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Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate StoutThomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout
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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
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38
Ratings:
159
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
30.38%
 
 
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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 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 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 oberon
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured nearly opaque black except I noticed a few rays of ruby when held to the light,a tight formed 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop.Aromas were really muted with some dry roastiness only standing out.Not much banana flavor on the palate,just some bitter chocolate and dark roast,almost a clove-like flavor in the finish,could be mistaken for a Belgian yeast strain.Its ok but again the banana flavor really isnt there,and its not really very complex.

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Photo of woodsyy
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle to pint glass

a: very dark, light brown head

s: smells very chocolaty with a slight hint of bananas

t: starts with chocolate and malts followed with a very small banana taste.

mouth: middle of the road mouthfeel

overall: I was kind of disappointed with this beer, I gave it average ratings but overall I was expecting a lot more chocolate and bananas. Not a bad beer, probably wouldn't buy it 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 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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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to advent for sending me this growler as an extra!

32oz swingtop growler shared with Brez07

A: The growler was a short pour but still opened with a loud pop. Good sign. Dark brown hue with a 1 finer mocha head. Decent retention but no lacing

S: Actually smells a little like a banana split. Mostly artificial banana with some marshmallow/whipped cream. Once it opens up a little you start to get milk chocolate

T: Remind me of a nice roasty porter. Some bitter chocolate and a coffee-like finish. A little sweetness in the form of banana [This was very heavy on the roast, but I honestly thought it was still all in balance]

M: Medium, light carbonation (could be from the container)

D: Enjoyable, but nothing to go crazy about. Very interesting idea that worked well [With the somewhat recent fade started by places like Short's and Funky Buddha the name makes you expect a little more than what it actually is. Ends up being a pretty well made porter 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 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 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 jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011

Pours a dark black with a thick creamy head. Definitely smells like bananas and chocolate with some dark roasted malt. If I'm not mistaken this is simply a Belgian Stout with a yeast strain that produces a good amount of banana esters. Definitely big notes of banana, chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium-full mouthfeel with pretty crisp carbonation. Pretty drinkable, I could have it again, but I wish I knew if it was indeed brewed with bananas. Not bad.

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Photo of Brez07
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz swingtop growler shared by Drazzamatazz

A: The growler was a short pour but still opened with a loud pop. Good sign. Dark brown hue with a 1 finer mocha head. Decent retention but no lacing

S: Actually smells a little like a banana split. Mostly artificial banana with some marshmallow/whipped cream. Once it opens up a little you start to get milk chocolate

T: Remind me of a nice roasty porter. Some bitter chocolate and a coffee-like finish. A little sweetness in the form of banana

M: Medium, light carbonation (could be from the container)

D: Enjoyable, but nothing to go crazy about. Very interesting idea that worked well

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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 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 PDXHops
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Near black body capped with a 2.5 finger head that's somewhere between foamy and creamy. Good retention, plenty of sticky lacing.

Not so much roast in the nose as one might guess from the color. Plenty of dark fruit, banana, and fresh yeasty aromas, though. Roasted flavors are more prominent, mainly toasted and chocolate. The dried banana chips experiment worked pretty well, I reckon. They don't taste 'fake' at all; in fact they're quite fresh and lively. Blind tasting, you could easily guess that the banana comes from a flavorful Belgian yeast. Thickish feel with a sturdy stream of bitterness. An interesting beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of BrahnSolo
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Common Market South End 10-31-11. Review from notes.

Short pour served into small goblet. Color is a deep dark brown moderate carbonation. Golden brown graham cracker head leaves behind little to no lacing.

Nose consists mainly of a light banana flavor, roast, almost tart, sweet fruit, strawberry, and chocolate.

Heavy on the banana, some dark chocolate, tart strawberry after the banana starts to dissipate, followed by a fresh hop kick on the back. Faint vanilla smoothes it out at the end. Banana lingers long after the last sip.

Very creamy mouthfeel, silky smooth. Light carbonation. Would like for it to be a little thicker, but for the style it will do just fine.

Overall this is a solid stout from a small brewery I've seemed to have ignored. The banana really shines while tasting very "real" and like a fresh banana. Thomas Creek has impressed me with this beer more than any other from them, maybe it is the style or maybe the creativity that I liked, but will be ordering another one of these when it's around.

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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 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 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 thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my local doppelgänger for sharing this one with me over Easter weekend. Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured black with a two finger brown head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, dark chocolate, and slightly roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Very easy drinking for the most part. You can definitely tell what Thomas Creek was going for in this one. The mouthfeel was just a little thin for my liking though. Flavor and aroma were pretty good for the style though. Expect to see this one in bottles soon as a continued part of their atypical series...

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled 2 x on consecutive evenings

the pour is beautiful and the head is mocha, light brown colored and voluminous, smells of banana split and all of the accoutrements thereof, really.. taste is like a porter, i'd have to say, and even the mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout.. tastes of malt, possibly some dark elements of fruit in there, but mostly malt and the banana flavoring is the overarching element, in my opinion. the mouthfeel is a little thin but still enjoyable and overall, got it 2 days in a row so it is palatable, however, i dont think ill be trying this one again, more of a novelty brew if you ask me..

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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 Bung
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at VGBG.
Pours nearly black with a light tan head. Sticks pretty well.

Aroma has some roast, dark chocolate and definetely a banana component.

Banana is quite prevelent, which normally I don't care for much as in the usual Belgian stout, but this one worked better for me. More chocolates, malt and light molasses work through the estery notes. Finishes with some light roast and cocoa.

Pretty much in the middle body wise. Coat the mouth well and drinks very well. Abv is well hidden or not that large to begin with.

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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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