Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

227 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 737
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 82 | 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: 227 | Hads: 737
Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, tan head that has impressive persistence. Acidic coffee with floral hops in the nose. Deep burnt umber is effectively black. Starts acidic with big notes of toasted malt and coffee. There's a nice medium bitterness. Finish is smooth, coffee/roasted malt with a touch of acidity.

This is really nice. A bit thin, but quite nice. If you like coffee, then this is for you! (391 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Great clarity to this dark brown yet translucent beer. Head is just barely off-white and holds a tiny cap of foam. Some spotty lacing.

S - Smooth chocolate malt, a depth of honey-like sweetness. Quite aromatic and fresh.

T - Dark malt is smooth and balanced out with a distinguished earthy/piney hop flavor. No sweetness to speak of. Hop are the dominant flavor component and lend considerable bitterness on the backend and in the aftertaste, also a little bit burnt malt.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Great aroma and look. Flavor swung to far towards hoppy for the style. I could use a touch of sweetness and more dimension of malt. Feel was close. This is the only Central Waters beer I would pass up.

Judgement - Pass on it. Decent brew but not worth going out of your way for. (858 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at bottled in May 2013. A beer from Central Waters that I haven't tried before. Expectations are decently high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about a half finger of tan lace that thins to a ring quickly. Pours a dark cola colored body. Dark in the glass, but no opaque. Ruby / mahogany colored body when held to the light.

S - Smell kicks it up a few notches. Some coffee, malt roast, pure vanilla extract, mild chocolate, and maybe a slight hint of mineral presence & dirty earthy hops.

T - Taste is of bitter coffee bean roast, malts, hint of earthy hop bitterness, some dark fruits like raisin and fig, some mineral presence, and some unsweetened chocolate.

M - Feel is of a nice sticky bitter coffee / malt roast. A fitting end.

Overall, I thought it was a good beer. Nothing extra special or complex, but Central Waters knows how to do it right. Easy-drinking 5.50% abv, good carbonation, and good flavor. Worth a try.

Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter ---4/5. (1,030 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with mahogany highlights and a modest khaki head that soon settles into a swath of patchy frogspawn. Grains of sediment are readily apparent as they bob among the rising bubbles of carbonation, which I don't think I've ever seen in a porter before. There's a load of dark chocolate in the nose along with a hint of caramel and little else, which is fine by me.

As for the taste, roasted chocolate malt sneaks in at first blush before a deluge of resinous, citric hops override it. The bottle mentions the relatively high hopping, but there was barely a rumor of it in the nose, so it's a little surprising nonetheless. Not sure that I've tasted so much pine in a porter before, with the possible exception of Stone. The high level of hopping almost works, but I'm afraid it asserts itself a little too mightily, as the malt flavors never get a chance to shine. The mouthfeel is smooth and moderate--on par for a porter. Noticeable stickiness lingers on the lips after sipping.

If they dialed down the hops a few notches, I could see this being a quite a tasty porter. As is, I'm afraid the balance is too skewed toward the bitter end, which might work with a lighter style, but not with a porter (at least not for me). (1,247 characters)

Photo of Rob107
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: nice dark color and one finger of thick creamy head, very nice appearance

S: not picking up any chocolate or coffee others had mentioned, just a nice roasted malt smell

T: very nice roasted malt taste, but not very complex; perhaps I have an older bottle since I can't detect hops of any significance as mentioned on the bottle; still pleasant and clean tasting

M: mouthfeel is watery, about average for a porter

O: overall I enjoyed this beer, it is a decent porter but not as good as the top contenders. it would be a great choice to complement any non spicy meal. (573 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was given to me as a gift, I love porters so I have high hopes for this guy. Poured in a nonic. Never heard of this brewery before.

A: Poured a deep dark brown, basically black, with a thin tan head and bits of lacing

S: Smelled of chocolate, barley, malt sugars, brown sugars, some wheat and yeast, along with a bit of hops

T: Pretty rich flavor, fairly sweet, brown and malt sugars, barley, chocolate as well, tasting a bit ore hop than I would've expected

M: Little more carbonated than I would like, but it is well balanced with the flavor, adds a bit of crispness to the rich, full bodied flavors

O: This being y first beer from Central Waters, I would say good job, it was very enjoyable and allowed me to relax a bit while I did some work. A very good porter. (777 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a Variety Pack I made up while touring CW! 12 oz, Nov 2012, bottle poured into Snifter

A- Jet black with thick 2 finger tan head. Tons of Yeast sediment floating throughout…should be getting plenty of B Vit with this brew!

S- Toasted brown malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes with some subtley lingering hoppy spices.

T- Great coffee flavor. Dark chocolate, toasted bready/biscuit flavors. Deliciously warming on a cold Wisco winter night.

M- Medium body, creamy and smooth

O- A fantastic American Porter. A delicious Winter Beer with excellent flavor and balance. (587 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. Bottled on March 2012. Nearly a year old and it had some goop on the bottom of the bottle, mmm goop. Thank Wes for the extra!

A - Pours a pitch black body, a rather dark porter that shows just a hint of brown on the edges when held up to the light. One finger of off white foam with some real nice lacing and retention.

S - Bitter coffee beans and smooth milk chocolate. A touch of roasted malt and vanilla. Smells a lot like a malted milk ball. Real nice!

T - Milk chocolate, coffee and cream, and lasting roasted mats. Not as great as the nose.

M - Thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty spot on for a porter.

O - The char gets to be a bit too dominating on the aftertaste, but this is otherwise a nice porter. Its held up very well considering its almost a year old. (831 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint.

Two finger dark tan head, jet black beer with red hue at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of vanilla, bourbon, oak, woods, and roasted malt.

Taste: coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted malt with a hop bite at the end

Mouthfeel: thick, creamy, and smooth

Overall, this is a fine beer! I enjoyed this, but overall I found it to be a fine example of the style. This is an excellent winter beer. Please try. (425 characters)

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

From 12/7/12 Tasting Notes... Seasonal selection on tap at the local supper club. This was served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

A) Dark brown with a nice finger of dark tan head. The head had nice retention, slowly settling to a dusting, ample lacing.

S) A nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee beans, chocolate, and a pleasant sweetness that was like melting brown sugar. Not overly sweet, but worth mentioning.

T) Near the nose, with an enjoyable taste of coffee, chocolate and toffee/caramel sweetness. There's some piney hops too, which was nice, and just bitter enough.

M) Pretty creamy, medium body, moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with a nice aftertaste.

O) Had this in a bottle a while back, and I recall that I liked it, but I was really impressed with it on tap. This is a very tasty porter, and I would gladly recommend it.

Paired this with a fish fry, which was also good going down. This was not the case later that night, thanks to the stomach virus that's been going around. (1,000 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of aleric
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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! (768 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pumking glass on 8/16/12

Bottled on: June

Dark brown with highlights of deep crimson. There isn't all that much of a head and the foam that's there isn't inclined to last over time. Dense beer; suspended sediment. Very little lace.

A lush, smooth chocolate aroma is accented by coffee beans and roasted dark chocolate. Piney hop notes are interwoven and a touch of green to an otherwise roasty nose. While the underlying roasty chocolate flavor and medium-full body are smooth, pine hops and moderate carbonation add a layer of pleasant agitation and residual bitterness. It's quite simple, but plenty tasty.

I reckon this may be too hoppy a porter for some folks, but it works just fine for me. I'd enjoy this from time to time if I were geographically able. Recommended if you like hoppy porters. Wish I had more of this. (841 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out the expected dark brown color, with a single finger of tan head for about a minute, no real lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, a little splash of coffee, and that's about it. I can't really find the expected scent of toasted or roasted malt. Tastes of the roasted malt I was expecting to find in the nose. Further investigation reveals a bit of sweet malt and earthen hopping in the flavor once the beer has warmed up for a bit, and a medium body and carbonation level. Honestly, this is a fairly average porter, it doesn't do much to stand out from the crown IMHO. (604 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee notes. Taste is coffee up front, then the chocolate kicking in at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, one that I probably would have enjoyed more in the winter. (279 characters)

Photo of rodkin
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby with a 1.5 finger light tan head, which reduces to a small foam covering.

Smell is roasted malts. Some coffee, some chocolate. Nice, but nothing special.

Taste is like the smell, but a bit more flavorful. Maybe a tiny hit of dark fruit sweetness. It's pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, and a little undercarbonated. Pretty average.

A decent porter. Pretty easy drinking, definitely sessionable, but nothing to write home about. (456 characters)

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

Central Waters is my favorite brewery but I had never had their porter before. I found it to be pretty good; nothing great but nothing bad. It was very easy drinking with a nice roasted coffee malty taste. For me to rank a beer really high it has to knock my socks off with the taste or alcohol. This beer didn't do either but it is a very drinkable dark beer if you were looking to knock back a few of them in a row. (417 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davesway10 for the bottle!

Pours black, very nice, with a rocky dark tan head. Retention was great, receding to a nice foamy layer.

There's a nice roasted note in the aroma, along with a subtle roasted coffee. It's light overall, but nice.

Coffee, roasted malts and a bit of bakers chocolate are much more forward on the taste than the aroma. Very subtle bitterness on the finish.

Nice medium body, and creamy.

Nice porter! (441 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 dexterk1
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice dark color almost totally black. Head is thick and hangs on for a few minutes.
Odor is sweet toffee, caramel, malt. Overall very nice.
Taste is of malt and brown sweet at first. Coffee comes near the end and lingers afterwards.
Mouth feel is a little lighter than I would expect from the looks of it, but it still works very well with the flavors.
Overall a quality porter. (395 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from eorwar. Thanks Erik!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a creamy beige head that thinned out some but still left a sheet of lacing.

S - roasted malt and coffee.

T - rich, roasted coffee with bitter chocolate and a bit of espresso on the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - I love a good American Porter and this is quite lovable. (397 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a seriously dark murky brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that lasted a good long while, reducing to a few foamy puddles and a large collar which produced some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was mild of a roasted chocolate malt, a light resin hop and a mild leathery yeast with hints of chocolate and coffee.

The taste was lightly sweet with a creamy chocolate note at first then became nice and malty with a big dose of coffee and a mild hoppy finish. The flavor hung around for just a little while with a nice bold hoppy coffee ending.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and had a mildly dry texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a bold and roasty brew with a nice blending of hops, which worked very well with the dark Porter flavor. (820 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a very nice layer brown with a bit of amber to the edges. There is slight head, bubbles quickly recede leaving minimal with no real lacing.

Big carmel and toffee nose, a bit of roasted malt beneath that but this is a gently sweet aroma that heightens the overall beer quite a bit.

The taste is flat compared to the nose. It is malt, without much depth or complexity. It's spot on without being overbearing; but the lack of depth here is very disappointing.

Mouthfeel is excellent, perhaps a bit light but no glaring errors.
Solid offering, there are better porters out there but this would be in rotation if it was available locally.

(162nd) (657 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (693 characters)

Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.