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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 744
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 84 | 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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Reviews: 228 | Hads: 744
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar—upon closer inspection and when held up to a bright light dark amber is visible near the bottom of the glass and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate malts. The smell becomes stronger once the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell, except that the chocolaty flavors are a lot stronger and there is a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but has a nice amount of malty aromas and flavors, particularly those of chocolate malts. I found it to be a good representation of the style. (936 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to be opaque, looks like a stout. Tan foam and lacing up the glass.

Smells like chocolate with roasted malt, slight hint of coffee.

Taste is complimentary to the aroma, with roasted malt eventually winning out to the choco-coffee schematic. Aftertaste of roasted malt/mild coffee...easy to revel in the earthy roast of this fine porter.

Mouthfeel is thin, somewhat creamy, bolstered by that roasty aftertaste. It's not as thick as a stout, though the flavor makes up for the less robust mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, this 6-pk. disappeared quickly from the hoard after a recent WI road trip. (603 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque chestnut with dark cherry highlights and a fabulous three finger head the color of coffee-with-cream. Although it isn't especially rocky, the cap does have a great deal of character and has enough stickiness to result in a better than average lace display. It's hard to imagine--other than even more lace--how this porter could look much better.

The aroma isn't as nostril-filling as I'd like. That said, it is a damn fine porter nose. It's dark chocolate and dark toffee sweet; the beer equivalent of a candy bar (Skor comes to mind). I might be able to pick up a faint hint of molasses, but am struggling to appreciate the 'liberal hopping' that the brewery says is present.

Mud Puppy is solid on the palate. I find myself wanting more flavor because I'm enjoying it so much. A little more aggressiveness would go a long way toward turning what is obviously a good beer into a great one. Moderately roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla-flavored coffee are the principal elements and are co-equal. I wouldn't mind a bit if any one of them stood out a little more than the others if it meant more flavor.

I still don't appreciate the hoppiness that I expected to be present after reading the label. There's a definite tightening bitterness on the finish, so the little green cones must be present in a greater quantity than their flavor contribution would suggest. With warming comes a further melding of the above flavors without, unfortunately, an appreciable increase in taste bud saturation.

I like my porters to be mini-stouts in terms of body. Mud Puppy isn't quite that full, but it's at least medium-full for the style with a mouthfeel that benefits by being on the low end of the carbonation scale. Lightly silky is an appropriate descriptor while lightly chewy is probably not. With a little more malt, this would be a world-beater.

I was hoping Central Waters's Mud Puppy Porter would give Lake Louie's Tommy's Porter a serious run for its money. It doesn't, but it's still a delicious version that has no trouble at all holding down second place in the great beer state of Wisconsin. (2,125 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left some patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and molasses.

T - Very roasty flavor with dark chocolates and toffee. A touch of piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really nice American Porter. I continue to be impressed with Central Waters beers. (443 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one about a week ago as an extra in a trade. I am a big fan of this brewery in general so needless to say I was thrilled to be able to cash in on another one from them. Nice twelve ounce bottle was served chilled in a pint glass and consumed on 09/04/2008.

The pour was just about as good as you can get for the style. A rich dark brown that just about obscured all light from the glass. A nice three inch head of off white foam that came up the side of the glass and hung around for a good bit before finally settling down into the glass and leaving behind tons of side glass lace.

The smell was loaded with chocolate. Rich notes of sweet chocolate that were blended in with a touch of burnt coffee grinds and some nice dark fruits, grapes, maybe some plums balanced throughout the profile. Really nice profile here, with the dark yeast strain that really showed off some nice fruit and cocoa notes, especially as it warms. The flavor was more of the same, rich, with a health does of chocolate and dark fruits, swirling around together. Almost like some kind of quad like yeast strain in here. Very full and very enjoyable. The feel was full bodied with a rich carbonation profile that just added to the enjoyment. An easy drinker coming in around 5% I had no issues in enjoying the entire bottle over the course of the evening.

Overall this was a very solid porter and another knockout from Central Waters. These guys are something to really watch as most everything I have had from them has been excellent. I would love to try some more of their wares as they are becoming more and more solid every day. (1,624 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sending this fine beer as an extra.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a bit of red when looked at through the light. There's a finger of tan foam to cap it off.

S: Pretty typical aroma for a porter. Some dark chocolate to go with a lot of roasted malt notes. There's a little bit of vanilla, even, and certainly a touch of coffee.

T: Like the nose, the roasted malt character is strong in this beer. A mild bitterness results, but there's a smooth, sweet chocolate flavor to mellow that out. Seems to be even a hint of vanilla or cream.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Not quite creamy on the tongue.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, as I have with almost all Central Waters beers. A really nice one to enjoy last night. (776 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Are we sure this beer's name isn't a euphemism for a toilet log? Anyway, it pours a partially clear dark garnet-sienna topped by a finger of light-ish dusty-tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light molasses, light chocolate powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, and toffee. The taste holds notes of light roasted malt, coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and a fairly strong contingent of wood (I'd say oak, but I'm not entirely sure here). The wood and dark-chocolate bitterness combine to take away from the other elements, to the slight detriment of the overall flavor. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice porter, but a bit on the thin side, and the aforementioned flavor issue keeps greatness at bay. (841 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of chocolate, roasted espresso and a hint of anise.

The taste is of chocolate, roasted espresso, anise and an earthy undertone. Sweet and roasty, there is a balancing bitter touch in the finish.

It is creamy and smooth.

A well-made, robust, porter. Delicious and well-balanced! Very enjoyable! (374 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a dark cola brown body and sports a small tan head. Aromas include chocolate roast, subtle coffee. Perhaps a touch of vanilla in the flavor with a hint of smoke. Chocolates, mild sweetness. A touch of roast and coffee beans. Pretty easy drinking with moderate carbonation and a delicate bitterness in the finish. Pretty good. (338 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured a slightly dark brown color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer. The head clung to the edges of the beer but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma has a nice milky, dark chocolate flavor coming from it. It's a pretty simple but very nice nose for a porter. The taste has the same sweet and dark milk chocolate flavor that the nose showed. It finishes with a little roasted bitterness that helped balance out the chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel isn't quite full bodied, but slightly above medium bodied. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but i wouldn't call it low. Drinkability is very good, it was a very enjoyable and easy drinking porter with some very nice flavors. (763 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black in the glass with faint mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy, yellowish beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with huge chunks of soapy lacing.

Roasted dark malt aroma with hints of toast, caramel, dark chocolate and toffee. Slightly smokey with faint earthy hops.

Medium bodied and very roasty up front with lots of toasty burnt malt notes along with hints of smoke, rosted coffee bean and chocolate. There is an earthy bitterness from the hops that compliments the slightly acrid roasted/burnt malt flavor. This is slowly countered mid-palate by a lactic cream profile as well as some silky chocolate, hazelnut and toast. Very dry throughout with a bitter acrid finish. A bit too one dimensional and overly acrid/roasted for my liking making it tough to drink down. (940 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TrueBeliever for this trade...
Appears a black with 1 finger tan ehad that slowly fades and leaves lots of lacing behind.
Smell is of creamy milk chocolate and a touch of creamy cappuccino and molasses.
Taste is of creamy chocolate with a mild touch of lactose and a touch of coffee.
Mouthfeel is velvetty and silky smooth with a mild sweetness and bitterness, along with a semi-dry finish. Full bodied and nice with a slight fizz on the swallow. (460 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit on 23-Dec-10: Central Waters is now in PA. This bottle was purchased at Al's. The nose is chocolatey, sweet and burnt. Lactic sweetness follows the dark notes. A bit of smoke comes with the first sip, a rauchporter perhaps? The flavors are strong and lasting, a marked improvement from the earlier bottle. The lactic flavor continues into the taste, a sweet flavor that goes well with burnt toast and chocolate. A very nice porter when fresh. Smell up to 4 from 3.5; taste up to 3.5 from 2.5; mouthfeel up to 4 from 3.0; drinkability from 2.5 to 4.

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A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with nflmvp.

A: The porter is a dark brown, almost black, color that reveals some deep ruby red colors at the narrower parts of the glass. A 2 finger head has set the stage for a great deal of lacing.

S: The aroma is slightly oxidized, featuring a metallic profile that fights with the caramel for facetime. The aroma is not entirely bad, so I'm gonna stick with my review.

T: The taste sticks with the nose but lacks some of the metallic elements. Lots of chocolate and caramel show off a slight lactic sour flavor. Hops are nonexistent. I'm gonna give this beer another chance to impress me, cuz it's not gettin' the job done.

M: Bitter and sour, this one is all over the place.

D: One bottle is enough for now but I do want to try it again. (1,350 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this one.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, with some dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from CW, thanks Randall. (337 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received as a very thoughtful trade from brdc.. thanks a bunch Dan. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Short lasting khaki head leaves spots of lacing as I sip this brew.. beer is dark brown.. approaching black..

Aroma is a mix of firm cool coffee with lighter roasty chocolate.. some dark caramel as it warms.

Light side of medium on the body ... Flavor is mainly roasted grains with touches of char. Chocolate and coffee .... just the lightest vanilla... dry roasty finish... only "complaint" is I think it could use a touch more sweetness to really help tie things together... but it is still really pretty good all around.

Thanks Dan, this is the first Central Waters beer I've ever reviewed... I am pretty impressed.. Can't wait to try the Charlies. (765 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Holy two and a half inch head and the lacing left was a thing of beauty. Dark dark brown.

S-Roasty would be the key word here.

T- More roasted coffee. Nut.

M- Cheeewy.

D/O- The first night I ever heard of this was in Wisconsin Dells last summer right on one of the lakes. It was the the only beer I'd never had. It took me 3 of them to decide I really enjoyed that beer :) (380 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown-bodied beer with a modest tan head that settles down slowly. Good lacing on the glass.

Excellent aroma of roast malt, bittersweet chocolate, traces of coffee and smoke. Flavor is equally inviting and complex with a surprising smoked note well intermingled with the more familiar chocolate, coffee, molasses and charry roasted notes. A hint of vague, hoppy bitterness in the finish. Very moderate sweetness.

Medium-thin bodied with lively but not overly assertive carbonation. Just a touch of creaminess. Finishes clean and dry and is easy drinking and refreshing. A quality porter to be sure. (608 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head over the almost opaque brownish burgundy brew. Head fades slowly, with lots of lacing. Aroma is powdered chocolate, with darkly vinous notes. Taste finds the same parts as the nose, but the dark fruits overpower the malts, providing a tartness that I can't really appreciate in a porter. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both quashed somewhat by the tartness which just invades most all for me after I get it in my mouth. (558 characters)

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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.