davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Nice roasty, malty aroma. Sorry to read the other posters weren't too fond of this beer, but mine is in quite good condition. Color is deep, deep brown, but now quite black. Good carbonation with a tight tan head that last from beginning to end. The taste is of roasted malt and is quite smooth, yet there are hops in there as well which balance and dry things out nicely. This is a very good beer and when drank fresh, Central Waters beers are all quite good. They don't pasturize the bottles, so if stored improperly, they'll go bad. Fortuately, mine was quite good! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Deep, deep, deep, dark ruby blanketed brown. Smooth and firm cocoa colored cap about a half inch high sits atop. But a whisp of skim remains once it dwindles down along with a thin collar. Minimal lace sticks in a slight stringy pattern.
Soft, clean, and very fresh cocoa nose with a moderate helping of roasty tones bringing a modestly robust semblance of espresso beans. Notes of baked burnt hops.
Darkly flavored in the taste department. Dark, rich, deep tones of black burnt malt, chocolate bitterness, and scorched hops brim and buckle with a surge of robustness thats quite nice and vastly roasty. Steady drying tones in the finish where the espresso gains a foothold over the chocolate tones. Staying crispy with a burnt edge of spicy pizza crusts. Great additions there with some peppery notes. Old memories of the Harry Magillís Spiced Stout from Bellís is beginning to brim to the surface of my buds as I continue to sip and gulp this fantasticly robust porter. New memories are now in place.
The feel of this beer is down right fascinating with one supurb smoothness and uniquely creamy medium/full body while maintaining its robust roasty character. Perfect for a porter. Keeps a well handled hoppyness that lends a bit of bittering biting virulence to the overall roastyness. Always dark, always roasted; blackened even in some of its personality. A very well crafted porter. Unimaginably yummy.
This puppy ainít muddy at all. WankerWeasel (18) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours a deep brown color and allows no light to penetrate. Nice couple fingers of medium brown foamy head sit on top of this pour. The foam slowly settles and leaves a nice sticky layer of lace covering the walls of the glass. If it looks this good, itís gotta smell even better. Smooth rich chocolate and slightly sweet malt fill the nose. Big roasty aroma comes in next with a great bit of coffee. Little hint of caramel in the aroma also. What a wonderful aroma. The flavor is gonna have a hard time beating this aroma (but I have a good feeling it will). Smooth and rich chocolate flavor coats the tongue. Roasty malts with a great little bit of smoothness to it. Little hint of burnt malt comes in and is then quickly overtaken by the chocolate malt. Smooth and rich caramel comes in on the aftertaste and feels amazingly silky on the tongue. Little bit of toasted malt on the aftertaste also. Man, this stuff is killer. So much flavor it overwhelms the palate at times yet itís still fairly light in the stomach even with this big of a body and flavor. Iíd have to say this one ranks in my top 5 porters around. rmarq423 (3) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013 does not count
Amazing beer - might be my favorite porter of all-time. Wish that it was available "on nitro" at more pubs. keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2007
I was kind of ho-hum on Central Watersí 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 itís 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.
brewmaster55 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Mud Puppy Porter to me is what a Porter should be. Aromas of Coffee and Chocolate with tastes of the same. Goes down smooth and easy. Iíll take another...and another... junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2011
From a 12 oz bottle.
Never mind how it pours or looks. Weíll skip that snooty part of the review because does anyone really care? Itís Porter. Itís dark. OK?
Not much aroma. You really have to get your nose in there. Once you do, itís a fairly typical chocolatey aroma.
Now the important part. Taste. This is an example of one of my favorite types of porter. Smooth, subdued, slightly more accent on the bitter side than the fruity and sweet. Starts out subtle on first sip, then kind of explodes with goodness towards the back of your mouth. But leaves none of the heavy syrupy after effect that some porters tend to do. Just a slightly grassy aftertaste instead, which oddly enough, works.
Robust, but clean and refreshing, just as described and just way I like it.
A solid offering from one of the consistently best breweries in Wisconsin. Donít pass this one up. Lemke10 (980) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a very dark brown color with a decent off brown head on it that leaves a little lacing. Scent has some robust and sweet caramel malts. A bit of a coffee/cocoa scent as well. The robust malts hit the taste buds hard with a good cocoa flavor that is smooth and delicious. Very well made and quite tasty with so much flavor, this is definitely a sipping beer! GuenSmith (28) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Pours dense, dark, brown to black with a plush foam head that remains, effervescent. Nose has notes of chocolate, hops, pepper, with a smokiness that provides a rich full aromatic experience. Goes across the palate silky and finishes crisp with a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Tastes smooth, milky, with the spicy hops rounding out the drink. The flavors blend so well it makes it hard to distinguish individual notes. This is a smooth, crisp, well made porter. This beer tastes like another! sparky075 (8) - Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2009 does not count
One of my favorite beers. Stop by their brew-pub for delicious food and awesome beer. Not much else to say, this beer is awesome..