Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured into my Stella chalice from a pick your own six-pack from Binny's.
An overall good feeling from this porter. I tend to look for medium bodied porters, like Anchor, and this one fit the bill. Medium bodied, nice aroma, a little sweetness, a little roasted flavor, a little malt, a little creaminess, not too much bitterness. I think they did the job well with this one.
I'm not too thrilled with the label art or the colors for the labels but at least they managed the important things well.
01-16-2012 03:10:17 | More by chetripley
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-10-2012 02:34:37 | More by zeff80
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-07-2012 01:02:47 | More by WoodBrew
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
Nicely balanced, easy to drink. Hops are in check so flavors remain on the palate for complete enjoyment. There is a mild sweetness topped off with a light smokey flavor. This would be delicious barrel-aged ... I need to put that on my want list. Every porter/stout needs to have a barrel-aged cousin!
01-03-2012 00:47:10 | More by Vierenner
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
October 2011 bottling. Tulip glass.
Pours medium brown, but essentially black in the glass, with a finger of tan head; some retention and not much lacing. Smell is sizable roasted malt, touch of dark molasses sweetness and smoke/char which both add nice character. Taste is similar, with some blackened espresso (which is just OK) on the dry finish. Medium body and medium-high carbonation, which a tad high for the style and could use a little more smoothness. Overall, a pretty good porter.
12-31-2011 04:20:32 | More by pmarlowe
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Markfy sent a bottle over in a recent Half Acre-centered trade. Great extra IMO as I'm a huge fan of porters and haven't yet sampled this one. Cheers and thanks, Mark!
Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Good clarity, mahogany in color with reddish highlights. Formed a 2 finger light tan head that receded down but partially retaining. Lacing along the edges of glass.
Aroma certainly invites a sip with oatmeal raisin cookie, toasted pecans, and brown sugar sweetness. Brewed coffee detectable in the background.
Upfront, rich dark chocolate gives way to a nutty finish. Bitterness is moderate/mid-high. Medium-dry finish. Slight earthiness.
Medium-full body offers up an almost unexpected chewy thickness. Medium carbonation.
Overall a great take on the Robust Porter. Excellent flavors and balance, this is one of my new favorites for the style.
12-25-2011 23:47:52 | More by BrewerB
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-23-2011 23:42:08 | More by bsp77
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle - 1 of 5 in a double-blind tasting.
A - Really dark and viscous for a porter. Head is off white... maybe a touch darker than most porters. Like the looks of it actually!
S - Smells like a complex stout! Chocolaty sweetness with some bourbon sweetness in there. Yum to that. Not overpowering... really nice.
T - Interesting. It is definitely a journey! Has all the flavors that I'd have thought but they hit in an entirely different order. Chocolaty funk, some wood and malts, something floral and then caramel. Goes down smoothly and leaves a pleasant taste. There's maybe one idea in this guy not sitting perfectly, but it's pretty damn good.
M - Really nice balance here. No complaints. Full bodied and a touch syrupy but it's balanced by the carbonation and alcohol.
O - Liking the front of the tongue and back of throat the most. Certainly very enjoyable, definitely very drinkable.
12-15-2011 00:57:06 | More by dlello2
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle. No freshness/bottling date was given, although there were months printed on the side of the label.
A--gorgeous deep reddish-brown hue. Small frothy head lingers all the way down.
S--Musty, spicy chocolate and tree bark. The smell isn't terribly present, which was somewhat disappointing.
T--Malty with subtle milk chocolate. The toasted bread flavor comes through at the end. A bit more of a hop presence than I was expecting, which was a pleasant surprise. The hops lend a nice fruitiness that ever so slightly cuts through the malt.
M--Excellent carbonation--not too fizzy and not too limp. The body is more pronounced when it is sipped, but this isn't terribly obvious because it's such an easy drinker.
Overall: It's an average porter. There is nothing particularly exotic about it, but that is in no way detrimental. If the upper Midwest didn't already offer such awesome American Porters (Great Lakes, Founders, Tyranena, etc.), I would probably buy this more regularly.
11-30-2011 03:49:33 | More by jedtheavenger
Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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