Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Porter - American
Ranked #378
Ranked #17,829
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 263 | Ratings: 894 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This solid little standard pours a
medium dark brown with tea highlights and a modest head of
fizzling foam that settles to a thin ring. Nose of dark roasted malts,
subtle coffee, subtle cocoa. Flavors follow the nose with faint char, cocoa,
subtle vanilla, dark cocoa, and earthy malts with subtle herbal notes. Decent
mouth feel; medium body, light carbonation, and a moderately dry yet lightly
watery finish.

Overall, decent after a hot day.


Jul 06, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good tasting porter.
Look pours black with tannish head
Smell coffee notes
Taste dry, faint sweetness
Fell carbonated somewhat not overly
Overall enjoyable porter and would work well with dinner and enjoying a steak

Jul 04, 2020
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JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer looks great, it is very dark and you can tell it's thick. It has a very rick caramel coffee and malt aroma. The taste is it's smell come to life, it has a great bite and just enough of the taste lingers in your mouth. Overall it is a great dark beer.

Jun 26, 2020
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wl2bill from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A basic would porter, nothing special, just a nice drinking beer. I usually get it in their Rickety sampler pack. One of their standard brews that I keep in rotation.

Mar 22, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can in trade with Tom, thanks for the opportunity!
Dark brown with a mocha head that persists.
Earthy chocolate and light roast with bits of dried fruit and seltzer.

Mar 20, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown where light passes through the center of the glass. Lasting beige head but no lace, surprisingly.

Deep, darker chocolate nose. Good cream and malted sugar which reminds me of a chilled hot cocoa.

The cocoa flavor is powerful here. There's also the bitterness from Baker's chocolate. I do pick up some hop bitterness as well. Rich with lower carbonation. The aftertaste has some warming alcohol. Overall, a very nice Porter.

Feb 09, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date that I can ascertain. Sampled on Jan 26, 2020.

Handsome looking dark amber brown appearance with a modest and slowly diminishing tan colored head.

Appealing aroma of milk chocolate, ash, char, and perhaps a berry like fruity character.

Smooth medium mouthfeel.

A bit of chocolate in the taste but I am struck by the bolder bitterness that erupts at the end and lingers. Decently done.

Jan 26, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark, black color with a light-tan head. SRM of 24. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of caramel & dark fruit, sweet fruitcake, french toast w/ syrup, caramel sweetened monkey-bread. Not much chocolate, coffee, or roastiness. Very unique and unusual for a porter, but really hits the mark on the nose. (4.50)

Flavor: Lighter on the flavor. More dark fruit and caramel. Red cherry, plum, and fig. Light with a slight bitterness. Finishes dry, but a nice caramel sweetness lingers on the palate. Again, not much cocoa or roastedness. (3.75)

Feel: Light-bodied. Good carbonation. A decent amount of syrupy, caramel sweetness lingers on the palate. (4.00)

Overall: A pretty unique porter. Nice dark fruit, french toast, and caramel flavors without being too sweet. Nice and dry with fantastic flavors. Not what I was expecting and might label it more of a brown ale, but a very nice darker beer shall we say. (Final Rating: 3.96)

Jan 25, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy head with low retention, little lacing, dark cloudy brown colored

Nose light toasted and roasted malts, little caramel, cocoa, bit of coffee, becoming more fudgey chocolate

Taste brings roasted malt up front, burnt charred but not acrid, roasted coffee, little caramel and toasted malt, some dark chocolate cocoa in the background, medium bitterness that increases a bit on the drier finish, lingering roasted malt and very bitter cocoa

Mouth is med to fuller bod, magnum tingly carb

Overall not bad, basically a simple porter, not too complex but well done

Dec 22, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Black brown with a slight head and film
Smell - toasty sweet malts
Taste - about the same as the scent.
Feel - medium body with a medium light carb
Overall - standard but good porter

Dec 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank 5/3/14 @ Reggie's.

Brown hue.

Dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Mild cream & coffee nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream flavor with a hint of coffee grounds; a hop bite on the lips.

Drinkable but plain.

May 24, 2019
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pianoguy from Washington

4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 OZ Bottle

Pours a dark brown body with a khaki head. Okay retention and lacing

Scent is mainly malt forward. Mostly chocolates but I'm getting a hop scent too

Taste is definitely milk chocolate like the chocolate in a Cadbury bar. A subtle hop finish

Smooth, silky feel was outstanding. It seemed a little undercarbonated. at first... but it really worked !!

I really enjoyed this beer. The milk chocolate notes and the smooth feel stood out.

This was one of beers that I won from from my Nehew in Wisconsin when Seattle beat Green Bay this year. Wish I had another one. GO HAWKS !!

Jan 25, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a semi-thick eggshell white foamy head softly dieing to leave some gentle rings of lace.
The aroma had some dark fruits with dark and milk chocolate. Light roast with some coffee then chocolate wafer/cake-like substance. Dark bread further on the back end.
The flavor leans into the sweetness of it all - meshing the dark fruits to the milk chocolate and a sly roasty coffee bean. Slight sweet ash further on the back end. Light wafer/cake-like push with an appropriate roasty coffee aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a tad under then having an awesome sessionability about it. Appropriate carbonation. ABV felt exactly as it should.
Overall, what a damn nice American styled porter! Well worthy of coming back to.

Nov 20, 2018
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GreenDragonPurse from Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm revising my rating down a bit (previously it was 4.48) after drinking a second bottle of this. A quarter inch tan head on dark brown liquid. Sweetish chocolate smell. Tastes of chocolate and a hint of espresso, minimal bitterness which doesn't linger. I would drink this again but wouldn't rush out to buy it.

Aug 23, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a is a clear black color with a small tan head. The aroma is malt and some black licorice. The taste matches the nose.

Aug 18, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer via nitro pour, so it had the Guinness smoothness. Deep roasted malt taste, dark chocolate color. Lost a bit of its character as it warmed.

Aug 09, 2018
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ikester59 from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice malty porter, I like stouts to drink solo, but this is nice with pizza or other strong tastes, has a bit more carbonation than I like, so standing in the glass helps take that edge off. Has a nice chocolatey hint and fairly smooth finish with a bit of hops coming through. I buy it quite regularly.

Jun 22, 2018
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3 fingers medium tan foam over a body of pitch black with amber highlights, thick web of lace

S - coffee, chocolate

T - roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, bitter herbal finish

M - medium body, high carbonation

O - on the bitter side and light-bodied for a porter; not terrible

Dec 24, 2017
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champ103 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Some ruby highlights around the edges. A dense tan head rises to about two fingers. Excellent retention and some spotty lace.
S: A simple nose, but really enjoyable. Toasted and lightly roasted malts. Baked bread, chocolate, light coffee.
T: The toasted, bready malt character is really nice. Bigger chocolate flavors than I was expecting. A touch more roasty in the finish, along with some coffee . Finishes a touch bitter, which seems to be a mix of the malt (chocolate and coffee) and a touch of herbal hops.
M/O: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Ultra smooth and creamy without loosing anything in the finish. Really easy to drink and come back to.

I have always been a fan of Central Waters, and this is a well made American Porter. Well balanced and not over barring in anyway, hits all the notes, and something I just want to keep coming back to.

Dec 24, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Good mouth feel.

Jul 08, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Coca-Cola color with a tiny tan head. Good lacing. Smells of oatmeal and coffee. Taste is the same, but with hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is light for a porter. Overall not a bad porter.

Apr 21, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown. Thin tan head. Looks like a pretty standard porter.

Smell has notes of chocolate, roasted malts,

Taste has notes of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, and some mild hoppy bitterness on the finish. Flavor is a bit watered down with it being more pronounced on the back end. Bit dry on the finish.

Feel is light, thin, easy drinking, medium carbonation.

Overall a nice solid porter.

Dec 04, 2016
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown like coffee, couple fingers of beige foamy head that subsides quickly.

On the nos, chocolate stands out, a little bit of vanilla, and a fruity note I cant plac, but it seems to not belong. Mild roastiness, light sweetness.

The taste is OK. Getting a bit of bitterness, the chocolate thankfully does not overpower, a minty herbal note that I dont care for, mildly sweet. The bitterness is quite sharp, but short-lived.

The mouthfeel is thin and the beer is too carbonated for the style. Flavors are pretty clean, though with nothing much lingering.

Overall, it is what it is...a decent but not outstanding porter. Easy drinking, but decidedly a middle of the road, lowest common denominator kind of beer. Recommended, but temper the expectations and I wouldn't spend a ton of time looking for it. Good for a mxed crowd.

Nov 17, 2016
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Nimbus_ from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours nearly black, but a dark cola color is revealed in light. A half inch of creamy tan head laid on top, although it quickly went down to a thin film that covered the top for the rest of the session.

Smell: Chocolate is the obvious aroma that stands out. A bit of roasted malt and maybe even a little marshmallow in there too. Reminds me of smores at a camp fire.

Taste: I expected this to be dominated by chocolate flavors, but I was surprised to taste a lot of dark fruit. Raisins and possibly a little blueberry sweetness as well. Not bitter what so ever. Chocolate is there too with a little nuttiness, and it's balanced really well. Once the sweetness fades away, a nice slightly charred flavor is left on the palate. I really enjoyed the flavors in this brew.

Feel: More carbonation than I'm used to with a porter, but it works well with this beer. Also a little less creamy than I expected, this porter is on the lighter bodied side. More refreshing than most porters.

Overall: I really enjoyed drinking this beer. A very pleasant aroma, a well balanced taste, and a refreshing quality makes this a definite winner for me.

Oct 12, 2016
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WillB from Wisconsin

1.56/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Vile. Headachey. I've tried 2 different brews from Central Waters. I love a dark beer especially a stout or porter. I tried a stout from central waters. It was very inconsistent. Even the amount of beer in each bottle varied. My glass filled about an inch less from the top to almost to the brim depending what beer I opened in the same case. The aroma varied between a hint of coffee and chocolate to straight sh** the next bottle. Also got a huge headache. I could feel the vein in my temple throbbing. I chalked it up to dehydration. I decided to try there Mud Puppy Porter. Same thing. inconsistent from bottle to bottle. I even drank a lot of water in the hours before hand. same thing. huge headache. drink this if you want a migrane.

Oct 05, 2016
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