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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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 vfgccp
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, but relatively light for the the style. Off-white head with low retention and lace.

S - Nice roast, milk chocolate, caramel, and a touch of booze.

T - Toast, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, and a tangy almost lemony roast.

M - Medium light body with a lighty sweet finish.

O - A nice porter. The lemon character was unexpected but really interesting.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a light, clear brown with a prickly khaki head. Mild aromas of roasted malt, toasted nuts, caramel, and earthy hops. Taste is quite similar, lots of roasted caramel malt, nuts, and piney hops. Medium-light bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a solidly drinkable Porter, but nothing special.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of Sweetwater's Exodus Porter that my brother brought back from his trip down south. All the beers I have had from them have been pretty solid, so I'm interested to see what they can do with an American Porter. It had a best buy date of 5/30/12. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks pretty damn good, it still has that typical Sweetwater label but it has a nice eye catching rasta colored background and a pretty sweet name that makes me want to listen to my favorite Bob Marley album. It poured a lighter black color that had a slightly amber hue when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and left a little bit of lacing. This beer looks good, I would say it's above average.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of malts that are a roasted a little past medium and it imparted some nice roasted, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of brown sugar aromas. It smells a little sweeter then normal and I get a real slight smokey aroma at the end with pretty much no hops showing up. This beer had all the nice American Porter aromas that I would expect from this style but they felt slightly muted and I would say it was slightly above average.

T- Taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. It starts off much like the aroma with tons of malts that have a medium amount of roast to them and impart some chocolate and coffee flavors along with a slight roasty smoke flavor. It also had a medium amount of bitterness on the finish and a roasty aftertaste. Not the most complex American Porter, it was a little one dimensional and the flavors suffered from the same downfalls as the aroma had and came off a little muted, still a good tasting Porter but those imperfections make it slightly above average.

M- Somewhat smooth, Slightly creamy, medium bodied, and it has a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was just a little rough around the edges.

Overall I thought that this was an OK beer, and a slightly above average American Porter, it was pretty true to style but it had some things that needed a little work and made it a little rough around the edges. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, but it was a little to filling for me to want to drink more then one. What I liked most about this beer was that it stayed true to style and didn't have any gimmicks to draw you in, the name was also pretty kick ass. What I liked least about this beer was that it wasn't that memorable and it was a little rough around the edges. I am glad I tried this beer but I don't think I would buy it again, there are many better tasting American Porters that are much more easier to find. This beer is worth a try for someone who likes American Porters, but I don't think you will find it to be a top tier American Porter. This was a decent American Porter, but it needed some more work to be able to hang with some of the best of the style, Sweetwater is one solid brewery but this one ended up barely being better then average and all in all I can't that it was a memorable Porter.

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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 n2185
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts with tons of creamy chocolate aromas dominate with some sweet coffee notes and a slightly smokey finish.

T: Again, roasted malts up front with loads of creamy semi-sweet chocolate dominating the body. There are light coffee and char flavors with only a slight bitterness toward the finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer feels surprisingly light and clean for a porter, making it very drinkable.

O: A good porter overall, not overly complex but very drinkable and tasty. At only 5.9%, it's damn near sessionable as well.

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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 tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black with a half of an inch of off white, brown head that's soft and dense with good retention. The nose smells of roasted malts and very faint cookie batter. The flavor offers some deep, roasted malts and a light sweetness up front followed by a light, smooth chocolaty finish with some subtle hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but medium bodied with little carbonation.

This is an easy to drink and ultimately enjoyable beer. It's lightly flavored and a bit thin. In the end it's underwhelming.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Almost black, half finger of tan head. Broken lacing.

Excellent smell of roasted malt, chocolate, tiny bit of burnt malt and a little hazelnut.

Clean tasting at first, lots of roasted malt in the middle, dark chocolate, finishes with a little burnt malt. Good profile and balance.

Crisp texture, medium body, moderate carbonation.

Enjoyable and drinkable for anytime.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite offerings from Sweetwater. Praise Ninkasi that it is available again! It pours a deep, rich, dark-chocolate brown with a thick, light tan head. Smoky aroma has unsweet chocolate, coffee and molasses notes plus a hint of miso. Flavor has a roast coffee core plus chocolate, nutty and molasses notes and a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice tingly mocha finish.

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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 kdawg105
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great porter. Very smooth. Its has the color and characteristic of a normal porter but not much hang time on the lace. The smell is quite nice but a little light. It taste great wonderful drinking brew, nice balanced body for mouthfeel I would recommend trying it but not one of Sweetwater's best!

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Photo of TheBigE5
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Super dark, Black, not allowing any light through. Thin head but sticks well to the glass.

S - Chocolate, coffee, toffee, a little roasty. Still very much a porter.

T - Not as much of the chocolate as in the nose but has a subtle chocolate milk flavor to it. A little nutty woody and roasty. Ends with some hop flavor.

M - Creamy but still carbonated, well done.

O - I simply love this beer. Porters are one of my favorite styles, but i think they are ruined when the coffee and chocolate tastes overwhelm the beer. This beer has just enough of those flavors to be noticed but not too much to ruin the style for me. Excellent porter.

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 RoboScreech
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. 2-3 fingers of yellowish creamy head.
A-Pretty head, almost black body. Spider web lacing all the way down.
S-Roasted, coffee like
T-A bit thinner than the smell implies, would like it to be a little thicker and roastier
M-Slightly acidic, nice level carbing
O-Nice porter, would prefer a tiny bit more flavor and heaviness, but adds to sweetwaters refreshing line.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thebutch420 for the bottle.

12 oz bottle poured into my Sweet Water pint glass.

A- Deep brown, slightly lighter on the edges. 1/2 finger tan head that looks like cola fizz, quickly fades to the edges.

S- Chocolate, and some malts.

T- Chocolate, coffee, and a slight toffee.

D- Nice carbonation, no bitterness, and coats the mouth.

O- Nice. I liked it.

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