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Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter

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332 Ratings

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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 glid02


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
Photo of BeerMark


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company pours dark in my "Free the Hops" pint glass. Nice dark color with a small beige head. The smell is of roasted malt. The taste is of chocolate and malted goodness. Mouthfeel seems to be thinner than it's appearance. There are some hops mixed in for good measure. This could be a good session beer.

03-07-2011 00:38:10 | More by BeerMark
Photo of tbrown4


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz. -> Dogfish Head snifter. Got this in a mixed 12 pack from my buddy Tom after a recent trip to Atlanta. We don't get SweetWater here and I had never had any of their offering prior to this 12 pack.

A - Dark, dark brown. Little light shining through. Thin big bubble off white head.

S - Fairly present chocolate notes. Not much more.

T - Mild roasted notes. Not much in the middle. Mild tart/bitter hop finish.

M - Decent amount of carb. Adds a crisp feel do it. Seems about medium.

D - Super easy sipper that isn't too heavy on the palate. I've never been a huge porter fan, but between this and Evolution's Lucky 7 I am enjoying the style more. I'd get this again in a mix pack or as a single, I doubt I'd buy 6 of them. Would like to try on draft and the barrel aged version.

02-28-2011 00:18:52 | More by tbrown4
Photo of JayS2629


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Creamy, medium bodied black beer with tinges of cola colors, a thin ring of light tan head and sea foam lace. The smell is full of roasted malts, cocoa and hints of coffee. Earthy notes, and a hint of ashy woodsy elements. High on the bitter cocoa side for taste with nice coffee and caramel notes. Robust roasty malt forward with a hint of vanilla and a touch of licorice. The body is medium and thinner than a stout like a porter usually is. Slightly creamy. Fairly simple and very easy to drink.

02-22-2011 00:14:22 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Ryan011235


3.75/5  rDev 0%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/23/11

Best if enjoyed by 1/10/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Medium brown color with tobacco highlights & a 1/4th inch head which thins quickly. Swirling helps head retention a little. Not much lace.

Even-keeled nose with aromas of bittersweet cocoa, roasted grains & faint suggestions of coffee beans. Subtle, earthy overtones. Hints of buttery toffee as it warms. The first sip finds a moderate hoppiness passing through before waves of malt move in. The subsequent flavor is grainy, chocolatey & cut with nips of roasted coffee. It tasted odd at first but has grown on me. This is at the high end of medium bodied & is rather viscous for a porter. Carbonation is maybe a bit over average & serves to accent an appreciable graininess. Finishes with roasted residuals & a mildly sweet chocolate note.

Exodus Porter is, perhaps, something of an unconventional take on the style. Regardless, it drinks fine; just let it warm & open up.

02-09-2011 05:26:22 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

I got this as an extra from GatorBeerNerd at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. Thanks Donnie!

A: Poured a vicious dark, pretty much black color, with a massive 1-2 finger off-white head that stayed at least a sheet of bubbles over the dark liquid below it throughout the entire session.

S: Wonderful smell of chocolate, with toasted marshmallow. It also had a bit of that characteristic of a porter smell of BBQ or mild bacon.

T: Very much like the smell.... only even better. There surprisingly wasn't much coffee on the full-bodied flavor. It was much more chocolatey and/or candy-like in nature. The candy? Smores! - chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

M: Very creamy and then some! The carbonation was fairly low, but not too. After all, it would have been tough to create a head like this brew had on an anemic carbonation reserve. Despite the candy flavor, the sugar content was never cloying, but just right IMO!

D: I was really taken aback by how much I enjoyed this brew. I've tried several Sweetwater brews and I've noticed that they are either fantastic or barely drinkable. This one was the former....

02-08-2011 01:52:47 | More by Chaney
Photo of shivtim


3.75/5  rDev 0%

Sampled a bottle from a "tacklebox" 12 pack I bought for the Superbowl.
Poured out into a Sweetwater pint glass.
Nice deep brown color, nearly opaque when held up to the light. One inch light beige head slowly collapses, leaving some foamy lace.

Nose is toasted malts. Some smoky sweetness. Slight grains.

Taste is a classic porter. Malty and toasty, some syrupy flavors, hints of chocolate.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

02-06-2011 22:42:17 | More by shivtim
Photo of mattsdenney


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB Globe Glass. Best by 2/16/11, purchased as part of the SW Tacklebox.

A: Pours thick and black with one finger of tan, bubbly head.

S: Chocolate, toasty malt, licorice.

T: Tasty chocolate and toffee with a solid hoppy hit as well. Good malt balance, nice aftertaste.

M: Above average carbonation yet still manages to be creamy and frothy with a nice medium body.

D: Too bad my Tacklebox only comes w/ 3 of these. Great porter taste that's light enough to take down more than a couple.

01-18-2011 03:24:43 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of boudreaux


4/5  rDev +6.7%

A - deep, dark brown in color; easy to mistake as being opaque on first glance, but upon closer inspection there's plenty of brown highlights showing through around the edges when held to the light; 2 fingered head of creamy light tan foam fades away rather quickly, leaving behind just a light dusting of lace on the walls of the glass

S - decent nose; big whiff of chocolate intermingled with faint citrusy hops and a touch of caramel and bread pudding

T - caramel and Munich malts really shine through on the palate, bringing a delightful sweetness with notes of caramel, lightly toasted bread, mild dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and a touch of milk chocolate as well; hops show themselves in the middle with just a bit of a citrusy-herbaceous twang; things dry out a little toward the back of the palate, and the beer finishes with a semi-sweet chocolate-roast character that lingers for quite a bit

M - Rich and creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation that lifts things just a bit

D - As I say with just about every Sweetwater offering, give me more.

Overall, an excellent, solid porter. Extremely satisfying.

01-15-2011 23:30:06 | More by boudreaux
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

This poured black with one finger of foamy head. The smell was tasty, malty, coffee and sweet. The taste is even more dark than the smell. I was expecting something sweet and got pleasant toasty, maybe even a little burnt flavor. This was medium bodied and had noticeable carbonation for a porter. I don't typically drink porters and stouts in succession, but you could if that's your bag.

01-08-2011 20:05:31 | More by beerdown77
Photo of cjgator3


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

12-23-2010 03:47:01 | More by cjgator3
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4%

Distinct dark brown color that shows up as mahogany in front of a light. It is pretty clear, and pours with a light khaki head that has decent, but not spectacular retention.

Aroma is distinctly chocolate malt to me with a touch of earthiness. Pretty much your textbook porter here.

Flavors showcase smooth chocolate with some nuttiness and light caramel flavors. Medium bitterness and a light earthiness. Finish is neither dry nor sweet, thought the carbonation itself is drying, and really cuts most of the sweetness that is there. Medium bodied.

A pretty solid porter, but nothing really makes it special.

12-21-2010 15:32:17 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of ztaylor1


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance- dark brown with cola-like hues cutting through with light. Tan head than leaves poor lacing but a nice film.

Smell- malts with a slight toffee with strong chocolate.

Taste- smoked malts with a strange woody character. Has a pleasant milk chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel- medium, maybe a little heavier. Very smooth. Very creamy.

Drinkability- maybe I just don't like porters. But it didn't impress me.

12-15-2010 03:45:39 | More by ztaylor1
Photo of harpus


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

12-09-2010 02:38:41 | More by harpus
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has espresso and dark chocolate notes upfront, along with some musk, tobacco, dark fruits, blackstrap molasses and a some piney hops. The flavor is roasty and astringent initially, with black coffee notes and some unsweetened cocoa, chalk, earthy hops, tobacco, dark fruits and alcohol. The mouthfeel is appropriately light and drinkability is OK. A decent porter that is held down by it's astringency and chalkiness, a bit more sweetness and hops and this one coulda been a contender.

12-07-2010 04:40:55 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The modest head displays impressive staying power and leaves a delicate spattering of lace. Body is a deep brown with nice amber highlights.

Pleasant sweetish nose of chocolate chips and a vague fruitiness. Could perhaps use a touch more roast. Tanginess is a touch too dominant, obscuring what is otherwise a nice flavor profile. Plenty of chocolate and coffee, with touch of dry roast in the finish. A streak of bitterness runs through the thickish smooth body.

Overall impression: I prefer roastier porters, but this is certainly well-crafted and worth a try.

12-03-2010 20:18:59 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Jason


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
Photo of nickthegun12


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
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Sweetwater-branded shaker pint glass. Thanks to Sweetwater and 360 Media for the sample!

Deep, dark brown in color, easy to mistake as being opaque on first glance, but upon closer inspection there's plenty of brown highlights showing through around the edges when held to the light. The two-fingered head of creamy light tan foam fades away rather quickly, leaving behind just a light dusting of lace on the walls of the glass.

Wonderful in the nose, with a big whiff of chocolate intermingled with faint citrusy hops and a touch of caramel and bread pudding.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation that lifts things just a bit. The caramel and Munich malts really shine through on the palate, bringing a delightful sweetness with notes of caramel, lightly toasted bread, mild dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and a touch of milk chocolate as well. Hops show themselves in the middle with just a bit of a citrusy-herbaceous twang; things dry out a little toward the back of the palate, and the beer finishes with a semi-sweet chocolate-roast character that lingers for quite a bit.

Overall, an excellent, solid porter. Not out-of-this world, but then I don't know that I've ever really tasted a porter that was blow-your-socks-off good; I'm not too sure that such qualities should ever really be expected, though, as good porters tend to be somewhat understated though extremely satisfied, which Exodus certainly is. I'm no Bob Marley fan, but I must say that I am a fan of this inspired brew.

11-09-2010 05:14:35 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.15/5  rDev -16%

A - Cannot see through it, but not dark brown.

S - Light roasty/ malty smell. Alcohol isn't too heavy. Slight brown sugar traces.

T - Good, not great. A mild porter. Not over the top. Sweet malt flavor. Slight burnt aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thin. Fairly high carbonation.

D - Ok. Not a great porter. I will drink it when offered, but won't buy it again.

11-08-2010 01:54:25 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of sulldaddy


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

I am sampling this beer courtesy of DING and SS 07.
Thanks man!
The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
Even with gentle pour an overwhelming creamy beige head fills the glass without emptying the bottle. I'll give a small hit in score due to overfoaming.
The head slowly recedes leaving windowpane lattice as it fades, the center of the head almost looks like a milkshake it is so thick.
Clear mahogany in color.
Aroma is mild yet malty with some chocolate and caramel with some nice roasted notes as well.
First sip reveals a smooth silky textured medium body with very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is clean and sweet with chocolate and some mild sweetened coffee notes. No real hop presence to be found. I get a bit of tanginess on the finish, not sure what to attribute that too, almost like diacetyl.
Very drinkable no hint of ABV.
Nice brew.

01-17-2008 05:01:44 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of chefdejour


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%


A: Dark mahogany, head quickly dissipated to nothing, no lacing.

S: subdued aroma of sweet, coffee/ toffee malts - there should be more going on here, but there isn't.

T: It tastes like a watered down version of the aroma.

M: thin with medium carbonation.

Wish there was more to this beer, but there isn't. It's not a bad beer, just not a great porter.

06-28-2007 13:45:47 | More by chefdejour
Photo of ArrogantB


4.35/5  rDev +16%

I received this as an extra from a friendly GA BA. This poured very dark black with a good sized head. The smell was really good with chocolate and cocoa coming through. The taste was more cocoa and also chocolate chip cookie dough. I really liked this beer and I usually don't like porters at all. Excellent.

04-16-2007 16:34:17 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-18-2007 01:30:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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