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Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter

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335 Ratings

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Ratings: 335
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 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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium-dark brown with minimal head and no lace. Smells of grainy coffee malts and not much else. Not a lot of flavor here either; just sweet medium-dark coffee malt. Light-to-medium body with medium carbonation and slight creaminess.

An inoffensive and dull also-ran of a porter.

dgallina, Nov 12, 2005
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.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice solid porter. The smell is the only thing that is lacking. Pours a very nice dark cough syrup color. Dark brown and almost purple but not black. Very nice head of 5mm stays for a few secs before fading. Decent lace.

Smell is what it should smell like--dark roasted malts and such but it isnt as fragrant as I would like to see (or smell). Taste is dark malts with licorice, honey, molasses, and even a bit of cherry or some other dark fruit. Nice pleasant mouthfeel--a little chalky though. Quite drinkable in the cooler months of the year. A decent porter.

rousee, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to Ding for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: Very black pour leading to brown edging with an off white head. It doesn't last very long and leaves a sudsy ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, raisins, and date bread on the nose. It definitely is on the sweet end of things.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, mocha, hot chocolate, and a touch of hop bitterness there at the end. Tastes suprisingly bitter given the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad creamy. Definitely leaves that bitter finish on the palate.

Drinkability: This type of porter I could drink all day long. Very enjoyable. A pretty solid example for the style. It can't touch Edmund Fitzgerald but it does pretty well for what it is. Recommended.

mattcrill, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a dark brown with ruby hints. On top is a decent beige head that dies down to practically nothing.

Smell: Smells nice and tasty, with chocolate and molasses notes. Very little hop aroma, but still strong enough to balance the brew.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is typical of a porter. Molasses and coffe notes, as well as chocolate, with decent hops and a bittersweet finish. but nothing stands out. It seems like something is missing to make this beer really stand out. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and a bit flat.

Drinkability and Overall: Like I said, this is a typical porter, with nothing wrong with it, but nothing making it stand out. With that said, it is highly drinkable, and one I wouldn't have a problem imbibing all night. Not bad.

Thanks to rajendra82 for the bottle.

santoslhalper, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of LostBear Brew. Thanks!
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. Very nice, this is a sessionable porter if I've ever had one. A very drinkable brew for when you're in the mood for darker stuff. Milder and soothing, this is my idea of a comfort beer. A great one for sitting on the porch and carrying a conversation with a couple friends.

UnionMade, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely, utterly dark brown, nearly black in most light. Thin, wavering light tan cap sits atop. Keeps a thin collar and the lacing is placed in minimal small ink blobs.

Fair, clean aroma of faint raisin bread and mild milk chocolate.

Taste is lightly soured and mildly sweet with milk chocolate and has a slight undertone of fruityness with vanilla overtures and a slight roasted grain huskyness at the edges. Notions of cherry and cookie dough sweetness find their way in with ease. Mostly active in the front and middle areas where the finish doesn't provide much of anything in a robust quality that it should.

Nice smooth feel; clean, creamy, only slightly roasted and dry. Very tender on the palate in that realm. Close to medium bodied with a maintained smooth texture and low ended carbonation leaning towards a sweeter/fruity tilt in the overall character throughout its experience.

A tamer experience for an American style porter, a bit more robustness overall and a bigger active finish and this could be much more substantial. As is, its still not bad. Easily handled and drinkable, just a tad tiresome and drab.

tavernjef, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

GClarkage, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Absolute pitch black pour that reveals crimson highlight when held to the light. Looks thick and syruppy with a chocolate colored head that laces quite nicely.

Aroma is sweet for a porter with lots of dark chocolate, java, chicory, brown sugar, molasses(especially molasses), dark fruits, and marshmellows.

Flavor enters with sweet chocolate and molasses, rounds out the middle with coffee and wood, and finishes with some floral hops and dark fruit, interesting.

Body is huge, slick, oiley, and mouth coating with a creamy, velvet-smooth texture. Chewey. A bit too thick for a summer beer, but a perfect winter soother.

Thanks Ding!

AlexJ, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of horshack7
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A brown twelve ounce bottle with a trout fish on the label.

Appearance: Pours very dark with a decent head rentention.

Smell: Very prominent chocolate malts scents hints of dark roasted coffee as well as burnt hops and malt.

Taste: Chocolate malts very robust and full boddied small hints of dark roast coffee. It also carries a smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: Where do I begin with this one virtually everything I want in a porter. Very robust simply an exceptional beer. Cheers!

horshack7, May 02, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque brown with a thin light brown head. No serious lacing. Smells sweet and malty, lightly fruity and light hops.

Tastes of sweet rosated malt. Spicy with a light bitterness. Mostly sweet dark malt. A long lightly bittersweet aftertaste. A bit thin for a porter IMO. Overall it's too sweet and the flavors don't mesh. Not for me.

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
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.

Backer2004, Mar 20, 2005
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.

John1985, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 don’t become overwhelming after a few.

blitz134, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very bubbly dark brown/maroon with a lmost a purple hued tint. Thin wispy medium tan head leaves a bit of scattered lace.
Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, burnt amber notes and a hint of nuttiness.
Flavor of chocolate, roasted notes, charcoal hints and a resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little bit of sweetness, roasted notes and a little bit of gritty charcoal and light bittering. Tad too watery for style.
Drinkability is good. Solid tasting brew, maybe a tad too thin IMO but very pleasant.

CRJMellor, Jan 07, 2005
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown with light red tints almost black with tan head of dense bubbles that falls but leaves light coat of lace on my glass. Aroma lightly burnt carmel and malt light coffee like aromas with very light dash of citrusy hop. Taste little light but creamy lightly burnt malt a little sweet bitter bakers chocolate with lingering coffee and hop flavors. Overall a decent porter that is very drinkable, goes down smooth and easy would be great sessions brew. Drinkability is good would purchase more in future thanks goes to guy from work providing this sample. I have atleast 2 fellow empoyees on the way to becoming BA's nice of them to bring me a beer.

mntlover, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beneath the roasted malt was enough of a grainy/husky note to detract from an otherwise good porter. Overall, the beer is assertive, with a substantial roasted malt flavor. The hopping brings this into the lower end of the "robust porter" spectrum. Not as smooth as one would like - the grainy notes submerged in the malt profile made things a bit bumpy.

Brent, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, little head.

Very pleasant malt sweetness in the nose. Some chocolate and light coffee also.

Medium body, not as thick as other porters. Nice chocolate sweetness but still crisp with a touch of hops noticeable. Finishes with a pleasant chocolatey sweetness.

Not the strongest flavored porter, but simple which is appreciated.

Southernbrew, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer when poured in the glass looked opaque black with a rough brown head that dissipated to a thin line of bubbles. The beer lacked a strong hop aroma but had noticeable bite of hop bitterness. Great roasted coffee taste with a drying palatte feel that got stronger and deeper with time. The overall experience was excellent. The body was a bit lighter than I expected, but was not weak by any stretch of the imagination. An exceptionally drinkable brew, that is typically stellar work of this brewery.

rajendra82, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of jlervine
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish black with ruby highlights. A light tan head forms and quickly recedes into the brew. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malts, with a touch of hops. The taste is very malty. Lots of chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of hops leads the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and leaves the coffee and mocha notes slowly disappearing from the roof of the mouth. A very tasty brew, and very easy drinking.

jlervine, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a foamy light tan head that quickly dissipates into a trace amount of lace. Nose is toasted malt and dark bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery, almost oily, in texture. Roasted dark malts are the key players in the taste along with some unsweetened chocolate. Some notes of coffee and acidic hops are present in the end. A nice porter but nothing special. Thanks to aracauna for the sample!

Morris729, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 14, 2003
Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.