Thomas Creek Pump House Porter - Thomas Creek Brewery
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Reviews by jtierney89:
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
12-10-2012 04:49:11 | More by jtierney89
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3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Thomas Creek beers have ben up and down to me,I kinda liked this porter.Poured a deep cola color with a large fluffy light mocha colored head.Some fruit and dark roast in the nose although its not real strong it is pretty nice.Nice dark roasty flavors with some dark fruit underneath that roast,nice if you like big earthy-roasty porters.I added to shepard's pie and it lended well to the flavors.A decent roasted porter here.
10-27-2009 22:33:41 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:
Impressive lacing on the glass forms a slowly disappearing tan head. A shade or two away from complete blackness. Nice aromas of burnt sugar, light charcoal, caramel and a quick woody/herbal/citric hop kiss on the nose. Creamy smoothness shows the thickness of the medium body. Slight char, caramel sweetness and orange herbal hop oil to kick things off. The roasted character resembles bitter dark chocolate, faint dark-roasted coffee and toasted bread. Some oily, slick flavor comes from the hops, with a leveled bitterness and flowery, citric and herbal flavors. The roasted grain flavor lingers for a while in a pleasant way, as does the oil hop. Finishes a little dry.
Not too robust; easy drinking, yet still offers levels of simple complexities. This one really shows that you can have a balanced Porter with a heavy hand of flavor.
09-20-2010 20:08:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-18-2012 00:03:39 | More by chinchill
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly light tan head and tiny bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.
S- The aroma of chocolate roasted malt with a musty lentils with a nice yeasty note and a caramel malt quality in the finish. T. This beer has a roasted black malt with a soft prune notes with dry grainy notes coming through as it warms. There were dark nougat flavors with some chocolate notes with a light tartness in the finish. The roasted bitterness lingers a bit after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a tight fizzy bite in the finish. There is a slippery texture when it warms.
D- This beer has a big chocolate roasted flavor with a tart hint and bitter finish that is well balanced except the bitterness grows quite a bit as it warms. The dry grainy flavor dries it out a bit.
04-21-2010 21:58:47 | More by rhoadsrage
2.83/5 rDev -24.1%
12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.
A: Pours deep brown. Short head with little retention and no lacing.
S: Lots of light bitter chocolate. A bit of coffee aroma. Very subtle.
T/M: A bitterness from the coffee grounds and bitter chocolate. Lightly milky. Pretty dry for some reason. some metallic notes. Medium full body with crappy carbonation.
D: Just not a good beer so I really don't want to drink it.
10-29-2009 23:53:12 | More by pwoods
4.03/5 rDev +8%
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.
09-25-2011 01:14:41 | More by tdm168
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
Bought a few Thomas Creek beers from the Total Wine in Alpharetta
Poured in a pint glass, black with a tan head about a finger in width.
Smelled of molasses and dates, tasted smokey with a slight bitterness on the back end.
It has a rich silky mouthfeel, feeling warm at first and then thinner at finish. It's good, not too harsh but smooth. I could drink this often enough.
This brewery is only about 2 hours up the highway from me, just accross the border into Greenville, South Carolina.
01-15-2010 18:55:21 | More by ImusBeer
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
02-28-2012 12:41:49 | More by thagr81us
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
12 oz. A real dark brown pour with a small tan head. Roast malt, chocolate and heavy peat aroma. Light roast, earthy peat/grass, coffee all accent heavy chocolate flavors. Fairly medium bodied, good carbonation for the style, but finish is a bit thin. Some coffee and chocolate in the finish. Their dopplebock was the only brew I like previously, so this one was a good surprise. Thought this was a solid example of they style.
It sounds like this is possibly a different batch, I did not get the sourness and citrus described by others.
07-01-2009 03:45:29 | More by Bung
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Grabbed this one at the store last time I went through as it was the new offering from TC along with the Class Five. I grabbed this straight out of the fridge and poured it into my Pint glass. Nice and most opaque dark brown liquid was then presented in front of me. Some light peeking through on the sides only showed hints of light tan. A nice two finger head of off white foam then rose up and had some nice staying power before settling down and leaving some good side glass webbing. Quite a nice looking porter.
The aroma was decently rich, with lots of smoky hints to it. Caramel and coffee swirling around along with loads of roasted malts and a touch of hops. The flavor was more of the same, though admittedly lighter overall. Started out with a nice rush of caramel and roasted malt, almost peat like with a subtle smokiness to it. Light vanilla hint that quickly turned bitter towards the end and left you with a long drawn out finish that had a decent little bit of pine like flare to it. The feel was a bit thin for me, not the watery problem I thought it would have, but still needed to be thickened up a good deal. Great session porter though as the profile was light enough to really be enjoyed quite easily.
Overall not a bad effort. Not the best I have ever had, but certainly decent. They are making changes for the better here and I was pleased with this one. Will definitely try it again.
06-27-2008 10:18:16 | More by mikesgroove
3.69/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-29-2013 19:28:45 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Dark, rosewood with cherry highlights when backlit and a lumpy tan head that leaves fine lace on the glass. Roasty black malt, anise and minty smelling hop notes in the mild aroma. Flavors of toasted pumpernickel bread and coffee with bittersweet chocolate are laced with some fruity hop flavors. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. An above average porter.
09-29-2010 02:51:23 | More by biggred1
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Deep brown to black color with a good sized, frothy, slightly creamy, light cafe colored head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin layer of lace.
S - Has a nice, malted milk ball chocolate kind of aroma along with some roasted malt, darker chocolate, and hints of licorice. A little sweet, but not too sweet or cloying.
T - I get a similar experience to malted milk balls in the taste as well. A slight fudgy taste goes along with that. Roasted malt is strong and provides a slight bitterness along with a hint of earthy and spicy hops. Slightly burnt molasses and caramel as well. Faint coffee and licorice flavors. A touch on the sweet side, but nothing dessert like.
M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth feel throughout.
D - Very easy to drink with the nice chocolate flavors and a good creamy feel. It is sweet, but nothing cloying that would prevent me from drinking another right away.
Notes: A very solid porter. I wasn't too wild about the other Thomas Creek beers I had, but this is a well done beer. Definitely worth a try.
11-03-2010 17:26:12 | More by FreshHawk
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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,
10-31-2013 05:31:46 | More by DrDemento456
2.9/5 rDev -22.3%
A medium tan head sat atop my recently poured beer, but as I looked left 30 seconds later, it was gone. For shame. Held up to my desk lamp the what at first seemed to be deep brown turned out to be a dark crimson red. Ya know how Mel Torme is called the velvet fog? If he were also a color, it would be this.
The aroma is malty, slightly creamy, sweet, and dare I say it, a bit metallic. Taste though is where it really counts, and I hate to say it, but I smelled a lot more than I tasted. Coffee, smoke, and other good porter flavors, but nothing that stands out too much. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light which ups the drinkability drastically. I guess Mel Torme was never quite as popular as Tony Bennett after all.
12-17-2008 00:32:51 | More by Likeburning
Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
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