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Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter

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very good

131 Reviews

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 348
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2002

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Reviews: 131 | Hads: 348
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown body with a beige head that drops quickly and leaves little lacing

Smell: Understated, but I pick up some bread and roasted malt tones

Taste: Nice brown bread flavor along with some hazelnuts; bitter mocha chocolate aftertaste that lingers for some time

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and rather creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice, complex porter with a great mouthfeel

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Nothing spectacular or outstanding, but everything comes together nicely. A medium firm porter with solid chocolates and coffee notes, followed up with a creamy body and earthy hoppiness. Finishes just off of clean, but expected for a porter. Some will say that it is not hoppy enough for an American Porter, but I beleive it is well hopped and flavored. If anything, I wanted a bit fuller body, with richer coffee and chocolate flavors. Thanks Ding.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (courtesy of Brentfresh): Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium off-white creamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with a lingering bitterness. Taste is also a nice mix between roasted malt and some bitterness at the end. Better then average porter though nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark chestnut with generous lighter brown-amber highlights when backlit. The cocoa-colored head appears to be substantial enough to hang around for a while, but isn't overly sticky and doesn't leave a great deal of glass coverage.

The nose is too shy, though I am able to appreciate roasted dark malt with the suggestion of semi-sweet chocolate. No coffee in the aroma and no hops either. Exodus isn't all that flavorful and doesn't open up as much as I'd hoped as it warms. It's still a better than decent porter though.

Sweet, roasted malt is the focal point and chocolate, just as in the nose, is second in line. Again, there's no java. Citric hops make a minor splash and add some degree of additional flavor interest. The beer becomes less sweet as it goes, never managing dry, and the body is porter medium with a somewhat lively mouthfeel.

Sweetwater Exodus Porter would make a great session beer, not that I need to clue Georgians in to that fact. Still though, it doesn't particularly stand out for me. Crank the aroma, the flavor and the body up a few notches and I might be persuaded to reconsider. Thanks to arcauna for the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a thin, pitiable off-white head.

Smell: Sweet chocolate malts are present, although rather faint on the nose, as is a little hop scent.

Taste: Essentially chocolate malts with a bit of roastiness to it. Not too much else. Dash of molasses, perhaps some walnuts. Yeah, not much else. Finishes metallic with a light bitterness.

Come on, hops. Either you're on the team or you're not.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Ok. The Exodus Porter can get me to drink it, it just can't get me... to care.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/29/05- Received via trade with BA member Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 12oz dated bottle poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with some auburn highlights. 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Mostly coffee grounds and some nice chocolate scents.

Taste- Has all the big three you want in a porter. The dark chocolate, the roasted malt and the dark coffee flavor. It also has a slight burnt smoky taste to it.

Mouthfeel- This one has a heavier mouthfeel. It's fairly thick and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Very nice porter that blends very well. Thanks again for another very good brew Lostbearbrew!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now just an ocassional release from the brewery. The beer pours a fairly dark ruby brown with a little sediment present. There is not too much head, although there is some short lived spotty lacing. The smell is a little fainter than I'd like, but pleasant enough with roasted and prune notes as well as a hint of dark malt. The taste is quite dry and with a solid porter profile of roastiness, sweet malt, restrained hops and some stewed fruit, but dry like an American porter should be. Very mellow, but a fairly nice crispness is there too. A nice porter, but not a great one. The restrained style is fine, but it could be a little more memorable.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, but relatively light for the the style. Off-white head with low retention and lace.

S - Nice roast, milk chocolate, caramel, and a touch of booze.

T - Toast, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, and a tangy almost lemony roast.

M - Medium light body with a lighty sweet finish.

O - A nice porter. The lemon character was unexpected but really interesting.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from aracauna via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1/2" dark brown head above the almost clear reddish brown brew. Head fades slowly, leaving with plenty of sticky frothy lace. Aroma is chocolatey. Taste follows along, choco sweetness with some light balancing bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is a bit gassy, and drinkability is okay as well. I expected and hoped for a bit more out of this one.

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Photo of harpus
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; no light, Poured a 2 finger tan head with fair retention to a thick ring on the inside edge of the glass. Inconsistent spidery lacing.

S: Hearty chocolate, toasted marshmallow and coffee. Burnt toast aroma lingered in my nose.

T: Consistent with the nose. Smooth, rich and creamy without a heavy body. Some of the wholesome flavors linger past a sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium body at best (its deceptive). Low carbonation. Very smooth without being big.

O: Flavorful, rich and smooth. Nice balance makes it an easy drinker.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thebutch420 for the bottle.

12 oz bottle poured into my Sweet Water pint glass.

A- Deep brown, slightly lighter on the edges. 1/2 finger tan head that looks like cola fizz, quickly fades to the edges.

S- Chocolate, and some malts.

T- Chocolate, coffee, and a slight toffee.

D- Nice carbonation, no bitterness, and coats the mouth.

O- Nice. I liked it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The pour deserves a clear 4 for being dark yet nice with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that reduces to a creamy layer of mocha head.

S - This is what kind of threw me off a bit. Not much roast in the actual smell and some "irie" hops making it smell rather earthy. Hope the taste isn't too bitter.

T - Thankfully the hops are very balanced in this. Starts off mild roasty with soft tones of bittersweet chocolates. Then I get some hops that give it an almost "chalky" like finish that dries the palate begging for another sip. Not bad but for the label describing "waves of chocolate" this one falls short.

M - Medium and creamy. I expected the ABV to be 6-7 but was surprised to see it more sessionable.

Overall not a bad porter by any means but I have had better porters with stronger roast tones.

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Photo of glid02
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a concentrated brown color, the head modest in size, the lace in fine sheets, both a nice light chocolate color. Nose is lightly toasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate. Start is malt sweet, the top middlin, the finish is potently hopped, pertinently acidic, pleasantly dry. Another great beer from "Sweetwater" along with "Dogwood", are two of my favorite breweries from the Southland.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite offerings from Sweetwater. Praise Ninkasi that it is available again! It pours a deep, rich, dark-chocolate brown with a thick, light tan head. Smoky aroma has unsweet chocolate, coffee and molasses notes plus a hint of miso. Flavor has a roast coffee core plus chocolate, nutty and molasses notes and a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice tingly mocha finish.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to aracauna for the trade. Nice dark brown (almost black) pour with a thick dark beige head. Nice lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is lightly smoky under malt and coffee. Somewhat rich with a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, and malt. The finish is a little sharp, maybe even hoppy. This is a solid beer, and my only problem with it would be a lack of refinement.

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Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.