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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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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of rundocrun
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
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 welldigger888
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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 avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +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

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Photo of jampics2
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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 +5.1%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.3%
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 -9.2%
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 -12.4%
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 -10.2%
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 -24.5%
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 +3.2%
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 +11.1%
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 -27.8%
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 +1.1%
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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Thomas Creek Pump House Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 107 ratings
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