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Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate StoutThomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark chocolaty stout with caramel, toffee and roasted malt flavors. Crisp and smooth with distinct banana overtones.

52 IBU

Added by mikesgroove on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
159
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
30.38%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 159
Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

My husband purchased this beer because he's a sucker for pretty much anything banana flavored. But he couldn't drink much of his bottle, so me, the champ, drank the rest. It wasn't a horrible stout but I didn't get much banana flavor. Our bottle was also very silty. After seeing all of the particulates in there, we both kind of lost our appetite for this beer. I read the bottle label and it says it's a stout with dried banana added. The tiny bits were banana pieces which you could feel as you drink it. Being the champ that I am, I did finish the bottle but after filtering it through a fine mesh strainer. Maybe it was just a bad bottle we got?

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Photo of WonderNerd15
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown/black with a light brown head
S: Banana notes, with a sweet caramel, more noticeable when it warms up
T: Sweet but not overly sweet, banana is not as pronounced as I would like it to be
F: A really good feel, doesn't coat the mouth with sweetness, and doesn't linger too long.
O: Pretty good, would definitely like more banana but overall a good brew. Would probably have again if I could find it on tap

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Banana, chocolate, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with banana and cocoa. Different, but not bad.

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Photo of ordybill
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the brewery into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet malt, chocolate and banana. The taste matched the aroma. A very good beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter where the very dark brown body was opaque and topped by a short head that soon reduced to a thin ring and partial top coat.

Aroma: pleasing but hard to describe beyond some chocolate and faint banana.

Flavor: chocolate, bananas in various stages of ripeness, and baked bread made with dark roasted grains - i that order of strength. Lightly and appropriately sweet: likely to be less sweet than most will expect.

Feel: very smooth; creamy and soft but with good light carbonation.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a nice dark look to it and smelled of bananas and chocolate. However, I did not like the taste. I did not taste chocolates or bananas, just a bitter malt. I would not drink again.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I didn't know what exactly to expect from this beer, but I did expect to at least taste banana or chocolate. I tasted neither. It tasted more like a typical stout, rich and a little bitter. Not a bad beer, but disappointing nonetheless.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, black, opaque, thin khaki head,

S: Banana, bubble gum

T: Banana, bitter chocolate, sweet malts

M: Medium, heat from alcohol

O: A good sweet stout. I really like the banana in this. Something different that really works for me.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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-

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium vicoscity... pretty much zero head. Color is super dark black.

S: A bit of banana is in there for sure. Some chocolate bitterness. A bit of sweetness.... Some alcohol comes through.

T: Seems a bit out of balance. Got some banana, chocolate, coffee, but then theres a spice note. Alcohol comes through a lot I think due to how thin the beer is. Not bad but not great. An uncontrolled bittereness which usually happens with chocolate beers.

M: Very light. Aggressive carbonation. Poor flavor development. The weakest point of this beer.

Overall this is a pretty average beer. It has some nice banana but otherwise it way out of balance. Also it's so thin It's hard to drink at times. There is also a spiciness to it which is severely out of place. I'd pass on this one.

Ok I had to come back as my beer warmed to edit this review. This beer got so sour and acidic as it warmed it was impossible to finish and down the drain half my growler went (it was only a 32 oz so don't judge!) Seriously bad.

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Photo of cvm4
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes...

Pours brown-black with about an inch of fizzy coarse head, beige in color. Looks rather bubbly. Head far from dense.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, banana chips, and dark fruits.

Tastes exceptionally smoky for what I was expecting. Dried banana is far off in the distance from the peaty smoke and husky black malt. Chocolatey with a light coffee note. Remnants of dark fruits and berries, but pretty faint.

Drinks a little watery, yet the body holds up at medium viscosity. Carbonation seems very low.

Interesting beer. Could have been a lot better had the base stout been made proper. Lacked the creaminess I'd have liked. Didn't work as a dessert beer, even though that's what it was saved for.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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