Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
830 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
Ratings:
830
Reviews:
243
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
130
For Trade:
3
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Photo of kylehay2004
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar—upon closer inspection and when held up to a bright light dark amber is visible near the bottom of the glass and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate malts. The smell becomes stronger once the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell, except that the chocolaty flavors are a lot stronger and there is a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but has a nice amount of malty aromas and flavors, particularly those of chocolate malts. I found it to be a good representation of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to be opaque, looks like a stout. Tan foam and lacing up the glass.

Smells like chocolate with roasted malt, slight hint of coffee.

Taste is complimentary to the aroma, with roasted malt eventually winning out to the choco-coffee schematic. Aftertaste of roasted malt/mild coffee...easy to revel in the earthy roast of this fine porter.

Mouthfeel is thin, somewhat creamy, bolstered by that roasty aftertaste. It's not as thick as a stout, though the flavor makes up for the less robust mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, this 6-pk. disappeared quickly from the hoard after a recent WI road trip.

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left some patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and molasses.

T - Very roasty flavor with dark chocolates and toffee. A touch of piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really nice American Porter. I continue to be impressed with Central Waters beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP, yet clear, amber, with a 2+ fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Great retention, with some big and rich looking lacing that hangs in thick swathes. Now this already looks yummy. The aroma is sweet malts and citrus, with a BIG backing crunchy smell of coffee and roasted malts. A gentle floral feel gives the nose some uniformity, with a good evenness between the sweetness and more roasted accents.

The taste is sticky with chocolate and toffee up front, before giving way to a vibrant blast of dark roasted malts, coffee, and spicy hop bitterness. An equal amount of lingering sweetness and dry bitterness finish this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pricklier feel to the carbonation that brings out the roasted character, and then a slicker feel that carries the sweetness. Just an all around balanced nature here to the body.

Wow, just a really nice take on an American Porter here from Central Waters. Full flavored, balanced, and quite quaffable, this would be a go-to for the style if it was more local to me.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of billab914
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured a slightly dark brown color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer. The head clung to the edges of the beer but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma has a nice milky, dark chocolate flavor coming from it. It's a pretty simple but very nice nose for a porter. The taste has the same sweet and dark milk chocolate flavor that the nose showed. It finishes with a little roasted bitterness that helped balance out the chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel isn't quite full bodied, but slightly above medium bodied. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but i wouldn't call it low. Drinkability is very good, it was a very enjoyable and easy drinking porter with some very nice flavors.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque chestnut with dark cherry highlights and a fabulous three finger head the color of coffee-with-cream. Although it isn't especially rocky, the cap does have a great deal of character and has enough stickiness to result in a better than average lace display. It's hard to imagine--other than even more lace--how this porter could look much better.

The aroma isn't as nostril-filling as I'd like. That said, it is a damn fine porter nose. It's dark chocolate and dark toffee sweet; the beer equivalent of a candy bar (Skor comes to mind). I might be able to pick up a faint hint of molasses, but am struggling to appreciate the 'liberal hopping' that the brewery says is present.

Mud Puppy is solid on the palate. I find myself wanting more flavor because I'm enjoying it so much. A little more aggressiveness would go a long way toward turning what is obviously a good beer into a great one. Moderately roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla-flavored coffee are the principal elements and are co-equal. I wouldn't mind a bit if any one of them stood out a little more than the others if it meant more flavor.

I still don't appreciate the hoppiness that I expected to be present after reading the label. There's a definite tightening bitterness on the finish, so the little green cones must be present in a greater quantity than their flavor contribution would suggest. With warming comes a further melding of the above flavors without, unfortunately, an appreciable increase in taste bud saturation.

I like my porters to be mini-stouts in terms of body. Mud Puppy isn't quite that full, but it's at least medium-full for the style with a mouthfeel that benefits by being on the low end of the carbonation scale. Lightly silky is an appropriate descriptor while lightly chewy is probably not. With a little more malt, this would be a world-beater.

I was hoping Central Waters's Mud Puppy Porter would give Lake Louie's Tommy's Porter a serious run for its money. It doesn't, but it's still a delicious version that has no trouble at all holding down second place in the great beer state of Wisconsin.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one about a week ago as an extra in a trade. I am a big fan of this brewery in general so needless to say I was thrilled to be able to cash in on another one from them. Nice twelve ounce bottle was served chilled in a pint glass and consumed on 09/04/2008.

The pour was just about as good as you can get for the style. A rich dark brown that just about obscured all light from the glass. A nice three inch head of off white foam that came up the side of the glass and hung around for a good bit before finally settling down into the glass and leaving behind tons of side glass lace.

The smell was loaded with chocolate. Rich notes of sweet chocolate that were blended in with a touch of burnt coffee grinds and some nice dark fruits, grapes, maybe some plums balanced throughout the profile. Really nice profile here, with the dark yeast strain that really showed off some nice fruit and cocoa notes, especially as it warms. The flavor was more of the same, rich, with a health does of chocolate and dark fruits, swirling around together. Almost like some kind of quad like yeast strain in here. Very full and very enjoyable. The feel was full bodied with a rich carbonation profile that just added to the enjoyment. An easy drinker coming in around 5% I had no issues in enjoying the entire bottle over the course of the evening.

Overall this was a very solid porter and another knockout from Central Waters. These guys are something to really watch as most everything I have had from them has been excellent. I would love to try some more of their wares as they are becoming more and more solid every day.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date on the bottle.

Big tan frothing drops a whole lot of sticky lace on the glass. Very dark brown, opaque at that. Smells of toasty brown malt, a bit bready and some spice from the hop in the back. Slick and smooth medium body hold a full malt jacket which fires off layers of toasted bread and semi-burnt biscuity grain flavors. A little fruity and yeasty in the middle. Breakfast Blend coffee and chicory comes to mind. Hops help to balance but are modest for the most part other than a spicy note towards the end. Finishes semi-dry with a lot of lingering toasted/roasted grain.

This is a solid American Porter, certainly sessionable.

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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 830 ratings.
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