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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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592 Ratings

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 39
Gots: 48 | 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 scoobybrew


4.65/5  rDev +20.5%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep amber color, decent head that settles into a well retained lacing

S - roasted, chocolate-like malt aroma

T - rich dark malts, somewhat smoky with prominent hop flavors, moderately strong hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a really good robust porter - very exceptional. It's quite a treat - try it if you can get your hands on some.

09-06-2009 01:13:24 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of katan


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours the brown/amberish color of a robust porter. Head formation is eggshell white, 2mm in size, well retained. No yeast detected.

S - Slightly roasted malts, weak coffee scents. A little bit of yeast breadiness. No hops nor phenolic notes.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness of 2row, lightly backed up with some roasted notes in the coffee vein. Rather light flavored through the mid-stream - no hopping to note. Some yeast build. Finishes with a more overt hit of chocolate malts, some roasting. Certainly conveys a coffee heritage.

M - Moderate to strong body - a porter with some strength to it. Seems almost stout like. No aftertaste or cling. Carbonation bite is low to non-existent.

D - Manageable abv. Flavors are not overwhelming. Not overly filling - a very sessionable american porter.

A very solid robust porter - although could be a brown in some attributes. Love what the CW folks are up to - need to take a vaca at their brewery.

08-23-2009 04:56:07 | More by katan
Photo of Arsenal04


4.13/5  rDev +7%

Pours very dark brown with some reddish-orange hues buried deep at the bottle with a two finger, very carbonated head that dissipates quickly leaving lace that refuses to fall. Coffee is quickly picked up by the nose, however, nothing too powerful and a faint chocolate shows up after a couple inspections. The taste is confusing me as the smell of the beer doesn't add up to what I imagined the beer to be; this, however, is not a far from a bad thing as I find that the introduction of hops and low ABV balances out this beer to be easily drinkable. A light mouthfeel doesn't coat the mouth or throat. Solid beer that I could find myself sitting down and having multiples of in one setting.

08-11-2009 02:26:21 | More by Arsenal04
Photo of disastermouse


4.58/5  rDev +18.7%

Wow! Great beer!

A - Exceptional! Deep brown with a latte-esque head that stays for several minutes and leaves thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S - The usual porter smell - nothing funky. Coffee and chocolate are dominant.

T - Cherry skins, tea, coffee, and a little smidge of herbal bitterness for balance in the finish. Aftertaste has a bit of an almond skin/vegetable taste. An almost perfect porter taste, in my opinion.

MF - Full, perfectly carbonated.

D - Could throw them down all night.

This is my first Central Waters brew and I'm looking forward to the other ones now.

08-05-2009 06:59:51 | More by disastermouse
Photo of Fartknocker


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a globe glass
A- Fairly dark black appearance, with shaeds of lightness around the edges
S- Combo of coffee and chocolate
T- Simialr to the smell, with a lasting coffe aftertaste
D- A little heavy on the coffe for me, several are fine at a time

08-02-2009 03:38:24 | More by Fartknocker
Photo of mdwalsh


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Immediately upon opening, this beer smells strongly of mocha and dark fruits. Sounded like it had solid carb.

A: Not too dark for a porter, definte browness to it. A small, one finger head and only decent active carbonation considering it's in a perfect pint. Holding up to the light, it appears more red than brown.

S: As noted, mocha and dark fruit, though some malt comes through more, but no hops. None at all. It would be great if I liked coffee, but I don't, and this beer has too much of it. But since they say that on the bottle, I won't knock off too much

T: Again, some mocha/chocolate, but not as much as the nose, and moving towards bittersweet chocolate. I could like this with the right food, but I don't have that now. Still no hops, but that's ok. I'll give it a four. Not sure why, other than maybe if a beer is this coffee like and I'm kinda enjoying it, it must be pretty good.

M: Strictly average, perhaps even too thin for a porter.

D: As usual, this is subjective, if you like coffee/dark choco, then yay.

07-30-2009 20:59:47 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of beerwolf77


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Holding it to the light it's a tawny brown with hints of red and orange. Almost no light can be seen except for when it's held directly in front of the light. Moderate head about one inch thick that leaves plenty of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is strong with coffee and roast malts. I'm getting a slight tart hop scent as well. The flavor is where it's at with this beer. So robust and chewy. Burnt malt, chocolate, coffee toasted bread are some of the flavors I'm getting. Slight hop bit rounds out my innitial mouthful. This beer feels good in the mouth. Full and substantial. Like day old coffee but in a good way.

This is a great beer. I've only had few offerings from CW but so far this is my favorite. It's definately in my top 10 Wisconsin beers.

07-21-2009 00:49:10 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Jason


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date on the bottle.

Big tan frothing drops a whole lot of sticky lace on the glass. Very dark brown, opaque at that. Smells of toasty brown malt, a bit bready and some spice from the hop in the back. Slick and smooth medium body hold a full malt jacket which fires off layers of toasted bread and semi-burnt biscuity grain flavors. A little fruity and yeasty in the middle. Breakfast Blend coffee and chicory comes to mind. Hops help to balance but are modest for the most part other than a spicy note towards the end. Finishes semi-dry with a lot of lingering toasted/roasted grain.

This is a solid American Porter, certainly sessionable.

07-13-2009 01:20:39 | More by Jason
Photo of KarlHungus


3/5  rDev -22.3%

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and a hint of hops. It is very faint though...too faint really. The taste is a little stronger, but still weak for a porter. If I concentrate really hard I can pick up the roasted malt and some cream, and although it is nice it is almost not worth the work. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a less than smooth texture. Overall, this beer is a mild disappointment. I enjoy spending time breaking down a beer, and finding all kinds of nuances in it. But this beer seems like all I'm doing is breaking the beer down without finding anything. I guess this beer isn't bad, and I wouldn't complain to much if I had to drink it again, but I won't be buying it again.

07-07-2009 22:08:53 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of birchstick


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

A - poured black with virtually no head

S - excellent nose. chocolate malt and some hops

T - this was kind of sweet in an interesting way. Sweet malts upfront, which are balanced with some grassy hops. This is followed by a nice roasted malt lingering on the finish. I was hoping for a bit more though.

M - thin and overly carbonated. Felt weird, almost like a soda.

D - Decent drinkability. This was an okay, middle of the road porter...that being said I am very excited to try the Peruvian Morning I picked up from this brewery.

06-29-2009 04:35:26 | More by birchstick
Photo of spointon


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my straight sided Fuller's pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dark and hazy reddish-brown color with a 2" frothy tan head. The head retained a decent while but eventually dropped to a thin cap. Big rings of foamy lace left behind on my glass.

S= Very muted aromas. Produced a sort of vague sweetness in the nose, with some chocolate, roasted grain, and dark fruit.

T= Starts off with a mild malt sweetness, followed by a roasted grain/chocolate/espresso bitterness that builds throughout the sip. Hops were surprisingly noticable and added a spicy/earthy twist near the end. Finished pretty dry with a hint of alcohol present.

MF= Medium bodied, and despite the very large and active carbonation release, this was pretty soft on the tongue.

D= This was a decent porter but I was ultimately underwhelmed by it. The drinkability was good though, and I could easily session this one if I was in the mood and I liked the flavor/aroma character more.

06-25-2009 04:49:35 | More by spointon
Photo of Ragingbull


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Mahogany color with a rim of foam and some lacing in the center of the surface. Flecks of light give some brownish character to the head/beer. The nose is malty with some gentle hops and smoke. Very light body and mouthfeel. Delicate malt structure to the flavor and there is a little bit of a bite at the finish. Very clean and light. Extremely drinkable, but the flavor is somewhat muted due to the lightness of the beer.

06-14-2009 15:25:18 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of Dotcubed


4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Pouring a thick syrupy look ing beer into my Sam Adams beer advocate glass. When are they going to send the founding subscribers something else?

Looks pretty standard, dark molasses looking, thin creamy tan foam.

Smells weird. Can't seem to figure this one out. I'd like to say dried prunes and black licorice.

Super smooth. I can see why this style was popular back when it came out. Earthy, dry. Pleasantly roasted. Tastes vaguely of dark chocolate and some high end coco powder. I really like this.

Not heavy, not fizzed, not watery, damn near perfect.

This has lots of potential as a session beer that I could have all fall, winter, and spring.

05-25-2009 03:01:19 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this one.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, with some dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from CW, thanks Randall.

05-12-2009 23:59:34 | More by Wasatch
Photo of alcstradamus


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

A--Pours a dark brown that glows ruby red when held to the light. Two full fingers of head that recede down but leave a glaze over the top of the beer and some decent lacing on the pint glass

S--Caramel, maybe a little cocoa powder, vanilla, earthy hops

T--A creamy roastiness dominates, reminds me of a good milk stout. There is an earthy hop tone that disguises itself well. There aren't a whole lot of different flavors here, mainly just the usual suspects. Tasty though, for sure.

M--Perhaps a little too thin, but the carbonation is about right

D--Nice sessionable porter here. There are others I would go to first but I could drink these all night if it was available.

04-29-2009 23:36:59 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of morimech


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap with heavy lacing left on the glass surface. The aroma consists of roasted malt. The malt has hints of milk chocolate. Some grass is also detected. Mildly disappointed in the flavor. The malt is rather mild. A little bitterness with an aftertaste of hay or grass. The body is a little thin for the style. Nice carbonation. I was expecting big things from this beer but I was a little let down. Still a solid porter but there are other ones that are much more dynamic and exciting.

04-20-2009 22:24:26 | More by morimech
Photo of lackenhauser


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Deep dark color-not quite jet black but pretty dark with a nice tan head on top. Mellow roasted and somewhat metallic aroma. Moderate graininess to it. Solid and mellow roast flavor. Mild chocolate and cocoa flavors. Lingering hop bite in the finish. A tad sweet. Solid mouthfeel, though again a somewhat sweetish feel to it. Overall a decent US porter. Enjoyed this more the 2nd time around.

03-28-2009 21:57:03 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Got as an extra from Natasharai. Thanks...

Pours a dark brown with decent looking head. Not alot of lacing.

Smells kinda yeasty. Some roasty aromas but mostly yeast smells going on.

Taste is pretty good. Comparable to Dechutes Black Butte. Nice roasty character with a nice sweetness. Good porter.

Mouthfeel is common for the style.

Good example of the style. Porters are not that interesting to me but still good.

03-25-2009 02:15:44 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of roadhouse


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, received as an extra from natasharai.

Appears a muddy red-brown color with a big two inch thick cream colored head. Some moderate lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma has a fruity tone to it with a bit of chocolate and some cream. Quite mild overall.

Taste is chocolaty overall with the fruit tone, kind of figgy or berrylike, mixing in and lasting to the finish, where some roasty lightly roasted coffee flavors come out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice and creamy texture. An easy one to drink.

Pretty solid Porter indeed. Not the best one out there but it seems like it would be a good option every now and then if it was available here.

03-11-2009 04:53:31 | More by roadhouse
Photo of KeefD


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Dark brown, red highlights, very large tan head that left some chunky lacing. Chocolaty aroma with a surprisingly large amount of hoppiness in the nose. Flavor is bitter, roasted maltiness, light chocolate, and plenty of green, herbal hops. Some dark fruits are also in the background, but it's hard to pick up much of these flavors as it's a bit watery. Light bodied and slightly thin for the way I like my porters. Not bad, but not great either.

02-24-2009 23:31:06 | More by KeefD
Photo of Oxymoron


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Isnt that a band name with out the t? Pours a boarder line darker brown to lighter shade of black. Some clarity but still darker with brown hues around the edge of the glass. A soft Charlie brown head with good retention and ok lacing through the tasting.

The nose is mostly malty with some minor off notes. To start there is a more coco powder aroma but some hints in the malt. Some roast and hint of coffee aroma but mostly generic malt notes. Some earthy hop notes and some minor yeasty notes. Some noticeable metallic/blood aromas as well as some oxidation notes.

The taste is a bit muddled but some nice notes once you get them. A more generic malt flavor with more of a caramel and roast. Some minor smoke notes but the wife didn't pick that out. Some coffee and a light lactic quality that gives it more of an espresso taste. Metallic is there but not as bad as the nose indicated. More of a coiny mixed with pepper like thing going on. A bit yeast with some minor fusel notes on the back end.

The body is moderate and has a nice feel to it. Nice drinkability and carbonation is a bit low but does support. Overall some good, some bad and some alright notes throughout the beer.

01-29-2009 23:21:51 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of robbyc1


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

A clear red/chocolate color look, with a nice off white head, dissipates fast.

Smell has roasty malt, a bit of chocolate, and no sign of hops.

Fizzyness gives you the malts and chocolate flavors, not the best, but a nice porter flavor. Drying hops at the end, ends balanced.

Lighter than most in the mouth, but smoothness and creamy balances that.

Very nice drinker, a "session" porter, well done, great to have a few.

01-29-2009 17:56:16 | More by robbyc1
Photo of drizzam


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Got a growler of this straight from the Central Waters Brewery...it's about time I reviewed it as much as I drink it.

Poured aggressively from my growler into a pint glass...the growler had been in my fridge for a couple of weeks so I was worried it might have lost its carbonation. That wasn't the case. Poured with a nice foamy 1 finger tan head that dissipated slowly, leaving a wonderful lacing down the inside of the glass. Held up to the light it was a beautiful dark ruby color.

Aroma was faint chocolate and coffee. Not overly volatile, it seems like it's a bit more volatile straight from the tap. Maybe sitting in a growler killed some of that.

The taste mimicked the aroma (or vice versa). Burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. Light mouthfeel helps make this a highly drinkable brew. This is a solid porter and one I will be drinking for as long as they choose to brew it!

01-28-2009 23:07:24 | More by drizzam
Photo of kidrogers


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Was buying a coffee in princeton wi. when I saw this behind the counter with the rest of the brewers line. mixed and match a few sixers.

poured well, little head but laced fairly well. Aroma was nice, like burnt coffee or dark chocolate. tasted of the same, with a caramel or toffee on the back. Not too bitter, enjoyed it the all the way through. A good porter, and a great surprise to find in a coffee/antique shop.

01-26-2009 03:19:37 | More by kidrogers
Photo of hopdog


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas lactose, chocolate, prunes, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, very light coffee, and prunes. Watery body.

Notes from: 09/15/05.

01-18-2009 19:58:45 | More by hopdog
Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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