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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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620 Ratings

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 55 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jjheinrichs, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

tmarq9, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

orangesol, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very very dark brown. Head is tan, two fingers and lasts well, leaving a fair bit of lacing.
S- Aroma is somewhat sweet, with mollasses and caramel being prevalent with a bit of cocoa in there as well.
T- Sweet up front with dark caramel and molassess being apparent. Near the finish roasted flavors develop more. A bit of charcoal is noticable.
M- Carbonation is spot on. A bit more body would be nice. I like the long finish in this one though.
O- A perfectly fine porter. A bit more emphasis on sweet aspects and not as much on roasted flavors as I usually care for. Worth trying, but it's not one worth extensive search.

jsprain1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of hu5om
5/5  rDev +29.9%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Jamison Pour House with dinner.
I thought this beer was fantastic, must have been just tapped.
A really really, really nice deep brown colored ale with ruby hight lights. Came with a super dense but smallish off white foamy cap that was present the whole way down. And looks nicely carbonated to boot, huh!
A complex malt aroma with a good dose of rich roasted malts some coffee and cocoa with hints of dark fruits and molasses.
Taste was similar with an abundance of rich malts. A good bit of roasted malts some coffee and the like. Very fresh and lively this full bodied beer is with a slightly dry finish.
This beer could possibly put edmund into the back seat as far as porters, although I've not had Edmund from a tap yet.

micromaniac129, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mudpuppy porter pours a black color, with very little head. The smell is thick, lots of malts, a nice coffee undertone, just want you want anything sto smell like really. The taste is full, good heavy malty undetone, with coffee and choclate flavors. Very full porter, no watery taste here. Overall a Fantasic porter.

vette2006c5r, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Erish
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Brewed in June, 2011.

A: clear, nearly opaque russet brown color, the cream-colored head quickly falls into a thin but persistent cap with good lacing.

S: roasted grain, coffee, some herbal hop presence (reminds me of burnt corn husk), bitter cocoa, a faint vanilla and caramel sweetness lies quietly underneath all of the earthen/roasted aromas like a sleeping bear.

T: the bitter cocoa and roasted grain are predominant right away, but their is a core of sweetness that consists of dried fruit, milk chocolate, and burnt caramel, the finish shows off a nicely balanced herbal hop flavor that balances the sweetness and roasted character of the beer. Nicely balanced.

M: medium-bodied, lightly creamy texture, and moderate carbonation with a mineral-dry finish.

O: this is one well put together porter, and one I can highly recommend. Let it warm in the glass a bit, and it will reward you for your patience.

Erish, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davidbowers13 for this one.

A: Pours a solid dark brown (almost black) with a tiny bit of tan head. When held to the light, their are hues of a really deep reds and browns.

S: It smells strongly of chocolate malt. I'm picking up sweet and earthy notes, with just the tiniest hint of coffee.

T: I feel like this beer is really robust. I'm picking up tons of chocolate, a hint of coffee (similar to the tiny amount in the nose). But I'm also impressed by the crispness of this beer. The carbonation is perfect and the hops are extremely well balanced in this brew. The finish is sweet to bitter, with both flavors sitting well on the palate after drinking.

M: It's a full bodied beer. Nice and heavy, but nothing too overbearing. The beer is a bit chewy.

O: I think its a great example of an American porter. This would definitely be a go-to-beer for me if I'm in the mood for the style.

trxxpaxxs, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Slyjoker87
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out dark brown with a nice tan colored head. The head is about an inch and a half think and stays fairly well

S - Deliciously creamy with lots of caramel, nut, and a hint of coffee

T - Rich, creamy, nuttiness on the top. Mellow tastes of caramel smokiness, and hints of coffee throughout.

M - It's pretty light in the mouth, and the carbonation isn't extreme, but that suits the style just fine.

O - This is a wonderfully creamy porter that is highly drinkable and hits the right notes.

Slyjoker87, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Transuluscent brown pour, nice near white head.

Aroma, some toasted malt, caramel and a dose of piney hops.

Taste is more caramelly than chocolatey. Some roast and earthy herbal hop accents. More pine and light coffee in the finish.

Lighter side of mid bodied, good carbonation level. Very nice drinking porter.

Bung, Aug 29, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1 1/2 finger high rocky light tan head (the work of a pretty generous pour down the middle of a plain pint glass) that diminishes to only a thin covering of the beer by the time I'm able to write the appearance section. Lacing is light-moderate. Color is a deep dark brown (nearly black) that is almost opaque but when held to the light you get a wonderful translucent dark brown with a ruby red tinge/highlights all around.

Smell - Smell is that of classic porter roast malt, softer milk chocolate, sweetness, and coffee notes. Additionally I get some hints of nut and caramel, maybe some toffee, and a little hint of vanilla (but maybe that's the overall sweetness).

Taste - Nice coffee/espresso on the initial taste, then I get more of those nice robust roasted malts, smooth chocolate, caramel, and slight bitter or bittersweet qualities on the end. There are also some nutty and caramel notes in there, as the nose suggested, and the sweetness in the taste is just low enough for it to be a nice compliment. Quite a nice example of a porter. Not my favorite of the style, but nice.

Mouthfeel - Smooth describes the consistency perfectly. Carbonation is moderate, more on the lighter side of moderate. Body is moderate as well, again closer to a light-moderate but not simply light. Finish fades pretty quickly and leaves the mouth just a bit dry. A crisp finish, likely because of the smooth and light qualities of this brew. A good mouthfeel, but really just above average.

Overall - It's a nice beer when you're looking for something dark and flavorful but not overpowering, overbearing, and chewy. I certainly would pick up more of this if I had access to it. There are porters I feel are better overall than Mudpuppy, but like I said, this one is a good example of the style.

matttttYCE, Aug 14, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola color, brown black in the middle and reddish around the edges. A 1/2 inch taupe head falls to a thin lace that has some cling. There is caramel malt sweetness in the nose, with deeper, more roasted, and spicier notes underneath. There's a real smokiness coupled with an unmistakable soy sauce (or tamari) aroma, as well. The taste has dark malts up front, with less caramel sweetness than the nose suggests. There's a bright hop sensation that follows, hitting the sides and back of the tongue. The finish has a tobacco quality, followed by a somewhat grainy coffee aftertaste that isn't off-putting at all. The feel is smooth and medium-bodied. It's a bit more viscous than I'd hoped. It has some acidity from the hops, fairly low carbonation, and--again--a grainy quality at the close.

I was a bit surprised by the nose on this one: This beer is billed as having a luscious chocolate quality in the bouquet, but the main thing I'm registering is soy sauce. It really isn't an unpleasant aroma at all, just a bit unique. Overall, this porter has good balance, very nice flavor, and a drinkability that's often hard to find in this style. Well worth checking out for yourself.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 19, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the University of Chicago Pub, 12 July 2011.

This pours something like light black with a two finger khaki head that stuck around a while and left great lace. On the nose there was a smattering of bittersweet chocolate, slightly musty and old coffee, and some roasted malt. It wasn't especially overpowering but it was a classic, pleasant porter aroma. In the mouth those flavors were intensified, the coffee almost getting towards astringent but always staying on the pleasant side of it. The body was a bit light and left a medium finish kind of unsupported, but it did contribute to easy drinking, which at 5.5% is I'm sure was the more important goal.

Overall, this was an enjoyable porter, not quite to the level of Fitz or Founders, but approaching that pretty handily. Between this and Satin Solstice, I like what Central Waters does with dark beers so far.

EricCioe, Jul 14, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, with some amber highlights, thick off white head, great lacing left all the way down the pint, nice looking beer.

Smell- Light coffee and some chocolate. A nuttiness with molasses and citrus sided hops. Smells nice, but is a bit weak.

Taste- Pretty nutty up front with some syrupy molasses thrown in. Milk chocolate and a slight coffee pops up, with a short jolt of citrus hops. A cocoa like dryness and linger is then produced. Interesting, but good.

Mouthfeel- Light for the style with medium carbonation. Could use a bit more body for me personally, but it works.

Overall- A nice light porter, could easily pass as a brown. Gets better as it warms, and the linger is actually quite strong and very flavorful. The thin-ish body is really the only thing holding this back from being in the top tier of the style.

JLeege, Jul 13, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from "The Rookery" sampler, poured into a pint glass. Bottled in March.

Looks to style, with a head that doesn't last all that long, but laces a bit. Lighter reddish hues frame the edges, and this is a lighter porter in general, with some transparency when held to the light.

Great aroma. Probably the best that comes to mind for an American porter. Really bold coffee and chocolate notes.

At first, I'd guess this was a chocolate beer if I didn't know differently. Big smooth chocolate up front, and then a roasty, dry, bittersweet finish. A touch of smoke. Pretty dry, but not chalky. The flavor is bigger than the size of the beer. Boasts the taste of an imperial, without the syrupy body or big sweetness. A few months on this one may have taken some of the hop bite out of it, but not for the worse.

Nothing stands out about the feel, but it doesn't detract at all either. Medium feel, medium carbonation.

This might be my favorite American Porter. I'd take it over Ed Fitz, Anchor, or Sierra any day. After being underwhelmed by my first Central Waters brew, I'm impressed by this one. Will probably buy this again.

ommegoose, Jul 01, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

WillCarrera, Jun 10, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

mooselvlt, Jun 08, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

nrbw23, Jun 06, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

ahalloin, Jun 05, 2011
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

GDBEERMAN, May 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

robwestcott, May 13, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Lemke10, May 04, 2011
Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.