Sweetwater Exodus Porter | SweetWater Brewing Company

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BEER STATS
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349
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
18.45%
 
 
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Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2002

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 349
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 8/15/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appeareance: Pour looks pretty nice - a nice deep dark, milk chocolatey brown; starts with a big 2 finger dark, creamy brown head; dark body, nearly opaque; decent carbonation is present near the sides of the glass; head fades to a decent and nearly complete cap; plenty of lacing left behind in thick curtains.

Smell: Lots of dark, burnt roastiness; some bittersweet chocolate; smooth, creamy, almost milky aspect.

Taste: Not too bad, a lot like the nose -- the dark, burnt roasty coffee flavors is out front; a bit of an earthy, bitter nuttiness as well; it's milky and creamy -- again, not too bad, but I'm not the biggest porter fan.

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid again, smooth, creamy; carbonation is soft, perhaps could be a bit sharper; a decent and thick coating is all over the mouth, almost drips off.

Overall: It'll do. I actually got the six pack because I'm making a brisket and I needed some beer to cook it in, but I'll be happy drinking the remaining three.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste: like it smells, not very big flavors or body

mouthfeel: medium bodied and light for a porter

drinkability: this is a pound it stout, sessionable body.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Looks nice

S- nice aromas of chocolate and coffee, slightly muted however

T- this is one of the more chocolatey porters I've had, though it seems almost one dimensional because that's ALL I'm getting....but it's damn good

M- medium bodied, on the thick side....just like any good porter should be. Approved

O- another great offering from Sweetwater...excellent porter

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Photo of boudreaux
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of fields336
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: not quite opaque, lighter than normal, brown, chocolate, with slight caramel tinge, 1 finger mocha colored head, bubbles away leaving

S: coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with a slight hop aroma

T: milk and dark chocolate with a mild coffee flavor, really really delicious. notes of toffee, fig, slight cherry flavor and caramel on the finish. delicious

M: medium bodied, residual sugars are nice, carbonation is medium, done well for the style

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  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!

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DeaconBluez and BIF across America. Defineitely one of my favorites from this BIF.

Pours black with an off-white to tan head that flattens a bit and leaves some lacing. A little red shows through when holding to the light.
Smells chocolatey delicious. Some toasty toffeeness to it also.
Tastes good. Chocolate. Toasted malts. A little bitterness from hops and maybe a touch of roasted malt.
A creamy medium bodied beer that grabs the whole palate leaving a slightly bitter finish.
I could defineitely drink a handfull or more of these. I'd pick some up if they were a local offering.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

dark brown almost black pour with a finger of creme colored head, nice retention. smells of dark roasted grains, bitter chocolate, plums. the taste is very smooth, a chocolatey flavor overall, with a distinct taste almost reminiscent of sunflower seeds in the finish. semi bitter chocolate, and roasted malts.. definitely get a sense of oats in the mouthfeel. creamy and rich, medium body with a modest amount of carbonation.

it's hard for me to find a porter i like, but this is one of the best i've had. i love when brewers use oats for texture, it does definitely make a difference with beer styles such as porter.

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Photo of KajII
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a English Pint]

The pour was a dark muddy brown with a very large (heavy side of 3 fingers) light brown foamy head that lasted a good long time, leaving being a ton of residue that layeyered the top of the beer thus producing some excellent lacing that totally coated the glass.

The aroma was of a roasted bread malt and a leathery doughy yeast with strong notes of roasted coffee, molasses and a bit of toffee.

The taste was nice and malty and a little sweet with just a hint of molasses in the beginning then proceeded to become a tad bitterer and was fully enhanced by a nice strong coffee note at the end. The flavor lingered on well after the swallow with the strong taste of malty coffee relaxing nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a shade under full in body and very creamy in texture with the carbonation being nice and soft.

Overall an exceptional Porter with everything working so well together that it produces a beer that has awesome flavor and a great drinkability.

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Photo of guityler83
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Not sure, its In a bottle (don't have a glass)

S: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma profile.

T: Chocolate and cocoa are dominant. Clean spicy hop bitterness but slightly on the sweet side overall.

M: Creamy with moderate body. slight astringency (from the roasted malts?)

O: Very sessionable beer with tons of flavor. I missed Sweetwater at GABF 2012, but with this one winning in the brown porter category I thought I'd check it out while in Georgia. If it had a bit more of a hop precence to cover up the sweetness this would be up there with my favorite brown porters. Nice showing once again from Sweetwater

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.92/5  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

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Photo of rousee
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of stouty1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of Kromes
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Enola
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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