Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Substantial dark brown pour, cream, beige-ish head on it, 3/4" in depth. A pretty good looking beer. Aroma, pretty tame, nothing off, nothing robust and jumping out either, mild notes of roasted malts, two row and chocolate, nothing surprising here, just standard.

Taste, good easy drinking porter, again, good roasting, run of the mill for a good porter, no alcohol noticeable, above average bitterness. Packs a lot of caramel and toffee into the beer. The chocolate mouthfeel is the kind with no sweetness. Dry. Pretty enjoyable around a campfire when you're just drinking the sessionable stuff. Would drink again, a good example of regular 6 pack porter stuff when you're not looking for barrel aged geekery or whatnot.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee notes. Taste is coffee up front, then the chocolate kicking in at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, one that I probably would have enjoyed more in the winter.

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Photo of rodkin
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby with a 1.5 finger light tan head, which reduces to a small foam covering.

Smell is roasted malts. Some coffee, some chocolate. Nice, but nothing special.

Taste is like the smell, but a bit more flavorful. Maybe a tiny hit of dark fruit sweetness. It's pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, and a little undercarbonated. Pretty average.

A decent porter. Pretty easy drinking, definitely sessionable, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Waters is my favorite brewery but I had never had their porter before. I found it to be pretty good; nothing great but nothing bad. It was very easy drinking with a nice roasted coffee malty taste. For me to rank a beer really high it has to knock my socks off with the taste or alcohol. This beer didn't do either but it is a very drinkable dark beer if you were looking to knock back a few of them in a row.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davesway10 for the bottle!

Pours black, very nice, with a rocky dark tan head. Retention was great, receding to a nice foamy layer.

There's a nice roasted note in the aroma, along with a subtle roasted coffee. It's light overall, but nice.

Coffee, roasted malts and a bit of bakers chocolate are much more forward on the taste than the aroma. Very subtle bitterness on the finish.

Nice medium body, and creamy.

Nice porter!

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Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown-bodied beer with a modest tan head that settles down slowly. Good lacing on the glass.

Excellent aroma of roast malt, bittersweet chocolate, traces of coffee and smoke. Flavor is equally inviting and complex with a surprising smoked note well intermingled with the more familiar chocolate, coffee, molasses and charry roasted notes. A hint of vague, hoppy bitterness in the finish. Very moderate sweetness.

Medium-thin bodied with lively but not overly assertive carbonation. Just a touch of creaminess. Finishes clean and dry and is easy drinking and refreshing. A quality porter to be sure.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice dark color almost totally black. Head is thick and hangs on for a few minutes.
Odor is sweet toffee, caramel, malt. Overall very nice.
Taste is of malt and brown sweet at first. Coffee comes near the end and lingers afterwards.
Mouth feel is a little lighter than I would expect from the looks of it, but it still works very well with the flavors.
Overall a quality porter.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from eorwar. Thanks Erik!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a creamy beige head that thinned out some but still left a sheet of lacing.

S - roasted malt and coffee.

T - rich, roasted coffee with bitter chocolate and a bit of espresso on the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - I love a good American Porter and this is quite lovable.

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Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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 CooperEllis
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a very nice layer brown with a bit of amber to the edges. There is slight head, bubbles quickly recede leaving minimal with no real lacing.

Big carmel and toffee nose, a bit of roasted malt beneath that but this is a gently sweet aroma that heightens the overall beer quite a bit.

The taste is flat compared to the nose. It is malt, without much depth or complexity. It's spot on without being overbearing; but the lack of depth here is very disappointing.

Mouthfeel is excellent, perhaps a bit light but no glaring errors.
Solid offering, there are better porters out there but this would be in rotation if it was available locally.


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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear brown with a reddish tint when held to the light, with light brown head and decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, burnt caramel and chocolate predominant with a little citrus pine hops beneath.

Taste: Crisp and dry with good malt and caramel flavors, also more hops than most porters...and I like that. Gives it a really good balance to all the malt and caramel.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really good session porter. I could easily have had a couple more. Hoppier than most porters, and I liked that. A good interpretation of the American Porter style.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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 chetripley
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stella chalice from a pick your own six-pack from Binny's.
An overall good feeling from this porter. I tend to look for medium bodied porters, like Anchor, and this one fit the bill. Medium bodied, nice aroma, a little sweetness, a little roasted flavor, a little malt, a little creaminess, not too much bitterness. I think they did the job well with this one.
I'm not too thrilled with the label art or the colors for the labels but at least they managed the important things well.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Mudpuppy Porter at Moonshine in the Wicker Park area of Chicago. The beer poured a very nice opaque with finger thick slightly off white head that laced nicely. The smell included sweet malt and sligth roast. The taste was a nice creamy porter with good tones of peat, roast, chocolate and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel was medium body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was a pretty good porter and I would definitely try again.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced, easy to drink. Hops are in check so flavors remain on the palate for complete enjoyment. There is a mild sweetness topped off with a light smokey flavor. This would be delicious barrel-aged ... I need to put that on my want list. Every porter/stout needs to have a barrel-aged cousin!

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

October 2011 bottling. Tulip glass.

Pours medium brown, but essentially black in the glass, with a finger of tan head; some retention and not much lacing. Smell is sizable roasted malt, touch of dark molasses sweetness and smoke/char which both add nice character. Taste is similar, with some blackened espresso (which is just OK) on the dry finish. Medium body and medium-high carbonation, which a tad high for the style and could use a little more smoothness. Overall, a pretty good porter.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Markfy sent a bottle over in a recent Half Acre-centered trade. Great extra IMO as I'm a huge fan of porters and haven't yet sampled this one. Cheers and thanks, Mark!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Good clarity, mahogany in color with reddish highlights. Formed a 2 finger light tan head that receded down but partially retaining. Lacing along the edges of glass.

Aroma certainly invites a sip with oatmeal raisin cookie, toasted pecans, and brown sugar sweetness. Brewed coffee detectable in the background.

Upfront, rich dark chocolate gives way to a nutty finish. Bitterness is moderate/mid-high. Medium-dry finish. Slight earthiness.

Medium-full body offers up an almost unexpected chewy thickness. Medium carbonation.

Overall a great take on the Robust Porter. Excellent flavors and balance, this is one of my new favorites for the style.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with nice light brown head and decent lacing rings.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, dry roast, molasses and licorice.

Taste: Fairly dry roasted and caramel malts, with lots of bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Some light herbal hop notes, but remains pretty focused on the malts and the roastiness throughout.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Overall: Quite simply a very good everyday Porter. Flavorful but remains light and easy drinking.

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Photo of dlello2
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle - 1 of 5 in a double-blind tasting.

A - Really dark and viscous for a porter. Head is off white... maybe a touch darker than most porters. Like the looks of it actually!

S - Smells like a complex stout! Chocolaty sweetness with some bourbon sweetness in there. Yum to that. Not overpowering... really nice.

T - Interesting. It is definitely a journey! Has all the flavors that I'd have thought but they hit in an entirely different order. Chocolaty funk, some wood and malts, something floral and then caramel. Goes down smoothly and leaves a pleasant taste. There's maybe one idea in this guy not sitting perfectly, but it's pretty damn good.

M - Really nice balance here. No complaints. Full bodied and a touch syrupy but it's balanced by the carbonation and alcohol.

O - Liking the front of the tongue and back of throat the most. Certainly very enjoyable, definitely very drinkable.

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Photo of jedtheavenger
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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 doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Super dark brown. Just a hint of light coming through at the edges. Half finger very creamy tan head with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Pretty light nose. Light roasted coffee. Toasted malts. Some bittersweet chocolate. A touch of milkiness. Very light vanilla and nuttiness.

T: Light flavor of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel upfront. Toasted malt with a touch of light coffee in the middle. Slight milkiness in the finish.

M: Light body, thin for a porter. Medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: It's better than average but not quite a solid good. Definitely an easy drinker and maybe a light introduction to the style or dark beers overall.

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Photo of jegross2
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a six month old bottle in a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: The beer is a deep, deep brown and blood red color that is mostly opaque, though some highlights of light permeate through the body when held up to light. Pouts two fizzy fingers of head that settle into a frothy half-finger of foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel, and a little bit of cocoa powder. Slight coffee grounds smell. A little toasted bread aroma as well.

Taste: Burnt chocolate and burnt grain flavor with some hints of coffee. The beer skips the mid-palate and goes straight from flavor to finish. It's almost as though all the flavor is stuck on the back of the roof of my mouth, which was an interesting sensation. A bit malty, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, surprisingly light carbonation given the fizzy head from the pour. Very dry finish.

Overall: A very good porter overall. Flavors are very traditional, and it is well-brewed. Does not stand out, but does not disappoint either. Certainly worth trying, though there are many more tantalizing porters worth buying out there.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very very dark brown. Head is tan, two fingers and lasts well, leaving a fair bit of lacing.
S- Aroma is somewhat sweet, with mollasses and caramel being prevalent with a bit of cocoa in there as well.
T- Sweet up front with dark caramel and molassess being apparent. Near the finish roasted flavors develop more. A bit of charcoal is noticable.
M- Carbonation is spot on. A bit more body would be nice. I like the long finish in this one though.
O- A perfectly fine porter. A bit more emphasis on sweet aspects and not as much on roasted flavors as I usually care for. Worth trying, but it's not one worth extensive search.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Jamison Pour House with dinner.
I thought this beer was fantastic, must have been just tapped.
A really really, really nice deep brown colored ale with ruby hight lights. Came with a super dense but smallish off white foamy cap that was present the whole way down. And looks nicely carbonated to boot, huh!
A complex malt aroma with a good dose of rich roasted malts some coffee and cocoa with hints of dark fruits and molasses.
Taste was similar with an abundance of rich malts. A good bit of roasted malts some coffee and the like. Very fresh and lively this full bodied beer is with a slightly dry finish.
This beer could possibly put edmund into the back seat as far as porters, although I've not had Edmund from a tap yet.

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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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