Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2002)
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Photo of hanco005
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from my micro brew of the month club. Bottle had a place for the date to be notched, but it wasn’t notched. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—pours dark solid brown w/ 1 inch tan cloudy like head, great retention, slowly fades to ¼ inch by the time I finish, very little lacing

S—chocolate malts, sweet and candy like, some roasted nut tones as well

T—chocolate is dominate, mild roasted coffee flavor, the balance is good, starts sweet and finishes bittersweet

M—full bodied, thick and pleasant, medium carbonation

D—There are better porters out there, but overall, I liked it and was happy to have the opportunity to try it. I will enjoy the other two that I have. Couldn’t drink much more than two...a little heavy

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.

Photo of stouty1
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with a caramel colored head that laste for about three full drinks. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel with an aftertaste of chocolatey bitterness. Bittery taste only lasted a short time while it tempted me for another drink. Nice Porter, glad that they sent me four of them in my Beer of the Month!

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

12oz brown bottle, best before the 1st week in March, no year.

Pours with a frothy hot cocoa colored head of small and medium bubbles that is slow to settle. Eventually reduces itself to a thin skim coat. Deep, dark, and impenetrable with some ruby brown highlights. Rich notes of coffee , deeply roasted along with some caramel, chocolate and hints of smoke. Prominent and distinct, this holds promise. The taste is dominated by roasted coffee and nut flavors along with chocolate. Finishing with a modest hop note with a touch of sugar sweetness and a suggestion of alcohol. Lingering roasted flavors. Initially creamy mouthfeel that is punctuated with gently fuzzy carbonation. Medium body and a bit fluffy in the mouth.

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Jredner
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma came across a little grassy to me which could have been hops, but thankfully roasty elelments, mildly coffee tinged, do come in shortly after. Reddish brown to dark brown in color this porter sports an initially bubbly head that compresses into pinky thin tan line. Mmmm very nice mildly roasty, but amply malty fore. That is how a porter should start right there. it gets a little "Nut Brown Aleish" there in the middle with some dry and oily peanut skin notes, but gets back on track and finishes with a mildly chocolate tinged, roasty smoothness. Nice one and typically underrated as most fine porters on this site are.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a Bottle.

The beer pours almost opaque black lined with an amber hue. The head is rather frothy and sizeable but dissipated. It smells sweet and malty. This is definitely some roasted malts. It tastes of roasted chocolate malts but there isn't much by the way of hops. This is quite good though. It is very smooth with the right amount of thickness and carbonation. Another good one to pick up if you are in the atlanta Area.

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

thanks goes to TheBeerCellar2 for this bottle. poured a dark brown with a tan head, that left some lacing. aroma. chocolate, malts,hops, dark fruits, cherries. flavor, malts. chocolate, some hops as it warms got a nice touch of alcohol, raisins, plums, honey. enjoyed this beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.