Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

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731 Ratings

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 43
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

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Photo of kidrogers
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was buying a coffee in princeton wi. when I saw this behind the counter with the rest of the brewers line. mixed and match a few sixers.

poured well, little head but laced fairly well. Aroma was nice, like burnt coffee or dark chocolate. tasted of the same, with a caramel or toffee on the back. Not too bitter, enjoyed it the all the way through. A good porter, and a great surprise to find in a coffee/antique shop.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date on the bottle.

Big tan frothing drops a whole lot of sticky lace on the glass. Very dark brown, opaque at that. Smells of toasty brown malt, a bit bready and some spice from the hop in the back. Slick and smooth medium body hold a full malt jacket which fires off layers of toasted bread and semi-burnt biscuity grain flavors. A little fruity and yeasty in the middle. Breakfast Blend coffee and chicory comes to mind. Hops help to balance but are modest for the most part other than a spicy note towards the end. Finishes semi-dry with a lot of lingering toasted/roasted grain.

This is a solid American Porter, certainly sessionable.

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

Enjoyed on my summer joy ride through the state of Wisconsin, thanks to the "Mayor of Hammertown (in Wisc.)" for the hospitality and fine Central water beers. This one was sampled on tap and bottles, this is a review of the bottled version. 12 ouncer, poured dark dark, brown/amber, with a initially puffy dark tan head, leaves plenty of sheeting, then fine lacing. Nose is pure chocolate, yum. Lots of chocolate, some vanilla, cocoa, dark toasty/crusty malts. Nice, malty, flavorful, chocolate milk shake style porter. Smooth and filling, with a late hop bite and dry out. Nice.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours medium-dark brown with a small white head. The aroma is caramel and chocolate malts. Very sweet smelling. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and caramel malt with a coffee aftertaste. Light to medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with nice light brown head and decent lacing rings.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, dry roast, molasses and licorice.

Taste: Fairly dry roasted and caramel malts, with lots of bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Some light herbal hop notes, but remains pretty focused on the malts and the roastiness throughout.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Overall: Quite simply a very good everyday Porter. Flavorful but remains light and easy drinking.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours bright opaque dark brown under a 1” light tan cap that rises slightly over the rim of the glasss. Smell: Roast and dark sugar aromas. Taste: Starts with balance of dark sugars and mild roast drying on the finish with a slight roast bitterness. Mouthfeel: Mediumn full body, medium low carbonation. Overall: Rich in flavor and very easy to drink.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee beans, toast, biscuit, caramel, cream, milk, and yeast. Hints of brown sugar. Subtle fruit hints of cherry, apple, and fig. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate and coffee. Upfront dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, and biscuit along with some caramel, milk, cream, and yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Some earthy and grassy hop notes in the background. Also some light fruit undertones of apple, fig, and cherry. A very solid Porter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on an American Porter. Good roasty malt flavors with a smooth creamy body.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Substantial dark brown pour, cream, beige-ish head on it, 3/4" in depth. A pretty good looking beer. Aroma, pretty tame, nothing off, nothing robust and jumping out either, mild notes of roasted malts, two row and chocolate, nothing surprising here, just standard.

Taste, good easy drinking porter, again, good roasting, run of the mill for a good porter, no alcohol noticeable, above average bitterness. Packs a lot of caramel and toffee into the beer. The chocolate mouthfeel is the kind with no sweetness. Dry. Pretty enjoyable around a campfire when you're just drinking the sessionable stuff. Would drink again, a good example of regular 6 pack porter stuff when you're not looking for barrel aged geekery or whatnot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a mini-weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a deep brown body with a glow of amber hue at the very base and a thin tan film of head that is soon gone. It is a bit to dense to see much carbonation but a few small bubbles trail up the side of the glass.

S- The dry roasted black malt aroma has a coffee quality to it and a nice fresh roasted quality but is otherwise pretty clean.

T- The roasted black malt is dry with no bitterness just flavor and some grain and coffee qualities to it. There is a soft hop note in the finish that adds a nice bittern note to the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft fizz note in the finish, and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer is very drinkable and has a smooth full roasted malt flavor and it is on the lighter scale of porters. It goes down really fast and I would love to try it on cask.

Photo of richkrull
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dark brown almost black color with a bit of beige head on it. Smell is faint coffee. Taste is alright , not great in my opinion. Pretty bitter, not a ton of flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Decent beer but not great. Worth a try though for sure.

Photo of aleric
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One thin layer of bubbles that instantly dissipated. Dark brown, almost completely black save for some dark amber on the edges.

S - Chocolate and malt. Faint hops.

T - More dry, dark chocolate with bread crust. A green finish, almost reminiscent of lettuce. The hops come into play to create a nice balance.

M - Light mouthfeel, and slightly oily. Moderate carbonation makes it interesting.

O - The bottle advertises "thick, rocky head," but this bottle failed to deliver that, even after a fairly violent pour. Maybe it was a bum batch. But once I was past that initial disappointment I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's hopped more than most porters, but it works... no complaints here. This beer is delicious with a good sandwich, so I'll be buying again!

Photo of prdstmnky
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: Nov '10

Decided to pour this one into a 16 oz mug. Pours a dark brown color, with some maroon edges when held up to the light. I got a finger of tan head that lasted a minute and left a few lace spots a the top of my glass. Some chocolate in the nose, as well as roasted malts and even some coffee hints. Lots of roastiness in the taste, especially upfront. I get some sweetness in the middle, chocolate and even some vanilla, and a fairly hoppy / bitter finish. This is on the upper end of medium bodied, and seems like alot of carbonation for the style.

Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff here.
Pours a nice brown-ruby color with a white head that stays around for a while.

Hops dominate the smell. Quite floral, but there is some underlying roasted chocolate notes as well.

The same can be said for the taste. Very hopped-up for a porter. Big floral hops on the taste buds, but there is some roastedness and chocolate hues here as well.

Maybe a tad too thin, and not quite smooth enough...but still quite nice in the mouth.

To me, this is a "roasted" version of their Lac Du Bay IPA. The two are very, very similar. Luckily, the LDB IPA is a stellar beer so no complaints.

In the end, not the ultimate porter but still tasty and very drinkable.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear brown with a reddish tint when held to the light, with light brown head and decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, burnt caramel and chocolate predominant with a little citrus pine hops beneath.

Taste: Crisp and dry with good malt and caramel flavors, also more hops than most porters...and I like that. Gives it a really good balance to all the malt and caramel.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really good session porter. I could easily have had a couple more. Hoppier than most porters, and I liked that. A good interpretation of the American Porter style.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

5 oz on tap via nitro at Top Hops NYC

A- Jet black with nice whipped cream brown head
S- Roasted malts, but not much else
T- Slight roasted malts, but the nitro was killing almost al flavors. All I could think about was mouth feel
M-Awesome as most nitro stouts whipped cream

O- Love the mouthfeel, but missed the flavor. Is there a perfect nitro stout?

Photo of pmcadamis
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark chocolate brown with absolutely no head save a wisp of fizz around the collar.

S - Chocolate brownies. Tootsie rolls. Very malty and sweet.

T - Double chocolate chip cookies and Tootsie rolls. A hint of hops keeps the sweetness from getting totally out of control.

M - Very sugary and thick up front, but drying up a little bit for a dusty finish that leaves you craving another sip of sweetness! Nicely done!

A good wintery desert porter. Quite drinkable. Hints at sugary "dessert beer" flavors while maintaining a nice level of sessionability.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a deep brown with a decent tan head which fadesrather quickly but leaves some good lacing. Nose is robust, strong roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a hint of hops. Taste follows suit with a yummy mix of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Not overwhelming, but strong - good for a porter. Mouthfeel is medium, a little creamy and a little thin. Drinkability is very good, could have finished a sixer with ease. Overall a solid porter from Central Waters, a little Wisconsin brewery which I've been impressed with to date. Not the best porter I've had, but not bad by any means...give it a try if you can find it.

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. bottled March 2011.

A: Pours a deep brown hue in the body, and a light tan head. Formation pours a two finger head and the retention sinks into a nice layer around the rim. Lacing is left in small amounts.

S: The aroma has a slight roasted note, with a nutty presence. The overall aroma is not too over powering. No English malty note or fruity esters.

T/M: As the nose suggests, roasted and nutty character, with a well balanced sweetness. The crisp mouthfeel gives off a smooth notes. The overall robustness of the beer is a bit low, but nice for the style.

O: All in all this is a nice take at the style, good characteristics of the roasted malt and low hop character. Good brew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

special thanks to alcstradamus for this one.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yielded a creamy 2 finger light caramel colored head with great retention and outrageous frothy web-like lacing. Brew itself is deep almost opaque brown.

S: coffee, caramel, light hint of chocolate.

T: roasted coffee beans, hop tartness, and alcohol. Very smokey. Bit of bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Alcohol also becomes more apparent towards the end.

M: Light bodied and relatively coarse. Very clean and finishes simple and quick with little aftertaste.

D: Highly drinkable. This beer is very balanced for the style. Not overly coffee or chocolaty and with a lightness that makes it go down easy. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a dark mahogany color with amber highlights but looks much darker in aggregate, not much to speak of as far as head...just a little bubbly caramel brown

smell: robust and distinct, espresso, milky chocolate, coffee beans...some dark fruit, not very balanced

taste: everything works out a lot more than the nose would indicate...delicious milk chocolate, nutty and earthy, potent espresso, quite bitter, robust and complicated

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, slight bitterness

drinkability: very drinkable

pretty good, and definately interesting porter...central waters has some good stuff if you can track it down

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Mudpuppy Porter at Moonshine in the Wicker Park area of Chicago. The beer poured a very nice opaque with finger thick slightly off white head that laced nicely. The smell included sweet malt and sligth roast. The taste was a nice creamy porter with good tones of peat, roast, chocolate and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel was medium body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was a pretty good porter and I would definitely try again.

Photo of Bobby12many
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with a small veil of head just floating on the surface. Spotty globs of lacing cling to the sides of my tulip.

S- The best aspect of this beer in my opinion. The nose is full of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and plums. Very enticing smell that suggests something rich, deep, and sweet lies ahead.

T - Roasted coffee and sweet raisin/plum notes abound. Slight bitterness that blends well with the malts. Very nice balance of sweet candy notes and bitter coffee. Finishes beautifully with a slightly bitter coffee tinge.

M - A bit thin with a relatively limp mouthfeel. Feels a bit more flat than the smell and wispy carbonation suggested.

D - A very drinkable Porter with enough flavor and complexity to keep you interested. The biggest letdown to me was the thin mouthfeel. I can see myself purchasing this again as a single 12oz, but doubt I will ever grab a 6 pack.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all about dark roasted, chocolate grains. I comes close to the fine line between porter and stout with some of the grains, but still won't be mistaken for anything but a porter. The grains aren't particularly innovative and there isn't any crazy dry-hopping. But there's a dark, rich flavor, backed by an intense bitter cocoa and coffee aftertaste. Consider that the body is quite drinkable and that the ale is pleasing to the eye, and you've got a winner.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra from Natasharai. Thanks...

Pours a dark brown with decent looking head. Not alot of lacing.

Smells kinda yeasty. Some roasty aromas but mostly yeast smells going on.

Taste is pretty good. Comparable to Dechutes Black Butte. Nice roasty character with a nice sweetness. Good porter.

Mouthfeel is common for the style.

Good example of the style. Porters are not that interesting to me but still good.

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP, yet clear, amber, with a 2+ fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Great retention, with some big and rich looking lacing that hangs in thick swathes. Now this already looks yummy. The aroma is sweet malts and citrus, with a BIG backing crunchy smell of coffee and roasted malts. A gentle floral feel gives the nose some uniformity, with a good evenness between the sweetness and more roasted accents.

The taste is sticky with chocolate and toffee up front, before giving way to a vibrant blast of dark roasted malts, coffee, and spicy hop bitterness. An equal amount of lingering sweetness and dry bitterness finish this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pricklier feel to the carbonation that brings out the roasted character, and then a slicker feel that carries the sweetness. Just an all around balanced nature here to the body.

Wow, just a really nice take on an American Porter here from Central Waters. Full flavored, balanced, and quite quaffable, this would be a go-to for the style if it was more local to me.

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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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