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Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter - Florida Beer Company

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Ybor Gold Gaspars PorterYbor Gold Gaspars Porter

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BA SCORE
79
okay

71 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StevieW on 02-11-2003

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured near black with a towering, creamy light brown head.

Feel: creamy and full bodied feel. Soft, medium carbonation.

Rich and relatively complex, with a good suggestion of chocolate and a hint of coffee with the dark roasted malt character. Subtle hints of smoke and black licorice.

O: a robust porter in style, this is also on the new label.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

This beer's namesake is the folklore pirate Jose Gaspar. We are pretty sure pirates consumed rum and not porters, but this is marketing right?

Skimpy on the head and the lace barely stays; dark brown in color with chestnut highlights. Light enough in appearance to be confused with a brown ale. Sugary aroma with some brown sugar and a ghost-like burnt smell. The carbonation is at a medium level with a good all-around crispness and a slick moderate body. Sugary sweet malty flavor takes the taste buds hostage for a good while, and as soon as the sweetness lays off there is a watery burnt flavor with a subdued spicy hop bitterness. A little astringent husks come through. Hint of dried plum and brown sugar in the semisweet finish.

Not very balanced; aim for balance because it goes a long way. A very weak stab for a porter here as the overly sweet character takes this beer down. Don't be afraid of roasted malts and hops! We'll have to say to pass on this one, especially if you don't like overly sweet beers.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Poured a lovely deep amber in color with a fluffy tan head that lasts. Nice lacing. Aromas are very sweet, with some chocolate thrown in for good measure. Flavor is mostly malty sweetness, tempered by some cocoa powder. I agree with AKSP's possibility of some cherry in the flavor. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. A respectable porter.

Photo of dirtylou
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz single, from BIF across america and BRoss42

appearance: pours into a sweetwater pint glass...definitely on the lighter side, amber-mahogany, foamy tan head with thin lacing

smell: odd, slightly watery, lightly toasted malt, peppery, raisin?, im not sure exactly what is going on here

taste: more of the same, taste is really watered down, there has to be something to be said about the florida water situation, raisin, lightly chocolatey...wierd

mouthfeel: thin-medium

drinkability: not very

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color that is almost black with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet and slightly nutty with notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Taste is sweet and malty upfront that finishes dry with a kind of nutty coffee flavor in the finish. This is actually a pretty good brew that I don't think I would buy again because there are so many better porters out there. However, I would not mind having again if given to me.

Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fine off-white head over deep reddish-brown liquid. The nose has lots of coffee emanating upwards. The taste is dry, with some bittersweet chocolate flavors mixing with some slight coffee notes very nicely. Finishes malty and dryish, rich and mellow. A very well made ale.

Thanks again to Stevie W. for the bottle!

Photo of warchez
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: sweet caramal malts and estery yeast finish detectable. Mild to no hop nose.
Appearance: Surprisingly ruby red for a porter. I could read through it. Not black or opaque. The deep ruby is perhaps reminiscent of the style in the days of wood fired brown malt. The head is tan, retention is moderate.
Taste: ester sweetness is detectable, not overpowering or displeasurable. The sweet malt takes from stage, no roasted character though as I would expect for a porter. More of a complex brown ale flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: walks the street right down the middle the body is moderate and lends to a very smoith finish which carries that sweetness extremly well. Good match up of body to flavor delivery.

Overall this is very drinkable. However it drinks more like a Brown ale/belgian Duble fusion. Tasty brew to go with beef based soups.

Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprise! I thought this was Ybor Gold as in the “All-Malt Lager.” I didn’t know it said “Gaspar’s Porter,” I was just looking at the neck label. Rookie. I poured this into a Pilsner glass…

Brown-ruby in hue, clear, so this is supposed to be a Porter. Interesting. The liquid lacks color depth. Beige foam, at the apex the head was two fingers tall. Head retention was very good, the bubbles slowly faded to a half finger cap which hung around a bit. The subsequent lacing was organized but not very widespread. Overall, this is a decent looking beer.

I’m smelling this a tickle colder than I’d like. My bad. Still, I can clearly distinguish notes of chocolate, caramel candy, and kisses of earthy nuts. It is powdery and bitter at the back. Not very chatty, low potency, IMO, this beer has a weak nose for a Porter. I like what I smell but I want more of it. Inviting, nevertheless.

The palate offers some bitter chocolate, hints of dried candy caramel, some coffee essence way in the distance. I found sweet chocolate and “brown ale-like” maltiness in the middle with some earthy hops too; similar finish but a tad thinner. Low hop bitterness. Malty, sweetish aftertaste with a tickle of fruitiness. This sure seems like a Brown Ale to me. For a Porter this is not a very impressive beer. It does taste good if I ignore style. Decent.

Medium-light in body, watery mouthfeel, low carbonation, the body is too weak for me. The mouthfeel is not awful but it’s not very good either.

Well, this is easy to drink. I could drink a couple with cold cuts, rye bread, and spice mustard. The more I think about this beer the more bored I get. So I guess I should shut up and drink. Anyway, thank you Daniel for this bottle. I can finally cross FL from my beer state list.

Photo of KTCamm
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is a dark borwn, bordering on black. Some light off white foam settles to the top. Nutty smell - almost as if this is a brown ale. Small flavor - like a light porter. Little carbonation. Some choco flavor in there.

Light body makes it an easy drinker - but a far cry from the top porters out there.

Photo of Jredner
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little aroma what i could detect was like alcohol covered mildewed hay. Poured a rich dark brown that fell short of being black. Choclate and coffe taste is abundant. Actually tastes real good. Thin, but no thinner than Bert Grant’s in fact it is somewhat similar and that suprised me cause I really like Bert Grant’s even though it too is on the thin side.

Pretty nice flavorwise, but the mouthfeel is more like the "ale" it used to be named.

Photo of MJR
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown color with perfect clarity. A light tan head starts around an inch deep and shrinks to a steady cap.

Smell: Aroma of toasted malt, bitter chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and hops. Overall, the smell is a bit faint, as I really had to swirl the glass to detect anything.

Taste: Fairly rich and smooth with lots of toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors. There's a nice hop character that balances the brew nicely, but the actual hop flavor is low key and in the background. Finishes with the balance slightly toward the hoppy end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp, with a mouthfeel that is a bit too thin for me. I'd like to see a little more 'oomph' in the body.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink this one on a somewhat regular basis, but I don't think it's quite good enough to become a regular of mine.

A 'thank you' goes to StevieW for including this in our trade!

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light brown. Surprising. Aggressive pour yields large fluffy rocky head. Good retention and thick lacing.

Weak smell. There’s a slight toasted smell but not enough to please.

This beer tastes watered down. Very thin and watery feeling. Another disappointing Florida brew. Thanks to JRedner for a chance to try this one.

Photo of edskirk3
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend gave me this bottle. I think the label is sort of misleading because it says YBOR GOLD all over the place and only in the fine print it says Gaspar's Porter.

It pours deep ruby black with a tan, creamy head. Aroma is a basic one, of dark and/or toasted malts. The taste is not very strong. There's roasted character, chocolate, toffee, but it's all very toned down. Mouthfeel is creamy but a little thin for a porter. It's not terrible, I guess it's about as good as a porter made in Florida could be. Not the best example of the style, however.

Photo of StevieW
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. A winter seasonal from Ybor City Brewing in Tampa. It honors the Gasparilla festival in Tampa each February. Gasparilla was a pirate who lived in the area in the early 19th century. A beer named after a pirate, I like it already.
Murky brown pour. Rich foamy beige head. Lots of bubbles. Smell was a nice even combination of subtle chocolate and bitter coffee. You had to concentrate hard to get any noticable smells. Taste made up for it. Again chocolate malt in the background, some roasted coffee notes, not much. Nice sharp bitter bite to the finish. The flavors are there, but not as pronounced as some other porters.The coffee bitterness opens more as the beer sits a few minutes. Still they balance very well, and make for a very smooth porter. Medium to full bodied, nice feel. Stays solid to the end, no watery finish here, unlike the beer's namesake. Gasparilla's legend tells of him wrapping chains around his body and plunging into the Gulf of Mexico when facing arrest by the US Navy.

Photo of shand
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New formulation that lacks the Ybor Gold sub-brand. Gaspar's Porter pours out a ruddy brown color with a small mocha head. A sweet roast and milk chocolate rule the nose, it's a little sweeter than I tend to like. The taste brings a more well-rounded flavor - the aftertaste isn't nearly as cloying as I expected from the nose, a nice bitterness comes in instead. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's got a nice enough mouthfeel and carbonation level, but neither are spot-on, and the drinkability is good. Overall, a solid porter from Florida Beer Company.

Photo of RBorsato
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid brown with a full creamy tan to light brown head, good carbonation, and sporadic sheets of lace. Malty dark caramel aroma. Dark caramel malt flavor with a light roastiness. Medium-full bodied with a drying finish.

Nice to see a porter from Florida and decent but no real outstanding qualities.

Best before: Feb '04 (notches seemed off (?))
Tasted: 04/20/04

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a ruby brown with a pretty decent off-white head, a ring of lace after and staying there after the head diminished but none after, only cascading foam. Taste reminds me quite like a brown, like a slightly more potent brown, with bitter chocolate, and something like coffee mixed with brown sugar. I didn't notice the aroma right away, as in, it isn't that noticable, nice, but weak, sweetish chocolate and a caramel malt. Mouth is wierd, feels like a full medium body, but actually watery, and mild carbonation but still kind of springy. But for a porter, not liking it. All in all, a bit odd, fairly drinkable, but I'm glad it was a gift.

Photo of Portertime
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the Ybor variety pack. Even though it is an English porter I still love my dark beers. Enjoyed this chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a dark cocoa brown with a little tan head. Smelled like your typical porter with coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate. Taste was a tad light but same strong, foward black roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Smooth on the way down with a hint of astringecy.

Photo of aquatonex
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTM...

Pours dark brown, slight translucence, moderate carbonation, not much lacing. Nose is mainly toasty coffees and light caramels. Tatst is more pronounced, very good balance of coffees, slight sweetness, and light bodied malts. Not too watery like some porters seem to be. All aspects meld together to bring quite a good beer!

Photo of hanco005
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my Beer of the Month offering, 12 oz bottle with a space for a freshness date, but no date is notched, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours a clear, cola like brown with a 2 inch bubbling brook like head that fades away slowly, producing very spotting lacing

S—sweet sugary malts mixed with alcohol, oats and barley are there…kinda smells like Sugar Smacks cereal (the one with the Dig’em the Frog on the front of the box). I think they are just called Smacks now.

T—chocolate, roasted nuts, a little smokey, a touch of maple, perhaps, not bad at all

M—maybe a little too thin, but nicely carbonated, bodied is lighter than I expected

D—not bad. I will enjoy the other two I have.

Photo of packetknife
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber (and I just saw a lot of Amber in Poland). Fluffy light brown head that faded quickly. Notably strong roasted malts on the nose. A nice malty taste with something like bakers chocolate intermixed. Not really sweet except right on the tip of the tongue. The carbonation was a bit week IMO and it was drinkable but nothing special given it's weight and taste. I'll try off tap next I'm in Florida if I stumble across it.

Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark hue with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. There also appears to be very light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam with decent retention and a nice lace. A good looking porter.

Smell: roasty with a good caramel character. There's also a sweet creaminess here which reminds me a lot of a milk stout. It's a bit muddy, but overall pretty good.

Taste: roastiness right off the bat, with a bitter astringency that detracts a bit from overall enjoyment. Some of the sweetness from the aroma is there, but mostly it and the caramel are gone. Not as well-composed as the aroma, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer is pretty decent, but it lacks balance and the flavor has too much bitterness from the roasted malt.

Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selection of the beer of the month club. Poured a medium mahagony color with slightly off white head. Smell is dominated by roasted malt. Taste follows through with the roasted malty flavor and is enjoyable. Fruity finish. An average beer. Seems to be more like a dark lager than a porter.

Photo of Joey7F
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Confessional note: Gaspar's Porter was my first porter. It was similar to a stout, but imo was a little weak in the flavor department. I would take it over Guinness if I was in a dark beer mood. The taste is a cross of chocolate and coffee, with a little bit of bitterness to complement the overwhelming malt. Since I have not had other porters I am just comparing it to other dark beers. I would drink it again would buy if the price was right.

--Joey

Photo of srhoadsy
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, rich brown with quarter inch dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Nice aromas of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Tastes follows through the aromas with just a hint ash.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and sweet, slightly creamy finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Have had some of their other offerings that were not so great. This one is very nice and will definitely get again. Only recommendation would be just a touch more body.

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Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter from Florida Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.