Mud Shark Porter | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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34 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States
fishbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of benbjb
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of RedDiamond
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had an imperial pint served to me at the Fishbowl. It was too firkin cold but I was able to make the most of the circumstance. Mudshark starts with a compact head that holds itself well enough to retain elevation contours -- an elegant distinction. The individual bubbles are actually too small to see with the naked eye. The net result is heavy concentric lace rings that descend along the glass, making for a visually pleasing experience.

Mudshark is opaque black with a faint aroma only perceptible upon agitation. Within this faint aroma lies a broad greenness reminiscent of an active conservatory. The taste harkens to chicory and also somehow to walnut. The mouthfeel also suggests a glint of walnut, as it is a bit dusty to the tongue.

This is not a bad porter but neither is it an especially charismatic brew, certainly not by the standards Fish Tale has set with its other products. The body is thin and the flavor stunted. I’m a big fan of Fish Tale and I’ve lived in Olympia for years. But I’d like to see Fish revisit their recipe for this one.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Dark with a slight reddish hue and a pure white head that looked really cool.

Smell – The light chocolate and dark yeast aroma was very pleasing to the nose. I could also pick up a little coffee.

Taste – The scents from the nose found their way into the taste. The roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate were pretty evenly matched, with the coca powder winning out in the end There was also a slight sour tang though that threw things off a bit.

Mouthfeel – This was the Porter’s weak point, IMO. The light carbonation was cheap and fizzy, and the body was so thin I wouldn’t even call it medium.

Drinkability – This went down OK, but the sub-par mouthfeel and that sour tang ruined the effort.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a barely translucent black, much darker than most Porters and about the same as some Stouts, with about an inch of dark tan head that had OK retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a solid roasted scent with just a hint of coffee in the background. The flavors also were solidly roasted malt, as expected, and roasted notes had a nice lingering finish.

The body was a bit thinner than typical for the style. Drinkability was very good, having a couple isn't a chore. Overall, a nice, pleasant, solid beer. An easy go-to choice when I'm in the mood for this style.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of shagal
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fish Brewing : Mud Shark Porter

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with about an inch of tan foam. Leaves lace down the glass. Appears to be a hearty porter.

SMELL: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

TASTE: Roasted malts with some coffee and char giving way to a citrusy hop character. Moderately bitter, with a lot of dark malt character.

FEEL: Smooth and creamy feel with a medium carbonation.

OVERALL: A solid sessionable brew from the Fish lineup. Kind of reminded me of a black n tan as there seemed to be different grainy flavors. I thought this was enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a nice tan head that last awhile while leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nutty, roasted and a bit of coffee.

T - All of the usual porter flavors. All are pretty mild and balanced.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Nice Roasty malty coffee porter. Better than I was expecting.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at an area watering hole, Prospectors Bar & Grill in Airway Heights. Served in a pint (room temperature) glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. a bubbly beige head forms, but is not real resilient. It fades away quickly.

The smell is faint. Roasted (charcoal) grain and coffee notes.

The taste is a roasted malt flavor, smoke, charcoal, coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouth feel is smooth full bodied.

This is a nice easy drinking porter, but somewhat filling. A real bargain though at $2.50 a pint.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub in lovely Olympia.

This beer appears a clear dark cola hue, with a thin cap of off-white head, which leaves some webbed lace in its wake. It smells of caramel malt, milk chocolate, and earthy hops. The taste is nutty chocolate malt, a bit of lactic sourness, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate to low, the body medium weight, and somewhat weirdly clammy. It finishes fairly dry, a root-like chocolate essence still pervading.

A nice, traditional porter, the sourness quotient agreeable in its subtlety, and even tempered overall.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of leedorham
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black color, medium tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee and a touch sweet. A medium bodied porter. Deeply roasted malts, nicely hopped. Nice mellow roasted malt flavor, very smooth. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, toasted malts.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chossboss
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler during Super Bowl XLVI. Poured near-black with a finger of dark tan head. Mild, roasty aroma of coffee and hints of chocolate.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty malt up front with hints of caramel sweetness and a nice mix of coffee and bitter chocolate. Very dry on the finish.

Light, easy-drinking porter. Not too sweet, but not excessively bitter or coffee-dominated either.

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Photo of ccrida
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic at the brewpub, Mud Shark is pitch black with garnet edges and a light tan head that leaves tons of thick, foamy lace.

Smell is rather soft, lightly roasted chocolate.

Taste is also lightly roasted chocolate, semi-sweet, dry and soft, but well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability was high for me, as I really enjoyed this porter and could have drank them all night. Like all the other Fishbowl brew's I've had, well made although a bit forgettable, with varying degrees of tastiness, Mud Shark being on the higher side.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes, came across this on tap randomly at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary
A - very dark brown, thin mocha head left pretty nice lacing
S - rich roasty malt and coffee notes, semi sweet dark chocolate, light sweetness
T - much like the nose, the roasty and espresso malts dominate, dark chocolate and silky vanilla, some toffee sweetness comes through on finish
M - rich yet appropriate level of thinness, fairly chalky finish
O - a nice surprise to come across, has all the characteristics of a solid porter, easy drinking, I hope to come across this again

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Photo of Erik-P
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5%

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

The first Porter I ever had and I am glad it was Fish brewed!
Poured a black color with a medium tan foamy head. Nose of mostly chocolate and earthiness. A good medium bodied porter with decent hops and good backbone. Pretty chewy and def organic. Nice mellow roasted malt flavor, very smooth. Finish is subtle cocoa and roasted malt.

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Photo of casapy
4.04/5  rDev +6%

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