Mudpuppy Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

very good
243 Reviews
Mudpuppy PorterMudpuppy Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/7/12 Tasting Notes... Seasonal selection on tap at the local supper club. This was served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

A) Dark brown with a nice finger of dark tan head. The head had nice retention, slowly settling to a dusting, ample lacing.

S) A nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee beans, chocolate, and a pleasant sweetness that was like melting brown sugar. Not overly sweet, but worth mentioning.

T) Near the nose, with an enjoyable taste of coffee, chocolate and toffee/caramel sweetness. There's some piney hops too, which was nice, and just bitter enough.

M) Pretty creamy, medium body, moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with a nice aftertaste.

O) Had this in a bottle a while back, and I recall that I liked it, but I was really impressed with it on tap. This is a very tasty porter, and I would gladly recommend it.

Paired this with a fish fry, which was also good going down. This was not the case later that night, thanks to the stomach virus that's been going around.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark chocolate brown with absolutely no head save a wisp of fizz around the collar.

S - Chocolate brownies. Tootsie rolls. Very malty and sweet.

T - Double chocolate chip cookies and Tootsie rolls. A hint of hops keeps the sweetness from getting totally out of control.

M - Very sugary and thick up front, but drying up a little bit for a dusty finish that leaves you craving another sip of sweetness! Nicely done!

A good wintery desert porter. Quite drinkable. Hints at sugary "dessert beer" flavors while maintaining a nice level of sessionability.

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Photo of aleric
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One thin layer of bubbles that instantly dissipated. Dark brown, almost completely black save for some dark amber on the edges.

S - Chocolate and malt. Faint hops.

T - More dry, dark chocolate with bread crust. A green finish, almost reminiscent of lettuce. The hops come into play to create a nice balance.

M - Light mouthfeel, and slightly oily. Moderate carbonation makes it interesting.

O - The bottle advertises "thick, rocky head," but this bottle failed to deliver that, even after a fairly violent pour. Maybe it was a bum batch. But once I was past that initial disappointment I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's hopped more than most porters, but it works... no complaints here. This beer is delicious with a good sandwich, so I'll be buying again!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pumking glass on 8/16/12

Bottled on: June

Dark brown with highlights of deep crimson. There isn't all that much of a head and the foam that's there isn't inclined to last over time. Dense beer; suspended sediment. Very little lace.

A lush, smooth chocolate aroma is accented by coffee beans and roasted dark chocolate. Piney hop notes are interwoven and a touch of green to an otherwise roasty nose. While the underlying roasty chocolate flavor and medium-full body are smooth, pine hops and moderate carbonation add a layer of pleasant agitation and residual bitterness. It's quite simple, but plenty tasty.

I reckon this may be too hoppy a porter for some folks, but it works just fine for me. I'd enjoy this from time to time if I were geographically able. Recommended if you like hoppy porters. Wish I had more of this.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out the expected dark brown color, with a single finger of tan head for about a minute, no real lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, a little splash of coffee, and that's about it. I can't really find the expected scent of toasted or roasted malt. Tastes of the roasted malt I was expecting to find in the nose. Further investigation reveals a bit of sweet malt and earthen hopping in the flavor once the beer has warmed up for a bit, and a medium body and carbonation level. Honestly, this is a fairly average porter, it doesn't do much to stand out from the crown IMHO.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -4.9%
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 -5.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +1%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +12.4%
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 -15.8%
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 -7.2%
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 -4.4%
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 -25.6%
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 +3.4%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.4%
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 +7.8%
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 +3.4%
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 +7.8%
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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Mudpuppy Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 823 ratings.
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