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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 drizzam
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

drizzam, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of kidrogers
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kidrogers, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

hopdog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe it took me this long to get a review of this beer. ' been drinking Central Waters beers for years. Oh well, better late than never. Bottle purchased in November '08 in Marshfield.
Soft roasty character with hints of coffee. Not too complex but appealing nonetheless.
Full dark head in my Sam Adams glass. Dark looking, but a clear brownish red in the light. Decent lacing. Nice looking.
Feel is kinda' light in body for style. Fully carbonated (a little too much for my taste on this style).
Much of aroma character is also in flavor. Coffee flavors really prominent, especially mid to a rather extended finish. Hint of sweetness up front, which precedes a momentary vacancy of flavor before the bitterness (likable and brief) and roast kick in and before the coffee taste.
The light body helps with the drinkability, but I'd still like a little more body (as long as it wasn't too rich - and maybe that's the issue on creating a good balance). Good porter all together though and certainly worth seeking and finding.

garymuchow, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark black with a nice off white head that holds its own for quite some time.

S - Chocolate and caramel notes hit your nose. The smell is very rich, mocha like.

T - Creamy mocha front that fades nicely into a smooth caramel bitterness towards the end. The mocha is well displaced in this beer as it makes the bitterness towards the end very easy to handle.

M - Like the taste, smooth and mocha like early on with some bitterness towards the end. The bitterness is not overwhelming though.

D - Because of the bitterness towards the end of this beer it is not as drinkable as others. Overall this is a good beer to enjoy in moderation.

Wisconsin, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of kickapoodude
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried many porters and this beer has ruined me for all others. Many are to sweet on the back of my tongue, this beer is a perfect mixture of hearty coffee nutty flavors. Poured pitch black with a oaky head. At the brewery they serve it nitro, which is an entirely new mouthfeel. This is the perfect porter for my pallet.

kickapoodude, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured pitch black with a one finger off brown head that quickly shrank away.

It had a nice mellow scent of roasted malt with coffee accents.

It had a balanced taste of roasted malt with coffee flavors. There was a nice bitter hop finish. An astringent alcohol bite was apparent as well. It was medium bodied and went down very easy. It had a rich velvety feel.

I think it is pretty good. I wish the astringent bite was not there. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting. Central Waters is onto something with this brew.

Rennpferd, Nov 12, 2008
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

WJVII, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

ibashmuck, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

demcorhip, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

kmeves, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Flyer
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Flyer, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Derek, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

wheatyweiss, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

CaptainIPA, May 27, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

IBUnit63, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

GbVDave, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of drpimento
1.73/5  rDev -55.1%
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.

drpimento, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of ebit
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

ebit, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

scruffwhor, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of timmlimestone
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

timmlimestone, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

ncvbc, Apr 06, 2008
Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.