Central Waters Brewing Co.

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American Porter
Ranked #377
Ranked #15,441
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 872
Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of pianoguy
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 !!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of GreenDragonPurse
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.

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Photo of ordybill
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of ikester59
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
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

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Photo of champ103
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.

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Photo of beerguy04
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.

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Photo of FBarber
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.

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Photo of LeRose
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.

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Photo of Nimbus_
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.

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Photo of WillB
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mudpuppy are gross looking creatures let's hope this beer is not. Popping the top I get a little black licorice and sweet malt. Pours to an opaque black with a light tan fine bubble head. Taste is rather subdued chocolate and roasted malt with a mild bitterness throughout. A very balanced easy drinker with great flavors but not overbearing.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter, 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and dark brown with 3 fingers of tan head, slight lacing. Nose is alcohol, malt, marshmallow, taste is malt and moderate bitter close. OK mouthfeel, overall a decent porter, almost stout-like.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dry chocolate powder, roasted coffee bean and smokey char open up. The mid palate seems more malt, grain, barley and roast. Finishes a touch weak like watery coffee but has a nice roasted bean flavor.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By no means was this bad, it was just so spectacularly unimpressive, as in it failed to make much of an impression at all. Everything about this beer is mild: the smell, the taste, the feel. Nothing to make me rate it poorly, but certainly not anything to garner a high rating, either. It is just so pervasively "okay."

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a medium to dark brown color.

The aroma hits of marshmallow, creaminess, dark chocolate, medium roasted malt, coffee, biscuit, cherry, sweet roasted apple.

The flavor follows with a creamy sweetness up front, milk chocolate, mocha, onto medium bitter roasted malts, acrid black coffee, onto an underlying earthy and woody bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium as the bitterness cuts away initial creamy fullness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

High end dark pour, creamy tan head over half inch. Aroma didn't impart a ton of chocolate malt or roasted notes, but it was just fine in its minimalism.

Taste was bringing out more of the roast and chocolate malt notes. Plenty of toffee and caramel to a lesser degree. If you're looking for a good every day session porter, this is right up your alley.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with off white head. Chocolate heavy scent that mellows out in flavor. The flavor has light chocolate with a lingering flavor of heavily roasted malt/roasted coffee.

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Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, reddish-brown with 1/4 inch head. Taste is both dark and milk chocolate as well as roasted malt. There is a light creaminess to this. Overall this is a solid porter. I will get this one again if I wanted the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i feel like every time i have a beer from central waters, its one of their high end brewers reserve series beers all super strong and aged forever in a barrel. like its always some monumental occasion to drink one, i feel compelled to share (or lucky to be invited to share with others), so its nice to have one of their more common releases, take some of the hype and hysteria out of it, but i was shocked that this is on par with any of the other beer they make, one of the better base porters ive had to be honest. really dry and smooth, little bit of yeast character to it, chocolaty and rich, fluffy and drinkable, complex but approachable, its all of the things i love in the style, and i dont think its getting enough credit here on BA. velvety feel, palate coating, with dark cocoa and roast and toast flavors to it, even a hint of smoke as it warms, subtle in every way. one of those porters i could drink ten of from the bottle outside grilling or brewing in the late fall, or in front of a good hockey game in the dead of winter. no frills here, and none are needed. a benchmark in quality for the style.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz. altbiers glass. Nice dark brown color with a tan 2 finger head and slight lacing. Very chocolatey taste and just the right amount of hoppiness. Not the best, but ,above average for an average priced beer. Definitely on my list of likes.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty basic porter. It has a good chocolaty texture, but it's not too full bodied. I'd like to see these attributes put into a stronger stout form.

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