Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
243 Reviews
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:
826
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
130
For Trade:
3
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Photo of andrewjraab
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -2.6%
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
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 recedes...like...paint...drying.......on...the...wall. 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 -4.9%

look-
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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Photo of kkleu357
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

From notes on 1/11/14

First craft beer I started drinking. Will always have fond memories of this beer. Pours black, with a one inch head. Burnt chocolaty aroma. Similar to roasting marshmallows. Great roasted malty taste with hints of chocolate. Still love this beer.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

5 oz on tap via nitro at Top Hops NYC

A- Jet black with nice whipped cream brown head
S- Roasted malts, but not much else
T- Slight roasted malts, but the nitro was killing almost al flavors. All I could think about was mouth feel
M-Awesome as most nitro stouts are...like whipped cream

O- Love the mouthfeel, but missed the flavor. Is there a perfect nitro stout?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a dark cola brown body and sports a small tan head. Aromas include chocolate roast, subtle coffee. Perhaps a touch of vanilla in the flavor with a hint of smoke. Chocolates, mild sweetness. A touch of roast and coffee beans. Pretty easy drinking with moderate carbonation and a delicate bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of Vixie
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cola like brown with very little head. Makes me a bit concerned about this bottle, as the label says it should form a large head.

The smell is mainly chocolate, maybe a bit of malt and vanilla as well.

Quite a bit of chocolate up front, there's some fruit and coffee, finishes with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

A touch on the thin side, but the carbonation keeps it interesting and lets me know my concern about the lack of head is unfounded.

Overall a pretty nice beer. I consider it to be a dessert beer, as it reminds me a bit of chocolate cake or a brownie. It's maybe a touch heavy on the hops, but still goes down fairly easily. Glad I took a chance on this one.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a cold bottle earlier this evening with some roast chicken and garlic potatoes. Nice dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Very smooth smoky/caramel/mocha flavor that balanced well with the meal. Slightly bitter finish but not overpowering. I'm not a huge fan of porters but my local shop had a 6er of this for $6.99, well worth the risk for that price.

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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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Photo of KFBR392
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with about a finger of tan head. Very light active carbonation in glass while drinking. Dark brown on the edges where some light shines through.

Smell: Smooth aromas of milk chocolate, oats, and caramel greet the drinker first. Some mild roasted malt warms up on the body. Aromas of cacao nibs continue to ride throughout. More sweetness overall then any heavier malt tones.

Taste: Roasted malt and medium to heavy coffee tones hit the palate first. Creamier flavors of vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramel balance out the beginning of the beer. The roasted malt pops up again on the back end. The finish has some dryness with a pleasant amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of dry to sweet. Pretty heavy on the palate. Carbonation is low which makes this one go down easy.

Overall: Good amount of complexity with plenty of traditional porter malt tones. I would not put it with the Edmund Fitzgerald's or Founder's Porter but is definitely a good one.

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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 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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Photo of Fcolle2
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown in color with trace amount of light making it through. Head is about 1 finger, light tan in color and retains nicely.

Smell is great lots of roasted malt notes along with rich coffee and light chocolate aromas. Rich malt dominates the midsection with mild toffee aromas. Finish has light earthy hop aromas.

Taste is pretty good. Some toffee malt flavors forward before a big charcoal flavor come that dominates the majority of the brew. Some more mild hearths hops finish with a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate to mild carbonation and a medium body make this and alround medium feeling beer. Good for cold rainy nights.

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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 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 TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, tan head that has impressive persistence. Acidic coffee with floral hops in the nose. Deep burnt umber is effectively black. Starts acidic with big notes of toasted malt and coffee. There's a nice medium bitterness. Finish is smooth, coffee/roasted malt with a touch of acidity.

This is really nice. A bit thin, but quite nice. If you like coffee, then this is for you!

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Photo of Jparker37
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Great clarity to this dark brown yet translucent beer. Head is just barely off-white and holds a tiny cap of foam. Some spotty lacing.

S - Smooth chocolate malt, a depth of honey-like sweetness. Quite aromatic and fresh.

T - Dark malt is smooth and balanced out with a distinguished earthy/piney hop flavor. No sweetness to speak of. Hop are the dominant flavor component and lend considerable bitterness on the backend and in the aftertaste, also a little bit burnt malt.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Great aroma and look. Flavor swung to far towards hoppy for the style. I could use a touch of sweetness and more dimension of malt. Feel was close. This is the only Central Waters beer I would pass up.

Judgement - Pass on it. Decent brew but not worth going out of your way for.

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

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at bottled in May 2013. A beer from Central Waters that I haven't tried before. Expectations are decently high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about a half finger of tan lace that thins to a ring quickly. Pours a dark cola colored body. Dark in the glass, but no opaque. Ruby / mahogany colored body when held to the light.

S - Smell kicks it up a few notches. Some coffee, malt roast, pure vanilla extract, mild chocolate, and maybe a slight hint of mineral presence & dirty earthy hops.

T - Taste is of bitter coffee bean roast, malts, hint of earthy hop bitterness, some dark fruits like raisin and fig, some mineral presence, and some unsweetened chocolate.

M - Feel is of a nice sticky bitter coffee / malt roast. A fitting end.

Overall, I thought it was a good beer. Nothing extra special or complex, but Central Waters knows how to do it right. Easy-drinking 5.50% abv, good carbonation, and good flavor. Worth a try.

Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter ---4/5.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with mahogany highlights and a modest khaki head that soon settles into a swath of patchy frogspawn. Grains of sediment are readily apparent as they bob among the rising bubbles of carbonation, which I don't think I've ever seen in a porter before. There's a load of dark chocolate in the nose along with a hint of caramel and little else, which is fine by me.

As for the taste, roasted chocolate malt sneaks in at first blush before a deluge of resinous, citric hops override it. The bottle mentions the relatively high hopping, but there was barely a rumor of it in the nose, so it's a little surprising nonetheless. Not sure that I've tasted so much pine in a porter before, with the possible exception of Stone. The high level of hopping almost works, but I'm afraid it asserts itself a little too mightily, as the malt flavors never get a chance to shine. The mouthfeel is smooth and moderate--on par for a porter. Noticeable stickiness lingers on the lips after sipping.

If they dialed down the hops a few notches, I could see this being a quite a tasty porter. As is, I'm afraid the balance is too skewed toward the bitter end, which might work with a lighter style, but not with a porter (at least not for me).

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Photo of Rob107
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: nice dark color and one finger of thick creamy head, very nice appearance

S: not picking up any chocolate or coffee others had mentioned, just a nice roasted malt smell

T: very nice roasted malt taste, but not very complex; perhaps I have an older bottle since I can't detect hops of any significance as mentioned on the bottle; still pleasant and clean tasting

M: mouthfeel is watery, about average for a porter

O: overall I enjoyed this beer, it is a decent porter but not as good as the top contenders. it would be a great choice to complement any non spicy meal.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was given to me as a gift, I love porters so I have high hopes for this guy. Poured in a nonic. Never heard of this brewery before.

A: Poured a deep dark brown, basically black, with a thin tan head and bits of lacing

S: Smelled of chocolate, barley, malt sugars, brown sugars, some wheat and yeast, along with a bit of hops

T: Pretty rich flavor, fairly sweet, brown and malt sugars, barley, chocolate as well, tasting a bit ore hop than I would've expected

M: Little more carbonated than I would like, but it is well balanced with the flavor, adds a bit of crispness to the rich, full bodied flavors

O: This being y first beer from Central Waters, I would say good job, it was very enjoyable and allowed me to relax a bit while I did some work. A very good porter.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a Variety Pack I made up while touring CW! 12 oz, Nov 2012, bottle poured into Snifter

A- Jet black with thick 2 finger tan head. Tons of Yeast sediment floating throughout…should be getting plenty of B Vit with this brew!

S- Toasted brown malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes with some subtley lingering hoppy spices.

T- Great coffee flavor. Dark chocolate, toasted bready/biscuit flavors. Deliciously warming on a cold Wisco winter night.

M- Medium body, creamy and smooth

O- A fantastic American Porter. A delicious Winter Beer with excellent flavor and balance.

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Photo of davey101
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. Bottled on March 2012. Nearly a year old and it had some goop on the bottom of the bottle, mmm goop. Thank Wes for the extra!

A - Pours a pitch black body, a rather dark porter that shows just a hint of brown on the edges when held up to the light. One finger of off white foam with some real nice lacing and retention.

S - Bitter coffee beans and smooth milk chocolate. A touch of roasted malt and vanilla. Smells a lot like a malted milk ball. Real nice!

T - Milk chocolate, coffee and cream, and lasting roasted mats. Not as great as the nose.

M - Thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty spot on for a porter.

O - The char gets to be a bit too dominating on the aftertaste, but this is otherwise a nice porter. Its held up very well considering its almost a year old.

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Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint.

Two finger dark tan head, jet black beer with red hue at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of vanilla, bourbon, oak, woods, and roasted malt.

Taste: coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted malt with a hop bite at the end

Mouthfeel: thick, creamy, and smooth

Overall, this is a fine beer! I enjoyed this, but overall I found it to be a fine example of the style. This is an excellent winter beer. Please try.

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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 826 ratings.
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