Sweetwater Exodus Porter | SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Exodus PorterSweetwater Exodus Porter
BA SCORE
58.1%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 351 ratings
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
Ranking:
#22,297
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
351
Liked:
204
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
11.23%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
31
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Absolute pitch black pour that reveals crimson highlight when held to the light. Looks thick and syruppy with a chocolate colored head that laces quite nicely.

Aroma is sweet for a porter with lots of dark chocolate, java, chicory, brown sugar, molasses(especially molasses), dark fruits, and marshmellows.

Flavor enters with sweet chocolate and molasses, rounds out the middle with coffee and wood, and finishes with some floral hops and dark fruit, interesting.

Body is huge, slick, oiley, and mouth coating with a creamy, velvet-smooth texture. Chewey. A bit too thick for a summer beer, but a perfect winter soother.

Thanks Ding!

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Photo of horshack7
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A brown twelve ounce bottle with a trout fish on the label.

Appearance: Pours very dark with a decent head rentention.

Smell: Very prominent chocolate malts scents hints of dark roasted coffee as well as burnt hops and malt.

Taste: Chocolate malts very robust and full boddied small hints of dark roast coffee. It also carries a smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: Where do I begin with this one virtually everything I want in a porter. Very robust simply an exceptional beer. Cheers!

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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 Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent porter that was found on special at the Town Pump in Black Mountain, NC. Very easy to drink and looks great. This one could definitely be for someone wanting to dive into some of the darker styles -- it will not turn them off. Another great beer from the people at Sweetwater.

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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 blitz134
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nearly pitch black, but there is a bit of dark brown light emanating from the corners. Head is slightly off-white and not too big. Smell is sweet, probably from the malts, but there is a slight alcohol sweet aroma which is pleasant but not indicative of the actual ABV. Taste is relatively light and mainly dominated by a dark roasted smoky flavor. Not overly complex but nice in its simplicity. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but a bit thinner than most porters. Like most Sweetwater beers, this one is slightly light in the flavor department, but still possesses a good flavor profile. Thus, drinkability is good and these don’t become overwhelming after a few.

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

Pours very bubbly dark brown/maroon with a lmost a purple hued tint. Thin wispy medium tan head leaves a bit of scattered lace.
Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, burnt amber notes and a hint of nuttiness.
Flavor of chocolate, roasted notes, charcoal hints and a resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little bit of sweetness, roasted notes and a little bit of gritty charcoal and light bittering. Tad too watery for style.
Drinkability is good. Solid tasting brew, maybe a tad too thin IMO but very pleasant.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark chestnut with generous lighter brown-amber highlights when backlit. The cocoa-colored head appears to be substantial enough to hang around for a while, but isn't overly sticky and doesn't leave a great deal of glass coverage.

The nose is too shy, though I am able to appreciate roasted dark malt with the suggestion of semi-sweet chocolate. No coffee in the aroma and no hops either. Exodus isn't all that flavorful and doesn't open up as much as I'd hoped as it warms. It's still a better than decent porter though.

Sweet, roasted malt is the focal point and chocolate, just as in the nose, is second in line. Again, there's no java. Citric hops make a minor splash and add some degree of additional flavor interest. The beer becomes less sweet as it goes, never managing dry, and the body is porter medium with a somewhat lively mouthfeel.

Sweetwater Exodus Porter would make a great session beer, not that I need to clue Georgians in to that fact. Still though, it doesn't particularly stand out for me. Crank the aroma, the flavor and the body up a few notches and I might be persuaded to reconsider. Thanks to arcauna for the bottle.

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

Pours a dark dark brown with light red tints almost black with tan head of dense bubbles that falls but leaves light coat of lace on my glass. Aroma lightly burnt carmel and malt light coffee like aromas with very light dash of citrusy hop. Taste little light but creamy lightly burnt malt a little sweet bitter bakers chocolate with lingering coffee and hop flavors. Overall a decent porter that is very drinkable, goes down smooth and easy would be great sessions brew. Drinkability is good would purchase more in future thanks goes to guy from work providing this sample. I have atleast 2 fellow empoyees on the way to becoming BA's nice of them to bring me a beer.

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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 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 Southernbrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, little head.

Very pleasant malt sweetness in the nose. Some chocolate and light coffee also.

Medium body, not as thick as other porters. Nice chocolate sweetness but still crisp with a touch of hops noticeable. Finishes with a pleasant chocolatey sweetness.

Not the strongest flavored porter, but simple which is appreciated.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer when poured in the glass looked opaque black with a rough brown head that dissipated to a thin line of bubbles. The beer lacked a strong hop aroma but had noticeable bite of hop bitterness. Great roasted coffee taste with a drying palatte feel that got stronger and deeper with time. The overall experience was excellent. The body was a bit lighter than I expected, but was not weak by any stretch of the imagination. An exceptionally drinkable brew, that is typically stellar work of this brewery.

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

Pours a deep brownish black with ruby highlights. A light tan head forms and quickly recedes into the brew. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malts, with a touch of hops. The taste is very malty. Lots of chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of hops leads the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and leaves the coffee and mocha notes slowly disappearing from the roof of the mouth. A very tasty brew, and very easy drinking.

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Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a foamy light tan head that quickly dissipates into a trace amount of lace. Nose is toasted malt and dark bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery, almost oily, in texture. Roasted dark malts are the key players in the taste along with some unsweetened chocolate. Some notes of coffee and acidic hops are present in the end. A nice porter but nothing special. Thanks to aracauna for the sample!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its very dark mahogany brown body appears almost black in the glass, but reveals brilliant ruby and orange highlights when held to the light. It's slightly hazy, but it appears to be bottle conditioned based on the sediment left in the bottle; and the streams of very fine, effervescent bubbles that can be seen rising against the side of the glass would indicate that as well. The head is a solid inch and a half or more of densely creamy tan foam that holds well, slowly drops to a creamy surface covering, and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. Dark chocolate greets you in the nose with a touch of dark roast acidity, an evasive note of cocoa, and some background hops. The body is medium, but it's fairly dextrinous and it's delicate, effervescent carbonation leaves it nicely creamy in the mouth. The flavor is mainly of dark chocolate balanced by a modest bitterness that becomes more apparent in the finish, and leads to a lingering scortched-but-not-burnt caramel character. Occasional notes of cocoa, sweet caramel, and even some very mild dark fruit can be found but are fleeting. A really nice, straightforward porter that lacks a little bit in complexity, but makes up for it in drinkability!

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Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights around the edges, modest brunette head, fairly quick to dissipate, some strands of lace were produced. Polite nose, chocolate notes weakly waft, dry coffee beans/espresso, and delicate hints of sweetness construct the bouquet… lacks energy, subtle yet appealing. The hops are more noticeable on the palate, pleasant bitterness; dry coffee beans… some distant semi-sweet chocolate as well. The roastedness is moderate. Minimal aftertaste, warm hops, lightly piney… coating malt, still it’s a tad too clean. Almost too easy to quaff. Balanced. Structured carbonation. Medium bodied... soft mouthfeel. Little further development as it warms, disappointing. Exodus Porter is very solid… worth trying.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to aracauna for the trade. Nice dark brown (almost black) pour with a thick dark beige head. Nice lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is lightly smoky under malt and coffee. Somewhat rich with a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, and malt. The finish is a little sharp, maybe even hoppy. This is a solid beer, and my only problem with it would be a lack of refinement.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped. Date notched on label.

This porter poured a very dark brown with hints of red if held to the light (not completely opaque), with creamy, tan foam that dissipated relatively quickly. The smell was mild: sweet dark malt. The taste was dominated by sweet, dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee and caramel, and low hop presence. The mouthfeel was full bodied, creamy, smooth, and relatively clean. The carbonation was medium. This was a nice, enjoyable porter, and very easy to drink.

Thanks to aracauna for this bottle.

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

Pours a rich, deep brown with a medium white head that disappates quickly. (Do any of the SweetWater beers keep a head?)

Aromas of caramel, chocolate, malt, some hops, and a dark coffee (maybe sumatra) waft from this brew. The taste continues right where the aroma started with chocolate, malt, and a bitterness much like a good coffee. Definately not a Spring or Summer beer, but would be great for Late Fall and Winter.

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

Great bottle, with the colors of the Jamaican flag superimposed. Definitely a chillin' vibe at this West Atlanta brewery.

Appearance: Beautiful deep brown, with a small tan head that laced nicely down my pint glass.

Smell: Sweet malty nose that almost completely masks the hop presence. Roasty chocolate with slight biscuity hints.

Taste: So, so smooth . . . very creamy, exquisitely drinkable, and extremely enjoyable. Definite chocolate malt profile, with a lingering hoppy dryness. I return to the creaminess, and this beer almost reminds me of a milk stout. A great beer from an even better state.

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

Exodus poured a deep opaque brown with a medium tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma was black malt, roasted barley, and chocolate. The taste started with french roast coffee flavors blended with chocolate and caramel malt flavors. The finish was dry with a nice balance of charcoal, chocolate, and some notes of citrus hops. The aftertaste was bitter chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel was medium with a smooth texture.
Overall a nice surprise for a southern U.S. beer. Having grown up in Georgia I never considered it "porter" country. Exodus was filling, pleasant, and enjoyable with a nice balance of bitter and sweet.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with mahogany tones and a low brown head which leaves sporadic lace. Big chocolate aroma and taste making for a rich robust flavor. Medium bodied (leans full) velvety smooth and creamy with a bittersweet chocolate finish.

Note: Won a Silver medal at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Brown Porter Category.

I think of this beer more as a Robust Porter though...

ABV: 5.6% per book "Best American Beers"

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Photo of StevieW
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark murky brown, could call it black. Tan bubbly head, fades to a slight covering. Smell is slightly harsh, then nice roasted or burnt chocolate smell. Taste is a nice roasted to burnt chocolate malt bitterness. Maybe some hop presence, but the roasted chocolate malt dominates. Silky smooth feel, creamy and rich. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout feel. Very creamy milk chocolate like finish on some sips. Taste stays solid throughout. One of the best beers from the south. Sweetwater, Dogwood, and Old Dominion are making fine beers down here.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a concentrated brown color, the head modest in size, the lace in fine sheets, both a nice light chocolate color. Nose is lightly toasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate. Start is malt sweet, the top middlin, the finish is potently hopped, pertinently acidic, pleasantly dry. Another great beer from "Sweetwater" along with "Dogwood", are two of my favorite breweries from the Southland.

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Sweetwater Exodus Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 351 ratings
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