GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with red highlights. Khaki head with good retention and lacing. There was a distinct butterscotch candy aroma with subdued milk chocolate and roasted nuts. Dry and roasty on the tongue with a flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and buttery caramel. Strange, but very good.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was kind of ho-hum on Central Waters’ Farmhouse Coffee Porter, but their Mud Puppy Porter is a real gem. Fantastic cocoa roasted aroma, incrediblely smooth yet bitter mouthfeel. My tongue tingled in spots as I drank this, perhaps from the effervescence of the ale or perhaps out of sheer joy. A perfect porter: roasted malts enough to know it’s a quality porter/stout, hops enough to balance the entire brew. The slight sweetness present was extremely understated and thus, made it a very sessionable beer. Color me impressed with Central Waters.
Stine (1677) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep oaky brown pour. Aroma of honey brisket and vanilla ice cream. An odd but amiable pair. Tatse is biting with rooty bitterness to start, acidic cola and baker’s chocolate. Thick smoke finishes. A very satisfying full mouthfeel. Generally lacking in the annoyances and trivial faults of many porters - more of a stout altogether. Lively and pleasant.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma, chocolate, caramel, and some earthy notes. Flavor, chocolate, a nice roasty coffee flavor, brown sugar, and an earthy/roasted bitterness.
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a sixer from Trigs in Wausau, WI. Pours a dark brown (cola brown) with a medium tan head. Aroma is nice. Dark chocolate, coffee and some smokey sourness. Taste of dark chocolate, toated barley malt and some coffee. Finish is semi-bitter with some coffee aftertaste. One of my favorite tasting porters.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich carob nose on this light brown pour. More carob and coffee flavors mingle in the body. Smooth finish. Very nice.
Headbanger (3556) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-Pours a dark brown almost black with a nice tan head and has an aroma of chocolate, coffee, and dark malt. Taste of dark malt, caramel, and chocolate on the back end with a dry finish. A little light IMO for a porter but not bad.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma consisted of chocolate, caramel and coffee with an accent of dark fruits, namely raisins. The chocolate was dominant and the malt backbone strong. The beer poured clear with a low and persistent off white head which fell rather rapidly. The flavor was nutty with some roast and chocolate and was extremely dry in the finish. The roast was almost smokey in character and had a light flavor of burnt marshmallow. Just above medium body. A nice beer, not as awesome as the first time I had it, but still a solid porter.
12 ounce bottle.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown color with tan bubbly head. Arp,al of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt and burnt graint. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and burnt grains, must like the aroma. There was also a nice hop profile in the background to support the bitter taste and dry feel on this one. However, I felt it was a bit too dry and seemed a little musty, if you will. Pretty carbonated for a porter but overall it’s done well.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seemingly black with a fuzzy tan head but becoming cherry mahogany and translucent when put to light. Aromatic rhythms are encouraging. Mocha torte, Columbian coffee grinds, decadent dark chocolate turtles and blackened oats for extra depth. Big first flavor quaff fades into a roasted medley – principally barley and black patent – to add an ashen adjustment. Carbonation’s a bit too wholesome and it’s extremely dry. Oats crisped in a frying pan and burnt wheat toast cloud the judgment of prior semi-sweet chocolate manifestations. Medium-bodied with a mouth compression that attempts to stifle the ash, which is where we find the fire’s burnt brownie accelerant, right next to a crisp satchel holding determinably dry espresso beans.