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Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter

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very good

327 Ratings

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2002)
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Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste: like it smells, not very big flavors or body

mouthfeel: medium bodied and light for a porter

drinkability: this is a pound it stout, sessionable body.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 20:15:52 | More by CampusCrew
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 22:52:52 | More by glid02
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 02:42:16 | More by chinchill
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Olde Hickory Tap Room
A: Dark brown to black in color with a minimal head and little lacing.
S: Roasted malts with a faint hop character.
T: Very much the same as the aroma with some coffee flavor.
M: Somewhat thick. Very porter like
D: A good porter to session.
I've heard rumors that Sweetwater is going to retire this beer. I will be very disappointed if they do as this is a very solid offering.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2006 06:22:55 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Bonhoeffer


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm. On tap at 5 Points Grill. Excellent porter. Nothing particularly unique, but it does what a porter should do and hits the mark. Dark. Intense. Roasted. Even a hint of something smoky. Rich.

So glad Sweetwater has so many on tap at 5 Points. Quite an oasis in a craft beer desert.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2005 16:26:29 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent porter that was found on special at the Town Pump in Black Mountain, NC. Very easy to drink and looks great. This one could definitely be for someone wanting to dive into some of the darker styles -- it will not turn them off. Another great beer from the people at Sweetwater.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2005 23:01:22 | More by Backer2004
Photo of John1985


3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC: It poured an opaque black with a small white head. Not much aroma, flavor had a medicinal, syrupy taste, with a brief bitter finish. Not that great but I had a cold at the time and will try one again and revise if necessary.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2005 16:42:37 | More by John1985
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer arrived at the table pitch black with a tall tan head which laced the glass.

The aroma was only slight and contained chocolate and a slight citrus that was very lemony.

The flavor was chocolate and that same citrus lemon flavor.

The finish was dry with chocolate and more citrus and then coffee in the final aftertaste. The body was medium.

It was a little tough to drink and the lemon citrus just wasn't well done to balance the malt.

Pint at The Bier Garden in Asheville, NC.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2004 14:11:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of purplehops


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exodus poured a deep opaque brown with a medium tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma was black malt, roasted barley, and chocolate. The taste started with french roast coffee flavors blended with chocolate and caramel malt flavors. The finish was dry with a nice balance of charcoal, chocolate, and some notes of citrus hops. The aftertaste was bitter chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel was medium with a smooth texture.
Overall a nice surprise for a southern U.S. beer. Having grown up in Georgia I never considered it "porter" country. Exodus was filling, pleasant, and enjoyable with a nice balance of bitter and sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2003 22:17:32 | More by purplehops
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 18:15:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"First brewed on Bob Marley's birthday, this legend-ary porter initially delivers distinct Irie hop notes which transcend into rich waves of chocolate malt, creating a multidimensional taste experience! Lively up yourself!". SweetWater finally gave this elusive beer full-time status in 2012 and discontinued it again in April 2013 amidst poor sales, despite a silver medal victory at the previous year's Great American Beer Festival. Exodus porter is brewed in the style of an American Porter.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a SweetWater pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium brown frothy head over a deep brown body with crimson highlights. Retention is average at best, lacing is very light and spotty. This beer doesn't have much appeal in it's appearance. 3

(Smell) Very forward chocolate nibs, hints of toffee, roasted barley, a pinch of oats and some vanilla. Balance is moderately sweet over bitter, with no notable astringencies. Medium potency. The aroma is very inviting and a sure winner for fans of sweet dessert porters, especially chocolate and caramel fans. 4.25

(Taste) The flavor thins out and much of the sweetness mellows out for a more rounded, lighter bodied porter than anticipated. Modest, dry cocoa notes with traces of caramel husk for a touch of body and character. Some bitter malts and earthy hops add a note of balanced bitterness. Despite being in the position of a beer with no defining stand-out flavors, it is well-balanced and highly drinkable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick, oily with a mild syrupy presence. Carbonation adds a subtle creaminess to the texture, as well as some fuzzy crispness. Balance is equally bitter over sweet, a touch more hop and malt prevalent than the average porter. Body is medium for a porter, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. I find the texture a bit indecisive on direction, although for a hoppier, huskier porter it works out better than expected. 3.75

(Overall) I'm a little saddened that this beer only came to market for a little over a year before SweetWater pulled the plug on it. Porters are largely unappreciated in Georgia. I'm doubtful that one will be able to get a case of this in October, but keep an eye on those Tackle Box Variety Packs and should it return for a limited time, it is a fine, well balanced and enjoyable porter to try. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Exodus Porter

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:42:39 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:59:18 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, no foam. Brown tinges, coffee notes mild nose. Smooth taste, coffee flavors, strong vanilla. Mild bitter in the background, Sticky mouthfeel. Chocolate and creamy. Pretty good porter.

I see now that the beer is discontinued - hope they came up with a comparable alternative.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 13:21:51 | More by KTCamm
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

dark brown almost black pour with a finger of creme colored head, nice retention. smells of dark roasted grains, bitter chocolate, plums. the taste is very smooth, a chocolatey flavor overall, with a distinct taste almost reminiscent of sunflower seeds in the finish. semi bitter chocolate, and roasted malts.. definitely get a sense of oats in the mouthfeel. creamy and rich, medium body with a modest amount of carbonation.

it's hard for me to find a porter i like, but this is one of the best i've had. i love when brewers use oats for texture, it does definitely make a difference with beer styles such as porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 10:25:52 | More by facundoCNB
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3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanx Damian74Shensky:

Best by 04/08/13:

Into a mug:

A: pitch black body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipates and leaves concave clingy lacing

S: chocolate, toffee, light coffee, light roasted malt and I do get some peanut butter, hmm ... interesting (am wondering if that was intentional ...? 'cause I honestly don't know where I'm getting that even after I've smelled it so many times even after it warms)

T: sweet and bitter at different times through all previously mentioned flavors except for that peanut buttery thing I initially smelled, slight chocolate aftertaste, sticky finish

M: light, sessionable, smooth, adequate carbonation

O: I would say this is good for its style and good for me, I'd have this one again, and it would probably be good with food, I'm not sure where that peanut buttery smell I'm gettin' comes from, but it could be possibly due to the fact that its close to expiring

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 18:29:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one out of a snifter. The body is a deep dark luxurious ruby red to the power of 10, but not dark enough to be impenetrable by light. The tan head sinks rather swiftly but never abandons.
The aroma is resplendent with chocolate notes along with raisins, coffee beans, an intense roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.
The taste starts off with a bitter blast of cheap coffee, followed up with a dry sweet cocoa. Roasted grains of course are here as well as a subtle hop presence.
The mouthfeel is creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a solid porter from one hell of a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:44:49 | More by godlessape
Photo of CaptMaelstrom


2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

A: Black, opaque, poured a 1 finger cream-colored head that quickly subsided. Leaves marginal lacing.

S: I get definite notes of malty chocolate, some hop character.

T: As advertised, hops up front, fades to chocolately malt, and bitter throughout with a strongly bitter aftertaste. Too strong and too alkaline in my opinion. I was looking for something sweeter.

M: Carbonation is a tad high, I was hoping for a smoother, creamier mouth-feel. The bitterness cuts through any smoothness the beer might have otherwise.

O: Not very complex, not that balanced, not even really that drinkable unless you love alkaline-type bitterness. In short, "Move along, nothing to see here folks."

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 05:47:53 | More by CaptMaelstrom
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater Exodus Porter pours to a dark brown color and a good pour produces a decent level of foam, but it doesn’t last very long. The nose on this beer is pleasant, with scents of chocolate malt, toffee, a touch of light coffee, and lightly roasted malt. The scent is mostly sweet, agreeable, and enticing enough to add to the porter’s initial appeal.

Sweetwater Exodus Porter has a taste that is similar to what the nose leads you to expect, with a few surprises. The flavor that is most noticeable is chocolate/cocoa, but there is also some light roasted malt, mild black licorice, and caramel. The beer has a mild hop bitterness that is short- lived, as the taste is mostly sweet and returns to a sweet sensation quickly in the aftertaste.

This porter is, if nothing else, a very easy- going, easy- drinking, sessionable porter that most anyone will like. With a lower than average bitterness and the great taste of cocoa, this is a good introductory porter and/or a good porter for those who normally do not like the style. With its friendly, approachable personality, I can’t imagine anyone who would not find this porter at least acceptable. Granted, it is not a world classic but I don’t think it was intended that way. It was meant as a porter that would have widespread appeal and if that was the goal, the brewers succeeded.

Sweetwater Exodus Porter is easy to find around the Atlanta area and if you can find it, I recommend giving it a try. The flavor is moderate enough that most anyone will find the beer agreeable overall and it is not extreme in any way. It’s not an amazing beer, but it is certainly good and definitely worthy of a sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:56:28 | More by BryanCarey
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3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:42:33 | More by Jeffwildcat
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large, two-fingered beige head. As it settles, it leaves some chunks of spotty lace. The color is dark brown, but light will pass through the edges of the glass.

Strong earthy (read: dirt) smells. Some powered unsweetened cocoa in the background. A bit of chalkiness.

This is a drier Porter with less chocolate than most. There's a bit of burnt malt on the tongue. Oddly, I detect a touch of cream taste. There's also a solid level of hop bitterness although it is in the background of the roasted malt flavors. The body is neutral for the style while the carbonation is slightly elevated.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 22:53:12 | More by smcolw
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3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Not sure, its In a bottle (don't have a glass)

S: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma profile.

T: Chocolate and cocoa are dominant. Clean spicy hop bitterness but slightly on the sweet side overall.

M: Creamy with moderate body. slight astringency (from the roasted malts?)

O: Very sessionable beer with tons of flavor. I missed Sweetwater at GABF 2012, but with this one winning in the brown porter category I thought I'd check it out while in Georgia. If it had a bit more of a hop precence to cover up the sweetness this would be up there with my favorite brown porters. Nice showing once again from Sweetwater

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 17:09:23 | More by guityler83
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark with ruby cast. Short, dense tan head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with strong roasted malt notes, coffee and chocolate. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and burnt caramel. Body is light-medium and creamy with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with creamed coffee, and battery-on-the-tongue tanginess. Some surprising umami there too. Tasty porter. Am wondering about that finish though. Not sure if I like it, but it is interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:32:40 | More by chickenflea
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: not quite opaque, lighter than normal, brown, chocolate, with slight caramel tinge, 1 finger mocha colored head, bubbles away leaving

S: coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with a slight hop aroma

T: milk and dark chocolate with a mild coffee flavor, really really delicious. notes of toffee, fig, slight cherry flavor and caramel on the finish. delicious

M: medium bodied, residual sugars are nice, carbonation is medium, done well for the style

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 01:45:22 | More by fields336
Photo of ExtraStout


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:07:13 | More by ExtraStout
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 21:13:57 | More by jbphoto88
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Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.