Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mooseisloose
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +3.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -9.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -4.9%
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 Cfred371
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled October 14, 2015. I let the beer warm up for about 25 minutes.

Look: This beer pours a dark brown almost black, with plenty of carbonation and a tan head, formed by some tight bubbles

Smell: oh man, what a pleasant surprise! I got a big whiff of chocolate, malt and maybe a little booze. The smell is just like malt o meal

Taste: the taste is simile to the nose: malt o meal, and it is crazy good.

Feel: there's a good amount of carbonation for a porter, and not as thick as Id imagine, but it's nice. There's no noticeable bitterness.

Overall: this is a treat. If you can get this, absolutely try it.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -1%
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 +6.4%
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 -6.4%
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 -14.7%
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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Photo of maedhros09
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Typical porter - dark brown/black with relatively little tan head that settles to minor film and leaves little to no lacing
Smell: Roasty
Taste: Robust roasted malt with slight sweetness and average herbal hops finish.
Feel: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated

Overall: A solid porter - even if it's not all that distinctive I think it's a great example of the style. The flavors are robust without being over-sweet or too hoppy.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours bright opaque dark brown under a 1” light tan cap that rises slightly over the rim of the glasss. Smell: Roast and dark sugar aromas. Taste: Starts with balance of dark sugars and mild roast drying on the finish with a slight roast bitterness. Mouthfeel: Mediumn full body, medium low carbonation. Overall: Rich in flavor and very easy to drink.

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Photo of seedyone
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On nitro tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great looking head & lacing that may be smoothering the aroma but not the luscious taste & texture. Nowadays I distinguish porters from stouts by the lack of coffee/chocolate. This is a classic example, IMO, of just that. Don`t get me wrong, I really enjoy it & appreciate the vaca from the tropical aspects. Needless to say the ubiquitous vanilla & sweet are not missed. Malt is ruling this roost.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Dark opaque brown body with a tan half-finger of head that settled to a ring. A good amount of lacing is deposited. Aroma is malty - toasted bread, coffee, chocolate - with a touch of hops in the background adding a spicy herbal note. Taste is toasted malt sweetness early then hop spice in the end. Medium body, slick texture, low-average carbonation, long semi-dry roasted finish.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Foamy head that stays awhile with nice lacing. Dark brown body in color. The aroma was of bitter coffee, and blueberries (surprisingly!). Sweet tasting maltiness on the first sip, followed by some bitterness, with that dark roast coffee taste lingering on the tongue. Overall very tasty, a fine porter I would try again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee beans, toast, biscuit, caramel, cream, milk, and yeast. Hints of brown sugar. Subtle fruit hints of cherry, apple, and fig. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate and coffee. Upfront dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, and biscuit along with some caramel, milk, cream, and yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Some earthy and grassy hop notes in the background. Also some light fruit undertones of apple, fig, and cherry. A very solid Porter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on an American Porter. Good roasty malt flavors with a smooth creamy body.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pleasing brown to black with a medium body and mouthfeel. Not as full and roasted as others in this arena, but something of a change of pace during a session. The chocolate malts are up front here, with a taste of fresh baked cookies. Not overly chewy, but with enough body to keep this as a solid option during Spring or Fall, before you need to go to the real warmers.

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Photo of Phocion
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into 16 oz. nonic. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Small beige head (despite the aggressive pour) with mediocre retention but reasonable lacing around the glass.

Very malt-forward aroma. Roasted malts, cocoa, and grains. Quite a bit of sweet toffee.

The flavor definitely shows the roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Not as sweet as the nose with a spicy hoppy finish. Slight lactic-like sourness, but I think that's just the roast playing tricks on my palate.

Medium body and carbonation with a very dry finish. Lightly astringent between the hops and bitter roasted malts

Mudpuppy is enjoyable, but doesn't particularly stand out to me in any way. An above average but not really memorable offering.

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Photo of bwood06
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Black with a creamy tan head that is retained.

S - Espresso with a bit of herbal/soapy hops.

T - espresso with a hint of lactic.

M - Surprisingly clean and light. Still somewhat heavy but lighter than most porters. Finishes wet.

O - Very smooth. Not overly complex but very good.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black with layers of spotty khaki head.

S - coffee, malts, caramel, chocolate. Not a huge nose on this brew.

T - Malts, smokey, toasted grains, fruity, dark chocolate. Smooth and creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid porter that is worth a pull.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Muddy brown in color. Sandy colored head retains at a quarter inch. Delicate fine-bubbled rings of lacing.

S: Leathery and nutty, bread crust, brown cocoa. Hints of milk chocolate. Fruity with aromas of sugar dates and figs, maybe even dried apples. Floral hopping with citrus blossom notes.

T: follows the nose. Nutty, brown cocoa, a touch leathery. Fruity fig and date esters. Citrusy hops cut through like a knife. A bit yeasty. A toast and char flavor begins to build at the back end. Brown cocoa, burnt toast, and some bite-y spicy and citrusy hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy but thin feel. Very active carbonation scrubs sharply.

O: A very old school take on a porter. Definitely more of a brown porter, and maybe not something the average American craft drinker will understand. It's a nice change of pace beer, but my criticisms would be that the hops are a bit sharp. Get a nice grassy English strain in there and I think I'd like it quite a bit more. Still an easy quaff.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%

Cool autumn night, I'm in the mood for a smooth porter. Let's see if this fits the bill.

Appearance (5) : First off, quite a lot of fermentation here. Upon cracking the cap, there was a good hiss. As I set the bottle down it's now bubbling up to the top, making a pointed foam crown at the lip of the bottle. Interesting! Now for the pour...

Very, very large head, almost making up the whole glass...a reverse beer pour, if you will, a ring of body at the bottom with the rest of the glass as head. I'm waiting patiently for it to subside enough to drink. The funny part is, I only poured about 1/3 of the bottle. The head leaves licks all the way down as it Root beer float appearance up top. The foam still remains in the bottle too. Quite wild fermentation going on here, but I kinda like it. The body is dark brown/ruby red when held up to the light and is mostly opaque. I'm giving this appearance category a 5 because obviously by my long description it was THAT interesting.

Aroma (4) : (finally after about 5 minutes on the 1st category...) Milk chocolate, coffee bean, some rice, grassy hops, oatmeal, brown sugar, some chocolate peppermint. Out of the bottle it smells like old people who carry melted chocolate in their pockets to hand you. Yes, I just said that. A much wider spread, airy smell out of the glass. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.5) : Roasted coffee milk chocolate goodness. It reminds me of a Starbucks Double Shot but with hops. The hop presence is there, and the coffee bean synergizes and amplifies the hop into a roasted flavor. It's very good. A pinch, a pinch I say, of black licorice. Sour malts from barley provide a good baseline for the rest of the beer's exemplary profile. And whoa, drinking the foamy brew from the bottle (yes, it has not died down yet) gives a whole 'nother dimension to the beer - a full, foamy, carbonated chocolate coffee roast party!! Yee haw! This beer is wild. Belches are mild coffee and black licorice. At the very bottom of the bottle it tastes prodigiously like what I can only describe as chocolate licorice. Yum.

Mouthfeel (4.75) : 100% appropriate for the style. It has a creamy, yet absolutely divine medium-bodied mouthfeel that sticks to the palate and rides like a porter wave all the way down the gullet. The effervescent evaporation from the beer as it drifts back up the esophagus in breaths is dry, tart, roasted, pleasant. Just beautiful.

Overall (4.59) : Obviously there's much to say about this beer. I haven't been this psyched about a beer in awhile. I may have picked up an exception to the rule (I sure hope not), as this beer was wild and foamy with yeast fermentation straight out of the bottle, but it is for sure a winner. Good for a sipper on a cold autumn or winter night. I crown thee the best PORTER I have ever had!

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Photo of cervezango
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

lots of carb in the glass that results in quickly dissipating head of large tan bubbles

smell -
over ripe grapes, lots of sweet sticky caramel , and Hershey's chocolate syrup

taste & feel-
almost too sweet but the alcohol and semi dry after taste helps cut it enough, i would consider this a fairly light porter body wise. not a ton of flavors, but somtimes craft porters are too busy, this guy just has enough weight and plum/roasty flavor to be somewhat interesting to drink . its still sessionable, and pretty refeshing for a porter, you dont have to save this beer for last. It would be good with a steak or a burger even and some other beer.

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