Thomas Creek Pump House Porter - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
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 NCLorax
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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 BeerNut78
5/5  rDev +34%

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.

Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.38/5  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.

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
2.78/5  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.

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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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

A: Nice and black with subtle reddish/burgandy hues. The head forms quickly and the tannish head stays a little while.

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose. Also, some caramel, vanilla, woody dark fruits.

T: Has a good mixture of the coffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. It has a semi-sweet after taste.

M/D: It's almost like a mild stout. Which in turn makes it a good porter. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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

Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.