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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Pump House PorterThomas Creek Pump House Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 06-27-2008

49 IBU
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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 49
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is two fingers high and pale yellow in shade. Good retention and a soft texture gives it a good look. Some streaks of lacing stick to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There's a decent mix of various notes here - I get lots of chocolate and caramel in particular, with slight roasty hints. Hell, maybe even a touch of dark fruit. The hoppiness is surprisingly dominant, bringing a powerful piny note to it. There are lots of good notes, but the whole thing seems a bit muddled to me. (3.25)

Taste: The hoppiness opens it up well, bringing plenty of earth and pine. After a brief mid-taste of caramel sweetness, it transitions into a subtly roasted finish. Additional hints of coffee and chocolate also pop up on the back end. This is a solid porter

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, with the hops and roast making it quite dry. The general feel is also a bit syrupy, but it could have been far worse. Airy carbonation helps it go down easily. (3.5)

Overall: It takes a while for it to pick up, but it ends up being a really good robust porter. Having said that, it could be bigger and bolder in most aspects. Well worth considering, but it could get lost in the mix of great porters on the shelf. (3.5)

3.46/5: Delicious, just not earth-shattering

Photo of Zach136
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Dec. 31, 2013

Pours a deep nearly opaque body with ruby hints through the light. Thin light tan head. Nose is light roast with hints of chocolate. Palate is a ton of roast, bordering on burnt ash - but it is thankfully mellowed out by some bready-biscuity english malts on the finish. A slight hint of powdered cocoa flavor comes through as well. Finish is light a crisp as a porter should be.

Overall, a very solid porter, a bit over done on the roast for me, but solid beer.

Photo of thecheapies
2.62/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty much black, in color, or lack thereof. Head is a thick two inches of lumpy beige foam that sits for awhile. Lacing is well above-average.

Tinny, semi-oxidized malts. Some dry cocoa and earthy/floral hop interplay. Hops might have gone a little south.

Strange. No bottle date info to determine what's what, but this is one cardboard-y porter. Hops have been dissected and spoiled with some bitterness and a good bit of oxidized papery notes. Roasty, but flatlining. Weak body and showy carbonation. Drainpour. A waste.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark almost black with a very thin dark tan head that disapates quickly

S - Aromas of choclate and coffee. I also detect a slight nuttnes, pecans perhaps

T - Big tastes of chocalate with a slight coffee background. Also detect a hint of smoke

M - This is a very smooth porter. I would call it medium to heavy bodied. Has a cooling effect on the mouth as it goes down. A very different feel!

O - A very enjoyable porter. Not as much flavor as some of the others I have had but still very nice. Its a good sessionable porter if there is such a thing. Its not overpowering!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured in a pint glass, black with a tan head that has pretty decent lacing
S - Smelled of molasses and dates with some dark roast and mild cocoa nibs. Smells rather sweet actually.
T - I always like porters that are easy to drink and this one is great. Smooth chocolate notes, mild roast in the back end, almost milky.
M -It has a rich silky mouthfeel but kind of watery making the 6+% go down easy.

Overall kind of an above average porter but nothing I would seek out again. Willing to try their other experimental offerings to see if I can find a new favorite,

Photo of csparace
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pump house porter

Smell - like real fresh barley and malts in raw form - just like when you roll up to your favorite brewery. In the glass the hops come out much more.

Appearance - medium thin pour. Smokey brown head with huge bubbles. Wholesome black tone.

Taste - the fresh barley taste is pretty pronounced here. Light milky chocolate notes. Kinda hoppy - that goes with the fresh flavors. Not as earthy as I would have hoped from this style though. Coffee comes to the front as it warms up. Hops pop on the finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and medium light body. Quite drinkable but not something that urges a chug.

Overall - considering TC's interesting offers this one is quite tame. It's a sessionable milky porter with some decent coffee and hop flavors going on.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually died down and left a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of chocolate malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The relatively light-bodied nature of this beer makes it easy to drink. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I actually visited the brewery back in June 2007, but this bottle came to me courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77.

From the bottle: "Sink the Status Quo".

My pour created two fingers of massive, dense, rocky, deep-tan head with great retention, leaving behind some nice lacing as it slowly fell. Color was a deep, dark-brown that allowed light penetration only at the edges. Nose was both smoky and dark chocolate, a nice combination. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing the tongue and developing a smoky, coffee-like bitterness in the mouth. Finish was both semi-sweet chocolate and a burnt smokiness, like charcoal from a wood fire. As usual, it was not my usual, but it was darn good all the same.

Photo of Neorebel
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pump House Porter is a barely translucent, oily color with a voluminous, puffy, ancient-white head. Very nice look with ample lacing and great head retention. The aroma smells tasty, with hints of bourbon, raisinettes candy, and a slight whiff of coffee beans. The taste itself is very smooth and balanced. I would say 'creamy' is the ultimate descriptor for it. It actually reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout on nitro-tap a bit. After letting it sit a while, it became even better tasting with some light fruit esters and a dash of hops crept in the mix. This is very drinkable and pleasant, I will definitely be buying Pump House Porter again!

Photo of Mojo
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> World market tulip glass

This one is as black as night with a generous overflowing foamy caramel colored head. Retention is awesome and loads of spotty lacing sticks to the side of the glass. Nose is coffee, chocolate, and a roasted scent. Taste follows the nose with notes of coffee and chocolate to be the dominant flavor, but also some hints of caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel is quite nice. A nice offering from South Carolina!!

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Near black with thick tan head that slowly bubbles away. Piney citric hop on the nose with buried but heavily roasted malt. Smooth and medium body but delivers a somewhat creamy experience to the mouth. Well blended and concentrated flavors. burnt malts, bright hops and great balance. Hop bite but it doesnt linger or build. Not overly complex but has enough going on to keep things interesting while remaining extremely crisp effervescent and refreshing. One of the few porter's i've had that I could see myself drinking as a thirst quencher yet still have flavor. Very clean for a porter and lots of flavor for being so clean.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a light chocolaty roast, yet somewhat faint. In the taste, an abrasive hop to a mellow chocolate maltiness, a bit thin though. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small chocolate notes in the aftertaste. A faint nose and a bit thin, but decent nonetheless.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown. Light tan head that lingers pretty well.

Smell is toasted malt and chocolate. Very subtle hint of molasses.

Taste is sweet malt and chocolate. Mild bitterness. Not that much going on for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good. Worth trying, but not my favorite.

Photo of Duff27
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a big two inch medium mocha colored head on a dark brown body. Head is fluffy and sticks around awhile. leaves good lacing, looks delicious.

S- Chocolate notes with whiffs of cola. Some roastiness.

T- Chocolate licorice. Some earthy hop presence...above average for a porter and kinda of steals this beers identity, leaving it showing itself differently after each sip.

M- A touch over-carbonated for a porter. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel makes like an easy one to get through.

D/O- An ridiculously easy porter to drink, it's drinkability coupled with a wonder appearance would make this an excellent draft choice at a local bar.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the source! Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a dark brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger slwoly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and subtle dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, earth, and subtle cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out as being amazing except the appearance if I'm honest. While there was a lot going on in the flavor and aroma, it was just too random and not really uniformed to work in unison. Still not bad, but not the best porter I've had. Worth trying if you get the chance however.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Semi-vigorous pour only produced a thin head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma: Plenty of dark roasted malt with hints of spicy hops, red wine, and dark fruit.

Taste: Initial indication of an overly sweet porter is quickly removed by a well-balanced flavor profile that turns slightly bitter at the finish. This is but one aspect of a nice sensory dynamic, within this complex beer, with the flavor profile and feel changing from start to finish. Neither bold nor challenging, this should be a beer of wide appeal. Personally, I wish the fine mix of flavors was a bit stronger.

M: very good mix of smooth silky texture with a note of crispness, reflecting light but well-chosen carbonation. Medium body.

O: an exceptionally well-crafted yet interesting porter. Good for sipping and quite sessionable.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with 1/4" of brown head that quickly fades. Roasted malts, licorice, and chocolate notes in the nose. Deep, rich roasted and chocolate malts dominate the taste buds. There is just enough bitterness in the finish for balance. Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.

This is very good. Smooth, rich, drinkable. Delicious.

Photo of rundocrun
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz bottle into snifter glass.

A - Pours deep brownish-black with only the very slightest hint of dark amber peeking through the edges of the glass. Has a full two fingers of coarse mocha head that fades reasonably slowly. Great lacing on the glass.

S - Aromas of milk chocolate, mild caramel and dark fruits (evident they used some caramel malt here). Also hints of acidic light-roast coffee.

T - Again, sweet milk chocolate up front quickly accompanied by a coffee bitterness that defies the much more mild aroma. Creamy caramel and dark sticky plums. Mild alcoholic character through the middle and the finish. Finishes with a last kick of bittering hops and a borderline-cloying sweetness. Leaves the mouth feeling utterly coated in sweet, roasty malt flavor.

M - Medium body with a very mild boozy warmth. Extremely syrupy toward the finish and leaves my tongue sticking to the roof of my mouth. Carbonation is just right. This would be a good winter beer, but not so much for late August.

Overall - A good representative of the style despite the slight imbalance of sweetness compared to roasted grains and hops. I almost want to say this is a hybrid between a porter and a sweet stout. I would drink this again, but in colder climates for sure.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a dark copper color with two fingers of tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, nice but a bit timid.

T: Leads with licorice and roasted malts, a light malt sweetness, and faint coffee on the finish. A little too mellow overall. There are also some light floral flavors.

M: Nice, not too heavy, ample creaminess.

O: A pleasant brew, but I wish it would assert itself a bit more. Still, nothing bad or objectionable, certainly worth a try.

Photo of welldigger888
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black hue but when held up to the light is a magical garnet chocolate clear with a nice tan head that laces well.

Roasty toasty goodness that could be a touch of coffee and dark unsweet chocolate and a dash of sour mash on the nose. Maybe a splash of earthy hops are present too.

Coffee sour mash chocolate and roasty goodness with a dash of herbal hops.

I like the mouthfeel on this beer, it is cream but not thick and has spot on carbonation for the style.

Good beer that is local for me at a good price, so cheers and drink up.

Photo of projectflam86
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown color with a generous amount of foam. Nice lacing.

S- Deep roasted malt aroma with some smoke and chocolate coming through nicely.

T- Bitter dark chocolate with a very iron/metallic finish. Alot going on hop-wise that seems slightly misplaced in a low ABV porter.

M- Medium light bodied with fizzy carbonation. A touch thin.

O- Overall a decent brew but probably not one I would search out again.

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black, not the translucent black I expect, with an inch of dark beige head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly a pleasant roast scent, with some underlying graininess and malt. The flavors were fairly typical for the style, some nice malt sweetness, a bit of grain and a nice, smooth roast that lingered on the finish.

The body was typically full and smooth, but also featured a lot of bubbly effervescence on the tongue. Drinkability was about average for the style, if you want a Porter, you'd be happy with a couple of these. Overall, a nice solid beer. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy head that didn't last particularly long. Very good lacing.

S: A subdued aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and a woody quality.

T: Tasted of malt, a touch of hops, dark chocolate, coffee, a slightly medicinal quality, and a sugary element. A decent, but not always compelling flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: In spite of some flaws this remains a drinkable beer.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: While pouring, it's blood-red; in the glass, it's dark as night except around the edges. Light tan head fades into tiny bubbles.

S: Roasted chocolate malt. Not much else.

T: Sour, thin roasted malt. Light carbonation. A sourish bitterness dominates. The aftertaste unpleasant and rough. Overall, not too good.

M: Thin and meh-ish. Some carbonation to lighten things up.

D: It's not a bad beer, but it's without any discernible merit. Not much fun to drink. Not recommended.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"The best activities for your health are pumping and humping."

--Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pumpernickel brown with orange and bronze highlights. A good looking lid of golden khaki colored foam was created on the pour, hangs around for a spell, and does a fine job laying down lace... although very little sticks in the end.

The aroma is helped by a well-chosen hop bill that includes Cascade, Centennial, East Kent Goldings and Magnum. The first two, especially, give the dark malts a citrus zest vibe that is nice. Overall power is significantly lacking, however.

What was a (slight) positive in the nose is a (slight) negative on the taste buds. There's too much grapfruit peel for the amount of caramel, chocolate and black patent malt. This is an American porter, after all, not a black IPA. The amount of malt seems skimpy as well.

The flavor profile has pretty much been described in the paragraph above. The passage of time and warming make things bolder, but not deeper or more complex. Rather than being sweet-bitter balanced, PHP is tart-bitter balanced, with sweet trailing far behind.

The mouthfeel is the weak link. It's a little thin, fades too quickly on the finish, and the carbonation is borderline finely fizzy. Not a recipe for success.

Other than the outstanding Up The Creek DIPA, no Thomas Creek beer has floated my boat... or kayak... or canoe... or whatever. Bottom line: Pump House Porter pays too much attention to its hops and not enough attention to its malts.

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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.