Sweetwater Exodus Porter | SweetWater Brewing Company

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84
good
350 Ratings
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Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
30
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mattsdenney
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB Globe Glass. Best by 2/16/11, purchased as part of the SW Tacklebox.

A: Pours thick and black with one finger of tan, bubbly head.

S: Chocolate, toasty malt, licorice.

T: Tasty chocolate and toffee with a solid hoppy hit as well. Good malt balance, nice aftertaste.

M: Above average carbonation yet still manages to be creamy and frothy with a nice medium body.

D: Too bad my Tacklebox only comes w/ 3 of these. Great porter taste that's light enough to take down more than a couple.

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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 beerdown77
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured black with one finger of foamy head. The smell was tasty, malty, coffee and sweet. The taste is even more dark than the smell. I was expecting something sweet and got pleasant toasty, maybe even a little burnt flavor. This was medium bodied and had noticeable carbonation for a porter. I don't typically drink porters and stouts in succession, but you could if that's your bag.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is pretty faint with some sweet and roasty notes. The taste like the aroma starts out with some sweet roasted malts with a dry chocolatey finish. The nose is pretty bland, would like to see some more in the aroma. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount if carbonation. Overall, Exodus Porter is a solid porter that is worth a try.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Distinct dark brown color that shows up as mahogany in front of a light. It is pretty clear, and pours with a light khaki head that has decent, but not spectacular retention.

Aroma is distinctly chocolate malt to me with a touch of earthiness. Pretty much your textbook porter here.

Flavors showcase smooth chocolate with some nuttiness and light caramel flavors. Medium bitterness and a light earthiness. Finish is neither dry nor sweet, thought the carbonation itself is drying, and really cuts most of the sweetness that is there. Medium bodied.

A pretty solid porter, but nothing really makes it special.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark brown with cola-like hues cutting through with light. Tan head than leaves poor lacing but a nice film.

Smell- malts with a slight toffee with strong chocolate.

Taste- smoked malts with a strange woody character. Has a pleasant milk chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel- medium, maybe a little heavier. Very smooth. Very creamy.

Drinkability- maybe I just don't like porters. But it didn't impress me.

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

Had on tap at The Olde Hickory Tap Room
A: Dark brown to black in color with a minimal head and little lacing.
S: Roasted malts with a faint hop character.
T: Very much the same as the aroma with some coffee flavor.
M: Somewhat thick. Very porter like
D: A good porter to session.
I've heard rumors that Sweetwater is going to retire this beer. I will be very disappointed if they do as this is a very solid offering.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The modest head displays impressive staying power and leaves a delicate spattering of lace. Body is a deep brown with nice amber highlights.

Pleasant sweetish nose of chocolate chips and a vague fruitiness. Could perhaps use a touch more roast. Tanginess is a touch too dominant, obscuring what is otherwise a nice flavor profile. Plenty of chocolate and coffee, with touch of dry roast in the finish. A streak of bitterness runs through the thickish smooth body.

Overall impression: I prefer roastier porters, but this is certainly well-crafted and worth a try.

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Two fingers of fine foam, nearly all the way black. Hint of burnt sugar, milk chocolate and a hint of fruitiness in the nose. Deep smoothness even in this moderately sized body. Sweet malty palate, big mocha flavor that has more light chocolate in it than coffee. Just a hint of charcoal roastiness. Hops sting the taste buds slightly with bitterness and a faint herbal flavor. Sweet finish.

Tasty little porter here, a sipper due to the sweetness but a treat none the less.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not my fav beer style...but ill give this a shot...

dark, appearance....not midnight dark but close...little to not head....

smells of roasted malt, and hops...with a decent amount of chocolate....

chocolate is really in the taste....then roasted malt...and a little bit of a hop taste....

silky mouthfeel...with a little more dryness than i would like to see...

drinkability is pretty good...although with any "meal in a bottle" it will leave you feeling pretty full....nice lacing too...

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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 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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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 sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this beer courtesy of DING and SS 07.
Thanks man!
The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
Even with gentle pour an overwhelming creamy beige head fills the glass without emptying the bottle. I'll give a small hit in score due to overfoaming.
The head slowly recedes leaving windowpane lattice as it fades, the center of the head almost looks like a milkshake it is so thick.
Clear mahogany in color.
Aroma is mild yet malty with some chocolate and caramel with some nice roasted notes as well.
First sip reveals a smooth silky textured medium body with very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is clean and sweet with chocolate and some mild sweetened coffee notes. No real hop presence to be found. I get a bit of tanginess on the finish, not sure what to attribute that too, almost like diacetyl.
Very drinkable no hint of ABV.
Nice brew.

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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

BOTM

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 ArrogantB
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra from a friendly GA BA. This poured very dark black with a good sized head. The smell was really good with chocolate and cocoa coming through. The taste was more cocoa and also chocolate chip cookie dough. I really liked this beer and I usually don't like porters at all. Excellent.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now just an ocassional release from the brewery. The beer pours a fairly dark ruby brown with a little sediment present. There is not too much head, although there is some short lived spotty lacing. The smell is a little fainter than I'd like, but pleasant enough with roasted and prune notes as well as a hint of dark malt. The taste is quite dry and with a solid porter profile of roastiness, sweet malt, restrained hops and some stewed fruit, but dry like an American porter should be. Very mellow, but a fairly nice crispness is there too. A nice porter, but not a great one. The restrained style is fine, but it could be a little more memorable.

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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 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 ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from aracauna via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1/2" dark brown head above the almost clear reddish brown brew. Head fades slowly, leaving with plenty of sticky frothy lace. Aroma is chocolatey. Taste follows along, choco sweetness with some light balancing bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is a bit gassy, and drinkability is okay as well. I expected and hoped for a bit more out of this one.

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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 kimcgolf
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this porter, brewed locally. Poured to a dark brown/black with thick tan head. Immediate aroma of choclate, toffee and caramel malt. Chocolate came thru most in the flavor. Body was medium with no wateriness at all By mid-glass, could also taste a hint of alcohol. A smooth drinking beer with a good, long finish.

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