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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

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685 Ratings

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
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 corby112
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
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
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
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 !!

Photo of mwagner1018
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark brown mahogany color, with a slight red hue, solid 2 fingers of creamy head on top, very nice consistent chocolaty lacing down the imperial pint glass.

S- Fantastic notes right up front of milk chocolate and light roast coffee, caramel, and light butterscotch.

T- The aromas are all presented well in the taste. Chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, with a roasted butternut squash note, as well as a nice nutty finish. Well represented clean hop bitterness to finish, nicely balances the dark roasted character and chocolaty goodness.

M- Creamy texture, not unlike chocolate milk with a medium amount of carbonation that delivers well.

D- Really great drinkable porter, great texture, fantastic smells and flavors, good body, and comes in a nice medium ABV, nice session porter for a nice cool evening.

Photo of samie85
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a molasses color with a light brown sugar, two-finger rocky head with thick lacing.

S-Cocoa with a bit of roasty malt and some clean herbal hop notes.

T-A little bit of roasted malt first with dark chocolate and finishes with a dry, dark chocolate finish.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a drying mouthfeel that you're left with.

D-A really nice porter that's has a pretty high drinkability. I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Photo of woosterbill
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz, bottled 01/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rather aggressive pour is rewarded with 2+ inches of thick tan head above a nearly-black, clear vermillion body; the head displays pretty good retention and leaves lovely cobwebs of rich lace as it recedes. Gorgeous porter.

S: Heavily roasted notes dominate, with bitter chocolate really stealing the show. A bit of vanilla helps give a little balance to the potential astringency, but also comes with some tannic woodiness. Earthy hops appear as it warms. Robust and complex, if not entirely cohesive.

T: Pretty one-dimensional with the bitter roasted malts; some coffee sneaks in to join the baker's chocolate, but brings as much bitterness as flavor. Even more bitterness comes through with a hoppy finish. Not an especially enjoyable brew, even though there isn't anything exactly wrong with it; just overly charred with the roasted malts.

M: A little watery, and most of the carbonation seems to have sacrificed itself to the spectacular head. Not great.

D: I enjoy the aroma throughout, but each sip is a bit of a struggle, and leaves an astringent coating in my mouth.

Notes: I had high hopes for this one, but it just didn't impress me at all where it counts. Way, way, way too hard to drink for a 5.5% beer. Too many good porters out there for me to want to try this again, even though I bet it would be better in colder weather.


Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a very dark brown color that produced a decent off-white to tan head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A light roasted profile with molasses and raisin. A touch of vanilla.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell. A good roasted malt backbone with a big raisin and molasses profile. A touch of caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good malt profile with the right amount of sweetness. Just the right amount of light dry and bitterness from the roasted backbone.

(D)- A solid porter with most everything in the right place. A good feel to it for the fall season by a bonfire.

Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark dark brown, a shade or two from being black. Thick, creamy light tan head with great retention. Great micro lacing.

S: A little light on the nose. Dark chocolate malt with toffee. A touch of hops. Slight metallic smell...

T: Nice malt profile! Toasted barley, with tasty dark semi-sweet chocolate and rich toffee malts. A touch of hops near the end. Nice crisp, but short finish. No sign of coffee taste that are in most porters (not a bad thing at all, good for my taste)

M/D: Medium to fuller body. A little on the heavier side of medium for carbonation. A little creamy. A little dry, but not too dry. Great drinkability for a porter. Very smooth. After you take a sip you want another one right away, its that good. I could session this.

Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 6/1/10.

A - Poured a deep amber-toned medium brown body reminiscent of iced tea with a thin beige head that reduced to a patchy veil and a splash of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma combines cocoa powder, coffee, hazelnut notes and earthy, woody tones. However, roasted malt really comes to the forefront as the liquid approached room temperature. There is also a hint of leafy hops in the background.

T - Opens with the requisite blend of roasted coffee and chocolate notes, then segues into a nutty malt character with a hint of lactic sweetness. Finishes with a tinge of earthy, woody hop bitterness.

M - Oily texture with a hint of bristly carbonation, although the mouthfeel is somewhat thin overall. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness and hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Solid porter all around with a nice hop character. Not as memorable as their coffee stout, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of Jcarrane
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown, almost cola like in color, with a good finger of beige head. Toasty malt, coca and mocha strikes the nose. Creamy cocoa notes at first lead into splendid toffee and coffee finish that lingers well after this one goes down the hatch. A very exceptional porter!

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured a slightly dark brown color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer. The head clung to the edges of the beer but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma has a nice milky, dark chocolate flavor coming from it. It's a pretty simple but very nice nose for a porter. The taste has the same sweet and dark milk chocolate flavor that the nose showed. It finishes with a little roasted bitterness that helped balance out the chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel isn't quite full bodied, but slightly above medium bodied. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but i wouldn't call it low. Drinkability is very good, it was a very enjoyable and easy drinking porter with some very nice flavors.

Photo of Buebie
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Producing a little less then an inch of tan head. Receding rapidly to leave a thin cap and thin lace rings. Color is brown with deep red, almost merlot highlights when held to light.

Aroma is mild with sweet chocolate cake batter, rosty grains and a good amount of well received coffee aroma.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation with a bit of thicker slick oaty similar feel.

Roasted grains are the main show in taste as well as rich dark coffee, bitter bakers chocolate. A little bit grassy into the finish with plenty of coffee flavors and lingering bitter chocolate alongside. The coffee seems a bit misplaced and overly strong in flavor. Not that I do not enjoy it, but it is overwhelming the other flavors I was hoping would come out more and are now subdued.

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

A - Dark brown approaching black. Strong frothy head.

S - Sweet and light.

T - Coffee aftertaste. A little bit sweet. Roasted flavors that last a while after a drink.

M - Good level of carbonation. Dry but not too dry.

D - A good session beer as it seems fairly light. Good flavors that should hold up well over the course of more than a few bottles.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap on my first night on my Madison, WI vacation. I was told to seek out Central Waters, so here it goes.

A: Pours a dark, clear brown. It's got a smooth, half inch off white head.

S: A little weaker than I'd hoped. Pretty roasty, with some bitter chocolate and a little coffee. Pretty par for the course for the style.

T: Definitely stronger than the smell. The roasted flavors come out more, and are matched very well with the bitter, dry chocolate and the coffee. There's also a mild hoppiness to balance it, and a faint spiciness.

M: Extremely dry, which is how I like my roasty porters. Body's a bit on the light side for the style, and the carbonation's low but active.

D: Not the most exciting porter on the planet, but there's no doubt I could drink it all night. A good start to my Wisconsin beer odyssey.

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