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Sweetwater Exodus Porter - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 333
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 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 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 Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/28
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a two finger of foamy light brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving nice mingled spider webbed, and sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is slightly muted, but what was present of chalk full of roast malts, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Taste starts with a lot of milk chocolate and tons of roasted malts. The middle is a continuation of the chocolate notes but roast tapers off a bit. Finish is a nice light coffee flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, has a touch of a crisp feel at first and then has a thicker body but never gets slick or silky.

O: Goes down extremely east, very tasty, not filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I've had better porters, but at the same time - this is a ridiculously easy drinking beer and one that I could easily (ok and did) sit with for a night. Kicking myself for not hitting up a few more six packs.

Jayli, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was received in the MicroBeerClub February shipment.

This beer poured a deep brown with a nice head initially that is sustaining quite well. The initial nose was surprisingly sweet but the aroma is now slightly malty. Taste is slightly malty with a hint of nuts. Finishes with a nice dry hop. What makes this brew is that the mouthfeel is creamy smooth and very easy drinking. Definitely a sessionable beer, I recommend porter fans give this one a try.

arizcards, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super dark brown into my pint glass with a nice caramel colored one finger had that lingers a bit a leaves a great lacing.

S - Roasty toffee and chocolate. Ohhh is that a hint of butterscotch?? Yep, nice!

T - Again, roasty coffee/toffee up front with a nice discrete hoppy bitterness, and a nice smooth chocolate taste at the finish. Great aftertaste as well

M - Meduim bodied, light for the style. More carbonated and less smooth/creamy than other comprables. Still very enjoyable

O - Pretty simple, not a ton going up but much better than I remember, tastes better than good and everything else is at least good. This will be a nice fall beer

MacQ32, Jun 09, 2011
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 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!

stouty1, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick tan colored head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Sort of a weaker aroma.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with a touch of hop. Simple rich flavors the finish is pretty good with lingering roasty goodness.

M: A little bit thin, but smooth. Good carbonation.

O: A nice porter. Good flavors and easy drinking.

Kromes, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Enola
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown with a healthy tan head. The smell is of oatmeal and coffee. The taste is malty and resembles a stout somewhat. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is good. Too bad Sweetwater sent this beer to the graveyard. Not sure what they were thinking.

Enola, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colby hooked this up in our trade, thanks man. Poured from bottle marked best by 3/16/12 to a pint glass the beer is a deep and rich brown color with a nice 2 finger tan colored head. Decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is a bit soft, but consists of roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is more pronounced than the nose lets on. Nice roasted malt base from which an earthy hop character, coffee, and milk chocolate mix develop. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Smooth and clean. Overall, a good porter. I enjoyed it and it was a treat to sample.

hopfacebrew, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of fragilehearted
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to my friend Jake who brought this back from a trip to ATL...I got the remains of his "tacklebox" of beer. =)

A - pretty normal for a porter. Very dark brown, no light shining through this one. Minimal head that goes down quickly.

S - somewhat subdued. Coffee jumps out right away, and some chocolate is there too.

T - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. The coffee is stronger in the aroma, but the chocolate is stronger in the taste. Caramel too. Actually lots of flavors come out, better than the smell. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end.

M - medium and very smooth. Carbonation is perfectly done for a porter. Very balanced.

D/O - very easy to drink - could easily session this one. Too bad I only have one. Nothing is mindblowing, but this is a solid porter, and I'm very grateful to my friend who brought it back for me.

fragilehearted, Jul 18, 2011
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 nickthegun12
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

nickthegun12, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of godlessape
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one out of a snifter. The body is a deep dark luxurious ruby red to the power of 10, but not dark enough to be impenetrable by light. The tan head sinks rather swiftly but never abandons.
The aroma is resplendent with chocolate notes along with raisins, coffee beans, an intense roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.
The taste starts off with a bitter blast of cheap coffee, followed up with a dry sweet cocoa. Roasted grains of course are here as well as a subtle hop presence.
The mouthfeel is creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a solid porter from one hell of a great brewery.

godlessape, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Haybeerman, May 24, 2011
Photo of kimcgolf
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this porter, brewed locally. Poured to a dark brown/black with thick tan head. Immediate aroma of choclate, toffee and caramel malt. Chocolate came thru most in the flavor. Body was medium with no wateriness at all By mid-glass, could also taste a hint of alcohol. A smooth drinking beer with a good, long finish.

kimcgolf, Jul 09, 2006
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

brentk56, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snorted this beer by accident. Damn near made me cry.

Poured a dark brown that light was able to bleed through around teh edges. Big foamy head that receded to a bit more of a film. Spotted lace all around the sides of the glass.

Really nice porter. Kind of a surprise honestly. Nice mild, drinkable and sessionable porter. Mild chocolate and coffee tones surround a hearty. Slight bitterness with the finish. Even an ever-so-slight hint of smoke. Medium body that is a few steps towards full (but not quite).

Thanks to ChainGangGuy for this beer.

MuddyFeet, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"First brewed on Bob Marley's birthday, this legend-ary porter initially delivers distinct Irie hop notes which transcend into rich waves of chocolate malt, creating a multidimensional taste experience! Lively up yourself!". SweetWater finally gave this elusive beer full-time status in 2012 and discontinued it again in April 2013 amidst poor sales, despite a silver medal victory at the previous year's Great American Beer Festival. Exodus porter is brewed in the style of an American Porter.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a SweetWater pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium brown frothy head over a deep brown body with crimson highlights. Retention is average at best, lacing is very light and spotty. This beer doesn't have much appeal in it's appearance. 3

(Smell) Very forward chocolate nibs, hints of toffee, roasted barley, a pinch of oats and some vanilla. Balance is moderately sweet over bitter, with no notable astringencies. Medium potency. The aroma is very inviting and a sure winner for fans of sweet dessert porters, especially chocolate and caramel fans. 4.25

(Taste) The flavor thins out and much of the sweetness mellows out for a more rounded, lighter bodied porter than anticipated. Modest, dry cocoa notes with traces of caramel husk for a touch of body and character. Some bitter malts and earthy hops add a note of balanced bitterness. Despite being in the position of a beer with no defining stand-out flavors, it is well-balanced and highly drinkable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick, oily with a mild syrupy presence. Carbonation adds a subtle creaminess to the texture, as well as some fuzzy crispness. Balance is equally bitter over sweet, a touch more hop and malt prevalent than the average porter. Body is medium for a porter, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. I find the texture a bit indecisive on direction, although for a hoppier, huskier porter it works out better than expected. 3.75

(Overall) I'm a little saddened that this beer only came to market for a little over a year before SweetWater pulled the plug on it. Porters are largely unappreciated in Georgia. I'm doubtful that one will be able to get a case of this in October, but keep an eye on those Tackle Box Variety Packs and should it return for a limited time, it is a fine, well balanced and enjoyable porter to try. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Exodus Porter
3.81/5.00

Jadjunk, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression is that this porter is on the lighter side of things. It's a yellowed mahogany with ruby highlights in the deepest areas. The head was khaki but left quickly and unimpressively.

The smell picks up the pace with handfuls of roasted grains that range from sugared cereal to coffee and chocolate. Sweet and enticing.

There is a similar flavor profile to the nose with the cereals and rosted grains obviously dominating. Chocolate flavors wan a bit letting a coffee bitterness come through. Not bad.

I'm not as impressed by the mouthfeel, it dips a few points from the flavor and gets thin for a porter. The carbonation is also very fine that makes the beer very slick which I find to be one of the finer points of the finish. This one ping pongs back and forth between really good and slightly above average. A tasty beer none the less and one that I'd easily have again.

jbphoto88, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of wcudwight
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

wcudwight, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of mattsdenney
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mattsdenney, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

First brewed on Bob Marley’s birthday? Well, isn’t that interesting. Moving on. A solid Porter all around, and an easygoing one at that. Subtle complexities pop up here and there. The sweetness certainly sets it apart from most Porters.

LOOK: Dark brown with edges of red, excellent lacing

SMELL: Brown malt, treacle, cacao nibs, toasted bread, over-caramelized raisins, hint of alcohol, chicory

TASTE: Very creamy, smooth, roasted twang, heavy raisin character, caramel, semisweet, cocoa powder, mild roast coffee, toasted husk, modest hopping, creamy finish

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.