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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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Photo of samie85
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a molasses color with a light brown sugar, two-finger rocky head with thick lacing.

S-Cocoa with a bit of roasty malt and some clean herbal hop notes.

T-A little bit of roasted malt first with dark chocolate and finishes with a dry, dark chocolate finish.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a drying mouthfeel that you're left with.

D-A really nice porter that's has a pretty high drinkability. I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

samie85, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz, bottled 01/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rather aggressive pour is rewarded with 2+ inches of thick tan head above a nearly-black, clear vermillion body; the head displays pretty good retention and leaves lovely cobwebs of rich lace as it recedes. Gorgeous porter.

S: Heavily roasted notes dominate, with bitter chocolate really stealing the show. A bit of vanilla helps give a little balance to the potential astringency, but also comes with some tannic woodiness. Earthy hops appear as it warms. Robust and complex, if not entirely cohesive.

T: Pretty one-dimensional with the bitter roasted malts; some coffee sneaks in to join the baker's chocolate, but brings as much bitterness as flavor. Even more bitterness comes through with a hoppy finish. Not an especially enjoyable brew, even though there isn't anything exactly wrong with it; just overly charred with the roasted malts.

M: A little watery, and most of the carbonation seems to have sacrificed itself to the spectacular head. Not great.

D: I enjoy the aroma throughout, but each sip is a bit of a struggle, and leaves an astringent coating in my mouth.

Notes: I had high hopes for this one, but it just didn't impress me at all where it counts. Way, way, way too hard to drink for a 5.5% beer. Too many good porters out there for me to want to try this again, even though I bet it would be better in colder weather.


woosterbill, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a very dark brown color that produced a decent off-white to tan head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A light roasted profile with molasses and raisin. A touch of vanilla.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell. A good roasted malt backbone with a big raisin and molasses profile. A touch of caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good malt profile with the right amount of sweetness. Just the right amount of light dry and bitterness from the roasted backbone.

(D)- A solid porter with most everything in the right place. A good feel to it for the fall season by a bonfire.

sweemzander, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark dark brown, a shade or two from being black. Thick, creamy light tan head with great retention. Great micro lacing.

S: A little light on the nose. Dark chocolate malt with toffee. A touch of hops. Slight metallic smell...

T: Nice malt profile! Toasted barley, with tasty dark semi-sweet chocolate and rich toffee malts. A touch of hops near the end. Nice crisp, but short finish. No sign of coffee taste that are in most porters (not a bad thing at all, good for my taste)

M/D: Medium to fuller body. A little on the heavier side of medium for carbonation. A little creamy. A little dry, but not too dry. Great drinkability for a porter. Very smooth. After you take a sip you want another one right away, its that good. I could session this.

herman77, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 6/1/10.

A - Poured a deep amber-toned medium brown body reminiscent of iced tea with a thin beige head that reduced to a patchy veil and a splash of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma combines cocoa powder, coffee, hazelnut notes and earthy, woody tones. However, roasted malt really comes to the forefront as the liquid approached room temperature. There is also a hint of leafy hops in the background.

T - Opens with the requisite blend of roasted coffee and chocolate notes, then segues into a nutty malt character with a hint of lactic sweetness. Finishes with a tinge of earthy, woody hop bitterness.

M - Oily texture with a hint of bristly carbonation, although the mouthfeel is somewhat thin overall. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness and hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Solid porter all around with a nice hop character. Not as memorable as their coffee stout, but still quite enjoyable.

ffejherb, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Jcarrane
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown, almost cola like in color, with a good finger of beige head. Toasty malt, coca and mocha strikes the nose. Creamy cocoa notes at first lead into splendid toffee and coffee finish that lingers well after this one goes down the hatch. A very exceptional porter!

Jcarrane, May 14, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured a slightly dark brown color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer. The head clung to the edges of the beer but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma has a nice milky, dark chocolate flavor coming from it. It's a pretty simple but very nice nose for a porter. The taste has the same sweet and dark milk chocolate flavor that the nose showed. It finishes with a little roasted bitterness that helped balance out the chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel isn't quite full bodied, but slightly above medium bodied. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but i wouldn't call it low. Drinkability is very good, it was a very enjoyable and easy drinking porter with some very nice flavors.

billab914, May 05, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Producing a little less then an inch of tan head. Receding rapidly to leave a thin cap and thin lace rings. Color is brown with deep red, almost merlot highlights when held to light.

Aroma is mild with sweet chocolate cake batter, rosty grains and a good amount of well received coffee aroma.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation with a bit of thicker slick oaty similar feel.

Roasted grains are the main show in taste as well as rich dark coffee, bitter bakers chocolate. A little bit grassy into the finish with plenty of coffee flavors and lingering bitter chocolate alongside. The coffee seems a bit misplaced and overly strong in flavor. Not that I do not enjoy it, but it is overwhelming the other flavors I was hoping would come out more and are now subdued.

Buebie, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of TStron
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown approaching black. Strong frothy head.

S - Sweet and light.

T - Coffee aftertaste. A little bit sweet. Roasted flavors that last a while after a drink.

M - Good level of carbonation. Dry but not too dry.

D - A good session beer as it seems fairly light. Good flavors that should hold up well over the course of more than a few bottles.

TStron, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap on my first night on my Madison, WI vacation. I was told to seek out Central Waters, so here it goes.

A: Pours a dark, clear brown. It's got a smooth, half inch off white head.

S: A little weaker than I'd hoped. Pretty roasty, with some bitter chocolate and a little coffee. Pretty par for the course for the style.

T: Definitely stronger than the smell. The roasted flavors come out more, and are matched very well with the bitter, dry chocolate and the coffee. There's also a mild hoppiness to balance it, and a faint spiciness.

M: Extremely dry, which is how I like my roasty porters. Body's a bit on the light side for the style, and the carbonation's low but active.

D: Not the most exciting porter on the planet, but there's no doubt I could drink it all night. A good start to my Wisconsin beer odyssey.

CharlatanSin, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours medium-dark brown with a small white head. The aroma is caramel and chocolate malts. Very sweet smelling. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and caramel malt with a coffee aftertaste. Light to medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Holy two and a half inch head and the lacing left was a thing of beauty. Dark dark brown.

S-Roasty would be the key word here.

T- More roasted coffee. Nut.

M- Cheeewy.

D/O- The first night I ever heard of this was in Wisconsin Dells last summer right on one of the lakes. It was the the only beer I'd never had. It took me 3 of them to decide I really enjoyed that beer :)

Duff27, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of wspscott
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (no date)

A: A very dark brown color that lets through a small bit of light, crystal clear, with a thin light tan head, no lace.
S: Roasted malt along with some light coffee notes, no hint of hops.
T: Roasty malts dominate with some bready/grainy pieces, a little bit of caramel sweetness, maybe a hint of hop bitterness (hard to tell).
M: Drying on the tongue, slightly astringent, a high level of carbonation (a little too much for the style).
D: This is a very good example of an american porter, very smooth and easy to drink, not a perfect beer, but certainly worth looking for if you are in Wisconsin. Recommended.

wspscott, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The brew poured right from the tap at the CW Tap Room shows up thick and frothy with great draping.

S - Long roasty dark malt.

T - Smooth transitions between hops and chocolate released among roated malt.

M - This being served on nitro makes for a great experience in the feel. There texture is thick, smooth and soft all the while taking nothing away from the flavors.

~ If you have a chnce to try CW Porter on nitro, do it. I was a bit of an anit-nitro guy until I started drinking the Porter on nitro. This is a great compliment to a strong brew.

The below information is my original review, which I wrote back in 2007 based on a sampling of this beer on tap.

Guu's On Main
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - The beer pours very well; thick, deep brown, and tempting. The head is an eggshell white that slowly clears to leave creamy waves inviting sip after sip.

Smell - Malty aroma with suble hoppyness creating a great ballance. Few scents compare to that which accompanies this pint.

Taste - There is a bit of hop and then the malt soothes it away with a tinge of chocolate overtone only to yet again be coherst into another taste of bitter return. The taste of this beer is unlike any other I've enjoyed. The ballance and experience in each sip is unmatches by any other porter.

Mouthfeel - It's very difficult to find anything in this beer for improvement. If I had to find one it would be it would be in this category. While the thickness in the pour is very attractive the beer is just a bit thick for my liking. However, as a porter it fits the mold very well.

~ This beer was my favorite beer throughout college. After I graduated, other beers have come and gone but the Central Waters - Mudpuppy Porter still tops the list. Even as the brewery itself moved from its original home in Junction City to it new home less than 30 miles away in Amherst the beer has maintained its exceptional quality. You'll never hear me decline the offer of this fine porter.

cdkrenz, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, near black with one finger of tan head.

Scent of oatmeal, roasted malts, sugars, and faint hops. A nice balanced scent that is more subtle and accessible.

Taste of dry oatmeal, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Finishes dry with roasted malts and a hint of cocoa. I could definitely drink this often; a solid sessionable Porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it has a bit too much carbonation.

paco1029384756, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coal black pour into a snifter, about the coolest, most inviting head I've ever seen on a porter. Big lace chunks.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts.

T: Above, plus some toffee, and a slight citrusy hop finish. Like orange/chocolate.

M: Medium body, smooth.

D: As sessionable as a Porter gets. Awesome!

KI9A, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of cvfish
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color with red highlights that produced a fluffy tan head that had a good amount of retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aroma of this beer is filled with bittersweet chocolate and coffee, toffee (kinda of like a Heath bar), and some earthiness

T - The taste of this beer was kinda of like a Heath bar in a beer, not such sweet chocolate, but more baker's chocolate, toffee, some ground coffee bean flavoring

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - Very drinkable, delicious, rich, are just some of the adjectives that I would use to describe this beer, but again, I always have to go back to this was not as good as the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, but still an excellent beer

cvfish, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown color.

Roasted, coffee, and burnt notes in the smell.

Very roasty, nutty, and earthy, with coffee and a bitter hoppy dark chocolate bite in the end. Very flavorful.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This was a nice porter. Central Waters makes a lot of solid brews.

Strix, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to brdc for the bottle.

Pours a clear very dark brown, some reddish highlights, very thick tan head forms, settles to a thick ring around the glass, good retention, looks nice.

Smell is good, caramel up front, light brown sugar and fruit, some raisin, lots of toasty malt, big biscuit aroma, light chocolate and roastiness, pretty simple aroma but works well.

Taste is neat, lots of chocolate milk character, caramel, tons of biscuit and toast character, works real nice for me, raisin, some fruitiness, brown sugar, rich malty finish, nice porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really smooth and drinkable porter. This was good stuff. Thanks Dan!

Viggo, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled dec 5/09.

pours deep brown and slightly hazy wiht a small dense light brown head. drops fairly fast with plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is great. biscuit. lightly toasted white bread. touch of cracker. caramel. bit of butterscotch. dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. a bit fruity too. touch of vanilla. slightly earthy.

taste is nice. coffee. bittersweet chocolate. biscuit. deep toasted whole wheat bread. touch of caramel. earthy and slightly woody. not as much depth as in the aroma.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced. really liked the aroma, but the taste was a bit of a letdown in comparison.

grub, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Nite Cap Inn in Palmyra,WI
A: jet black, head nice in beginning but eventually dissipated to nothing
S: very good roasted, nutty nose
T: well-balanced, very clean, roasted malt and nuttiness, nice hop bitterness in finish
M: full and rounded mouthfeel
D: very drinkable and well-made

wisrarebeer, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

special thanks to alcstradamus for this one.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yielded a creamy 2 finger light caramel colored head with great retention and outrageous frothy web-like lacing. Brew itself is deep almost opaque brown.

S: coffee, caramel, light hint of chocolate.

T: roasted coffee beans, hop tartness, and alcohol. Very smokey. Bit of bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Alcohol also becomes more apparent towards the end.

M: Light bodied and relatively coarse. Very clean and finishes simple and quick with little aftertaste.

D: Highly drinkable. This beer is very balanced for the style. Not overly coffee or chocolaty and with a lightness that makes it go down easy. Quite enjoyable.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, deep copper, with a thick dark tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left healthy, ringing lace.

S-Rich roasted malt with a nice backing of caramel sweetness and coffee bitterness. Some earthy hop aroma present in the background.

T-Much like the aroma with rich, dark roasted malt up front with accompanying dark chocolate and coffee. Earthy hops in the bittersweet finish.

M-Medium bodied and while not as smooth as I though it would be still pleasant and easy going. Good lingering malt/hop bitterness.

D-A full-flavoured and eminently quaffable American Porter. This is the kind of beer that becomes an easy go to brew in my book. I will make sure to pick up more next time I am in Wisconsin.

Deuane, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a slight ruby hint to it. Has a big, foamy tan head. Head is slow to fall, nice lace.

Sweet roasted malt aroma.

Sweet malts up front in the taste followed by a burnt/roasted flavor and a bitter finish

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth.

Nice, easy drinking beer. Looking forward to trying more Central Waters.

dstc, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of botham
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a deep brown color, almost black, with a sigle finger of light tan head, garnet highlights and poor retention with mild lacings.

aroma is of black and roasted malts with a background of chocolate and a bit of coffee. nicely rich in the nose with a mildly bitter character.

taste is of roasted malts, black malts and coffee beans up front with a finish of roasted malts and some smooth chocolate on the back end. nicely composed with a tasty profile.

mouthfeel is smooth and lightly bitter with burnt, black malts aplenty. a nice porter on the palate with a finish of semi-dry roasted malts.

drinkablility is good. a standard porter that is well composed and brings the roasted malts in droves. very easy going and drinkable with a semi-dry character and a nice mix of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

botham, Sep 22, 2009
Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.