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 FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of jampics2
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 oberon
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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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 oldhippie247
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 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 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 MSchae1017
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of joepais
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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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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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
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