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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

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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 drpimento
1.74/5  rDev -55%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

oooh not so happy with this so very unfortunately. Diaceytl (sic?) characeristics brusquley intrude. Me no likey. I'm certain that there are other good qualities to this brew, but for me the butterscotch stuff supecedes. Does pour with a nice fine head and a bit o lace. Opaque brownish black. and dat be all I say. good bye.

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Photo of anglagard1
2.07/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Next to no head with an admittedly weak pour. Looks like porter. The smell has a slight porter smell to it. Initial taste has a hint of porter mixed with water and vegetation. Succesive sips prove less rewarding. Mouthfeel is similar to Budweiser, not what one would expect from a porter. I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle, as generally I'm not too far of the mark in my opinion. I don't dump beer down the drain, but I was glad when I was finished with this one and moving on to something else.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle- 26813 Julian date, so September 25, 2013 bottling date, so about 2 1/2 months old, not out of ordinary for a porter. Poured into a wine glass today, 12/10/2013 as part of my endeavor to continue exploring local shelf porter options.

Pours a very nice dark brown body, quite opaque and dark, with a fluffy thick tan head that retains quite well, leaving tons of lacing all over the glass. Looks very much the part of a porter, but with a very nice and pleasing head.

Smells... unpleasantly metallic. Its just a one note sharp metallic nose, with nothing else going on. Its not very pleasant at all. Even when it warms up, the nose just isn't all that pleasant.

Doesn't taste anything like the nose. Pleasantly roasty, with a bit of coffee flavours and some roasty earthy bitterness on the back end. Pretty decent flavour profile, not too complex, but not super intense either. Drinkable, not phenomenal.

Thinner body as expected of a Central Waters brew, good carbonation, sessionable at its 5.5% ABV which hides away. Earthy mild bitter aftertaste. Not difficult to drink at all.

Below average porter. It smells undrinkable, though it ends up being drinkable with a decent flavour profile. I enjoy Central Waters brews, especially their Brewer's Reserve series, but man, that smell is just borderline drain-pour.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. It pours a ruby-hued deep brown color with a finger of light tan head. There is a moderate carbonation in there and the clarity appears to be fairly good, but the darkness makes it hard to tell. I find a light chocolate and roast with a ton of lacto sweetness and some butterscotch notes as well. The flavor is again very butterscotch sweet with noticeable lacto sweetness, with a more subdued chocolate, a slight sharpness from roast that melds well with a solid hop bitterness on the finish. My initial thought on this one was the it was rife with diacetyl, but I really think it is an overpowering lacto character that I am getting. Either way, it is not me favorite. Mouthfeel is on the light end of moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, I just can't get past the overriding lactose sugar quality I am finding. It overpowers the brew and really gets in the way of the chocolate and roast notes I want to find. I would not get this one again.

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Photo of ebit
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well this has to be the first beer I've ever poured and received absolutely no head. Even with a straight pour and swirling of the bottle. Weird. Hopefully I didn't get a bad bottle. Dark brown body that shines a deep maroon when held up to the light.

Chocolate roasted malt is the big player. Slight hoppiness for undertones.

Chocolate roasted malt with a bittering hoppiniss in the midtaste. Sweet malty finish. I do get a bit of a bitter soapy aftertaste.

Carbonation is non-existent. Medium body. Very smooth drinker.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
No carbonation. No head. Nice flavor but with a soapy aftertaste (glass was clean, used the same to review Gumballhead earlier tonight and rinsed thoroughly with water in between)? This has to be a bad bottle. I'll be running out to the store tomorrow to pick up another bottle, but until I've experienced otherwise I can't give this a good review.

I'll have an edited review up by Friday with the second bottle. Hopefully for the better.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my brewery snifter, brownish/ black color, light brown head, hint of light peaks through. smells of grain, coffee, burnt sugar.. this beer yearns for a barrel addition.. Taste is about the same as the smell only with a mild sarsaparilla characteristic. mouth feel is a little on the thin side but has a nice creaminess to it as it finishes. Overall, this beer is sessionable but not the best offering ive had from CW.

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Photo of corby112
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black in the glass with faint mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy, yellowish beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with huge chunks of soapy lacing.

Roasted dark malt aroma with hints of toast, caramel, dark chocolate and toffee. Slightly smokey with faint earthy hops.

Medium bodied and very roasty up front with lots of toasty burnt malt notes along with hints of smoke, rosted coffee bean and chocolate. There is an earthy bitterness from the hops that compliments the slightly acrid roasted/burnt malt flavor. This is slowly countered mid-palate by a lactic cream profile as well as some silky chocolate, hazelnut and toast. Very dry throughout with a bitter acrid finish. A bit too one dimensional and overly acrid/roasted for my liking making it tough to drink down.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled August (I assume 2010).

Pours a dark reddish brown with an ample light-tan head that slowly recedes, leaving good lacing. Looks a bit light for a porter, but otherwise good.

Smells good, but kinda funny for a porter. Lots of sweet dark caramel malts, a hint of chocolate, some dark fruits (prunes) and a hefty dose of yeast that comes through late. I get none of the roasted aromas I expect, and despite the bottle claiming they used lots of hops, I don't catch a whiff of them. Smells more like a doppelbock than a porter, with that sweet breadiness. I'm conflicted - I kinda like the smell, but they say this is a porter. And for a porter, it doesn't smell even close to right.

Taste comes through sweet and malty again. A bit more roasted flavors than there were in the smell, and it's slightly less sweet than the nose would suggest. There's a hint of bitterness, but it quickly fades away. This beer has no bite, no kick. It just tastes thin and rather simple.

Mouthfeel is okay, but (yeah, I gotta say it again) it just ain't right. Body is medium-light, light carbonation. Could use more body and more carbonation.

This is a weird beer. To me, it drinks like a hybrid between a doppelbock and a porter. The flavors are thin and subdued. Not a big fan.

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Photo of mcallister
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a fine looking porter here. Almost pitch black, could I say pitch brown? A nice thick chewy head of tan has great retention therefore leaving a thickly coating lace down my GLBC CA snifter.

Roasty chocolate aromas with a slight vanilla lingering. Some blackberry as well but not much else. Nothing overly olfactor.

Really lacks complexity and substantial flavor. Roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, caramel, some hop bitterness and unspecified black fruits. Really disspointed. Maybe a bad bottle?

Medium mouth with some bitterness on the short finish. Would like to try again too see if I may have had a bad bottle.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and a hint of hops. It is very faint though...too faint really. The taste is a little stronger, but still weak for a porter. If I concentrate really hard I can pick up the roasted malt and some cream, and although it is nice it is almost not worth the work. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a less than smooth texture. Overall, this beer is a mild disappointment. I enjoy spending time breaking down a beer, and finding all kinds of nuances in it. But this beer seems like all I'm doing is breaking the beer down without finding anything. I guess this beer isn't bad, and I wouldn't complain to much if I had to drink it again, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of meatyard
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a tan, 2-finger head that has decent retention but only leaves wispy bits of lace.

The smell is very mild. What's there is coffee and dark malt. A little cocoa shows up as it warms.

The taste is also mild. I get little up front but in the finish there is mild bitterness, a little coffee and roasted malt. An aftertaste of coffee does linger.

Mouthfeel is close to thin with barely moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Still not getting the CW love. There are many better porters than this one. It's just boring.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz, bottled 01/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rather aggressive pour is rewarded with 2+ inches of thick tan head above a nearly-black, clear vermillion body; the head displays pretty good retention and leaves lovely cobwebs of rich lace as it recedes. Gorgeous porter.

S: Heavily roasted notes dominate, with bitter chocolate really stealing the show. A bit of vanilla helps give a little balance to the potential astringency, but also comes with some tannic woodiness. Earthy hops appear as it warms. Robust and complex, if not entirely cohesive.

T: Pretty one-dimensional with the bitter roasted malts; some coffee sneaks in to join the baker's chocolate, but brings as much bitterness as flavor. Even more bitterness comes through with a hoppy finish. Not an especially enjoyable brew, even though there isn't anything exactly wrong with it; just overly charred with the roasted malts.

M: A little watery, and most of the carbonation seems to have sacrificed itself to the spectacular head. Not great.

D: I enjoy the aroma throughout, but each sip is a bit of a struggle, and leaves an astringent coating in my mouth.

Notes: I had high hopes for this one, but it just didn't impress me at all where it counts. Way, way, way too hard to drink for a 5.5% beer. Too many good porters out there for me to want to try this again, even though I bet it would be better in colder weather.


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Photo of ibashmuck
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a big thick foamy head on a very dark amber body. Some good cascading here. Smells of buttered bread, caramel, coffee, and a general sweetness. The taste was primarily sweet and coffee. Not very complex. Bit of hop in there as well, and a somewhat odd "chalky" finish. Not a bad brew, but having had a Sand Creek Badger Porter just the day before, this one pales in comparison.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out the expected dark brown color, with a single finger of tan head for about a minute, no real lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, a little splash of coffee, and that's about it. I can't really find the expected scent of toasted or roasted malt. Tastes of the roasted malt I was expecting to find in the nose. Further investigation reveals a bit of sweet malt and earthen hopping in the flavor once the beer has warmed up for a bit, and a medium body and carbonation level. Honestly, this is a fairly average porter, it doesn't do much to stand out from the crown IMHO.

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Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a seriously dark murky brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that lasted a good long while, reducing to a few foamy puddles and a large collar which produced some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was mild of a roasted chocolate malt, a light resin hop and a mild leathery yeast with hints of chocolate and coffee.

The taste was lightly sweet with a creamy chocolate note at first then became nice and malty with a big dose of coffee and a mild hoppy finish. The flavor hung around for just a little while with a nice bold hoppy coffee ending.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and had a mildly dry texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a bold and roasty brew with a nice blending of hops, which worked very well with the dark Porter flavor.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark chocolate brown with absolutely no head save a wisp of fizz around the collar.

S - Chocolate brownies. Tootsie rolls. Very malty and sweet.

T - Double chocolate chip cookies and Tootsie rolls. A hint of hops keeps the sweetness from getting totally out of control.

M - Very sugary and thick up front, but drying up a little bit for a dusty finish that leaves you craving another sip of sweetness! Nicely done!

A good wintery desert porter. Quite drinkable. Hints at sugary "dessert beer" flavors while maintaining a nice level of sessionability.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark garnet on the pour produces a thin, scant, walnut toned head. Small micro-bran colored floaties line the bottom portion of the vessel. Small whispy eyelash lacing. Head was not as big or rocky as label claims into a clean and well kept class.

S: Sweet chocolate and coffee roast with some fruity notes of semi-dry cherries.

T: Chalky coffee roast flavor, dry, lightly bitter with wet coffee grains. Dry creamer chalkiness, bitter bakers chocolate, dry walnutes finishes chalky.

M: Body feels pretty big per style, borders on a stout, chewy, bittering dry and chalky on the tongue.

O: Overall seems to have a noticeable chalky/dry creamer presence while the chocolate malt takes a back seat. Chalkiness takes something away, appearing more off flavor, drinkability is low, not reaching for seconds here. Id take a pass.

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Photo of Fartknocker
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a globe glass
A- Fairly dark black appearance, with shaeds of lightness around the edges
S- Combo of coffee and chocolate
T- Simialr to the smell, with a lasting coffe aftertaste
D- A little heavy on the coffe for me, several are fine at a time

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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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Photo of richkrull
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dark brown almost black color with a bit of beige head on it. Smell is faint coffee. Taste is alright , not great in my opinion. Pretty bitter, not a ton of flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Decent beer but not great. Worth a try though for sure.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head over the almost opaque brownish burgundy brew. Head fades slowly, with lots of lacing. Aroma is powdered chocolate, with darkly vinous notes. Taste finds the same parts as the nose, but the dark fruits overpower the malts, providing a tartness that I can't really appreciate in a porter. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both quashed somewhat by the tartness which just invades most all for me after I get it in my mouth.

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Photo of hopdog
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas lactose, chocolate, prunes, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, very light coffee, and prunes. Watery body.

Notes from: 09/15/05.

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Photo of jedtheavenger
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle. No freshness/bottling date was given, although there were months printed on the side of the label.

A--gorgeous deep reddish-brown hue. Small frothy head lingers all the way down.

S--Musty, spicy chocolate and tree bark. The smell isn't terribly present, which was somewhat disappointing.

T--Malty with subtle milk chocolate. The toasted bread flavor comes through at the end. A bit more of a hop presence than I was expecting, which was a pleasant surprise. The hops lend a nice fruitiness that ever so slightly cuts through the malt.

M--Excellent carbonation--not too fizzy and not too limp. The body is more pronounced when it is sipped, but this isn't terribly obvious because it's such an easy drinker.

Overall: It's an average porter. There is nothing particularly exotic about it, but that is in no way detrimental. If the upper Midwest didn't already offer such awesome American Porters (Great Lakes, Founders, Tyranena, etc.), I would probably buy this more regularly.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Isnt that a band name with out the t? Pours a boarder line darker brown to lighter shade of black. Some clarity but still darker with brown hues around the edge of the glass. A soft Charlie brown head with good retention and ok lacing through the tasting.

The nose is mostly malty with some minor off notes. To start there is a more coco powder aroma but some hints in the malt. Some roast and hint of coffee aroma but mostly generic malt notes. Some earthy hop notes and some minor yeasty notes. Some noticeable metallic/blood aromas as well as some oxidation notes.

The taste is a bit muddled but some nice notes once you get them. A more generic malt flavor with more of a caramel and roast. Some minor smoke notes but the wife didn't pick that out. Some coffee and a light lactic quality that gives it more of an espresso taste. Metallic is there but not as bad as the nose indicated. More of a coiny mixed with pepper like thing going on. A bit yeast with some minor fusel notes on the back end.

The body is moderate and has a nice feel to it. Nice drinkability and carbonation is a bit low but does support. Overall some good, some bad and some alright notes throughout the beer.

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