Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

very good
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

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Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 825
Photo of Cburnette23
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mmm.... this is delicious! A creamy, down-to-earth porter with a full bodied flavor. Can't go wrong. This is a standard as far as porters go I'd say. Vanilla, brown ale flavor that comes through. Oh - and the alcohol KICKS. I thought, 'this will be a mild one' when I saw the 5.5 abv, but now I can't even believe that is correct. It's hitting me like a drum on my third beer. Excellent version of a real porter. Deep, full, and rich, but with all the bright spots that make a good porter a good 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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Photo of maedhros09
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +16.3%
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 seedyone
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -1.8%
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 +3.4%
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 +9.6%
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 +8.3%
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 -3.4%
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 -2.6%
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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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 825 ratings.
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