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 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 godlessape
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one out of a snifter. The body is a deep dark luxurious ruby red to the power of 10, but not dark enough to be impenetrable by light. The tan head sinks rather swiftly but never abandons.
The aroma is resplendent with chocolate notes along with raisins, coffee beans, an intense roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.
The taste starts off with a bitter blast of cheap coffee, followed up with a dry sweet cocoa. Roasted grains of course are here as well as a subtle hop presence.
The mouthfeel is creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a solid porter from one hell of a great brewery.

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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 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 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 Jadjunk
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"First brewed on Bob Marley's birthday, this legend-ary porter initially delivers distinct Irie hop notes which transcend into rich waves of chocolate malt, creating a multidimensional taste experience! Lively up yourself!". SweetWater finally gave this elusive beer full-time status in 2012 and discontinued it again in April 2013 amidst poor sales, despite a silver medal victory at the previous year's Great American Beer Festival. Exodus porter is brewed in the style of an American Porter.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a SweetWater pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium brown frothy head over a deep brown body with crimson highlights. Retention is average at best, lacing is very light and spotty. This beer doesn't have much appeal in it's appearance. 3

(Smell) Very forward chocolate nibs, hints of toffee, roasted barley, a pinch of oats and some vanilla. Balance is moderately sweet over bitter, with no notable astringencies. Medium potency. The aroma is very inviting and a sure winner for fans of sweet dessert porters, especially chocolate and caramel fans. 4.25

(Taste) The flavor thins out and much of the sweetness mellows out for a more rounded, lighter bodied porter than anticipated. Modest, dry cocoa notes with traces of caramel husk for a touch of body and character. Some bitter malts and earthy hops add a note of balanced bitterness. Despite being in the position of a beer with no defining stand-out flavors, it is well-balanced and highly drinkable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick, oily with a mild syrupy presence. Carbonation adds a subtle creaminess to the texture, as well as some fuzzy crispness. Balance is equally bitter over sweet, a touch more hop and malt prevalent than the average porter. Body is medium for a porter, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. I find the texture a bit indecisive on direction, although for a hoppier, huskier porter it works out better than expected. 3.75

(Overall) I'm a little saddened that this beer only came to market for a little over a year before SweetWater pulled the plug on it. Porters are largely unappreciated in Georgia. I'm doubtful that one will be able to get a case of this in October, but keep an eye on those Tackle Box Variety Packs and should it return for a limited time, it is a fine, well balanced and enjoyable porter to try. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Exodus Porter

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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 BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

First brewed on Bob Marley’s birthday? Well, isn’t that interesting. Moving on. A solid Porter all around, and an easygoing one at that. Subtle complexities pop up here and there. The sweetness certainly sets it apart from most Porters.

LOOK: Dark brown with edges of red, excellent lacing

SMELL: Brown malt, treacle, cacao nibs, toasted bread, over-caramelized raisins, hint of alcohol, chicory

TASTE: Very creamy, smooth, roasted twang, heavy raisin character, caramel, semisweet, cocoa powder, mild roast coffee, toasted husk, modest hopping, creamy finish

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snorted this beer by accident. Damn near made me cry.

Poured a dark brown that light was able to bleed through around teh edges. Big foamy head that receded to a bit more of a film. Spotted lace all around the sides of the glass.

Really nice porter. Kind of a surprise honestly. Nice mild, drinkable and sessionable porter. Mild chocolate and coffee tones surround a hearty. Slight bitterness with the finish. Even an ever-so-slight hint of smoke. Medium body that is a few steps towards full (but not quite).

Thanks to ChainGangGuy for this beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression is that this porter is on the lighter side of things. It's a yellowed mahogany with ruby highlights in the deepest areas. The head was khaki but left quickly and unimpressively.

The smell picks up the pace with handfuls of roasted grains that range from sugared cereal to coffee and chocolate. Sweet and enticing.

There is a similar flavor profile to the nose with the cereals and rosted grains obviously dominating. Chocolate flavors wan a bit letting a coffee bitterness come through. Not bad.

I'm not as impressed by the mouthfeel, it dips a few points from the flavor and gets thin for a porter. The carbonation is also very fine that makes the beer very slick which I find to be one of the finer points of the finish. This one ping pongs back and forth between really good and slightly above average. A tasty beer none the less and one that I'd easily have again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown body with a beige head that drops quickly and leaves little lacing

Smell: Understated, but I pick up some bread and roasted malt tones

Taste: Nice brown bread flavor along with some hazelnuts; bitter mocha chocolate aftertaste that lingers for some time

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and rather creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice, complex porter with a great mouthfeel

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Photo of wcudwight
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 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 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 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 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 ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a stein. This beer is more than 18 months from its best by date, but given to me by a friend from Atlanta.

The beer pours a dark black with brownish hues and a thin head. I consider this pretty decent looking given the time that has passed.

The smell is initially hard to detect, but notes of coffee and chocolate emerge as do roasted malts. The taste is more of the same, with just a slight acidic bitterness. This is offset by sweet maltiness, creating a well-balanced brew.

The beer drinks smoothly apart from the acidity, which adds a slight roughness to the dry finish. Still, a good beer and one I enjoyed sipping while watching MNF.

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Photo of hanco005
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from my micro brew of the month club. Bottle had a place for the date to be notched, but it wasn’t notched. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—pours dark solid brown w/ 1 inch tan cloudy like head, great retention, slowly fades to ¼ inch by the time I finish, very little lacing

S—chocolate malts, sweet and candy like, some roasted nut tones as well

T—chocolate is dominate, mild roasted coffee flavor, the balance is good, starts sweet and finishes bittersweet

M—full bodied, thick and pleasant, medium carbonation

D—There are better porters out there, but overall, I liked it and was happy to have the opportunity to try it. I will enjoy the other two that I have. Couldn’t drink much more than two...a little heavy

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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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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large, two-fingered beige head. As it settles, it leaves some chunks of spotty lace. The color is dark brown, but light will pass through the edges of the glass.

Strong earthy (read: dirt) smells. Some powered unsweetened cocoa in the background. A bit of chalkiness.

This is a drier Porter with less chocolate than most. There's a bit of burnt malt on the tongue. Oddly, I detect a touch of cream taste. There's also a solid level of hop bitterness although it is in the background of the roasted malt flavors. The body is neutral for the style while the carbonation is slightly elevated.

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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 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 hopsaplenty
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, best before the 1st week in March, no year.

Pours with a frothy hot cocoa colored head of small and medium bubbles that is slow to settle. Eventually reduces itself to a thin skim coat. Deep, dark, and impenetrable with some ruby brown highlights. Rich notes of coffee , deeply roasted along with some caramel, chocolate and hints of smoke. Prominent and distinct, this holds promise. The taste is dominated by roasted coffee and nut flavors along with chocolate. Finishing with a modest hop note with a touch of sugar sweetness and a suggestion of alcohol. Lingering roasted flavors. Initially creamy mouthfeel that is punctuated with gently fuzzy carbonation. Medium body and a bit fluffy in the mouth.

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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 mattcrill
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to Ding for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: Very black pour leading to brown edging with an off white head. It doesn't last very long and leaves a sudsy ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, raisins, and date bread on the nose. It definitely is on the sweet end of things.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, mocha, hot chocolate, and a touch of hop bitterness there at the end. Tastes suprisingly bitter given the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad creamy. Definitely leaves that bitter finish on the palate.

Drinkability: This type of porter I could drink all day long. Very enjoyable. A pretty solid example for the style. It can't touch Edmund Fitzgerald but it does pretty well for what it is. Recommended.

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