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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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658 Ratings

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 58 | 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 matttttYCE
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.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
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.

Photo of EricCioe
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.

Photo of JLeege
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.

Photo of ommegoose
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
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.

Photo of mooselvlt
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!

Photo of nrbw23
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.

Photo of ahalloin
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.

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.

Photo of robwestcott
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.

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!

Photo of ccrida
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of chaz01
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of anglagard1
2.05/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of CPeterson
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of corby112
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.