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Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout - Thomas Creek Brewery

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 01-18-2011

Dark chocolaty stout with caramel, toffee and roasted malt flavors. Crisp and smooth with distinct banana overtones.

52 IBU
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured nearly opaque black except I noticed a few rays of ruby when held to the light,a tight formed 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop.Aromas were really muted with some dry roastiness only standing out.Not much banana flavor on the palate,just some bitter chocolate and dark roast,almost a clove-like flavor in the finish,could be mistaken for a Belgian yeast strain.Its ok but again the banana flavor really isnt there,and its not really very complex.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Chalice.
A-pitch black with 1 finger beige head that dissipates quickly.
S-Chocolate, slight banana, raisins, coffee
T-Sweet malts, chocolate,coffee
M-Medium/full body with full carbonation
O- Cool idea. Not bad tasting. Was hoping for a little more banana flavor but understand that comes from the yeast, and to much yeast causes off flavors. Anyways would get again.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my local doppelgänger for sharing this one with me over Easter weekend. Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured black with a two finger brown head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, dark chocolate, and slightly roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Very easy drinking for the most part. You can definitely tell what Thomas Creek was going for in this one. The mouthfeel was just a little thin for my liking though. Flavor and aroma were pretty good for the style though. Expect to see this one in bottles soon as a continued part of their atypical series...

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at VGBG.
Pours nearly black with a light tan head. Sticks pretty well.

Aroma has some roast, dark chocolate and definetely a banana component.

Banana is quite prevelent, which normally I don't care for much as in the usual Belgian stout, but this one worked better for me. More chocolates, malt and light molasses work through the estery notes. Finishes with some light roast and cocoa.

Pretty much in the middle body wise. Coat the mouth well and drinks very well. Abv is well hidden or not that large to begin with.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice but weak, it smells like roasted malt, dried bananas and chocolate. I think the taste is the mostly like the aroma, but luckily the flavors are stronger in comparison. I taste roasted malt, bananas and chocolate, but there's also some dark fruit noticeable too. However, the banana in this brew wasn't as strong as I was expecting it to be. With that being said, it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again at $12.49 a bottle, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011

Pours a dark black with a thick creamy head. Definitely smells like bananas and chocolate with some dark roasted malt. If I'm not mistaken this is simply a Belgian Stout with a yeast strain that produces a good amount of banana esters. Definitely big notes of banana, chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium-full mouthfeel with pretty crisp carbonation. Pretty drinkable, I could have it again, but I wish I knew if it was indeed brewed with bananas. Not bad.

Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 750 mL bottle in a New Belgium globe. Artificial cork. The body was a deep brown with a creamy tan, irregular head. A film remain.

The smell was banana skin and cocoa. Primarily banana.

The taste was also banana with a chocolaty finish. Vanilla and cream. Some saltiness in there too. Finishes a bit powdery and drying. Not cloying.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. There was a slipperiness in the texture. Adequately carbonated.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank more like a straight up chocolate stout.

Light banana notes on the nose. I think calling it a banana split was a bit generous. Got mostly dark and tart chocolate notes.

All in all, a tasty beer though. Would have liked to have tasted a bit more banana though.

Photo of BrahnSolo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Common Market South End 10-31-11. Review from notes.

Short pour served into small goblet. Color is a deep dark brown moderate carbonation. Golden brown graham cracker head leaves behind little to no lacing.

Nose consists mainly of a light banana flavor, roast, almost tart, sweet fruit, strawberry, and chocolate.

Heavy on the banana, some dark chocolate, tart strawberry after the banana starts to dissipate, followed by a fresh hop kick on the back. Faint vanilla smoothes it out at the end. Banana lingers long after the last sip.

Very creamy mouthfeel, silky smooth. Light carbonation. Would like for it to be a little thicker, but for the style it will do just fine.

Overall this is a solid stout from a small brewery I've seemed to have ignored. The banana really shines while tasting very "real" and like a fresh banana. Thomas Creek has impressed me with this beer more than any other from them, maybe it is the style or maybe the creativity that I liked, but will be ordering another one of these when it's around.

Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at local store. 750 ml corked and caged and poured into cbs snifter.

Pours black in color. Creamy, bubbly brown head. Left rather fast. Nose has sweet chocolate aroma mostly throughout. Some banana notes faintly at the end. Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet chocate flavors. Banana takes a back seat but still supports the chocolate nicely. Very nice balance. Medium body with good carbonation. A little dry in the mouth. Nice beer. Very much enjoyed this stout with a twist. If there is another on the shelf, I would get one for sure!

Photo of PDXHops
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Near black body capped with a 2.5 finger head that's somewhere between foamy and creamy. Good retention, plenty of sticky lacing.

Not so much roast in the nose as one might guess from the color. Plenty of dark fruit, banana, and fresh yeasty aromas, though. Roasted flavors are more prominent, mainly toasted and chocolate. The dried banana chips experiment worked pretty well, I reckon. They don't taste 'fake' at all; in fact they're quite fresh and lively. Blind tasting, you could easily guess that the banana comes from a flavorful Belgian yeast. Thickish feel with a sturdy stream of bitterness. An interesting beer. Worth a try.

Photo of woodsyy
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle to pint glass

a: very dark, light brown head

s: smells very chocolaty with a slight hint of bananas

t: starts with chocolate and malts followed with a very small banana taste.

mouth: middle of the road mouthfeel

overall: I was kind of disappointed with this beer, I gave it average ratings but overall I was expecting a lot more chocolate and bananas. Not a bad beer, probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thomas Creek Banana Split Stout

Pours dark brown bordering on black. Off white head forms and leaves a good bit of lace. Aroma of banana candies and a nip of coffee. Like a banana runt. In the flavor, roasted malts and a mild hoppy bitterness, quickly subsiding to a finish of chocolate covered bananas. Reminds me in flavor of the mexican banana chocolate lollypops i used to get in Spanish class back in the day. Very candy like but good, the artificial quality works here. Full bodied feel with a light-medium carbonation. Overall, this was interesting. I'd have it again.

Photo of cvm4
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark body with a thin 1 finger head. Not much lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, slight licorice to the nose. I can detect some bananas.

T - Roasted malts with chocolate syrup. Banana comes in at the end. Not a grand introduction by all means. Not getting many other flavors.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

O - Was good, not great. Banana wasn't a stand out like I thought it should be. You could still taste it though.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to advent for sending me this growler as an extra!

32oz swingtop growler shared with Brez07

A: The growler was a short pour but still opened with a loud pop. Good sign. Dark brown hue with a 1 finer mocha head. Decent retention but no lacing

S: Actually smells a little like a banana split. Mostly artificial banana with some marshmallow/whipped cream. Once it opens up a little you start to get milk chocolate

T: Remind me of a nice roasty porter. Some bitter chocolate and a coffee-like finish. A little sweetness in the form of banana [This was very heavy on the roast, but I honestly thought it was still all in balance]

M: Medium, light carbonation (could be from the container)

D: Enjoyable, but nothing to go crazy about. Very interesting idea that worked well [With the somewhat recent fade started by places like Short's and Funky Buddha the name makes you expect a little more than what it actually is. Ends up being a pretty well made porter though.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of off white, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A sweet aroma, no doubt about it, of chocolate, banana, and malt.

T: Oddly enough, the chocolate didn't take center stage in the flavor. There's a pretty obvious burnt quality up front, with the bananas and chocolate making themselves known in the finish. It does seem the burnt quality does overwhelm everything else a little, but it's still a solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole a solid beer. Slightly unusual, but worth a shot.

Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that reduced to a wispy cap the left sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt and chocolate aromas with definitive banana aromas and hints of coffee at the end. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Roasted malt flavors up front with chocoalte and banana in tow. Sweet chocolate through the middle transitions to roasted malt and coffe flavora at the end. Finishes with sweet banana and chocolate flavors. Overall the flavor was pretty sweet, but was relatively complex. The sweetness was not so much that it would prevent me from having it again.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black, not quite opaque, with low visible carbonation, and only a half-finger's worth of tan head.

S: Chocolate and roasty malts. But overall the amount of aroma seems low. Maybe just a smidge of fruitiness if I work at it.

T: Roasty malts, sweet chocolate, some sweet fruitiness, with just a touch of smoke near the end.

M: Fairly light-bodied and thin for a stout, a nice smooth mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol presence.

O: Not a bad beer, but it has a few flaws. The amount of aroma could be increased, and the body needs more substance. I couldn't get much clear banana flavor out of this, but at least the fruitiness seemed organic, and not artificial or cloying. But I think I'll give some good points for creativity.

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice find at The Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC, this brew is an opaque brown color with a decent creamy brown head that settles into a thin but full cover with fair lacing left on the tulip glass throughout. The aroma is moderately boozy malt vinegar and yes, a polite banana bread woven into it. The flavor brings a very interesting mild Dr. pepper malt and banana ice cream blended into a coffee idea that is really tasty. It's a fairly creamy, near satiny feeling concoction with subtle carbonation. It offers a great combination of tart sharpness and mellow banana malt sweetness. It's not at all over the top gimmicky. I get some oatmeal and some touches of light charcoal. It's very "edible" and drinkable at the same time. It looks like I had my taste nearly at the same time as the last reviewer but I obviously got some different takes on it. Perhaps different tastes or maybe a different point in the keg? I do love what I call "milkshake" beers, like Young's Double Chocolate Stout and this was definitely in that category for me. Not terribly thick but it had some teeth. It could be a dessert beer and more, just plain tasty. I hope I get to try it again some time.

Photo of TheDinger
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler fill from GBX. Had to try this alone on the name. 100th beer review. Poured into DR Snifter and it's an attractive bold/deep brown, nearly black pour with a small off white head. Smell is right up front bananas. I pick up a little chocolate and dark malts, but aroma is dominated by banana. Taste is a bit more chocolate and unfortunately, the banana is hidden. Also get the dark fruits and some nut/earth. Feel is adequate. A bit dry and undercarbonated. Overall- A little bit confusing. I get the strong banana in the aroma and the big chocolate in the taste. Would have like them blended a bit more. It's a unique beer and worth the try. I wouldn't turn one down, but I'm a little underwhelmed-

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ting. Splotchy lacing left behind.

Sweet chocolate malt aroma that's balanced out by the banana and subtle roast character.  Very desert like with lots of chocolate, banana and vanilla bean countered by lightly roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal.  Smells somewhat artificial but is still very inviting.

Medium bodied with a really strong sweet dessert presence.  Lots of vanilla, whip cream and especially banana.  There's even some cherry and chocolate ice cream flavor with subtle roast underneath.  Faint hints of coffee bean, oatmeal and burnt toast.  Really good dessert beer but very sweet and one dimensional.  I can see how some people would find this unappealing or too gimmicky but I really enjoyed it for what it was.

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking black beer with a brown colored head on top. The retention and lacing was decent. The smell of the beer gives off a big banana aroma, there is also a big amount of chocolate on the nose too and some sweetness of the malt as well. The taste of the beer is sweet, it's loaded with chocolate and banana just like the nose. It's got a touch of roasted nuts in the finish but upfront it's very sweet. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation on this one. Overall I think that a serving of this beer should be on the smaller side and should be served as a night cap due to it's dessert like quality. I wouldn't drink an entire bottle of this, the 5oz. I had today was more than enough to get the idea of what this beer had to offer.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

draft at beer study in chapel hill

dark black pour, mild head. smell is straight up bananas...a ton of bananas..wow. taste doesnt quite follow suit. you get a bit of banana but a lot of malts and a very good amount of bitterness. body is a tad light for the style.

overall better than i was expecting but still not that great...okay beer.

Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate pour with just a hint of brown. 1-finger mocha head, but no retention and very light lace.

Roast malt and dried, candied bananas come out in the nose. Rich, bitter chocolate underneath. Not a big banana fan, but this works ok for me.

Sweetness from the bananas hits first. Chocolate malt and light roast malt come in midway. Bananas come back into the finish with light citrus hops and bitter chocolate. Bananas are a little too strong in the end.

Feel is rich and thick, even cloying. Don't know if it is all the bananas, but definite sugar feel comes to play.

Overall, an interesting experiment but one I probably would not get again.

Photo of Brez07
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz swingtop growler shared by Drazzamatazz

A: The growler was a short pour but still opened with a loud pop. Good sign. Dark brown hue with a 1 finer mocha head. Decent retention but no lacing

S: Actually smells a little like a banana split. Mostly artificial banana with some marshmallow/whipped cream. Once it opens up a little you start to get milk chocolate

T: Remind me of a nice roasty porter. Some bitter chocolate and a coffee-like finish. A little sweetness in the form of banana

M: Medium, light carbonation (could be from the container)

D: Enjoyable, but nothing to go crazy about. Very interesting idea that worked well

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Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.