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Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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3.85/5
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842 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,509
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
842
pDev:
11.69%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 yanosh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of scottDC
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 MTBrewr
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewClint
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dtomes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MKrauss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IPAdams
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Trexter103
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ethanmc12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Stevedore
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of p-wagz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 842 ratings
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