Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by bamadog:
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Review is from notes taken on 8/15/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appeareance: Pour looks pretty nice - a nice deep dark, milk chocolatey brown; starts with a big 2 finger dark, creamy brown head; dark body, nearly opaque; decent carbonation is present near the sides of the glass; head fades to a decent and nearly complete cap; plenty of lacing left behind in thick curtains.
Smell: Lots of dark, burnt roastiness; some bittersweet chocolate; smooth, creamy, almost milky aspect.
Taste: Not too bad, a lot like the nose -- the dark, burnt roasty coffee flavors is out front; a bit of an earthy, bitter nuttiness as well; it's milky and creamy -- again, not too bad, but I'm not the biggest porter fan.
Mouthfeel: Pretty solid again, smooth, creamy; carbonation is soft, perhaps could be a bit sharper; a decent and thick coating is all over the mouth, almost drips off.
Overall: It'll do. I actually got the six pack because I'm making a brisket and I needed some beer to cook it in, but I'll be happy drinking the remaining three.
08-16-2012 00:28:41 | More by bamadog
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a deep ruby tinted brown with a tight one finger mocha colored head that was gone quite fast.Aromas of unsweetened chocolate and raw earthy nut with a touch of cookie dough.A porter on the drier side quite woody and earthy with big unsweetened cocoa flavors only a tad sweet.A nice smooth mouthfeel lends to the drinkabiltity along with its dryness,I think a very solid porter and likely food friendly to boot.
01-27-2006 02:17:45 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
The beer pours a deep, dark brown, topped with a fat, tan head. Good head retention, but no lacing. Nice aroma, thick with coffee and cocoa bittersweet maltiness. Some plum and piney hop notes. The first sip reveals a restrained coffee bittersweetness, moving elegantly into a moderately hopped, maltier finish. Notes of dark chocolate, carob, and some fig. Roasted malt takes precedence throughout, accented with cleanish ale fruitiness and restrained hopping. Mild carbonation, with a lightish medium body. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. A very drinkable brew for when you're in the mood for darker stuff. Milder and soothing.
12-29-2012 22:07:13 | More by ExtraStout
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):
First brewed on Bob Marley’s birthday? Well, isn’t that interesting. Moving on. A solid Porter all around, and an easygoing one at that. Subtle complexities pop up here and there. The sweetness certainly sets it apart from most Porters.
LOOK: Dark brown with edges of red, excellent lacing
SMELL: Brown malt, treacle, cacao nibs, toasted bread, over-caramelized raisins, hint of alcohol, chicory
TASTE: Very creamy, smooth, roasted twang, heavy raisin character, caramel, semisweet, cocoa powder, mild roast coffee, toasted husk, modest hopping, creamy finish
11-27-2013 18:15:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured nearly pitch black, but there is a bit of dark brown light emanating from the corners. Head is slightly off-white and not too big. Smell is sweet, probably from the malts, but there is a slight alcohol sweet aroma which is pleasant but not indicative of the actual ABV. Taste is relatively light and mainly dominated by a dark roasted smoky flavor. Not overly complex but nice in its simplicity. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but a bit thinner than most porters. Like most Sweetwater beers, this one is slightly light in the flavor department, but still possesses a good flavor profile. Thus, drinkability is good and these dont become overwhelming after a few.
01-27-2005 02:12:45 | More by blitz134
3/5 rDev -20%
Want to thank my sister and BIL for this bottle. Poured a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.
A-Was a dark brown apprerance with a light brown head that disaapeared quickly. Lacing was light
S - Sweet smell for a porter
T - Malty with a slight roast flavor smooth but underwhelming
M- a bit thin
O-not a bad drinker but nothing special. Very average in flavor. It is a beer that I could drink a couple with no problem but in the same respect would not seek it out.
05-14-2011 20:16:52 | More by rwinzing
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
Two fingers of fine foam, nearly all the way black. Hint of burnt sugar, milk chocolate and a hint of fruitiness in the nose. Deep smoothness even in this moderately sized body. Sweet malty palate, big mocha flavor that has more light chocolate in it than coffee. Just a hint of charcoal roastiness. Hops sting the taste buds slightly with bitterness and a faint herbal flavor. Sweet finish.
Tasty little porter here, a sipper due to the sweetness but a treat none the less.
11-29-2010 02:07:00 | More by Jason
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
Craft beer of the month delivered. 1 finger width froth dead. Dark brown appearance. Coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate. Medium to full body. Coffee taste with a dark bitter chocolate after taste. Coffee does overpower this one. Good with desert or as an after dinner.
02-24-2013 05:42:33 | More by Jeffwildcat
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
This Bob Marley tribute beer was served in pint glass at the brewery
Not a favorite style of this reviewer
A - opaque and nearly black but with noticeable brown coloration. Off-white head quickly turns to a top coat but leaves a nice coating on the glass as the liquid is drained.
S - caramel & roasted malt
T - rich; crisp for a porter; primary taste seems to be well-roasted malt
M - full; fairly smooth but with a very slight bite
11-09-2010 02:42:16 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +6.7%
On-tap at the brewery.
Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Hints of herbal hops are present and intensify slightly as the beer warms.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off before being tempered by slightly sweeter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Hints of earthy hops dry things out a bit near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I enjoyed this beer, a solid porter without any frills. This isn't quite in the upper tier but it's a good beer that's worth a shot.
03-28-2011 22:52:52 | More by glid02
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
My first impression is that this porter is on the lighter side of things. It's a yellowed mahogany with ruby highlights in the deepest areas. The head was khaki but left quickly and unimpressively.
The smell picks up the pace with handfuls of roasted grains that range from sugared cereal to coffee and chocolate. Sweet and enticing.
There is a similar flavor profile to the nose with the cereals and rosted grains obviously dominating. Chocolate flavors wan a bit letting a coffee bitterness come through. Not bad.
I'm not as impressed by the mouthfeel, it dips a few points from the flavor and gets thin for a porter. The carbonation is also very fine that makes the beer very slick which I find to be one of the finer points of the finish. This one ping pongs back and forth between really good and slightly above average. A tasty beer none the less and one that I'd easily have again.
12-27-2012 21:13:57 | More by jbphoto88
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
not my fav beer style...but ill give this a shot...
dark, appearance....not midnight dark but close...little to not head....
smells of roasted malt, and hops...with a decent amount of chocolate....
chocolate is really in the taste....then roasted malt...and a little bit of a hop taste....
silky mouthfeel...with a little more dryness than i would like to see...
drinkability is pretty good...although with any "meal in a bottle" it will leave you feeling pretty full....nice lacing too...
11-20-2010 00:53:28 | More by nickthegun12
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a stein. This beer is more than 18 months from its best by date, but given to me by a friend from Atlanta.
The beer pours a dark black with brownish hues and a thin head. I consider this pretty decent looking given the time that has passed.
The smell is initially hard to detect, but notes of coffee and chocolate emerge as do roasted malts. The taste is more of the same, with just a slight acidic bitterness. This is offset by sweet maltiness, creating a well-balanced brew.
The beer drinks smoothly apart from the acidity, which adds a slight roughness to the dry finish. Still, a good beer and one I enjoyed sipping while watching MNF.
10-08-2013 01:59:18 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.6/5 rDev -4%
Pours a dark brown almost black with a half of an inch of off white, brown head that's soft and dense with good retention. The nose smells of roasted malts and very faint cookie batter. The flavor offers some deep, roasted malts and a light sweetness up front followed by a light, smooth chocolaty finish with some subtle hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but medium bodied with little carbonation.
This is an easy to drink and ultimately enjoyable beer. It's lightly flavored and a bit thin. In the end it's underwhelming.
03-10-2012 20:14:32 | More by tdm168
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Its very dark mahogany brown body appears almost black in the glass, but reveals brilliant ruby and orange highlights when held to the light. It's slightly hazy, but it appears to be bottle conditioned based on the sediment left in the bottle; and the streams of very fine, effervescent bubbles that can be seen rising against the side of the glass would indicate that as well. The head is a solid inch and a half or more of densely creamy tan foam that holds well, slowly drops to a creamy surface covering, and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. Dark chocolate greets you in the nose with a touch of dark roast acidity, an evasive note of cocoa, and some background hops. The body is medium, but it's fairly dextrinous and it's delicate, effervescent carbonation leaves it nicely creamy in the mouth. The flavor is mainly of dark chocolate balanced by a modest bitterness that becomes more apparent in the finish, and leads to a lingering scortched-but-not-burnt caramel character. Occasional notes of cocoa, sweet caramel, and even some very mild dark fruit can be found but are fleeting. A really nice, straightforward porter that lacks a little bit in complexity, but makes up for it in drinkability!
08-14-2003 21:21:18 | More by NeroFiddled
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is pretty faint with some sweet and roasty notes. The taste like the aroma starts out with some sweet roasted malts with a dry chocolatey finish. The nose is pretty bland, would like to see some more in the aroma. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount if carbonation. Overall, Exodus Porter is a solid porter that is worth a try.
12-23-2010 03:47:01 | More by cjgator3
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a tulip glass. Almost black, half finger of tan head. Broken lacing.
Excellent smell of roasted malt, chocolate, tiny bit of burnt malt and a little hazelnut.
Clean tasting at first, lots of roasted malt in the middle, dark chocolate, finishes with a little burnt malt. Good profile and balance.
Crisp texture, medium body, moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and drinkable for anytime.
02-28-2012 23:48:18 | More by Fatehunter
Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
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