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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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552 Ratings

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 36
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002)
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Photo of WillCarrera


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, some light manages to make it through the glass when held to light. Produces a finger and half of frothy, light tan head.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, a bit of chocolatey sweetness.

T- Loads of coffee and roasted malts, has a charred malt, dry finish. Slight caramel sweetness, hops have a considerable presence.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, creamy feel. Leaves a long, dry roasted taste on the palate that makes you want to keep drinking it.

O- A solid porter, I'm a big fan of the dry, roasted finish, I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:43:57 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of mooselvlt


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark, rich, deep amber brown. Absolutely wonderful 2 + finger head of frothy, deep tan foam. Retention is heavy....Tons of lacing. If you're a porter fan you will love the look.

S - Coffee, deep and rich malts. Earthy, grainy, full nose.

T - Good Lord is this good! Wow, subtle coffee, wonderful malts, earthy grains!

M - Creamy, smooth, extremely drinkable. Fits the nose and taste to a T. Its a robust porter, bordering on stout

O - Really enjoying this one. CW does it again in my opinion. I love this brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 08:07:38 | More by mooselvlt
Photo of nrbw23


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a odd brownish color with a nice tannish colored head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is pretty solid. Lots of caramel, hazelnut, chocolate milk and a touch of coffee.

T- Roasted malts and barley, along with coffee, chocolate, and a touch of darker fruits here too.

M- A bit thinner than I'd like and carbonation is low.

O- A very solid porter and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 20:58:12 | More by nrbw23
Photo of ahalloin


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in December, drinking in June.

Pours a dark brown, clear fluid with mahogany highlights. Dark off white foam cap forms easily and recedes to lacing that sticks around to the bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing clings to the glass as well.

The smell is medium strength with a firm dark chocolatey backbone, some dark dried fruits (prune), and a touch of espresso quality. A nice roast shines through as well.

Chocolate and espresso roastiness dominate the taste with some background caramelly sweetness. The roasty quality is quite prominent almost to the point of astringency.

The mouthfeel is a little weak on this beer, but I'm wondering if it is because of its age. The mouthfeel is medium, but with a slightly astringent burning, roasty finish that detracts slightly.

This is a very nice representation of the style, but could use a stronger mouthfeel. It definitely stands out as a quality porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:36:22 | More by ahalloin


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 14:46:43 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of robwestcott


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks (i guess) to jojomdma for this one...

bottled April 2010 and poured cold from the bottle a dark ruby cola brown to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a full finger and a half foamy, short lasting off white head, leaving a thin rim of lace after sips.

aroma of creamy milk chocolate and and hint of caramel in the wayback.

very nice chocolate up front fading to a subtle bittersweet fairly quickly. dark malts with a hint of bitter hops presence.

light bodied, medium carbonation, mostly sweet.

drinkable - yep.

overall - good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:25:48 | More by robwestcott
Photo of Lemke10


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a very dark brown color with a decent off brown head on it that leaves a little lacing. Scent has some robust and sweet carmel malts. A bit of a coffee/cocoa scent as well. The robust malts hit the taste buds hard with a good cocoa flavor that is smooth and delicious. Very well made and quite tasty with so much flavor, this is definetly a sipping beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:50:55 | More by Lemke10
Photo of ccrida


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Mudpuppy porter is a dark brownish red with a light tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is robust, lots of sweet caramel, chocolate, marzipan.

Taste is good, on the sweet side for a porter, lots of marshmallow, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a solid porter, perhaps a bit sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:25:30 | More by ccrida
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 21:44:54 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of zeledonia


2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled August (I assume 2010).

Pours a dark reddish brown with an ample light-tan head that slowly recedes, leaving good lacing. Looks a bit light for a porter, but otherwise good.

Smells good, but kinda funny for a porter. Lots of sweet dark caramel malts, a hint of chocolate, some dark fruits (prunes) and a hefty dose of yeast that comes through late. I get none of the roasted aromas I expect, and despite the bottle claiming they used lots of hops, I don't catch a whiff of them. Smells more like a doppelbock than a porter, with that sweet breadiness. I'm conflicted - I kinda like the smell, but they say this is a porter. And for a porter, it doesn't smell even close to right.

Taste comes through sweet and malty again. A bit more roasted flavors than there were in the smell, and it's slightly less sweet than the nose would suggest. There's a hint of bitterness, but it quickly fades away. This beer has no bite, no kick. It just tastes thin and rather simple.

Mouthfeel is okay, but (yeah, I gotta say it again) it just ain't right. Body is medium-light, light carbonation. Could use more body and more carbonation.

This is a weird beer. To me, it drinks like a hybrid between a doppelbock and a porter. The flavors are thin and subdued. Not a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 02:29:07 | More by zeledonia
Photo of chaz01


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle courtesy of trade with thirdeye11 - pored into a tulip glass.

A. Dark brown, opaque with a tan head receding to a collar.

S: Mild roastiness with a smoky, woody character with some chocolate notes.

T: Burst of roasted, chocolate malt flavors greet the tongue -- stronger flavors than I was expecting. Bready burnt toast flavor with some chocolate mixed in. Long, dry, roasty, burnt toast finish.

M: Med bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Nice, rich porter with lots of roasted maltiness flavors. Complex enough to keep you interested, light enough to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:46:12 | More by chaz01
Photo of richkrull


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:49:21 | More by richkrull
Photo of anglagard1


2.05/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Next to no head with an admittedly weak pour. Looks like porter. The smell has a slight porter smell to it. Initial taste has a hint of porter mixed with water and vegetation. Succesive sips prove less rewarding. Mouthfeel is similar to Budweiser, not what one would expect from a porter. I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle, as generally I'm not too far of the mark in my opinion. I don't dump beer down the drain, but I was glad when I was finished with this one and moving on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:39:28 | More by anglagard1
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with red highlights, one level finger of light tan head.

Coffee aroma, light with amybe a little milk in it.

Coffee au lait begins the taste. Earthy hops at the swallow. Clean finish. Chewy.

Medium mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

Definitely worth trying, a sturdy solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 23:47:24 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good cask porter here. The head is out of control huge on the pour - mousse looks-wise, but not so dense in feel. Underneath, very dark brown. The smell is bland at first - wasn't shocked. Mostly the soft roasted character of the grain is apparent. Had this been served at the proper temperature I may have immediately picked up the wonderful chocolate aromas, quite similar to Young's Double Chocolate Stout, that arose by the time I was, of course, almost done and temp was perfectly un-cold. Definitely leans toward brown porter and not choc stout though. Everything gels with this ale when the temp was right, damn shame. By the end, not only did it taste good, it drank/felt a good bit more substantial, almost grainy as well. A tad too watery when cold.

Well done. I'd offer that the flavors and aromas would come out better with this force-carbonated, so I'll have to keep an eye open for it.

Serving type: cask

01-30-2011 01:33:59 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. "Microbrew for the Microfew" I like it.

4.0 A: Deep brown color. Either clear or translucent, I can't tell. Just one finger of creamy beige head with average retention that leaves a nice ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Fairly simplistic here and not very intense either. Roasted malts, a burnt component, a touch of smoke, and grainy malts.

3.5 T: The taste is also a bit simple, but it is tasty enough. Roasted malts, burnt coffee, and a touch of something similar to tobacco. This isn't all that balanced as it has very little sweetness or fruitiness.

3.0 M: Medium body. This feels dead on the tongue. It's mildly undercarbonated and what is there is heavy as opposed to spritzy. Roasty bitterness on finish.

3.5 D: This is okay, but it could use some complexity or at least some sweetness. It's not mindblowingly roasty, but the roastiness is amplified due to the lack of everything else.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 17:06:44 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of CPeterson


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a nice semi-translucent brown, almost opaque copper in the glass. A fair amount of light shows through. Leaves a floaty, broken lacing.

S -- Nutty, dark chocolate, caramel, and roasty earthiness.

T -- A roasted caramel, sweet then lightly bitter, herbaceous hops, coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla.

M -- Full bodied and well carbonated, a little drying from the roast and the hops.

D -- Very good. A well balanced offering and well worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:06:10 | More by CPeterson
Photo of corby112


2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 09:17:48 | More by corby112
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 17:57:52 | More by womencantsail
Photo of prdstmnky


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 04:24:50 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of meatyard


3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a tan, 2-finger head that has decent retention but only leaves wispy bits of lace.

The smell is very mild. What's there is coffee and dark malt. A little cocoa shows up as it warms.

The taste is also mild. I get little up front but in the finish there is mild bitterness, a little coffee and roasted malt. An aftertaste of coffee does linger.

Mouthfeel is close to thin with barely moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Still not getting the CW love. There are many better porters than this one. It's just boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 21:49:20 | More by meatyard
Photo of Fish113d


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark molasses color with a 1-finger thick of tightly packed, creamy tan head that sustains for a long period of time after the pour.

Butterscotch aroma at first giving way as I continue to sniff to some slightly burnt (smoky) or roasted dark malts. A bit of roasted coffee and maybe a slight bit of hops also come through.

Sipping reveals a very roasty dark malt flavor with hints of cocoa as well as a general coffee taste. A bit of toffee comes through toward the swallow, and a roasty aftertaste remains on the tip of my tongue. Very nice.

Very nice mouthfeel. It's how a porter SHOULD BE. It seemed a bit thin on the first sip, but it actually is quite the opposite as I continue to drink it. Very nice balance.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew. I don't drink many porters (as I am more of a big ale or barleywine fan) but this one holds it's own. Well done. I could easily drink a 6-pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:36:54 | More by Fish113d
Photo of BeerLover99


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep brown, black hue, but shimmers of cardinal red. excellent lacing as i sip away.

S- toffee, roasted nuts, coffee, smells a little more like a brown ale than a porter.

T-sweet toffee, nutty, mild bread, solid coffee with hint of bitter in finish.

M-med/light body, slight prickle on tongue from solid carbonation.
goes down rather smoothly.

D-Highly enjoyable and could have a 6 pack with ease. Nice offering by Central Waters, I look forward to having more of their beers.


Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 17:45:39 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of SamuelJackson45


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a Black coffee like body with a tan head even lace.

S-Robust aroma from the dark malts giving off a coffee tone to it and hops.

T-Robust flavor like coffee and a little sweet like caramel from the malts and sweet wort.

M-Grainy gritty texture to the pallet.

D-Good beer from Wisy. Mudpuppy

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 08:01:50 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of bound4er


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Muddy brown with crimson highlights. Light tan head of about three fingers that recedes nice and slow.

S. Caramel malt, cracker and bitter sweet chocolate aromas.

T. Clean, crisp roasted malt with some chocolate bitterness. Some prickly hops sneak up on the finish.

M. Light to medium body with a semi-creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation.

D. This is a classic styled Porter through and through that I could drink a 6-pack of in one session without a problem. CW's best year round beer IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 03:20:31 | More by bound4er
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