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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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563 Ratings

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 37
Gots: 42 | 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:
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body pours pretty much black with only hints of dark brown when held to light. Head easily reaches four fingers and quickly turns rocky like a root beer float. Nose is mouth watering with big tones of carmel syrup, toffee and fudge brownies. Enters the mouth toasty with dry chocolate notes. The nose almost carries the carmalized malts onto the back of the tongue. As it warms a ever so slight sweetness does break through the overall dryness. Mouthfeel follows through with the dry feel but in a comfortable way. This isnt a huge alchol % brew but it demands to sipped and enjoyed slowly.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 19:32:50 | More by SPLITGRIN
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink this all the time so I was puzzled when I noticed I had yet to review this beer. Poured on tap into a pint glass this has a chocolate brown color with a brown 1 inch head. The aroma is chocolaty with some hints of honey and malt. The taste is sweet with strong notes of chocolate and hints of spice and nuts. The body is medium with mild carbonation. This is just a great session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 19:02:22 | More by WJVII
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rose for bringing this back from Wisconia. Into the typical American shaker...

A - Nice tight tan head, two fingers worth. Dark body with some dark amber tinting around the edges.

S - Sweet chocolate under assertive roastiness and a good dose of piney hops. Very light esters which add to the aroma. Solid, nothing wrong at all.

T - A little watery at the entry, with chocolate and cream flavors. Nice roasted malt/coffee flavors pick up around the midpalate, and intensify at the swallow. Finishes roasty and slightly smokey. Esters are present, mild.

M - Right what I expect from a porter, full and silky.

D - This is what one expects in an American Porter, sweet and dry, balanced, with all the usual flavors. Aside from the weakish entry, everything is what you would expect, a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 04:08:38 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a big thick foamy head on a very dark amber body. Some good cascading here. Smells of buttered bread, caramel, coffee, and a general sweetness. The taste was primarily sweet and coffee. Not very complex. Bit of hop in there as well, and a somewhat odd "chalky" finish. Not a bad brew, but having had a Sand Creek Badger Porter just the day before, this one pales in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 20:42:25 | More by ibashmuck
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty damn good sitting there in my pint glass. A dark, almost black brew sits in wait, with deep reddish hues showing around the edges when backlit. A nice and tight one finger tan head formed on a typical pour, and displays good retention, especially considering the very fine, mild level of carbonation. Thin, clingy sheets of lace grace the inside of my pint glass.

Very nice nose on this of creamy nuts and dark chocolate. A hint of fruity esters suggest a nice mix of field berries, raspberries, strawberry, and some blackberry. Earthy aromas also greet the nose, perhaps from the hops. Has me looking forward to the taste.

This is a tasty porter. Flavours are much like the aromas described above, but a nice roastiness appears and asserts itself, not to dominate but to take the centre stage. The roasted character hints at anise and char.

This is a medium bodied porter with a nice, smooth, creamy feel, that is pleasantly interrupted by the very fine, almost prickly level of carbonation. Very well balanced and with nice depth, creamy and nutty malts square off with chocolate, more roasted malt flavours, fruity esters and leafy hops.

This is a very drinkable porter, i have to restrain myself while typing this review. Almost sessionable with its 5.5% abv, but this would make a great all nighter, especially during the cooler but not quite cold days of spring and fall. Hopefully i can find more of this as this is one of the best porters i have had the pleasure of trying. Highly recommended for fans of the style, there are more robust porters out there, but porters with the balance yet roasted edge and creamy feel of this one are not so easy to come by.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 22:28:16 | More by demcorhip
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one about a week ago as an extra in a trade. I am a big fan of this brewery in general so needless to say I was thrilled to be able to cash in on another one from them. Nice twelve ounce bottle was served chilled in a pint glass and consumed on 09/04/2008.

The pour was just about as good as you can get for the style. A rich dark brown that just about obscured all light from the glass. A nice three inch head of off white foam that came up the side of the glass and hung around for a good bit before finally settling down into the glass and leaving behind tons of side glass lace.

The smell was loaded with chocolate. Rich notes of sweet chocolate that were blended in with a touch of burnt coffee grinds and some nice dark fruits, grapes, maybe some plums balanced throughout the profile. Really nice profile here, with the dark yeast strain that really showed off some nice fruit and cocoa notes, especially as it warms. The flavor was more of the same, rich, with a health does of chocolate and dark fruits, swirling around together. Almost like some kind of quad like yeast strain in here. Very full and very enjoyable. The feel was full bodied with a rich carbonation profile that just added to the enjoyment. An easy drinker coming in around 5% I had no issues in enjoying the entire bottle over the course of the evening.

Overall this was a very solid porter and another knockout from Central Waters. These guys are something to really watch as most everything I have had from them has been excellent. I would love to try some more of their wares as they are becoming more and more solid every day.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 22:17:31 | More by mikesgroove
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a small tannish head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolatety balck malt, vanilla and dark fruit. The Flavor is initially acidic then a bit sweet choclate. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes long and bitingly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 18:41:05 | More by kmeves
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As you bring the glass to your lips the roasty, bready notes leap out of the glass at you. Afairly rich tasting porter, with flavors of roastiness, some coffee, tobacco. Bitter up front, sweet in the middle, with a dryness at the end. For an everyday (non-Imperial) porter, this is pretty good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:09:55 | More by Flyer
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost black with a tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Fresh baked cookies, brown sugar, roasted nuts, candied fruit & caramel with hints of coffee & cinnamon toast. Wow.

T: Toasted malt, roasted nuts, brown sugar, toffee, decent ale fruitiness, dark caramel, hints of chocolate & coffee with a subtle spicing (well-rounded hopping). Balanced roasted bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slight residual sweetness with hints of roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

If you like a robust porter, this is one heck of a brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:06:54 | More by Derek
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint from a 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a rich black with a dense 3 finger head that settles VERY slowly to leave sticky, dense lace all around the glass.

Aroma is nutty and a bit floral, with a whiff of burned chocolate. Coffee comes out as the beer warms.

Taste is of dark rich chocolate with a bitterness that allies the malt profile. Toasty malts give an essence of coffee and caramel, dates and figs. Fruity flavors of the hop profile come through.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, could be a little more slick, but good nonetheless.

Good Porter, I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 22:45:06 | More by wheatyweiss
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Poured from a growler into a Central Waters' pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque ebony with a glimmer of burgundy and a thin rimming of cream-colored head.

S: Subtle hints of coffee, sweet caramel malt and honey. Hops emerge in the background.

T: Solid caramel malt base with assertions of coffee, followed by notes of chocolate and toffee. Moderately bitter finish.

M: Silky smooth.

D: Highly drinkable. Exceptionally sessionable.

I've been pounding this puppy for years and it remains my favorite American Porter to date.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2008 05:18:47 | More by CaptainIPA
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flyingbison for this as an extra...poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cab glass...

Coca-Cola-colored body with well-constructed latte-colored lacy head.

Mild scent of roasted coffee and toasty chocolate malt. Slight birch beer tinge. A little chocolate and peanuts/peanut butter mixed in add to the intrigue; smokiness emerges subtly with warmth.

Very nice - French roast coffee. Lots of slate. Slight back-of-mouth hop bitterness. Quite peanutty. Clean and balanced - excellent stuff!

Well-constructed mouthfeel with balance and long finish. Bitterness is well-placed in confines of roast and not as an aftertaste.

A pleasure to drink and savor. I don't normally gravitate towards Porter too much anymore but this is one of the best I've encountered in a long time. Sessionable!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 10:16:56 | More by IBUnit63
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown. Almost black. This is covered by a creamy, dark-khaki, 1 1/2 finger head that has decent retention and left sheets of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of chocolate malt, roasted malt, cocoa, toasted wheat bread, and hops.

T: Nice flavors of deeply roasted malt, dark chocolate, toast, pan roasted nuts, charcoal, and grassy hops. Bitter coffee dominates the finish.

M: Starts full and silky and becomes drier and more bitter as it progresses towards the finish.

D: This is a tasty and respectable porter. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 23:30:15 | More by GbVDave
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1.73/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

oooh not so happy with this so very unfortunately. Diaceytl (sic?) characeristics brusquley intrude. Me no likey. I'm certain that there are other good qualities to this brew, but for me the butterscotch stuff supecedes. Does pour with a nice fine head and a bit o lace. Opaque brownish black. and dat be all I say. good bye.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:59:22 | More by drpimento
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2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well this has to be the first beer I've ever poured and received absolutely no head. Even with a straight pour and swirling of the bottle. Weird. Hopefully I didn't get a bad bottle. Dark brown body that shines a deep maroon when held up to the light.

Chocolate roasted malt is the big player. Slight hoppiness for undertones.

Chocolate roasted malt with a bittering hoppiniss in the midtaste. Sweet malty finish. I do get a bit of a bitter soapy aftertaste.

Carbonation is non-existent. Medium body. Very smooth drinker.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
No carbonation. No head. Nice flavor but with a soapy aftertaste (glass was clean, used the same to review Gumballhead earlier tonight and rinsed thoroughly with water in between)? This has to be a bad bottle. I'll be running out to the store tomorrow to pick up another bottle, but until I've experienced otherwise I can't give this a good review.

I'll have an edited review up by Friday with the second bottle. Hopefully for the better.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 08:36:42 | More by ebit
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jlukasik for giving me this beer.

Pours a deep and dark brown that reveals itself as more of a medium black leather. Quickly shows a mild three-quarter ring around the beer with medium island in the middle and very, very light lacing. The aroma is strong coffee with hint of cocoa and a dabble of cream. The taste is an upfront bitter coffee flavor. Like thedark roasted malts mixed with the hops to make a realistic coffee bitterness. With a rocky roastd malt finish with notes of light milk chocolate and vanilla Silk. The palate has great carbonation interlaced with a strong, dark malt profile with well integrated hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 03:57:11 | More by scruffwhor
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fizzy porter. That may be my only real question. Heavy handed with the chocolate malt. This is a mouth licking delight. Great Beer.

Dark Dark Dark. Pours nearly black with a nice light yellow head. Great Look.

There is not much of a smell given off. Maybe my olfactories are having an off day.

This is a great porter. The malt is reach and thick and dark. Man O Man I dig this puppy.

The mouth is fizzed a little heavily. But who said all good beer had to be flat???

I could and will drink quite a little bit of this bad boy.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 00:07:34 | More by timmlimestone
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a medium tan head, fades slowly into a ring. Not much lacing. Smell is pretty nice and more on the sweet side. Some good chocolate and toffee, light roasted tones. Taste is great to me because of a caramel flavor that is quite pronounced and more than other Porters I've had. Very original taste. A slight nutty flavor and toffee as well. Some chocolate that almost coats the caramel and again roasted flavors sneak up in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice with carbonation a tad aggressive at first, then calming. Creamy and smooth. I think I could drink a few of these with ease. Different for me and although I didn't expect much to start it was a good surprise. Recommended.

Thanks to EliteDigger for this as an extra.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:02:31 | More by ncvbc
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flyingbison for this nice extra.

Pours a few shades darker than the color of the bottle, dark maple. A nice two inch foam quickly accumulates and takes its time to settle down.

Aromas of nutty malts, coffee, hazelnut, toast and hints of milk and white chocolate in the background. There's also some notes of cocoa and dry, flaked chocolate, like the kind that adorns a cake (yeah I went to a b-day party yesterday...)

Lots of toasted and nutty malts with some hints of coffee and chocolate in the finish. It has a little harshness or bitterness near the back of the tongue, just slightly.

Well carbonated for a porter but just a slight sting on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 00:37:47 | More by seaoflament
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate body with zero light penetrating through. Robust head protrudes an inch upwards with awesome lacing that I'd expect from a Belgian.

Softly bread-y and only mildly roasty. Instead, I'm met with a huge diacetyl rush. Not great.

Sort of a wild progression of flavors: there is a buttery taste that hovers over the beer throughout but rather than ruining it, a richness is lent to the overall experience. Bitter finish rounds out to a coffee and cream kind of experience. Definitely NOT an English porter but firmly an original American entry into the style.

A touch overcarbonated in my estimation but the body sits just right. As the taste grows on me so does the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 01:14:49 | More by malcontent
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received as a very thoughtful trade from brdc.. thanks a bunch Dan. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Short lasting khaki head leaves spots of lacing as I sip this brew.. beer is dark brown.. approaching black..

Aroma is a mix of firm cool coffee with lighter roasty chocolate.. some dark caramel as it warms.

Light side of medium on the body ... Flavor is mainly roasted grains with touches of char. Chocolate and coffee .... just the lightest vanilla... dry roasty finish... only "complaint" is I think it could use a touch more sweetness to really help tie things together... but it is still really pretty good all around.

Thanks Dan, this is the first Central Waters beer I've ever reviewed... I am pretty impressed.. Can't wait to try the Charlies.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:33:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Grizzly Adams. Thanks Cole!

It pours a dark brown with close to a 2finger head of off white foam. A few minutes in and the head retention is very god and there's some spotty lacing.

The smell has notes of coffee, roasted malt, and milk.

The taste has coffee and a roasted/burnt malt flavour up front with some milky flavour in the background. The roasted malt is quite bitter but works well with the semi sweetness of that milky flavour. It finishes very dry, from the roasted malt, and leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. Nice Porter with a medium mouthfeel and fairly low carbonation. I'm certainly glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:42:34 | More by Bitterbill
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark cola brown with a nice dark 1"cream head which fades away quickly.
S-Very faint smell of chocolate and sweetness...not much there.
T-Creamy dark chocolate, mild coffee, smoke and earthiness with a mildly bitter chocolate-hoppy finish.
M-Creamy and smoooth. This is an excellent session beer with the great taste and lower ABV.
Central Waters has really made an impression in my book with their Mudpuppy, Satin Solstice, BB Stout, Kosmyk Charlie, etc. lineup. Excellent and solid throughout.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 06:02:03 | More by EliteDigger
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit on 23-Dec-10: Central Waters is now in PA. This bottle was purchased at Al's. The nose is chocolatey, sweet and burnt. Lactic sweetness follows the dark notes. A bit of smoke comes with the first sip, a rauchporter perhaps? The flavors are strong and lasting, a marked improvement from the earlier bottle. The lactic flavor continues into the taste, a sweet flavor that goes well with burnt toast and chocolate. A very nice porter when fresh. Smell up to 4 from 3.5; taste up to 3.5 from 2.5; mouthfeel up to 4 from 3.0; drinkability from 2.5 to 4.


A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with nflmvp.

A: The porter is a dark brown, almost black, color that reveals some deep ruby red colors at the narrower parts of the glass. A 2 finger head has set the stage for a great deal of lacing.

S: The aroma is slightly oxidized, featuring a metallic profile that fights with the caramel for facetime. The aroma is not entirely bad, so I'm gonna stick with my review.

T: The taste sticks with the nose but lacks some of the metallic elements. Lots of chocolate and caramel show off a slight lactic sour flavor. Hops are nonexistent. I'm gonna give this beer another chance to impress me, cuz it's not gettin' the job done.

M: Bitter and sour, this one is all over the place.

D: One bottle is enough for now but I do want to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 20:03:21 | More by akorsak
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4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium bodied, hot cocoa colored brew with a good ½ head of tight, crème brulee colored bubbles. Even after much time has passed, the creamy head remains. Almost looks like its on nitro.

S: Lot of caramel on the nose. Also some hazelnut, chocolate milk and minor roasted coffee.

T: First impression is creamy café au lait like flavors…very nice blend of coffee, dulce de leche and lactose. Next roasted barley comes forth around the middle of the tongue. The roasted grains aren’t abrasive at all, they simply add an extra necessary dimension to the brew. After the swallow, a billowing buttery, roasted barley flavor blooms then crescendos…a lot like the Rochefort 10 does.

M: Full bodied, creamy and seductive

D: HUGE fan of this porter. Best I’ve had in a while. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 03:08:12 | More by Westsidethreat
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