Thomas Creek Pump House Porter | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Pump House PorterThomas Creek Pump House Porter
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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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of thecheapies
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
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 xShoWTeKx
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of csparace
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pump house porter

Smell - like real fresh barley and malts in raw form - just like when you roll up to your favorite brewery. In the glass the hops come out much more.

Appearance - medium thin pour. Smokey brown head with huge bubbles. Wholesome black tone.

Taste - the fresh barley taste is pretty pronounced here. Light milky chocolate notes. Kinda hoppy - that goes with the fresh flavors. Not as earthy as I would have hoped from this style though. Coffee comes to the front as it warms up. Hops pop on the finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and medium light body. Quite drinkable but not something that urges a chug.

Overall - considering TC's interesting offers this one is quite tame. It's a sessionable milky porter with some decent coffee and hop flavors going on.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pump House Porter is a barely translucent, oily color with a voluminous, puffy, ancient-white head. Very nice look with ample lacing and great head retention. The aroma smells tasty, with hints of bourbon, raisinettes candy, and a slight whiff of coffee beans. The taste itself is very smooth and balanced. I would say 'creamy' is the ultimate descriptor for it. It actually reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout on nitro-tap a bit. After letting it sit a while, it became even better tasting with some light fruit esters and a dash of hops crept in the mix. This is very drinkable and pleasant, I will definitely be buying Pump House Porter again!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> World market tulip glass

This one is as black as night with a generous overflowing foamy caramel colored head. Retention is awesome and loads of spotty lacing sticks to the side of the glass. Nose is coffee, chocolate, and a roasted scent. Taste follows the nose with notes of coffee and chocolate to be the dominant flavor, but also some hints of caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel is quite nice. A nice offering from South Carolina!!

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 107 ratings