Thomas Creek Pump House Porter | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Pump House PorterThomas Creek Pump House Porter

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
49 IBU

Added by mikesgroove on 06-27-2008

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Photo of thecheapies
2.62/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty much black, in color, or lack thereof. Head is a thick two inches of lumpy beige foam that sits for awhile. Lacing is well above-average.

Tinny, semi-oxidized malts. Some dry cocoa and earthy/floral hop interplay. Hops might have gone a little south.

Strange. No bottle date info to determine what's what, but this is one cardboard-y porter. Hops have been dissected and spoiled with some bitterness and a good bit of oxidized papery notes. Roasty, but flatlining. Weak body and showy carbonation. Drainpour. A waste.

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Photo of semihobo
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz with no date, a present from a friend on his way back from Greenville.

Looks great! Mocha head fills the pint glass. Head is initially large bubbles which shrink to a near mist. Good staying power and great lacing. Uniform very dark brown, almost black body.

Smells of dark chocolate, mint, heather. Very herbal and slightly musty. Citrusy?

Taste is pretty sour, malts are chalky. Yes, definitely citrus, maybe it is the sour funk and hops combining on the finish. There is some pale malt taste along with some tobacco, a little woodsy and smoky. The sour funk is all over the place.

Mouthfeel is fizzy like seltzer water. Medium-light bodied. Intensely dry finish.

Discombobulated as a whole but has a few nice features. A little sour for my liking, definitely lowers the drinkability.

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Photo of pwoods
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours deep brown. Short head with little retention and no lacing.

S: Lots of light bitter chocolate. A bit of coffee aroma. Very subtle.

T/M: A bitterness from the coffee grounds and bitter chocolate. Lightly milky. Pretty dry for some reason. some metallic notes. Medium full body with crappy carbonation.

D: Just not a good beer so I really don't want to drink it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of Likeburning
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium tan head sat atop my recently poured beer, but as I looked left 30 seconds later, it was gone. For shame. Held up to my desk lamp the what at first seemed to be deep brown turned out to be a dark crimson red. Ya know how Mel Torme is called the velvet fog? If he were also a color, it would be this.
The aroma is malty, slightly creamy, sweet, and dare I say it, a bit metallic. Taste though is where it really counts, and I hate to say it, but I smelled a lot more than I tasted. Coffee, smoke, and other good porter flavors, but nothing that stands out too much. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light which ups the drinkability drastically. I guess Mel Torme was never quite as popular as Tony Bennett after all.

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Photo of beer2day
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with some deep inky red hues. 2-finger head. Laces well and good retention.

Mild chocolate covered cherries greet the nose. Cocoa and caramel lay under the dominant scent.

Too bad the nose doesn't come through in the flavor. More bland than anything else. Very weak hit on the tongue, followed by bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Needs more in the front and the finish just isn't strong enough.

Feel is very weak for the style. I know some porters are thin. If that's what they were shooting for, then they hit the mark ... but missed mine.

Not a bad warm weather porter. For Greenville SC, that's probably not a bad thing.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights. Very opaque color, only shows a small amount of light around the edges when held up to the light. Put up over a finger of tan head that quickly left, but plastered the side with a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits.

The flavor is just ok. It starts out pretty nice, with a nice dark malt mixed with some chocolate flavors, but then is overpowered by some pretty big sweetness. The sweetness is fruity in nature, maybe prunes; but also has a heavy malt character.

Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation, pretty typical of a good porter.

Overall, this is a good beer, could be a lot better if they cut back on a little bit of the sweetness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brown colored head is on the light side, thins out quickly and the lacing slides down the glass back into the sea. Pitch black color throughout, only vaguest hint of yellow or orange at the rims. Rich, chocolaty nose, creamy texture inside the nostrils, supplementary notes of caramel and coffee ice cream, very little "roast" to it, mild black cherry and blackberry fruit, not getting many hoppy notes but there is a mineral water, iron fleck component. Light to medium-bodied, the high level of carbonation increases mouth presence and creates an impression of more weight. However, it too emphasizes the mineral, stream water aspect which then dilutes the chocolate, coffee, toffee flavors, the latter here do have a toastier feel. Minimal fruit flavors, the hops come through clearer here and create some bitterness through the finish. Drinks smooth enough, if you decide to keep drinking.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a few Thomas Creek beers from the Total Wine in Alpharetta

Poured in a pint glass, black with a tan head about a finger in width.

Smelled of molasses and dates, tasted smokey with a slight bitterness on the back end.

It has a rich silky mouthfeel, feeling warm at first and then thinner at finish. It's good, not too harsh but smooth. I could drink this often enough.

This brewery is only about 2 hours up the highway from me, just accross the border into Greenville, South Carolina.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is two fingers high and pale yellow in shade. Good retention and a soft texture gives it a good look. Some streaks of lacing stick to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There's a decent mix of various notes here - I get lots of chocolate and caramel in particular, with slight roasty hints. Hell, maybe even a touch of dark fruit. The hoppiness is surprisingly dominant, bringing a powerful piny note to it. There are lots of good notes, but the whole thing seems a bit muddled to me. (3.25)

Taste: The hoppiness opens it up well, bringing plenty of earth and pine. After a brief mid-taste of caramel sweetness, it transitions into a subtly roasted finish. Additional hints of coffee and chocolate also pop up on the back end. This is a solid porter

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, with the hops and roast making it quite dry. The general feel is also a bit syrupy, but it could have been far worse. Airy carbonation helps it go down easily. (3.5)

Overall: It takes a while for it to pick up, but it ends up being a really good robust porter. Having said that, it could be bigger and bolder in most aspects. Well worth considering, but it could get lost in the mix of great porters on the shelf. (3.5)

3.46/5: Delicious, just not earth-shattering

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown. Light tan head that lingers pretty well.

Smell is toasted malt and chocolate. Very subtle hint of molasses.

Taste is sweet malt and chocolate. Mild bitterness. Not that much going on for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good. Worth trying, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark almost black with a very thin dark tan head that disapates quickly

S - Aromas of choclate and coffee. I also detect a slight nuttnes, pecans perhaps

T - Big tastes of chocalate with a slight coffee background. Also detect a hint of smoke

M - This is a very smooth porter. I would call it medium to heavy bodied. Has a cooling effect on the mouth as it goes down. A very different feel!

O - A very enjoyable porter. Not as much flavor as some of the others I have had but still very nice. Its a good sessionable porter if there is such a thing. Its not overpowering!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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,

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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
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