From DuClaw Brewing out of Baltimore Maryland comes their “Sweet Baby Jesus!” a chocolate peanut butter porter. The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of peanuts, chocolate, caramel and a creamy finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, earth and burnt coffee. The beer comes in at 6.2% alcohol with an IBU of 33. I do not like peanut butter cups so I was a bit trepidatious about this beer but it was unwarranted as this was awesome.
Commercial Description: First brewed in 2011, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.2% abv. Sweet Baby Jesus finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!
Stillwater Artisanal Ales out of Baltimore, Maryland is a gypsy brewer like many others out there. Their “Existent (American Farmhouse Ale)” is brewed at Dog Brewing Company out of Federal Hill, Maryland. This dark saison pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, malts, dark fruits, spices and caramel. The flavour is of dark fruits, Belgian yeasts, sweet, roasted malts, caramel and some hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.4%. This was a pretty good saison with a good flavour profile.
Commercial Description: Existent represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define..
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