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Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

337 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 337
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 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
Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights around the edges, modest brunette head, fairly quick to dissipate, some strands of lace were produced. Polite nose, chocolate notes weakly waft, dry coffee beans/espresso, and delicate hints of sweetness construct the bouquet… lacks energy, subtle yet appealing. The hops are more noticeable on the palate, pleasant bitterness; dry coffee beans… some distant semi-sweet chocolate as well. The roastedness is moderate. Minimal aftertaste, warm hops, lightly piney… coating malt, still it’s a tad too clean. Almost too easy to quaff. Balanced. Structured carbonation. Medium bodied... soft mouthfeel. Little further development as it warms, disappointing. Exodus Porter is very solid… worth trying.

bditty187, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Dogbrick, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped. Date notched on label.

This porter poured a very dark brown with hints of red if held to the light (not completely opaque), with creamy, tan foam that dissipated relatively quickly. The smell was mild: sweet dark malt. The taste was dominated by sweet, dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee and caramel, and low hop presence. The mouthfeel was full bodied, creamy, smooth, and relatively clean. The carbonation was medium. This was a nice, enjoyable porter, and very easy to drink.

Thanks to aracauna for this bottle.

UncleJimbo, May 18, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep brown with a medium white head that disappates quickly. (Do any of the SweetWater beers keep a head?)

Aromas of caramel, chocolate, malt, some hops, and a dark coffee (maybe sumatra) waft from this brew. The taste continues right where the aroma started with chocolate, malt, and a bitterness much like a good coffee. Definately not a Spring or Summer beer, but would be great for Late Fall and Winter.

Loki, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle, with the colors of the Jamaican flag superimposed. Definitely a chillin' vibe at this West Atlanta brewery.

Appearance: Beautiful deep brown, with a small tan head that laced nicely down my pint glass.

Smell: Sweet malty nose that almost completely masks the hop presence. Roasty chocolate with slight biscuity hints.

Taste: So, so smooth . . . very creamy, exquisitely drinkable, and extremely enjoyable. Definite chocolate malt profile, with a lingering hoppy dryness. I return to the creaminess, and this beer almost reminds me of a milk stout. A great beer from an even better state.

rabidawg, Apr 06, 2003
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.

purplehops, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with mahogany tones and a low brown head which leaves sporadic lace. Big chocolate aroma and taste making for a rich robust flavor. Medium bodied (leans full) velvety smooth and creamy with a bittersweet chocolate finish.

Note: Won a Silver medal at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Brown Porter Category.

I think of this beer more as a Robust Porter though...

ABV: 5.6% per book "Best American Beers"

RBorsato, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark murky brown, could call it black. Tan bubbly head, fades to a slight covering. Smell is slightly harsh, then nice roasted or burnt chocolate smell. Taste is a nice roasted to burnt chocolate malt bitterness. Maybe some hop presence, but the roasted chocolate malt dominates. Silky smooth feel, creamy and rich. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout feel. Very creamy milk chocolate like finish on some sips. Taste stays solid throughout. One of the best beers from the south. Sweetwater, Dogwood, and Old Dominion are making fine beers down here.

StevieW, Dec 11, 2002
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.

Gusler, Oct 31, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than some porters, you can easily tell that it's brown but it's still dark enough that it looks black at a glance. Head is nice thick creamy light tan foam. It lasted through the very end. Nice roastiness in the aroma with a hint of chocolate. Some burnt flavors on top of the chocolate with a nice balanced citric hop flavor. Non the same level as their outstanding IPA, but still a great beer.

aracauna, Sep 04, 2002
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Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.