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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 48
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:
49 IBU

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 06-27-2008)
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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

metter98, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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

brentk56, Aug 24, 2010
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

mikesgroove, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.2%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, beige head.

Smell: Roasty, slightly burnt malt nose with notes of dark chocolate syrup and licorice powder.

Taste: Dark maltiness with some black malt well into the mix. Twinges of chocolate enter followed by a lasting licorice flavor. That black patent in there really starts to flirt with being astringent at times. Spicy, roasty bitterness. Finishes with a lingering taste of roast and licorice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Ease up on the black patent malt and you just may have something, Thomas Creek.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

oberon, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 06, 2012
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.

woodychandler, May 29, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2010
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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

chinchill, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

sendbeer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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
Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

beertunes, Jun 07, 2011
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.

avalon07, Apr 20, 2011
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,

DrDemento456, Oct 31, 2013
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.

thagr81us, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what year t his bottle was, said Thomas Creek Porter on the front.

A - Opaque, dark brown to black with some red on the edges. Not a whole lot of head on it but did leave a little lace.

S - Says porter on the bottle but smells more like a stout. Mild fruits and roasty chocolate come through on the nose, very little of the woody smell I usually associate with porters in this.

T - I like this, roasted coffee, toffee, and chocolate tones in a mildy sweet brew.

M - Not as heavy as it looks, low carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable for a porter, although it's much more like a mild stout than anything else. Low alcohol and lack of overbearing taste makes it easy to get down.

AgentZero, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not too strong but smoky with an undertone of molasses and a bit of hops and fruit. It pours a dark, nearly opaque chocolate brown with a decent light tan head. Flavor is mainly of mocha, average quality coffee and slightly sweet chocolate, with fruity and hoppy hints. Texture is edgy and fizzy, leaving a smoky and slightly sweet finish.

Cyberkedi, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Duff27, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.2%

KevinGordon, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

AgentMunky, Mar 02, 2011
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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.