Sweetwater Exodus Porter | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2002

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark brown almost black, small mocha brown head.
S- Roasted malts, chocolate
T- Chocolate, sweet malt, roasty after-taste - seems watered down and not too flavorful
M-High carbonation, relatively light body for a porter
O- Decent, but a little underwhelming.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a stein. This beer is more than 18 months from its best by date, but given to me by a friend from Atlanta.

The beer pours a dark black with brownish hues and a thin head. I consider this pretty decent looking given the time that has passed.

The smell is initially hard to detect, but notes of coffee and chocolate emerge as do roasted malts. The taste is more of the same, with just a slight acidic bitterness. This is offset by sweet maltiness, creating a well-balanced brew.

The beer drinks smoothly apart from the acidity, which adds a slight roughness to the dry finish. Still, a good beer and one I enjoyed sipping while watching MNF.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, no foam. Brown tinges, coffee notes mild nose. Smooth taste, coffee flavors, strong vanilla. Mild bitter in the background, Sticky mouthfeel. Chocolate and creamy. Pretty good porter.

I see now that the beer is discontinued - hope they came up with a comparable alternative.

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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 godlessape
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of CaptMaelstrom
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

A: Black, opaque, poured a 1 finger cream-colored head that quickly subsided. Leaves marginal lacing.

S: I get definite notes of malty chocolate, some hop character.

T: As advertised, hops up front, fades to chocolately malt, and bitter throughout with a strongly bitter aftertaste. Too strong and too alkaline in my opinion. I was looking for something sweeter.

M: Carbonation is a tad high, I was hoping for a smoother, creamier mouth-feel. The bitterness cuts through any smoothness the beer might have otherwise.

O: Not very complex, not that balanced, not even really that drinkable unless you love alkaline-type bitterness. In short, "Move along, nothing to see here folks."

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater Exodus Porter pours to a dark brown color and a good pour produces a decent level of foam, but it doesn’t last very long. The nose on this beer is pleasant, with scents of chocolate malt, toffee, a touch of light coffee, and lightly roasted malt. The scent is mostly sweet, agreeable, and enticing enough to add to the porter’s initial appeal.

Sweetwater Exodus Porter has a taste that is similar to what the nose leads you to expect, with a few surprises. The flavor that is most noticeable is chocolate/cocoa, but there is also some light roasted malt, mild black licorice, and caramel. The beer has a mild hop bitterness that is short- lived, as the taste is mostly sweet and returns to a sweet sensation quickly in the aftertaste.

This porter is, if nothing else, a very easy- going, easy- drinking, sessionable porter that most anyone will like. With a lower than average bitterness and the great taste of cocoa, this is a good introductory porter and/or a good porter for those who normally do not like the style. With its friendly, approachable personality, I can’t imagine anyone who would not find this porter at least acceptable. Granted, it is not a world classic but I don’t think it was intended that way. It was meant as a porter that would have widespread appeal and if that was the goal, the brewers succeeded.

Sweetwater Exodus Porter is easy to find around the Atlanta area and if you can find it, I recommend giving it a try. The flavor is moderate enough that most anyone will find the beer agreeable overall and it is not extreme in any way. It’s not an amazing beer, but it is certainly good and definitely worthy of a sample.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Craft beer of the month delivered. 1 finger width froth dead. Dark brown appearance. Coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate. Medium to full body. Coffee taste with a dark bitter chocolate after taste. Coffee does overpower this one. Good with desert or as an after dinner.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large, two-fingered beige head. As it settles, it leaves some chunks of spotty lace. The color is dark brown, but light will pass through the edges of the glass.

Strong earthy (read: dirt) smells. Some powered unsweetened cocoa in the background. A bit of chalkiness.

This is a drier Porter with less chocolate than most. There's a bit of burnt malt on the tongue. Oddly, I detect a touch of cream taste. There's also a solid level of hop bitterness although it is in the background of the roasted malt flavors. The body is neutral for the style while the carbonation is slightly elevated.

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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 chickenflea
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark with ruby cast. Short, dense tan head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with strong roasted malt notes, coffee and chocolate. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and burnt caramel. Body is light-medium and creamy with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with creamed coffee, and battery-on-the-tongue tanginess. Some surprising umami there too. Tasty porter. Am wondering about that finish though. Not sure if I like it, but it is interesting.

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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 ExtraStout
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. A very drinkable brew for when you're in the mood for darker stuff. Milder and soothing.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.79/5  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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't just wowed by this, although it's not too bad either. It pours up close to black with no appreciable head and no lacing. Smell is very weak, but what I could discern was coffee. Mouthfeel is not too bad. Kind of on the thick side, which i like. Taste is molasses and coffee. As I said, it is drinkable, but there are better Porters out there than this one.

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Photo of scvance
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, not quite black, light still shines through and makes it appear a deep red color. Leaves a very thin tan head, quickly dissipating, and no lacing. There is very little to the aroma, maybe a hint of roasted maltiness, but that's all. Taste is fairly sweet up front, fades into a bitter coffee flavor, and finishes with a lingering bite and a fairly strong alcoholic flavor. Low carbonation, medium body, fairly smooth. As far as porters go, not the best by far. It's not terrible, but the smell leaves much to be desired, and the taste profile does not match that of a porter at all. I was fairly disappointed with this beer, as I very much enjoy Sweetwater, needless to say, I will not be trying this again.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was impressed with this offering. In fact it was one of the best porters I've experienced. The appearance was a very dark brown with an inch head. Poured into a pint glass from a growler. The nose was giving off some very attractive chocolate/coffee smells. The tongue was a pleasant combination of chocolate coffee faint vanilla cream. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery. Thought it should have been at least medium. Overall very enjoyable and will pick this up again.

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

appearance: dark mahogany with some cola highlights. pretty substantial head with big bubbles.
smell: no rough burnt edges. mellow roastiness with some chocolate and smoke.
taste: again, very smooth. No harsh burnt edge at all (and that edge can be very nice in a porter but i like this too).
overall: If I had to pick one over the other give me big, rich and in your face, but this is a nice congenial quaffer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out a very dark, slightly translucent dark brown. Absolutely no head to speak of, just a film on top.

-Smell 3.5: Very nice bouquet. Toasted grains and a strong hint of cocoa powder. Slight coffee notes as well.

-Taste 3.5: Front is flat, dry and slightly smoky. Middle is thin and there is a slight hint of chocolate. Finish is a very light smokiness and a slight sweetness. Finish is nicely smoky and chocolaty, but not overpowering. Pleasant.

-Mouthfeel 2.0: Not nearly enough carbonation in this beer. This detracted from the taste and enjoyment of the beer; a decent level of carbonation would bring out so many other flavor profiles in this beer.

-Overall 3.0: Good beer, but problems in several crucial areas pulled down my score for it. I could see it being a good session beer, but it definitely is not the best example of the porter style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The pour deserves a clear 4 for being dark yet nice with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that reduces to a creamy layer of mocha head.

S - This is what kind of threw me off a bit. Not much roast in the actual smell and some "irie" hops making it smell rather earthy. Hope the taste isn't too bitter.

T - Thankfully the hops are very balanced in this. Starts off mild roasty with soft tones of bittersweet chocolates. Then I get some hops that give it an almost "chalky" like finish that dries the palate begging for another sip. Not bad but for the label describing "waves of chocolate" this one falls short.

M - Medium and creamy. I expected the ABV to be 6-7 but was surprised to see it more sessionable.

Overall not a bad porter by any means but I have had better porters with stronger roast tones.

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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 VncentLIFE
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a bit light for a porter. Deep, deep brown with a thin white head.

The smell reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald. Sharp bitter woody smell, along with dry coffee and powdered dark chocolate. Taste is dry and woody, with lots of coffee. Starts off sweet, then you get all the dry woody and coffee notes, then it finishes chewy, roasty, and finally clean. The dry bitter coffee is all that really lingers.

A very well put together porter, but its just in a tough category.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, one finger off white head dissipates pretty quickly. There seems to be quite a bit of carbonation.
Coffee is what I first think of then chocolate.
Sweet malty taste followed by a little bit of roasty bitterness at the finish. I can taste the alcohol.
Sweet up front and pretty much all the way through. Not a whole lot of change in this one from beginning to end.
I picked this up in a sampler pack. It's decent but im not overly impressed. I don't think I would buy this on its own merit.

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Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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