Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
828 Ratings
Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
828
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
130
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 828
Photo of kickapoodude
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried many porters and this beer has ruined me for all others. Many are to sweet on the back of my tongue, this beer is a perfect mixture of hearty coffee nutty flavors. Poured pitch black with a oaky head. At the brewery they serve it nitro, which is an entirely new mouthfeel. This is the perfect porter for my pallet.

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Photo of deadbody
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another winner from Central Water. Pours a nice dark brown color, small head leaving good lacing. Smells exceptional, roasty and awesome. Taste is great, a bit of burnt roast with a good coffee undertone. Good mouthfeel, a tiny bit watery, but not bad, still has a thick and awesome feel. Super drinkable, I will be picking up a full 6 pack of this next time at the beer store.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured black with ruby highlights and a tan head that coated the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and some dark fruits. In the background is a slight roastiness and caramel.

The flavor was smooth silky chocolate with coffee. The bittering is substantial enough to provide more than a subtle balance and the beer had a nice complexity of flavor as a result.

The finish was dry with chocolate and slight coffee lasting long and pleasant well into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

What a great beer!

12 ounce bottle, thanks to Skidz and BIF10.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep amber color, decent head that settles into a well retained lacing

S - roasted, chocolate-like malt aroma

T - rich dark malts, somewhat smoky with prominent hop flavors, moderately strong hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a really good robust porter - very exceptional. It's quite a treat - try it if you can get your hands on some.

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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 disastermouse
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Great beer!

A - Exceptional! Deep brown with a latte-esque head that stays for several minutes and leaves thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S - The usual porter smell - nothing funky. Coffee and chocolate are dominant.

T - Cherry skins, tea, coffee, and a little smidge of herbal bitterness for balance in the finish. Aftertaste has a bit of an almond skin/vegetable taste. An almost perfect porter taste, in my opinion.

MF - Full, perfectly carbonated.

D - Could throw them down all night.

This is my first Central Waters brew and I'm looking forward to the other ones now.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a thick syrupy look ing beer into my Sam Adams beer advocate glass. When are they going to send the founding subscribers something else?

Looks pretty standard, dark molasses looking, thin creamy tan foam.

Smells weird. Can't seem to figure this one out. I'd like to say dried prunes and black licorice.

Super smooth. I can see why this style was popular back when it came out. Earthy, dry. Pleasantly roasted. Tastes vaguely of dark chocolate and some high end coco powder. I really like this.

Not heavy, not fizzed, not watery, damn near perfect.

This has lots of potential as a session beer that I could have all fall, winter, and spring.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle is from a trade with nchrist13 at the 05 Dark Lord release, which means this bottle is at least 8 months old. It has been in my fridge almost the whole time though, and it still tastes great, so I'm going to go ahead and review it.

It pours an extremely murky (due to having the most sediment in a porter I have ever seen despite leaving some at the bottom of the bottle while pouring) brown with a nice one finger cream colored head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some transient lacing.

The smell is pretty standard for a porter - very chocolatey and creamy smelling. There is some citrus in there as well, which is interesting.

The taste reveals what the citrus in the smell was all about - this is significantly hopped for a porter, and for once I like it! Actually I've only had one other really hoppy porter besides this one, and I didn't enjoy that one. This is great though! For some reason the citrus and the chocolate blend very well together to create a very unique signature. Roasted malt is pretty subdued here, leaving the taste incredibly smooth despite the hops. A very dry bitter finish really rounds this brew out with complexity.

The mouthfeel also really delivers. Its smoothness is only exceeded by the very best porters. It has the perfect amount of body and carbonation so that it dances lightly on the tongue but still seems rich and filling.

Unfortunately I only have a few bottles with no other way of obtaining them, otherwise this would be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, deep, deep, dark ruby blanketed brown. Smooth and firm cocoa colored cap about a half inch high sits atop. But a whisp of skim remains once it dwindles down along with a thin collar. Minimal lace sticks in a slight stringy pattern.

Soft, clean, and very fresh cocoa nose with a moderate helping of roasty tones bringing a modestly robust semblance of espresso beans. Notes of baked burnt hops.

Darkly flavored in the taste department. Dark, rich, deep tones of black burnt malt, chocolate bitterness, and scorched hops brim and buckle with a surge of robustness thats quite nice and vastly roasty. Steady drying tones in the finish where the espresso gains a foothold over the chocolate tones. Staying crispy with a burnt edge of spicy pizza crusts. Great additions there with some peppery notes. Old memories of the Harry Magill's Spiced Stout from Bell's is beginning to brim to the surface of my buds as I continue to sip and gulp this fantasticly robust porter. New memories are now in place.

The feel of this beer is down right fascinating with one supurb smoothness and uniquely creamy medium/full body while maintaining its robust roasty character. Perfect for a porter. Keeps a well handled hoppyness that lends a bit of bittering biting virulence to the overall roastyness. Always dark, always roasted; blackened even in some of its personality. A very well crafted porter. Unimaginably yummy.

This puppy ain't muddy at all. Thanks jeffboo! Great stuff!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mudpuppy porter pours a black color, with very little head. The smell is thick, lots of malts, a nice coffee undertone, just want you want anything sto smell like really. The taste is full, good heavy malty undetone, with coffee and choclate flavors. Very full porter, no watery taste here. Overall a Fantasic porter.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Derek
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body pours pretty much black with only hints of dark brown when held to light. Head easily reaches four fingers and quickly turns rocky like a root beer float. Nose is mouth watering with big tones of carmel syrup, toffee and fudge brownies. Enters the mouth toasty with dry chocolate notes. The nose almost carries the carmalized malts onto the back of the tongue. As it warms a ever so slight sweetness does break through the overall dryness. Mouthfeel follows through with the dry feel but in a comfortable way. This isnt a huge alchol % brew but it demands to sipped and enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of mooselvlt
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark, rich, deep amber brown. Absolutely wonderful 2 + finger head of frothy, deep tan foam. Retention is heavy....Tons of lacing. If you're a porter fan you will love the look.

S - Coffee, deep and rich malts. Earthy, grainy, full nose.

T - Good Lord is this good! Wow, subtle coffee, wonderful malts, earthy grains!

M - Creamy, smooth, extremely drinkable. Fits the nose and taste to a T. Its a robust porter, bordering on stout

O - Really enjoying this one. CW does it again in my opinion. I love this brew!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark ruby. The beer throws a great tan head with good retention. Aroma is chocolatey and a bit hoppy (guessing cascade because this smells similar to Sierra's porter). This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful. Taste is robust. Chocolate notes are evident. Nice bitterness. I tend to like hopped up porters and this one seems to be on high range for hopping in a porter. Really smooth and drinkable. Very good porter.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from "The Rookery" sampler, poured into a pint glass. Bottled in March.

Looks to style, with a head that doesn't last all that long, but laces a bit. Lighter reddish hues frame the edges, and this is a lighter porter in general, with some transparency when held to the light.

Great aroma. Probably the best that comes to mind for an American porter. Really bold coffee and chocolate notes.

At first, I'd guess this was a chocolate beer if I didn't know differently. Big smooth chocolate up front, and then a roasty, dry, bittersweet finish. A touch of smoke. Pretty dry, but not chalky. The flavor is bigger than the size of the beer. Boasts the taste of an imperial, without the syrupy body or big sweetness. A few months on this one may have taken some of the hop bite out of it, but not for the worse.

Nothing stands out about the feel, but it doesn't detract at all either. Medium feel, medium carbonation.

This might be my favorite American Porter. I'd take it over Ed Fitz, Anchor, or Sierra any day. After being underwhelmed by my first Central Waters brew, I'm impressed by this one. Will probably buy this again.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a very dark brown color with a decent off brown head on it that leaves a little lacing. Scent has some robust and sweet carmel malts. A bit of a coffee/cocoa scent as well. The robust malts hit the taste buds hard with a good cocoa flavor that is smooth and delicious. Very well made and quite tasty with so much flavor, this is definetly a sipping beer!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from eorwar. Thanks Erik!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a creamy beige head that thinned out some but still left a sheet of lacing.

S - roasted malt and coffee.

T - rich, roasted coffee with bitter chocolate and a bit of espresso on the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - I love a good American Porter and this is quite lovable.

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Photo of Jcarrane
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown, almost cola like in color, with a good finger of beige head. Toasty malt, coca and mocha strikes the nose. Creamy cocoa notes at first lead into splendid toffee and coffee finish that lingers well after this one goes down the hatch. A very exceptional porter!

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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice dark brown that sits as a deep mohagony with a fluffy tan head, good lacings on the side. A very nice porter to look at.

Smells of chocolates and caramels...just loads of hops. Nice and springy, like a fresh rose. Tastes just like a porter should taste. Chocolates and florals combine for an extremely pleasant taste that just carries the hops all over your mouth and down the hatch. Well balanced sweets and bitters as you go from chocolates to a very robust bitter finish. Though it's not full of many different distinctive flavors, it does have a great flow to it that is definately working for me.

Silky smooth, crisp and clean in the mouth. Carbonation is exactly where it should be; nothing getting in the way of the taste. It's very hard to set this down, as it goes down so easy. A 6 pack for the evening is definately a good idea. A classic porter, very comparable to St. Peter's Old Style Porter, which also stands out in front of the pack.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.
5.5% ABV

A - Clarity shines through this dark brown beer but once it's resting in the glass beneath it's plump tan head, it's almost black looking. The nicely retained head drapes layers of light lacing on the glass for added appearance points!

S - Dark roasted malts offer little burnt astringency but focus on smooth milk chocolate and with a touch of chocolate-covered coffee bean and raisin in the background. Mudpuppy smells straightforward and delicious!

T - Milk chocolate and mocha transition from aroma to flavor but unlike the aroma suggests, the beer has a some bitter roasted malt astringency that evens it's perception nicely as this porter trails off with just a slight hint of earthy hoppiness.

M - Mudpuppy is a medium bodied porter that drinks nicely due to it's balance of malt sweetness and roasted bitterness that leaves the tongue dry and ready for another gulp.

O - I think it's a safe assumption that Central Waters is most widely known for their barrel program which, for the most part features stouts. It should come as no surprise then that their Mudpuppy Porter, a stout's younger brother, should be just as crafted in regards to dark malts and, sure enough, it is! Mudpuppy Porter is a full-flavored beer that keeps it sessionable; low ABV, and a smooth, easy drinking body. A win-win all around!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a mini-weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a deep brown body with a glow of amber hue at the very base and a thin tan film of head that is soon gone. It is a bit to dense to see much carbonation but a few small bubbles trail up the side of the glass.

S- The dry roasted black malt aroma has a coffee quality to it and a nice fresh roasted quality but is otherwise pretty clean.

T- The roasted black malt is dry with no bitterness just flavor and some grain and coffee qualities to it. There is a soft hop note in the finish that adds a nice bittern note to the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft fizz note in the finish, and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer is very drinkable and has a smooth full roasted malt flavor and it is on the lighter scale of porters. It goes down really fast and I would love to try it on cask.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of chocolate, roasted espresso and a hint of anise.

The taste is of chocolate, roasted espresso, anise and an earthy undertone. Sweet and roasty, there is a balancing bitter touch in the finish.

It is creamy and smooth.

A well-made, robust, porter. Delicious and well-balanced! Very enjoyable!

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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 828 ratings.
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