 24 – Du Claw Brewery – Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

Day 24 - Du Claw Brewery - Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

Well, it has been quite a trip.  The beers have been good, bad, and decent overall.  I’ve enjoyed learning about the different styles, reading about the breweries, and hopefully helping you all understand a bit more about the beers and breweries.

This is the last post on this adventure.  I’ll continue to be blogging about the regular goings on in Beer in Winnipeg.  I’ve got some follow up interviews to do with the local folks opening as well as getting a chance to actually blog about their beers.  Looking quite forward to that.

I’m in Hawaii on Vacation and then some work until January. That’s why my posts have been wonky. So, I won’t be doing much or saying much after this except maybe the beers I’m enjoying going out on untappd.

I should also say it’s been just about a year since I’ve started this blog. I want to thank everyone for reading.  I really appreciate it and I hope I’ve been helpful at least in a little way.

So, the last beer is from Duclaw brewery and is called Sweet Baby Jesus.  It’s a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and sounds pretty tasty.

In 1996 Duclaw brewery opened its doors in Bel Air.  Within one year it had been dubbed Bel Air’s hippest establishment by a local newspaper. The founder, Dave Benfield, had one central pillar of his mission: to be cool.

Today, Dave and brew master Jim Wagner are the ones responsible for the wide array of craft beers made by Du Claw. Through the experimentation they have created over 35 unique beers and countless variations and blends.  They’ve got quite the write-up on their website, check it out.

Porters are a dark style of beer that was originally developed in London from well-hopped beers made with brown malt.  Originally this style of beer was created by mixing an old ale (stale or soured), a new ale (brown or pale ale) and a weak one (mild ale) to combine and create a new beer altogether than balanced the flavours and left a pleasing beer that was neither like the new nor the old.

Porters and Stouts are of the same stock.  In fact, when Guinness first launched its world renowned stout it was as a focus on the mass-production of Porter.  At the time there were two strengths of porters, either X or XX.  Stout at the time simply referred to a strong or robust ale, it has since developed due to the advent of coffee roasters and many of the malts that they could use to impart both colour and flavor, but originally this was its meaning.  Porters were part of this thread.

I’m ready to give it a try.

Rating:  81/100

Appearance: Jet black with a tan head about 1” that fades quickly leaving some lacing.
Smell:  Smells of chocolate and peanut butter. Roasted malt and some sweet caramel.
Taste:  Tastes like chocolate, peanut butter and some bready yeasty notes. It also has an alcohol warming and soft bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Very fine carbonation. Slightly bitter finish with alcohol warming.
Very tasty. Really lives to the name and is really quite delicious. Not outrageously sweet which is a plus and it is really nicely balanced with full flavours coming at you.
Do I like it: Yeah, it was rather tasty. I think it had a lot going for it.

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