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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

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very good

685 Ratings

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 41
Gots: 63 | 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 xmasboy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jedtheavenger
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of guy99zer
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jegross2
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of bootsdomino
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ScrimshawFan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jsprain1
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of hu5om
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of Erish
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.