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 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 ViveLaChouffe
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of bum732
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

S: Fairly bold fruitiness, light coffee roastiness.

L: Very dark brown with some brown highlights. Tan creamy head with good retention and lacing.

T: Fruitiness mixed with a light coffee roastiness. Medium low citrus bitterness leads to a mellow slightly roasty finish. Fairly clean, but boring.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Quite fruity porter, but overall pretty bland.

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Photo of rwinzing
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Want to thank my sister and BIL for this bottle. Poured a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A-Was a dark brown apprerance with a light brown head that disaapeared quickly. Lacing was light

S - Sweet smell for a porter

T - Malty with a slight roast flavor smooth but underwhelming

M- a bit thin

O-not a bad drinker but nothing special. Very average in flavor. It is a beer that I could drink a couple with no problem but in the same respect would not seek it out.

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Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Guinness tulip. Best by: 6/13/12. (just under the wire). The body was light brown, but difficult to see through. Root beer or dark cola colored. The minimal head left a tiny ring.

The smell was walnuts and chocolate.

The taste was lightly roasty. Milk chocolate and cola. Lightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium to light with gentle carbonation.

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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 John1985
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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.

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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 BeerDawgs
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cannot see through it, but not dark brown.

S - Light roasty/ malty smell. Alcohol isn't too heavy. Slight brown sugar traces.

T - Good, not great. A mild porter. Not over the top. Sweet malt flavor. Slight burnt aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thin. Fairly high carbonation.

D - Ok. Not a great porter. I will drink it when offered, but won't buy it again.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a sixer of their IPA and to my surprise to of the bottles were Exodus Porter.
Pours black with slight amber tones on the edges of the glass. Tan head that faded to a ring...left light lacing half way down the glass. The smell was of dark chocolate, coffee and a bit of brown sugar lingering in the back. The brown sugar is the first thing I tasted but quickly gave way to coffee and a bit of a burnt finish. Tasted more like a stout to me...had to look at the bottle to make sure it was a porter.

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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 aquatonex
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BOTM offering...

Pours rather dark translucent brown, very porter colored. Not much head at all, moderate to light carbonation, not much lacing either. Looks a bit thin. Smell is nothing out of the ordinary, a lightly smoky, coffee nose. Taste is also a bit thin, light coffee malts, sweet caramels, about it. Easy to drink, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't belive I'm just getting around to reviewing this beer, since Sweetwater is getting ready to stop making it. Anyway, there was a strong dark chocolate and mild coffee aroma, with a faint hint of hops. The appearance was a creamy head that completely diminished, excellent lacing, and was black. Flavor was unimpressive. Light bitterness and sweetness. This tasted more like a stout than a porter. In a blind tasting I would classify this as a stout.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has espresso and dark chocolate notes upfront, along with some musk, tobacco, dark fruits, blackstrap molasses and a some piney hops. The flavor is roasty and astringent initially, with black coffee notes and some unsweetened cocoa, chalk, earthy hops, tobacco, dark fruits and alcohol. The mouthfeel is appropriately light and drinkability is OK. A decent porter that is held down by it's astringency and chalkiness, a bit more sweetness and hops and this one coulda been a contender.

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Photo of Brent
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beneath the roasted malt was enough of a grainy/husky note to detract from an otherwise good porter. Overall, the beer is assertive, with a substantial roasted malt flavor. The hopping brings this into the lower end of the "robust porter" spectrum. Not as smooth as one would like - the grainy notes submerged in the malt profile made things a bit bumpy.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad. Not fantastic, either, but certainly not bad. It poured a dark reddish nutty colour with a khaki coloured head that faded to a thin, spotty patch-work. Lacing seemed fair, but I do not place much stock in lacing anyway. The colour was good for the style and it looked like 100's of other porters.
The smell was quite malty and sweet. A bit nutty with some burnt characteristics and a noticeable amount of chocolate, as well. Taste was quite malty up front with a bit of dryness to it, and a nice, mild, chocolatey finish. Pleasant.
The mouthfeel was woefully thin for the style. I was quite surprised with this, and disheartened, as well.
You could do far worse in your selection of a porter, but this didn't deliver like I thought it would.

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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 TheBeerAlmanac
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours reasonably dark brown, like a much darker brown ale, but not quite like heavier stouts. Large tan bubbles form a very thin head.

S: Smells nutty with just a hint of chocolate and bitter, roasted malt, pleasant and not too strong.

T/M: There is a lower amount of carbonation and more nuttiness throughout the flavor profile with subtle traces of coffee and roasted malt near the end. The finish is clean, surprisingly.

This is a pleasant porter that's not too overbearing, but it's not going to surprise you either.


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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 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 chefdejour
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A: Dark mahogany, head quickly dissipated to nothing, no lacing.

S: subdued aroma of sweet, coffee/ toffee malts - there should be more going on here, but there isn't.

T: It tastes like a watered down version of the aroma.

M: thin with medium carbonation.

Wish there was more to this beer, but there isn't. It's not a bad beer, just not a great porter.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer arrived at the table pitch black with a tall tan head which laced the glass.

The aroma was only slight and contained chocolate and a slight citrus that was very lemony.

The flavor was chocolate and that same citrus lemon flavor.

The finish was dry with chocolate and more citrus and then coffee in the final aftertaste. The body was medium.

It was a little tough to drink and the lemon citrus just wasn't well done to balance the malt.

Pint at The Bier Garden in Asheville, NC.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Bob Marley tribute beer was served in pint glass at the brewery
Not a favorite style of this reviewer

A - opaque and nearly black but with noticeable brown coloration. Off-white head quickly turns to a top coat but leaves a nice coating on the glass as the liquid is drained.

S - caramel & roasted malt

T - rich; crisp for a porter; primary taste seems to be well-roasted malt

M - full; fairly smooth but with a very slight bite

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