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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Reviews
THE BROS
91
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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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)

Photo of ThirstyHerf
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my brewery snifter, brownish/ black color, light brown head, hint of light peaks through. smells of grain, coffee, burnt sugar.. this beer yearns for a barrel addition.. Taste is about the same as the smell only with a mild sarsaparilla characteristic. mouth feel is a little on the thin side but has a nice creaminess to it as it finishes. Overall, this beer is sessionable but not the best offering ive had from CW. (429 characters)

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

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. (498 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 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 Vierenner
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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! (301 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (493 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (873 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (572 characters)

Photo of dlello2
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (915 characters)

Photo of jedtheavenger
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Super dark brown. Just a hint of light coming through at the edges. Half finger very creamy tan head with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Pretty light nose. Light roasted coffee. Toasted malts. Some bittersweet chocolate. A touch of milkiness. Very light vanilla and nuttiness.

T: Light flavor of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel upfront. Toasted malt with a touch of light coffee in the middle. Slight milkiness in the finish.

M: Light body, thin for a porter. Medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: It's better than average but not quite a solid good. Definitely an easy drinker and maybe a light introduction to the style or dark beers overall. (737 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a six month old bottle in a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: The beer is a deep, deep brown and blood red color that is mostly opaque, though some highlights of light permeate through the body when held up to light. Pouts two fizzy fingers of head that settle into a frothy half-finger of foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel, and a little bit of cocoa powder. Slight coffee grounds smell. A little toasted bread aroma as well.

Taste: Burnt chocolate and burnt grain flavor with some hints of coffee. The beer skips the mid-palate and goes straight from flavor to finish. It's almost as though all the flavor is stuck on the back of the roof of my mouth, which was an interesting sensation. A bit malty, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, surprisingly light carbonation given the fizzy head from the pour. Very dry finish.

Overall: A very good porter overall. Flavors are very traditional, and it is well-brewed. Does not stand out, but does not disappoint either. Certainly worth trying, though there are many more tantalizing porters worth buying out there. (1,069 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of Erish
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of Slyjoker87
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,801 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of JLeege
3.86/5  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. (849 characters)

Photo of ommegoose
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,142 characters)

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