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 Double06
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Hints of herbal hops are present and intensify slightly as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off before being tempered by slightly sweeter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Hints of earthy hops dry things out a bit near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, a solid porter without any frills. This isn't quite in the upper tier but it's a good beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company pours dark in my "Free the Hops" pint glass. Nice dark color with a small beige head. The smell is of roasted malt. The taste is of chocolate and malted goodness. Mouthfeel seems to be thinner than it's appearance. There are some hops mixed in for good measure. This could be a good session beer.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. -> Dogfish Head snifter. Got this in a mixed 12 pack from my buddy Tom after a recent trip to Atlanta. We don't get SweetWater here and I had never had any of their offering prior to this 12 pack.

A - Dark, dark brown. Little light shining through. Thin big bubble off white head.

S - Fairly present chocolate notes. Not much more.

T - Mild roasted notes. Not much in the middle. Mild tart/bitter hop finish.

M - Decent amount of carb. Adds a crisp feel do it. Seems about medium.

D - Super easy sipper that isn't too heavy on the palate. I've never been a huge porter fan, but between this and Evolution's Lucky 7 I am enjoying the style more. I'd get this again in a mix pack or as a single, I doubt I'd buy 6 of them. Would like to try on draft and the barrel aged version.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, medium bodied black beer with tinges of cola colors, a thin ring of light tan head and sea foam lace. The smell is full of roasted malts, cocoa and hints of coffee. Earthy notes, and a hint of ashy woodsy elements. High on the bitter cocoa side for taste with nice coffee and caramel notes. Robust roasty malt forward with a hint of vanilla and a touch of licorice. The body is medium and thinner than a stout like a porter usually is. Slightly creamy. Fairly simple and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/23/11

Best if enjoyed by 1/10/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Medium brown color with tobacco highlights & a 1/4th inch head which thins quickly. Swirling helps head retention a little. Not much lace.

Even-keeled nose with aromas of bittersweet cocoa, roasted grains & faint suggestions of coffee beans. Subtle, earthy overtones. Hints of buttery toffee as it warms. The first sip finds a moderate hoppiness passing through before waves of malt move in. The subsequent flavor is grainy, chocolatey & cut with nips of roasted coffee. It tasted odd at first but has grown on me. This is at the high end of medium bodied & is rather viscous for a porter. Carbonation is maybe a bit over average & serves to accent an appreciable graininess. Finishes with roasted residuals & a mildly sweet chocolate note.

Exodus Porter is, perhaps, something of an unconventional take on the style. Regardless, it drinks fine; just let it warm & open up.

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

I got this as an extra from GatorBeerNerd at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. Thanks Donnie!

A: Poured a vicious dark, pretty much black color, with a massive 1-2 finger off-white head that stayed at least a sheet of bubbles over the dark liquid below it throughout the entire session.

S: Wonderful smell of chocolate, with toasted marshmallow. It also had a bit of that characteristic of a porter smell of BBQ or mild bacon.

T: Very much like the smell.... only even better. There surprisingly wasn't much coffee on the full-bodied flavor. It was much more chocolatey and/or candy-like in nature. The candy? Smores! - chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

M: Very creamy and then some! The carbonation was fairly low, but not too. After all, it would have been tough to create a head like this brew had on an anemic carbonation reserve. Despite the candy flavor, the sugar content was never cloying, but just right IMO!

D: I was really taken aback by how much I enjoyed this brew. I've tried several Sweetwater brews and I've noticed that they are either fantastic or barely drinkable. This one was the former....

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

Sampled a bottle from a "tacklebox" 12 pack I bought for the Superbowl.
Poured out into a Sweetwater pint glass.
Nice deep brown color, nearly opaque when held up to the light. One inch light beige head slowly collapses, leaving some foamy lace.

Nose is toasted malts. Some smoky sweetness. Slight grains.

Taste is a classic porter. Malty and toasty, some syrupy flavors, hints of chocolate.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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