Zea Pontchartrain Porter - Zea Rotisserie & Brewery

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Zea Rotisserie & Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gagnonsux on 04-18-2005

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Photo of thagr81us
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy looking beige head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Smells of dark roasted malts, nuts, and cherry. Very roasty taste with some chocolate and more hints of cherry, leading to a finish that's quite metallic. Strange sour character that makes it somewhat unpleasant to drink. Thin feel.

Photo of theghost3
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black with a 1-finger off-white head that quickly dissappears. No lacing.

The smell is strong of coffee malts, cherries, wood & slightly smokey. The taste is mainly coffee, dark fruits, licorice, with a mild smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp & dry; it reminds me of a thinner Irish Dry Stout.

This is a drinkable porter. It reminds me of a smokey version of an English Brown.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear, dark brown color with a frothy beige head that has good retention and just a touch of lacing.

Smell is chocolately malts and some raisin fruit aromas, almost lactose-like sweetness. Pretty good smelling porter really...not exactly a powerful nose, but certainly not faint.

Taste is pretty decent too, toasty and hoppy bitterness are much more evident and the chocolate fades into the background a bit. Dark, tart fruitiness is there aplenty as well. Body is a bit thin, but overall this is probably the best of the Zea offerings I have had. Falls in the middle of the pack as a porter for me.

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from Louisiana.

Pours very dark brown with ruby/mahogany hues. A thin tan head stays a bit before becoming a patch.

The smell is of caramel, some ash, some licorice, with a cherry/raisin fruitiness. A bit different, but nice enough.

The taste is of licorice (more black licorice candy than anise), roots, sweet with a touch of sourish fruitiness and some more earthy notes. Low bitterness, but not too sweet. Some bready yeast comes through, as do ashy notes. Pretty thin finish, mainly due to a body that is on the weaker side of things - almost hits medium, but falls out.

A "different" porter with a bit of a yeasty character. Still-in-all, pretty drinkable despite some minor almost "ghost-like" detractors that add up.

Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This created a big (two-and-a-half fingers) deep-brown head with decent retention. The color was a very clear medium-brown. The nose had a light smokiness. The mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a mild charcoal quality. The finish had a light, lingering smokiness. Not bad, but not my pick of the lot, either.

Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of acrawf6
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark brown, almost opague, witha a nice tan head.

Smell. Light sweet chocolate maltiness, but has a small bittering hoppiness to it.

Taste. A mild tartness first comes out. I would think this is a bad bottle, but i've had this at the restaurant on tap and it was worse on the sourness. It seems to be intentional, so i guess perhaps they are using unique hops to the style. Under that i get a small sweet powder sugar taste. Aftertaste is mostly neutral, but does have a nice roasted malt flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is ok. Body is a bit thinner than others in it's style. Good amount of carbonation, but the balance seems to be a little off.

Overall, i want to like this beer, but after having it twice, both on tap and in the bottle, bought at different times and at different locations, i assume this is what they are going for, and it's just not good. I returned the beer at the restaurant; I'll probably dump this beer.

Photo of brystmar
2.4/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of amcmaho1
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Jablonski
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Photo of cvfish
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark brown with a tan head that stayed 3/4 of the way a left a nice lace around the glass

S - not overly stimulating as other porters, but had some roasted chocolaty hints to it

T - the taste of chocolate and coffee blended nicely with a short but satisfying burst of bitterness

M - a medium bodied rich brew that offers a little carbonation, very pleasing

D - very pleasing, i paired this with a cut of tuna that was spicy, and i thought it went well together

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pontchartrain Porter is almost black in color, a dark ruby hue is only seen when the beer is viewed against a light source. The head is nice-sized and moderately creamy. The aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The only downside is that the smell could be a little more powerful. The taste is very flavorful and rich. The flavors are of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is complex and layered. This is one hell of a porter, if I weren't so rich I could drink this all night.

Photo of drpdaddy
4/5  rDev +14%
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

Photo of woosterbill
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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!


Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of billab914
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Zea Pontchartrain Porter from Zea Rotisserie & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.