1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

658 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 658
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 58 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mudpuppy Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 658 | Reviews: 219 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wspscott
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (no date)

A: A very dark brown color that lets through a small bit of light, crystal clear, with a thin light tan head, no lace.
S: Roasted malt along with some light coffee notes, no hint of hops.
T: Roasty malts dominate with some bready/grainy pieces, a little bit of caramel sweetness, maybe a hint of hop bitterness (hard to tell).
M: Drying on the tongue, slightly astringent, a high level of carbonation (a little too much for the style).
D: This is a very good example of an american porter, very smooth and easy to drink, not a perfect beer, but certainly worth looking for if you are in Wisconsin. Recommended.

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

A - The brew poured right from the tap at the CW Tap Room shows up thick and frothy with great draping.

S - Long roasty dark malt.

T - Smooth transitions between hops and chocolate released among roated malt.

M - This being served on nitro makes for a great experience in the feel. There texture is thick, smooth and soft all the while taking nothing away from the flavors.

~ If you have a chnce to try CW Porter on nitro, do it. I was a bit of an anit-nitro guy until I started drinking the Porter on nitro. This is a great compliment to a strong brew.

The below information is my original review, which I wrote back in 2007 based on a sampling of this beer on tap.

Guu's On Main
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - The beer pours very well; thick, deep brown, and tempting. The head is an eggshell white that slowly clears to leave creamy waves inviting sip after sip.

Smell - Malty aroma with suble hoppyness creating a great ballance. Few scents compare to that which accompanies this pint.

Taste - There is a bit of hop and then the malt soothes it away with a tinge of chocolate overtone only to yet again be coherst into another taste of bitter return. The taste of this beer is unlike any other I've enjoyed. The ballance and experience in each sip is unmatches by any other porter.

Mouthfeel - It's very difficult to find anything in this beer for improvement. If I had to find one it would be it would be in this category. While the thickness in the pour is very attractive the beer is just a bit thick for my liking. However, as a porter it fits the mold very well.

~ This beer was my favorite beer throughout college. After I graduated, other beers have come and gone but the Central Waters - Mudpuppy Porter still tops the list. Even as the brewery itself moved from its original home in Junction City to it new home less than 30 miles away in Amherst the beer has maintained its exceptional quality. You'll never hear me decline the offer of this fine porter.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, near black with one finger of tan head.

Scent of oatmeal, roasted malts, sugars, and faint hops. A nice balanced scent that is more subtle and accessible.

Taste of dry oatmeal, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Finishes dry with roasted malts and a hint of cocoa. I could definitely drink this often; a solid sessionable Porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it has a bit too much carbonation.

Photo of KI9A
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coal black pour into a snifter, about the coolest, most inviting head I've ever seen on a porter. Big lace chunks.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts.

T: Above, plus some toffee, and a slight citrusy hop finish. Like orange/chocolate.

M: Medium body, smooth.

D: As sessionable as a Porter gets. Awesome!

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

A - This beer poured a dark brown color with red highlights that produced a fluffy tan head that had a good amount of retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aroma of this beer is filled with bittersweet chocolate and coffee, toffee (kinda of like a Heath bar), and some earthiness

T - The taste of this beer was kinda of like a Heath bar in a beer, not such sweet chocolate, but more baker's chocolate, toffee, some ground coffee bean flavoring

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - Very drinkable, delicious, rich, are just some of the adjectives that I would use to describe this beer, but again, I always have to go back to this was not as good as the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, but still an excellent beer

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

Deep brown color.

Roasted, coffee, and burnt notes in the smell.

Very roasty, nutty, and earthy, with coffee and a bitter hoppy dark chocolate bite in the end. Very flavorful.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This was a nice porter. Central Waters makes a lot of solid brews.

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to brdc for the bottle.

Pours a clear very dark brown, some reddish highlights, very thick tan head forms, settles to a thick ring around the glass, good retention, looks nice.

Smell is good, caramel up front, light brown sugar and fruit, some raisin, lots of toasty malt, big biscuit aroma, light chocolate and roastiness, pretty simple aroma but works well.

Taste is neat, lots of chocolate milk character, caramel, tons of biscuit and toast character, works real nice for me, raisin, some fruitiness, brown sugar, rich malty finish, nice porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really smooth and drinkable porter. This was good stuff. Thanks Dan!

Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled dec 5/09.

pours deep brown and slightly hazy wiht a small dense light brown head. drops fairly fast with plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is great. biscuit. lightly toasted white bread. touch of cracker. caramel. bit of butterscotch. dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. a bit fruity too. touch of vanilla. slightly earthy.

taste is nice. coffee. bittersweet chocolate. biscuit. deep toasted whole wheat bread. touch of caramel. earthy and slightly woody. not as much depth as in the aroma.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced. really liked the aroma, but the taste was a bit of a letdown in comparison.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Nite Cap Inn in Palmyra,WI
A: jet black, head nice in beginning but eventually dissipated to nothing
S: very good roasted, nutty nose
T: well-balanced, very clean, roasted malt and nuttiness, nice hop bitterness in finish
M: full and rounded mouthfeel
D: very drinkable and well-made

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

special thanks to alcstradamus for this one.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yielded a creamy 2 finger light caramel colored head with great retention and outrageous frothy web-like lacing. Brew itself is deep almost opaque brown.

S: coffee, caramel, light hint of chocolate.

T: roasted coffee beans, hop tartness, and alcohol. Very smokey. Bit of bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Alcohol also becomes more apparent towards the end.

M: Light bodied and relatively coarse. Very clean and finishes simple and quick with little aftertaste.

D: Highly drinkable. This beer is very balanced for the style. Not overly coffee or chocolaty and with a lightness that makes it go down easy. Quite enjoyable.

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

A-Clear, deep copper, with a thick dark tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left healthy, ringing lace.

S-Rich roasted malt with a nice backing of caramel sweetness and coffee bitterness. Some earthy hop aroma present in the background.

T-Much like the aroma with rich, dark roasted malt up front with accompanying dark chocolate and coffee. Earthy hops in the bittersweet finish.

M-Medium bodied and while not as smooth as I though it would be still pleasant and easy going. Good lingering malt/hop bitterness.

D-A full-flavoured and eminently quaffable American Porter. This is the kind of beer that becomes an easy go to brew in my book. I will make sure to pick up more next time I am in Wisconsin.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a slight ruby hint to it. Has a big, foamy tan head. Head is slow to fall, nice lace.

Sweet roasted malt aroma.

Sweet malts up front in the taste followed by a burnt/roasted flavor and a bitter finish

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth.

Nice, easy drinking beer. Looking forward to trying more Central Waters.

Photo of botham
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a deep brown color, almost black, with a sigle finger of light tan head, garnet highlights and poor retention with mild lacings.

aroma is of black and roasted malts with a background of chocolate and a bit of coffee. nicely rich in the nose with a mildly bitter character.

taste is of roasted malts, black malts and coffee beans up front with a finish of roasted malts and some smooth chocolate on the back end. nicely composed with a tasty profile.

mouthfeel is smooth and lightly bitter with burnt, black malts aplenty. a nice porter on the palate with a finish of semi-dry roasted malts.

drinkablility is good. a standard porter that is well composed and brings the roasted malts in droves. very easy going and drinkable with a semi-dry character and a nice mix of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with a semi-thick tan head that holds as a nice film. Decent aroma of roasted malt, but lacking potency. Hopefully the taste will be a bit more intense, as it is inviting.

Tastes quite roasty, with touches of coffee, and is not very sweet which I like. Semi-thick, but almost has a nice smoothness, like an oatmeal stout perhaps. Very appropriate carbonation as well.

A very sessionable porter, nothing fancy. It really hit the spot...

Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with fluffy tan head. Nice smell of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. A bit of nuttiness. Tastes like an iced coffee. This really reminds me of Surly Coffee Bender. I'm not a big coffee person, but this is nice and refreshing. Just a little thin in the feel. Probably to be expected at this ABV. Pretty smooth though. Absolute session beer. Another solid beer from a hidden gem of a brewery.

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP, yet clear, amber, with a 2+ fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Great retention, with some big and rich looking lacing that hangs in thick swathes. Now this already looks yummy. The aroma is sweet malts and citrus, with a BIG backing crunchy smell of coffee and roasted malts. A gentle floral feel gives the nose some uniformity, with a good evenness between the sweetness and more roasted accents.

The taste is sticky with chocolate and toffee up front, before giving way to a vibrant blast of dark roasted malts, coffee, and spicy hop bitterness. An equal amount of lingering sweetness and dry bitterness finish this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pricklier feel to the carbonation that brings out the roasted character, and then a slicker feel that carries the sweetness. Just an all around balanced nature here to the body.

Wow, just a really nice take on an American Porter here from Central Waters. Full flavored, balanced, and quite quaffable, this would be a go-to for the style if it was more local to me.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep amber color, decent head that settles into a well retained lacing

S - roasted, chocolate-like malt aroma

T - rich dark malts, somewhat smoky with prominent hop flavors, moderately strong hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a really good robust porter - very exceptional. It's quite a treat - try it if you can get your hands on some.

Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours the brown/amberish color of a robust porter. Head formation is eggshell white, 2mm in size, well retained. No yeast detected.

S - Slightly roasted malts, weak coffee scents. A little bit of yeast breadiness. No hops nor phenolic notes.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness of 2row, lightly backed up with some roasted notes in the coffee vein. Rather light flavored through the mid-stream - no hopping to note. Some yeast build. Finishes with a more overt hit of chocolate malts, some roasting. Certainly conveys a coffee heritage.

M - Moderate to strong body - a porter with some strength to it. Seems almost stout like. No aftertaste or cling. Carbonation bite is low to non-existent.

D - Manageable abv. Flavors are not overwhelming. Not overly filling - a very sessionable american porter.

A very solid robust porter - although could be a brown in some attributes. Love what the CW folks are up to - need to take a vaca at their brewery.

Photo of Arsenal04
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with some reddish-orange hues buried deep at the bottle with a two finger, very carbonated head that dissipates quickly leaving lace that refuses to fall. Coffee is quickly picked up by the nose, however, nothing too powerful and a faint chocolate shows up after a couple inspections. The taste is confusing me as the smell of the beer doesn't add up to what I imagined the beer to be; this, however, is not a far from a bad thing as I find that the introduction of hops and low ABV balances out this beer to be easily drinkable. A light mouthfeel doesn't coat the mouth or throat. Solid beer that I could find myself sitting down and having multiples of in one setting.

Photo of disastermouse
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Great beer!

A - Exceptional! Deep brown with a latte-esque head that stays for several minutes and leaves thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S - The usual porter smell - nothing funky. Coffee and chocolate are dominant.

T - Cherry skins, tea, coffee, and a little smidge of herbal bitterness for balance in the finish. Aftertaste has a bit of an almond skin/vegetable taste. An almost perfect porter taste, in my opinion.

MF - Full, perfectly carbonated.

D - Could throw them down all night.

This is my first Central Waters brew and I'm looking forward to the other ones now.

Photo of Fartknocker
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a globe glass
A- Fairly dark black appearance, with shaeds of lightness around the edges
S- Combo of coffee and chocolate
T- Simialr to the smell, with a lasting coffe aftertaste
D- A little heavy on the coffe for me, several are fine at a time

Photo of mdwalsh
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Immediately upon opening, this beer smells strongly of mocha and dark fruits. Sounded like it had solid carb.

A: Not too dark for a porter, definte browness to it. A small, one finger head and only decent active carbonation considering it's in a perfect pint. Holding up to the light, it appears more red than brown.

S: As noted, mocha and dark fruit, though some malt comes through more, but no hops. None at all. It would be great if I liked coffee, but I don't, and this beer has too much of it. But since they say that on the bottle, I won't knock off too much

T: Again, some mocha/chocolate, but not as much as the nose, and moving towards bittersweet chocolate. I could like this with the right food, but I don't have that now. Still no hops, but that's ok. I'll give it a four. Not sure why, other than maybe if a beer is this coffee like and I'm kinda enjoying it, it must be pretty good.

M: Strictly average, perhaps even too thin for a porter.

D: As usual, this is subjective, if you like coffee/dark choco, then yay.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Holding it to the light it's a tawny brown with hints of red and orange. Almost no light can be seen except for when it's held directly in front of the light. Moderate head about one inch thick that leaves plenty of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is strong with coffee and roast malts. I'm getting a slight tart hop scent as well. The flavor is where it's at with this beer. So robust and chewy. Burnt malt, chocolate, coffee toasted bread are some of the flavors I'm getting. Slight hop bit rounds out my innitial mouthful. This beer feels good in the mouth. Full and substantial. Like day old coffee but in a good way.

This is a great beer. I've only had few offerings from CW but so far this is my favorite. It's definately in my top 10 Wisconsin beers.

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date on the bottle.

Big tan frothing drops a whole lot of sticky lace on the glass. Very dark brown, opaque at that. Smells of toasty brown malt, a bit bready and some spice from the hop in the back. Slick and smooth medium body hold a full malt jacket which fires off layers of toasted bread and semi-burnt biscuity grain flavors. A little fruity and yeasty in the middle. Breakfast Blend coffee and chicory comes to mind. Hops help to balance but are modest for the most part other than a spicy note towards the end. Finishes semi-dry with a lot of lingering toasted/roasted grain.

This is a solid American Porter, certainly sessionable.

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and a hint of hops. It is very faint though...too faint really. The taste is a little stronger, but still weak for a porter. If I concentrate really hard I can pick up the roasted malt and some cream, and although it is nice it is almost not worth the work. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a less than smooth texture. Overall, this beer is a mild disappointment. I enjoy spending time breaking down a beer, and finding all kinds of nuances in it. But this beer seems like all I'm doing is breaking the beer down without finding anything. I guess this beer isn't bad, and I wouldn't complain to much if I had to drink it again, but I won't be buying it again.

Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.