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Mud Shark Porter | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 33
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fish Brewing : Mud Shark Porter

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with about an inch of tan foam. Leaves lace down the glass. Appears to be a hearty porter.

SMELL: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

TASTE: Roasted malts with some coffee and char giving way to a citrusy hop character. Moderately bitter, with a lot of dark malt character.

FEEL: Smooth and creamy feel with a medium carbonation.

OVERALL: A solid sessionable brew from the Fish lineup. Kind of reminded me of a black n tan as there seemed to be different grainy flavors. I thought this was enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Dark with a slight reddish hue and a pure white head that looked really cool.

Smell – The light chocolate and dark yeast aroma was very pleasing to the nose. I could also pick up a little coffee.

Taste – The scents from the nose found their way into the taste. The roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate were pretty evenly matched, with the coca powder winning out in the end There was also a slight sour tang though that threw things off a bit.

Mouthfeel – This was the Porter’s weak point, IMO. The light carbonation was cheap and fizzy, and the body was so thin I wouldn’t even call it medium.

Drinkability – This went down OK, but the sub-par mouthfeel and that sour tang ruined the effort.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of chossboss
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub in lovely Olympia.

This beer appears a clear dark cola hue, with a thin cap of off-white head, which leaves some webbed lace in its wake. It smells of caramel malt, milk chocolate, and earthy hops. The taste is nutty chocolate malt, a bit of lactic sourness, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate to low, the body medium weight, and somewhat weirdly clammy. It finishes fairly dry, a root-like chocolate essence still pervading.

A nice, traditional porter, the sourness quotient agreeable in its subtlety, and even tempered overall.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes, came across this on tap randomly at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary
A - very dark brown, thin mocha head left pretty nice lacing
S - rich roasty malt and coffee notes, semi sweet dark chocolate, light sweetness
T - much like the nose, the roasty and espresso malts dominate, dark chocolate and silky vanilla, some toffee sweetness comes through on finish
M - rich yet appropriate level of thinness, fairly chalky finish
O - a nice surprise to come across, has all the characteristics of a solid porter, easy drinking, I hope to come across this again

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz. unlabelled bottle was brought to me courtesy of jcwattsrugger, from his trip to the NW. As I understand it, it is not normally bottled - Thanks, John!

Pours very dark brown with a thin, tan head that becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of dark caramel/toffee with some coffee/chocolate notes and a touch of peppery spiciness.

The taste is of toffee/caramel - chocolate and cream - An earthy, slightly nutty, background has a touch of pepper. The roasted character in the dry finish balances out the malty, chocolatey sweetness well.

Creamy, rich and smooth, this is a well-crafted American porter. A good example of the style. Very drinkable and enjoyable!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a nice tan head that last awhile while leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nutty, roasted and a bit of coffee.

T - All of the usual porter flavors. All are pretty mild and balanced.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Nice Roasty malty coffee porter. Better than I was expecting.

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Photo of nilsenj75
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black color, medium tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee and a touch sweet. A medium bodied porter. Deeply roasted malts, nicely hopped. Nice mellow roasted malt flavor, very smooth. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, toasted malts.

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Photo of GeoChase90
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of beernut7
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter has a ncie thick body and good head to go along with its nice dark brown color. Chocolate and some roasted character to the flavor with a nice, non-harsh bittering. A must try if you are on the west coast.

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Photo of Mighty_Miguelito
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ten oz pour on tap. Nearly opaque lovely dark brown. Small head dissipates quickly. Lots of malt just slight hops flavor. Very nice sipping porter.

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4.04/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a few samples and settled on a pint at the fishbowl brewpub.
A - Deep brown with dark shades floating in and out after the pour. Highlights of garnet topped with a small tan head.

S Cocoa and malted milk odors with noticeably roasty odors and a gentle berry scent.

M - Full, roasty, dry and on the light side of medium bodied. Great carbonation with a clean finish

T - Dry, roasty with creamy cocoa and lightly citrus hop flavor with a nutty but mellow crystal malt essence. Starts with an excellent chocolate malt and hints at piney spruce hops when the malt recedes sweet and hoppy are balanced pleasingly with a spicy java essence.

D - Highly drinkable and balanced with accent on malt up-front. Nice blend of hops to compliment the malts and gentle
effervescent mouthfeel. A bit dry but certainly worth trying - a nice Northwestern american porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of ccrida
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic at the brewpub, Mud Shark is pitch black with garnet edges and a light tan head that leaves tons of thick, foamy lace.

Smell is rather soft, lightly roasted chocolate.

Taste is also lightly roasted chocolate, semi-sweet, dry and soft, but well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability was high for me, as I really enjoyed this porter and could have drank them all night. Like all the other Fishbowl brew's I've had, well made although a bit forgettable, with varying degrees of tastiness, Mud Shark being on the higher side.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of woemad
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on-tap numerous times at the Viking in Spokane. I've also drank this at the Fishbowl on the only occasion (so far) that I've been there. While it's probably been given it's name due to the overall nautical theme of Fish Brewing Company, I can't help but think of the legendarily infamous Led Zeppelin mudshark incident (if you know what I'm talking about you should be ashamed of yourself;).

This is a deep, dark brown with a good sized tan head. The head takes a couple of minutes to drop. Moderate amount of lace left behind, along with a very modest foan cap sitting atop the beer.

The smell is of roasted malt and coffee, with a nice dark chocolate cloak thrown around it. Bitter, but slightly sweet as well.

The taste of this is nicely balanced between the bitter, roasted apsects of this and a mild sweetness that keeps the bitterness from being too dominant. I think this edges Black Butte in the repeatably drinkable department.

I think I'd prefer this to be a little thicker in the mouthfeel department. It's a little bit too fizzy for a porter. This is pretty much my only gripe about this beer (besides the fact that it's not bottled anymore).

Why this is no longer bottled, I have no idea. I asked the barmaid on duty at the Fishbowl, she replied, "Yeah we don't like to bottle that one," and left for the kitchen. I was never given an opportunity to ask why that was the case. This makes an excellent session porter. I prefer it to the usual Pacific Northwest porter standby, Deschutes Black Butte (though I like it as well). If only I could find it more often on the east side of Washington, I'd be a happy man.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Mud Shark Porter from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.