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Zea Pontchartrain Porter - Zea Rotisserie & Brewery

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Zea Pontchartrain PorterZea Pontchartrain Porter

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zea Rotisserie & Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gagnonsux on 04-18-2005)
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2.43/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opened during my Night Of Powering Through Random Extras.

Ugly, boring pour; zero head or lace. Aroma is way off style and kinda fruity too. Taste follows suit with off flavors and musty ingredients. Weak, watery body. Underwhelming at every turn, avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 03:49:41 | More by brystmar
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-04-2012 04:16:17 | More by fiedler84
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to injuredreserve for this one. poured into a deschutes snifter.

a - cap was barely on when i opened it, the brew poured deep pewter black with a thin cream white head that hung out all bubbly and frothy. streaky lacing if at all.

s - charred roasted malts. par for the course. some chocolate but mostly roasted malt.

t - exactly as the nose suggests, roasted malt. one trick pony, but well done for what it is. some vanilla in the finish.

m - to style. charred and fizzy. light and charcoal like.

o - overall, this seems to be a standard porter...to style. great char presence, plenty of roast. not too robust and not too much in any direction. if someone asked me what a porter is like, this is a good one to pour as it seems to catch the style just right. nothing stand out about it other than just being classic.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:20:13 | More by cosmicevan
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup to watch the Mardi Gras parades by.

A: dark brown with a half finger tan head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: Malty, chocolate, leather.

T: coffee with light chocolate, slightly astringent. A citrusy, tangy finish. Lightly burnt/roasted. Just the right smattering of hops.

M: Medium; creamy carbonation.

O: A robust porter; gets your attention in a hurry. A good effort from Z's.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:42:10 | More by brewskifan55
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District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a thin chocolate color with a retentive, creamy tan head. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder forward sweet aroma with mild roast malt and hop bitterness. Slightly thin, watery body with soft carbonation. Very weak malt or roast presence in the flavor with a strong powdery chocolate taste and then...nothing. A sub-average porter at best.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 21:15:44 | More by yourefragile
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3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It's a dark brown color with a finger or so of off-white head.

It has a great porter aroma, coffee and chocolate and roasted malt notes. Spot on.

The taste is a little muted like a lot of porters, but still quite nice. The roasted malt notes come out strongest, lending a thick bitterness to the end of the sip.

It's thinner than expected but still a good beer and the best Zea's option.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:31:49 | More by theboozecruise
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South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one as a part of The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a deep reddish-brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, nutmeg, and slight coffee. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a good brew, but far from awe-inspiring. No aspect of this one was robust at all. This lack of robustness and complexity killed this one for me. Worth trying for the Porter fans out there, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 16:44:12 | More by thagr81us
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to injureredresearve for this one. Poured into pint glass. Dark brown with a light tan head with no lacing. Smells of toasted malts with a very present smoky aroma. Taste is very similar to the the smell, slightly bready, picking up some caramel malt, a ton of smoke, and just enough hop bitterness. Moithfeel medium body and carbonation. Overall not a bad porter, I liked the smoky flavor

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 00:37:21 | More by drpdaddy
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New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra sent from injuredreserve, thanks again!
no "bottled on" information
poured into a "Darkness" snifter

Appearance: Very opaque, dark brown/black body. Pours with virtually no head, and isn't seeming to lace.

Smell: Fairly straight forward "classic porter" nose. The coffee and chocolate accents of the malt come through sweetly, and there is a very slight metallic/astringent smell which i pick up on, though it doesn't present itself in the actual taste.

Taste: Very roasty, and great accentuation of coffee flavors. There's a nice bitterness here, which while not being overpowering, does lend some balance. Towards the end of the taste there is some definite sweetness which resides on your tongue, and actually causes a strange drying sensation.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation seems a little high for the style, though not too powerful to interrupt the overall enjoyment of this beer. I do feel though that it has a relatively dry finish, and almost feels sticky. Regardless though, with it's complexity of flavors as well as balance of flavors, these issues are only minor.

Drinkability: This was a very enjoyable porter, definitely lending itself to the more "classic" style. I feel that this is a naturally complex, well rounded, and inviting beer. I hope to try more from this brewery in the future, as they've made a very drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:53:48 | More by amcmaho1
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Zea Pontchartrain Porter has a thick, fizzy, quickly-receding, and root beer-like tan head and a very dark black (ruby red under light) appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted coffee and laundry detergent? Maybe the glass at the restaurant gave it that smell. Taste is like-wise of dark coffee and also of dark chocolate and malts, with a small amount of hop bitterness present. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Zea Pontchartrain Porter finishes pretty refreshing, easy drinking, and semi-dry. Overall, this is an interesting and fairly complex beer. If you're ever at Zea, give this one a shot.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 23:47:33 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of optimator13. Thanks for the extra!

Poured into a Stella Artois goblet, Zea's Pontchartrain Porter is a deep, russet coffee hue with a healthy cap of cardboard-colored head. Fantastic aroma, with notes of powdered cocoa, sweet vanilla, caramel, and earthy hops. Looks like the proclaimed adherence to the German Purity Law paid off...

Flavor is solid, too, with a healthy dose of bitter roast and chocolate all across the palate. Hops and coffee linger into the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit chalky at times, but the carbonation level keeps this beer feeling porter-like to the tongue. Overall, a very tasty version of the style that I would love to cross paths with again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:32:25 | More by wagenvolks
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4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown in color, which shows around the edges, but not the middle. Light tan finger of head, no lacing.

Nice roasted and toasted malts, and a hint of coffee and chocolate.

Much of the same with the nice malts and pleasant coffee and chocolate notes.

Feel is slightly creamy, but in the end a tad thin.

Excellent drinker. Overall a very tasty brew amongst the other dud-worthy Zea brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:31:56 | More by EgadBananas
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of injuredreserve into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body with two fingers of fairly coarse light brown head. Decent retention but not much in the way of lacing. Not bad, but not great either.

S: Chocolate malt really stands out front and center, with a bit of caramel and some chalky minerality backing it up. Some earthy hops show up at the tail end. Pretty good.

T: Odd assortment of flavors here, with the chocolate from the nose starting things off but quickly giving way to licorice, oatmeal, coffee, and bitter, roasty astringency. I love the complexity, but it really just doesn't add up to a great beer.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation that starts a little sharp but smooths out nicely. Quite nice overall.

D: Not the best. No clue of the drinkability on this one, but the astringency of the finish really turns me off somewhat (especially since there was nothing in the aroma to prepare me). Not terrible by any means, though, and decidedly better than some porters I've had.

Notes: Decent beer, but not one I'd pick up if I were in the area where it's distributed. I can't imagine wanting to drink this in Louisiana, honestly. It could have been much worse, of course, and at least it's not cloying. Thanks, Shane, for the chance to try it!


Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 02:46:58 | More by woosterbill
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of injuredreserve. Served in a standard pint glass. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a frothy/creamy/loose two inch khaki-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. A few random spots and strands of lacing were present during the tasting, but there was no real adhesion. Nose suggests cocoa, lactose and a light, earthy char. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a slightly metallic quality that comes out towards the middle and lingers to the finish. Flavor profile is also a bit watered down. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. There's also a slightly chalky character and a semi-dry finish. All and all, a decent domestic English Porter. Perhaps a little thin, but fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:07:36 | More by Jwale73
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2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown and nearly black in color. It started out with a huge bubbly tan head but settled down to a small covering after a minute or so.

The aroma has a little roasted and chocolate flavor to it but it also has a sweet almost lactose like quality to it. The taste has a little more of the milky chocolate and roasted flavors I expect in a porter. It finishes with a sweeter chocolate flavor and didn't really have much bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is OK, it wasn't bad but not that great either. A pretty average porter at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 23:48:21 | More by billab914
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4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A very minimal white head forms, and no lace is left behind.
S: A big roasted coffee, chocolate, and toffee aroma. A light dark fruit flavor lingers on. Pretty much spot on for a porter.
T: Again a huge roasted malt flavor. Coffee, chocolate, and toffee dominate. Some fruitiness as well, and a very light hop twang as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation for the style. Easy and smooth to drink. I can session this with no problem.

This is a very good Fuller's London Porter imitator. I really enjoyed it. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:23:55 | More by champ103
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2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A: Nearly opaque black; head was hardly visible.

S: Mostly roasted malts with hints of chocolate and nuts.

T: I thought the taste was decent. It had a nice roasted taste to it followed by a bittersweet aftertaste.

M: No carbonation at all. I have never had a beer this flat before. The body is also on the light side.

D: Very average for a porter. Porters generally excell in this area over stouts, but there was something a bit off in this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 02:45:07 | More by Jablonski
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