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Mudpuppy Porter - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 39
Gots: 52 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002)
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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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flyingbison for this nice extra.

Pours a few shades darker than the color of the bottle, dark maple. A nice two inch foam quickly accumulates and takes its time to settle down.

Aromas of nutty malts, coffee, hazelnut, toast and hints of milk and white chocolate in the background. There's also some notes of cocoa and dry, flaked chocolate, like the kind that adorns a cake (yeah I went to a b-day party yesterday...)

Lots of toasted and nutty malts with some hints of coffee and chocolate in the finish. It has a little harshness or bitterness near the back of the tongue, just slightly.

Well carbonated for a porter but just a slight sting on the tongue.

seaoflament, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of malcontent
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate body with zero light penetrating through. Robust head protrudes an inch upwards with awesome lacing that I'd expect from a Belgian.

Softly bread-y and only mildly roasty. Instead, I'm met with a huge diacetyl rush. Not great.

Sort of a wild progression of flavors: there is a buttery taste that hovers over the beer throughout but rather than ruining it, a richness is lent to the overall experience. Bitter finish rounds out to a coffee and cream kind of experience. Definitely NOT an English porter but firmly an original American entry into the style.

A touch overcarbonated in my estimation but the body sits just right. As the taste grows on me so does the drinkability.

malcontent, Mar 11, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received as a very thoughtful trade from brdc.. thanks a bunch Dan. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Short lasting khaki head leaves spots of lacing as I sip this brew.. beer is dark brown.. approaching black..

Aroma is a mix of firm cool coffee with lighter roasty chocolate.. some dark caramel as it warms.

Light side of medium on the body ... Flavor is mainly roasted grains with touches of char. Chocolate and coffee .... just the lightest vanilla... dry roasty finish... only "complaint" is I think it could use a touch more sweetness to really help tie things together... but it is still really pretty good all around.

Thanks Dan, this is the first Central Waters beer I've ever reviewed... I am pretty impressed.. Can't wait to try the Charlies.

JohnGalt1, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Grizzly Adams. Thanks Cole!

It pours a dark brown with close to a 2finger head of off white foam. A few minutes in and the head retention is very god and there's some spotty lacing.

The smell has notes of coffee, roasted malt, and milk.

The taste has coffee and a roasted/burnt malt flavour up front with some milky flavour in the background. The roasted malt is quite bitter but works well with the semi sweetness of that milky flavour. It finishes very dry, from the roasted malt, and leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. Nice Porter with a medium mouthfeel and fairly low carbonation. I'm certainly glad I got to try it.

Bitterbill, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of EliteDigger
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark cola brown with a nice dark 1"cream head which fades away quickly.
S-Very faint smell of chocolate and sweetness...not much there.
T-Creamy dark chocolate, mild coffee, smoke and earthiness with a mildly bitter chocolate-hoppy finish.
M-Creamy and smoooth. This is an excellent session beer with the great taste and lower ABV.
Central Waters has really made an impression in my book with their Mudpuppy, Satin Solstice, BB Stout, Kosmyk Charlie, etc. lineup. Excellent and solid throughout.

EliteDigger, Feb 09, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit on 23-Dec-10: Central Waters is now in PA. This bottle was purchased at Al's. The nose is chocolatey, sweet and burnt. Lactic sweetness follows the dark notes. A bit of smoke comes with the first sip, a rauchporter perhaps? The flavors are strong and lasting, a marked improvement from the earlier bottle. The lactic flavor continues into the taste, a sweet flavor that goes well with burnt toast and chocolate. A very nice porter when fresh. Smell up to 4 from 3.5; taste up to 3.5 from 2.5; mouthfeel up to 4 from 3.0; drinkability from 2.5 to 4.


A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with nflmvp.

A: The porter is a dark brown, almost black, color that reveals some deep ruby red colors at the narrower parts of the glass. A 2 finger head has set the stage for a great deal of lacing.

S: The aroma is slightly oxidized, featuring a metallic profile that fights with the caramel for facetime. The aroma is not entirely bad, so I'm gonna stick with my review.

T: The taste sticks with the nose but lacks some of the metallic elements. Lots of chocolate and caramel show off a slight lactic sour flavor. Hops are nonexistent. I'm gonna give this beer another chance to impress me, cuz it's not gettin' the job done.

M: Bitter and sour, this one is all over the place.

D: One bottle is enough for now but I do want to try it again.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium bodied, hot cocoa colored brew with a good ½ head of tight, crème brulee colored bubbles. Even after much time has passed, the creamy head remains. Almost looks like its on nitro.

S: Lot of caramel on the nose. Also some hazelnut, chocolate milk and minor roasted coffee.

T: First impression is creamy café au lait like flavors…very nice blend of coffee, dulce de leche and lactose. Next roasted barley comes forth around the middle of the tongue. The roasted grains aren’t abrasive at all, they simply add an extra necessary dimension to the brew. After the swallow, a billowing buttery, roasted barley flavor blooms then crescendos…a lot like the Rochefort 10 does.

M: Full bodied, creamy and seductive

D: HUGE fan of this porter. Best I’ve had in a while. Highly recommend.

Westsidethreat, Nov 13, 2007
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2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. It pours a ruby-hued deep brown color with a finger of light tan head. There is a moderate carbonation in there and the clarity appears to be fairly good, but the darkness makes it hard to tell. I find a light chocolate and roast with a ton of lacto sweetness and some butterscotch notes as well. The flavor is again very butterscotch sweet with noticeable lacto sweetness, with a more subdued chocolate, a slight sharpness from roast that melds well with a solid hop bitterness on the finish. My initial thought on this one was the it was rife with diacetyl, but I really think it is an overpowering lacto character that I am getting. Either way, it is not me favorite. Mouthfeel is on the light end of moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, I just can't get past the overriding lactose sugar quality I am finding. It overpowers the brew and really gets in the way of the chocolate and roast notes I want to find. I would not get this one again.

kmpitz2, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on my summer joy ride through the state of Wisconsin, thanks to the "Mayor of Hammertown (in Wisc.)" for the hospitality and fine Central water beers. This one was sampled on tap and bottles, this is a review of the bottled version. 12 ouncer, poured dark dark, brown/amber, with a initially puffy dark tan head, leaves plenty of sheeting, then fine lacing. Nose is pure chocolate, yum. Lots of chocolate, some vanilla, cocoa, dark toasty/crusty malts. Nice, malty, flavorful, chocolate milk shake style porter. Smooth and filling, with a late hop bite and dry out. Nice.

Billolick, Sep 06, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pour beers a somewhat inky black, with a head that just never seems to quit. Aroma is somewhat roasty, but an inadequate prelude to the flavor, which is light and drinkable but also somewhat roasty. This beer is very drinkable (more than I expected for a porter) yet also decently flavorful. A bit odd for the style, but fairly pleasantly surprising.

BeerBelcher, Aug 25, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really thick tan head on a brown body and when held to light its clear ruby.
S- Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, grass hops, and a light bread.
T- Follows the aroma. Chocolate comes out nicley along with the grass hops. Roasted malts and a light almost wheat flavor. Dry roasted malt aftertaste with hints of grass and a light/medium bitterness.
M- Medium/full body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a nice porter. Easy to drink and a nice blend of flavors.

BlindPig, Aug 20, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Deep, dark brown in color, with clear ruby highlights. Large, creamy, light brown head. Great lacing. A very good looking beer!

Chocolate and caramel in aroma. Some bitterness, a mix of roast and grass. Nutty and coffee flavors which pick up as the beer warms.

Taste gives me coffee and chocolate. A bit of caramel, and a touch of grass at the finish.

Medium in body, seems like it should be heavier. Medium carbonation. Not too dry. Very smooth.

Very good. Seems filling, but isn't. Fantatic flavor, very true to style.

, Jul 13, 2007
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3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a fine looking porter here. Almost pitch black, could I say pitch brown? A nice thick chewy head of tan has great retention therefore leaving a thickly coating lace down my GLBC CA snifter.

Roasty chocolate aromas with a slight vanilla lingering. Some blackberry as well but not much else. Nothing overly olfactor.

Really lacks complexity and substantial flavor. Roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, caramel, some hop bitterness and unspecified black fruits. Really disspointed. Maybe a bad bottle?

Medium mouth with some bitterness on the short finish. Would like to try again too see if I may have had a bad bottle.

mcallister, Jul 12, 2007
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

brdc, Jul 10, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 16, 2007
Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.