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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 103
Photo of Neorebel
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
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! (643 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +17%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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!! (455 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 (657 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate fudge color with ruby highlights; the tannish head stands firm at two fingers and leaves a few strands of foam

Smell: A bit of roast and chocolate but rather understated

Taste: Opens with a brown bread character that adds a bit of vanilla sweetness before moving in a roasty, slightly charred direction, with dark chocolate and bitter hop tones dominant by mid-palate; after the swallow, the vanilla, roast and chocolate flavors combine with a bit of roasty bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a solid porter all around (646 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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. (872 characters)

Photo of csparace
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (361 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (426 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,270 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle

The beer pours a deep brown-black with a frothy tan head that holds and laces well. The aroma is full of chocolately & roasty malts and citrusy hops. The taste is again chocolate, and roast malts along with probably cascade hops. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a good Porter, but a bit much on the hops in the taste for me. (432 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle brought home from South Carolina by my Dad - thanks, pops! Much appreciated!!

Black beer with a cream colored head that subsides quickly. A good looking porter for sure.

Smell is nice, I'm thinking great chocolate brownie with some molasses. Also a touch of black licorice. Smoke and earthy hops finish the nose out.

Taste is also pretty good, nothing life changing, but a solid porter. Chocolate and coffee impressions from the roast couple with blackstrap molasses and caramel sweetness and some hoppy bitterness. Finish is a bit poor, though, as the nice flavors peak in a slightly tart acidity that comes across as sour coffee.

Too carbed but body was nice for a porter. Overall this was good, the finish killed the drinkability a touch, but I would try again especially closer to the source. (812 characters)

Photo of oldhippie247
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and is opaque except when held up to a bright light. Light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas feature milk chocolate with a slight hint of bittersweet chocolate and thoroughly roasted malts. Sweet overall.

Nice medium-full mouthfeel with sweet maltiness, chocolate, and just a little coffee-like bitterness. Initial and mid-palate are sweet, with a medium length dry finish.

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised. I was disappointed with some Thomas Creek brews about a year ago, but I think they may have won me back--especially this style and their overall pricepoint. Definitely worth trying and going back for. (668 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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, (570 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (528 characters)

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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
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