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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

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582 Ratings

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 38
Gots: 43 | 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.

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Photo of brdc


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Pitch black brew with a thin coffee-colored head that shows good retention, and coats the glass all thew way down.
Standard porter aroma, albeit not as powerful as I like it: chocolate, coffee, minor caramel.
Firm on the palate, almost creamy, the taste starts reasonably well with the expected roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, but it is not as powerful as I like and has a peculiar, crisp but unpleasantly bitter aftertaste that probably relates to hops that did not really mingle well.
The on-tap version is superior.

07-10-2007 02:22:01 | More by brdc
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance - dark cola brown pour, deep ruby hues around the edge. Light mocha cover, a half inch and sticky suds all around.

Aroma - coffee, cola, brown sugar. Reminds me a bit of Tommyknocker Maple Nut beer except this has an earthier, more serious appeal to it.

Taste - good coffee, roasted grain (nearly charred).It has a certain sourness to it, again, like the Tommyknocker. Not sure if that's the interplay betwen the hops and sugar or what. The roastiness prevails into the aftertaste along with some dry bitterness and a mild charcoal taste. I'll bet it would be spot on with a plate of brisket. A nice little bit of chocolate well after the finish.

Mouthfeel - peppy carbonation, smooth and medium-bodied.

Drinkability - a tasty beer, thanks to thefatkid13 for the trade!

06-16-2007 16:39:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of tempest


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

This beer is all about dark roasted, chocolate grains. I comes close to the fine line between porter and stout with some of the grains, but still won't be mistaken for anything but a porter. The grains aren't particularly innovative and there isn't any crazy dry-hopping. But there's a dark, rich flavor, backed by an intense bitter cocoa and coffee aftertaste. Consider that the body is quite drinkable and that the ale is pleasing to the eye, and you've got a winner.

04-24-2007 01:03:49 | More by tempest
Photo of ManicD


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass, the beer was a very dark mahogany brown & is barely translucent . The 2 finger tan head was frothy & crater filled, disappeared quickly, & left a lot of thick lacing on the side of the glass & a nice cap.

The aroma is chocolate milk with molasses.

The taste is delicious dark chocolate, roasted malts...a lasting roasty taste with a mild citrus hop finish that balances out the flavor. Simple and delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy milk smooth & medium-light in feel. Carbonation is light/medium & feels just right to me. Very easy to drink.

04-06-2007 20:22:16 | More by ManicD
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Thanks to nflmvp for sending this my way. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaker "pint" glass. Appears a translucent dark brown color with about half an inch of tan foam that disappears within a minute. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses are most evident. Tastes primarily of rich roasted malt followed by bitter coffee and cocoa with maybe a touch of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel, bordering on full bodied with medium to moderate carbonation. One of the best in it's style. Highly recommended if you can score some. I'm going to enjoy the last half or so of my glass with a chocolate almond biscotti.

03-23-2007 04:05:52 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of ppoitras


3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head over the almost opaque brownish burgundy brew. Head fades slowly, with lots of lacing. Aroma is powdered chocolate, with darkly vinous notes. Taste finds the same parts as the nose, but the dark fruits overpower the malts, providing a tartness that I can't really appreciate in a porter. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both quashed somewhat by the tartness which just invades most all for me after I get it in my mouth.

02-19-2007 22:43:21 | More by ppoitras
Photo of baiser


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a deep dark brown with a fluffy tan head, and great lacing. Dark chocolate, toffee and molasses in the nose. Solid flavour. Strong, coffee, roasty and bitter, with a dry finish. Great mouthfeel and body. Also has a nice initial sweetness in each sip. Quite well hopped for a porter, and I like it. Very nice porter. Recommended.

01-14-2007 06:19:57 | More by baiser
Photo of emerge077


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Appears to be opaque, looks like a stout. Tan foam and lacing up the glass.

Smells like chocolate with roasted malt, slight hint of coffee.

Taste is complimentary to the aroma, with roasted malt eventually winning out to the choco-coffee schematic. Aftertaste of roasted malt/mild coffee...easy to revel in the earthy roast of this fine porter.

Mouthfeel is thin, somewhat creamy, bolstered by that roasty aftertaste. It's not as thick as a stout, though the flavor makes up for the less robust mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, this 6-pk. disappeared quickly from the hoard after a recent WI road trip.

11-28-2006 02:30:54 | More by emerge077
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

12oz. bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a rich, black, color with a cocoa head that thins. Nice lacking on the glass.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and dark cocoa. There is also a rather strong smell of graham crackers. I'm not sure where that's coming from, but it smells quite delightful.

Roasted malt taste upfront followed by dark cocoa and espresso flavors. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Light body, solid carbonation.

A very solid porter and quite easy to drink. I'd like to have a few more, but am pleased to have had the opportunity to try the one.

11-24-2006 05:07:56 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of terrabyte


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a nice dark black color with a nice sized tan head.

Smells like roasted grains and chocolate.

This tasted like coffee, a little roasted and a hint of nice bitterness. Sweetened by a pleasant chocolate flavor. The aftertaste comes back with even more enjoyable bitterness. The flavors were all big, and very enjoyable. Everything blended together perfectly.

I felt that this was a bit carbonated, which lended itself to a creamy, foamy, and thin swallow. This is the only disappointing thing about this beer, since I was hoping to enjoy the flavor all the way through. Very distracting.

Great stuff.

10-10-2006 18:08:12 | More by terrabyte
Photo of evanackerman


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

wow, i was surpirsed by this one! this is just about as good a porter as i've ever had (nothing beats the Edmund Fitzgerald though).

appearance is dark, ruby when held to light, with a big creamy head.

aroma is toasted grains and bitter hops.

taste is bitter hops, coffee, and a hint of malt sweetness. very enjoyable, very similar to the best in the style.

overall, i am impressed and proud that this comes from my home state, definitely give this a try!

09-25-2006 00:55:59 | More by evanackerman
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +3.9%

appearance: The pour gives a good looking 0.75" khaki colored head that falls back to leave a nice layer on top. The beer is a deep mahogany brown in color.

smell: Moderate aromas of espresso beans and smoky, woody malt upfront. Earthy. The hop aroma is light to moderate. Plenty of nice roast, and the smoky flavor is pretty surprising.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and very smooth. The body is around medium.

taste: Upfront are medium roast and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The light to mild hop flavor is hard to find behind the roast. After the swallow, roasted malts begin to take over and give some notes of coffee bean. Left behind is a big bitterness with some deep roast flavors that both linger for quite some time.

drinkability: easy and tasty

single 12 oz. bottle smuggled back from my last trip to Madison

09-21-2006 04:52:36 | More by blackie
Photo of brewcrew76


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottled on date not notched.

A - Pours a deep rich black with slight copper/ruby highlights. Thin brown head.

S - Chocolate and roasted/burnt malt dominate. Hint of caramel. Slight aroma of citrus hops that becomes more present as the beer warms.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate but not as dominant as in the aroma. Starts sweet but then flows into a slightly bitter citrus. The hops are much more apparent in the taste than the aroma.

M - Creamy but with a good deal of carbonation that makes it feel a little thin and fizzy. Finishes bitter and very dry from the "liberal hopping." Could use a little more body.

D - A very tasty porter. Possibly a bit too dry and hoppy to be my everyday porter but good none the less.

07-12-2006 23:26:11 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Almost opaque chestnut with dark cherry highlights and a fabulous three finger head the color of coffee-with-cream. Although it isn't especially rocky, the cap does have a great deal of character and has enough stickiness to result in a better than average lace display. It's hard to imagine--other than even more lace--how this porter could look much better.

The aroma isn't as nostril-filling as I'd like. That said, it is a damn fine porter nose. It's dark chocolate and dark toffee sweet; the beer equivalent of a candy bar (Skor comes to mind). I might be able to pick up a faint hint of molasses, but am struggling to appreciate the 'liberal hopping' that the brewery says is present.

Mud Puppy is solid on the palate. I find myself wanting more flavor because I'm enjoying it so much. A little more aggressiveness would go a long way toward turning what is obviously a good beer into a great one. Moderately roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla-flavored coffee are the principal elements and are co-equal. I wouldn't mind a bit if any one of them stood out a little more than the others if it meant more flavor.

I still don't appreciate the hoppiness that I expected to be present after reading the label. There's a definite tightening bitterness on the finish, so the little green cones must be present in a greater quantity than their flavor contribution would suggest. With warming comes a further melding of the above flavors without, unfortunately, an appreciable increase in taste bud saturation.

I like my porters to be mini-stouts in terms of body. Mud Puppy isn't quite that full, but it's at least medium-full for the style with a mouthfeel that benefits by being on the low end of the carbonation scale. Lightly silky is an appropriate descriptor while lightly chewy is probably not. With a little more malt, this would be a world-beater.

I was hoping Central Waters's Mud Puppy Porter would give Lake Louie's Tommy's Porter a serious run for its money. It doesn't, but it's still a delicious version that has no trouble at all holding down second place in the great beer state of Wisconsin.

06-23-2006 14:00:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Recommended to me by an extremely helpful clerk at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI, who said it was one of his favorite go-to beers. Pours dark with a nice big creamy head. Smells nutty, chocolately and roasty. Taste is very nice. Bitter roasted coffee flavor with some bitter chocolate nut taste too. Not too thin, not too thick, good carbonation. A nice example of the style from a tiny little brewery in WI. Definitely would drink this again.

06-13-2006 14:02:16 | More by aforbes10
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

I glanced at the commercial description as I was opening this and it says, "A robust, yet suprisingly refreshing porter.." While I have nothing wrong with refreshing beers I don’t really want a refreshing porter. It’s ill equiped to be refreshing the way a glass of warm coffee and beef stock is so why not stick with a style built for it? Rant over.

Aroma is sweet cream and milk chocolate with little in the way of roasty notes. A dark brown body holds a pinky thin creamy, tan head. Fore flavor is very brown ale like..nutty, malty, peanut skin, biscuity with just a tinge of tartness. Not bad, but not very porter-like.

02-17-2006 23:44:14 | More by Jredner
Photo of PatYoda


4.55/5  rDev +18.2%

This bottle is from a trade with nchrist13 at the 05 Dark Lord release, which means this bottle is at least 8 months old. It has been in my fridge almost the whole time though, and it still tastes great, so I'm going to go ahead and review it.

It pours an extremely murky (due to having the most sediment in a porter I have ever seen despite leaving some at the bottom of the bottle while pouring) brown with a nice one finger cream colored head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some transient lacing.

The smell is pretty standard for a porter - very chocolatey and creamy smelling. There is some citrus in there as well, which is interesting.

The taste reveals what the citrus in the smell was all about - this is significantly hopped for a porter, and for once I like it! Actually I've only had one other really hoppy porter besides this one, and I didn't enjoy that one. This is great though! For some reason the citrus and the chocolate blend very well together to create a very unique signature. Roasted malt is pretty subdued here, leaving the taste incredibly smooth despite the hops. A very dry bitter finish really rounds this brew out with complexity.

The mouthfeel also really delivers. Its smoothness is only exceeded by the very best porters. It has the perfect amount of body and carbonation so that it dances lightly on the tongue but still seems rich and filling.

Unfortunately I only have a few bottles with no other way of obtaining them, otherwise this would be a staple in my fridge.

01-17-2006 23:35:13 | More by PatYoda
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

12 ounce bottle. Mud Puppy Porter pours out a very dark brown color with a big, creamy head. Very strong citrus in the aroma, along with chocolate and cherries. Good roasted flavor, but a little too tangy and fruity. I would have liked more emphasis on the roasted chocolate flavor. Finishes with flavorful hops, but not overwhelmingly hoppy. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. This is a very good porter with many interesting flavors.

11-30-2005 01:06:06 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of dirtylou


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a dark mahogany color with amber highlights but looks much darker in aggregate, not much to speak of as far as head...just a little bubbly caramel brown

smell: robust and distinct, espresso, milky chocolate, coffee beans...some dark fruit, not very balanced

taste: everything works out a lot more than the nose would indicate...delicious milk chocolate, nutty and earthy, potent espresso, quite bitter, robust and complicated

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, slight bitterness

drinkability: very drinkable

pretty good, and definately interesting porter...central waters has some good stuff if you can track it down

11-10-2005 01:53:05 | More by dirtylou
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to TrueBeliever for this trade...
Appears a black with 1 finger tan ehad that slowly fades and leaves lots of lacing behind.
Smell is of creamy milk chocolate and a touch of creamy cappuccino and molasses.
Taste is of creamy chocolate with a mild touch of lactose and a touch of coffee.
Mouthfeel is velvetty and silky smooth with a mild sweetness and bitterness, along with a semi-dry finish. Full bodied and nice with a slight fizz on the swallow.

09-14-2005 17:41:10 | More by weeare138
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Looks very pretty, just like I'd want a porter to--extremely dark brown that glows a beautiful red where the light comes through. Nice tan head. Smells roasted and burnt, very refreshing after my unfortunate dalliance with Baltic porters yesterday. Tastes very nice, burnt coffee and bitterness. The only drawback is occasional flashes of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and lively. Ah yes, my old friend the porter, reconstructed faithfully by Central Waters. Very smooth, a lovely beer.

07-22-2005 02:41:14 | More by battlekow
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a deep brown with a decent tan head which fadesrather quickly but leaves some good lacing. Nose is robust, strong roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a hint of hops. Taste follows suit with a yummy mix of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Not overwhelming, but strong - good for a porter. Mouthfeel is medium, a little creamy and a little thin. Drinkability is very good, could have finished a sixer with ease. Overall a solid porter from Central Waters, a little Wisconsin brewery which I've been impressed with to date. Not the best porter I've had, but not bad by any means...give it a try if you can find it.

07-17-2005 23:37:33 | More by Golden2wenty1
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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%

Deep, deep, deep, dark ruby blanketed brown. Smooth and firm cocoa colored cap about a half inch high sits atop. But a whisp of skim remains once it dwindles down along with a thin collar. Minimal lace sticks in a slight stringy pattern.

Soft, clean, and very fresh cocoa nose with a moderate helping of roasty tones bringing a modestly robust semblance of espresso beans. Notes of baked burnt hops.

Darkly flavored in the taste department. Dark, rich, deep tones of black burnt malt, chocolate bitterness, and scorched hops brim and buckle with a surge of robustness thats quite nice and vastly roasty. Steady drying tones in the finish where the espresso gains a foothold over the chocolate tones. Staying crispy with a burnt edge of spicy pizza crusts. Great additions there with some peppery notes. Old memories of the Harry Magill's Spiced Stout from Bell's is beginning to brim to the surface of my buds as I continue to sip and gulp this fantasticly robust porter. New memories are now in place.

The feel of this beer is down right fascinating with one supurb smoothness and uniquely creamy medium/full body while maintaining its robust roasty character. Perfect for a porter. Keeps a well handled hoppyness that lends a bit of bittering biting virulence to the overall roastyness. Always dark, always roasted; blackened even in some of its personality. A very well crafted porter. Unimaginably yummy.

This puppy ain't muddy at all. Thanks jeffboo! Great stuff!

06-15-2005 02:34:12 | More by tavernjef
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours a nice black color, with a small bubbling head. Smells hoppy and of burnt malts. Taste is mainly burnt malts, strongly balanced with hops. Dont get me wrong this is a hoppy porter, but not overpowering, works very well here. Would like to try this on tap after just having the oktoberfest at the bar

10-06-2004 04:53:28 | More by bnuttz
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

I found this in the grocery in Wausau, Wisconsin while passing through to vacation 'up North'; and feel like I struck Gold. This is a really good Porter !

It is clearly cousin to a Stout. I have been drinking a lot of stouts lately, and this is very similar, just not a 'black' in color.

Color is dark amber brown, and pours with a rich cream colored head.

Smell is roasted malt and rich.

Taste is Sweet, rich and toasty. Hints of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate; it seems as if everyting is in this beer !
Nice mouthfeel and great drinkability.
I had to be sure that I picked up another 'sixer' before I left the state.
I could drink this every day !

09-21-2004 16:38:11 | More by HopHeadKen
Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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