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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
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:
49 IBU

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 06-27-2008)
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

BeerNut78, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

bendukes86, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Neorebel, May 21, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

jtierney89, Dec 10, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one recently from mikesgroove. Thanks!
Dark brown with clear ruby highlights, this one poured with a two finger cap of fluffy tan foam that settled into a dense layer of fine bubbles. Head retention was good and lacing was clumpy for the most part. Very appealing aroma, a combination of burnt malts and toffee, milk chocolate and roast, sugary lactose, and a hint of cherries. Great stuff. Bitterness sat just underneath the malt flavour, less burnt and roasted here than in the aroma. There was still plenty of chocolate, malted milk, and toffee, plus a bit of cherry character in the finish. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation that was a little on the high side for the style, but it still had a nice texture with a bit of dryness from the roasted malts. I really liked this and so far it's my favourite from this brewery.

DrJay, Aug 01, 2008
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4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

woodychandler, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Jman_01, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

SC_Beer_Drinker, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

xShoWTeKx, Dec 18, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
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!!

Mojo, Mar 20, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikesgrove for this one
Poured into my snifter produced a fingers worth of tan head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass .The body of this brew was dark brown in color

Aromas of roasted malts, some sweet toffee as well as coffee note filled my nose from the glass.

The flavors of mimic the aromas but with a slight smoky bitter involved as well. I can see why the word Peat was used before in a review the mouthfeel was medium to light I will agree it needs some more body to it

This is a good brew and with a little tweaking it could become world class. I was very impressed, keep it up guys. Thanks again Mike for the opportunity

joepais, Aug 24, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bung, Jul 01, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

FreshHawk, Nov 03, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

welldigger888, Jul 17, 2011
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4.04/5  rDev +8.6%

shoretaxi, Nov 15, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

KevinGordon, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

MikeWard, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

OldSmaug, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.