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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

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696 Ratings

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 41
Gots: 65 | 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 Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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
2.07/5  rDev -46.2%
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
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: Nov '10

Decided to pour this one into a 16 oz mug. Pours a dark brown color, with some maroon edges when held up to the light. I got a finger of tan head that lasted a minute and left a few lace spots a the top of my glass. Some chocolate in the nose, as well as roasted malts and even some coffee hints. Lots of roastiness in the taste, especially upfront. I get some sweetness in the middle, chocolate and even some vanilla, and a fairly hoppy / bitter finish. This is on the upper end of medium bodied, and seems like alot of carbonation for the style.

Photo of meatyard
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a tan, 2-finger head that has decent retention but only leaves wispy bits of lace.

The smell is very mild. What's there is coffee and dark malt. A little cocoa shows up as it warms.

The taste is also mild. I get little up front but in the finish there is mild bitterness, a little coffee and roasted malt. An aftertaste of coffee does linger.

Mouthfeel is close to thin with barely moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Still not getting the CW love. There are many better porters than this one. It's just boring.

Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark molasses color with a 1-finger thick of tightly packed, creamy tan head that sustains for a long period of time after the pour.

Butterscotch aroma at first giving way as I continue to sniff to some slightly burnt (smoky) or roasted dark malts. A bit of roasted coffee and maybe a slight bit of hops also come through.

Sipping reveals a very roasty dark malt flavor with hints of cocoa as well as a general coffee taste. A bit of toffee comes through toward the swallow, and a roasty aftertaste remains on the tip of my tongue. Very nice.

Very nice mouthfeel. It's how a porter SHOULD BE. It seemed a bit thin on the first sip, but it actually is quite the opposite as I continue to drink it. Very nice balance.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew. I don't drink many porters (as I am more of a big ale or barleywine fan) but this one holds it's own. Well done. I could easily drink a 6-pack of it.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep brown, black hue, but shimmers of cardinal red. excellent lacing as i sip away.

S- toffee, roasted nuts, coffee, smells a little more like a brown ale than a porter.

T-sweet toffee, nutty, mild bread, solid coffee with hint of bitter in finish.

M-med/light body, slight prickle on tongue from solid carbonation.
goes down rather smoothly.

D-Highly enjoyable and could have a 6 pack with ease. Nice offering by Central Waters, I look forward to having more of their beers.


Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a Black coffee like body with a tan head even lace.

S-Robust aroma from the dark malts giving off a coffee tone to it and hops.

T-Robust flavor like coffee and a little sweet like caramel from the malts and sweet wort.

M-Grainy gritty texture to the pallet.

D-Good beer from Wisy. Mudpuppy

Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Muddy brown with crimson highlights. Light tan head of about three fingers that recedes nice and slow.

S. Caramel malt, cracker and bitter sweet chocolate aromas.

T. Clean, crisp roasted malt with some chocolate bitterness. Some prickly hops sneak up on the finish.

M. Light to medium body with a semi-creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation.

D. This is a classic styled Porter through and through that I could drink a 6-pack of in one session without a problem. CW's best year round beer IMHO.

Photo of dhannes
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a standard pint glass.

A=Rich, dark brown with a very prominent foam head, reminiscent of A&W root beer. Head lasted for several minutes.

S-Rich, malted aroma.

T=Slightly salty tasted, with hints of sweetened coffee with slight carbonation present.

M=Not thick enough for my taste, but adequate.

D=Light and sweet enough to drink with most meal, or by itself. May get tired of the sweetness/saltiness combination by the 3rd or 4th beer.

Overall, my favorite of the Wisconsin Porters, but still would like it to be thicker with more flavor.

Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

This one pours exceptionally. It is a dark, dark brown with hintings of ruby. The head is luxurious and multicolored tan. It has a nice cascade effect when poured. It fluffs up over the brim and hold for a good while before receding to a thick coating of beautiful lacing. The beer is a looker.

The smell is pretty awesome too. It smells a lot like chocolate taffy. There is also toffee and brown sugar. It is perhaps missing a hoppy note, but nonetheless it is a decadent smelling brew.

This one is big and tasty, the PERFECT mouthfeel. It is thick, rich, and almost velvety smooth. The flavor that dominates is bittersweet chocolaty, it is slightly roasty with a hint of fruitiness and caramel sweetness.

This is one of the best American porters out there.

Photo of Bobby12many
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with a small veil of head just floating on the surface. Spotty globs of lacing cling to the sides of my tulip.

S- The best aspect of this beer in my opinion. The nose is full of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and plums. Very enticing smell that suggests something rich, deep, and sweet lies ahead.

T - Roasted coffee and sweet raisin/plum notes abound. Slight bitterness that blends well with the malts. Very nice balance of sweet candy notes and bitter coffee. Finishes beautifully with a slightly bitter coffee tinge.

M - A bit thin with a relatively limp mouthfeel. Feels a bit more flat than the smell and wispy carbonation suggested.

D - A very drinkable Porter with enough flavor and complexity to keep you interested. The biggest letdown to me was the thin mouthfeel. I can see myself purchasing this again as a single 12oz, but doubt I will ever grab a 6 pack.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Body is a very dark brown hue-when held up to the light it appears to be a completely transparent mahogany color. Pours with a <1 finger foamy off white head that eventually fades to a thick color-some traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is mild to moderate in strength and offers cocoa, roasted malt, and an overall mocha presence.

T- A good amount of milk chocolate upfront with a toasted dark malt backbone. The finish adds just a hint of vanilla sweetness as roasted malt bitterness becomes more prominent. Left to linger is a big roasted bitterness and a hint of chocolate.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight drinkable porter body.

D- This is a decent to good porter overall. The balance leans toward roasted bitterness but there is enough sweetness to keep it in check. Not super complex- but this is a satisfying porter to keep the coffee beer fans begging for more.

Photo of deadbody
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another winner from Central Water. Pours a nice dark brown color, small head leaving good lacing. Smells exceptional, roasty and awesome. Taste is great, a bit of burnt roast with a good coffee undertone. Good mouthfeel, a tiny bit watery, but not bad, still has a thick and awesome feel. Super drinkable, I will be picking up a full 6 pack of this next time at the beer store.

Photo of Casey10
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aquired via trade from kliger thank you.

I really liked this exspecially from a porter it is thick and and has a nice taste that sticks with you.

Chocolate and molasis feels with the drink the taste stays with you long after consumption.

Recomended a nice treat and worth it !!

Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.