1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter - Florida Beer Company

Ybor Gold Gaspars PorterYbor Gold Gaspars Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

68 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.57%


Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of dirtylou
dirtylou

Washington

2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 00:48:20 | More by dirtylou
Photo of BeerAdvocate
BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:23:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Procrastinator
Procrastinator

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from 15-pack box sampler. Upon opening, I noticed the label had dates of '03, '04 and '05 with no notches showing any born on or best by dating. Not reassuring. Poured into Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: poured dark chocolate brown with 1" pillowy off-white, almost creamy head. Tightly carbonated head subsides to leave lingering cap and decent lacing.

Smell: bitter chocolate and burnt malts predominate the nose. Mild sweetness of overripe fruits in the background.

Taste: metallic, bitter maltiness up front, unbalanced and lacking any sweetness. Old cardboard aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: overly carbonated, thin and mildly astringent.

Drinkability: this beer got a little better as it got warmer. Flavor and bitterness mellowed. I've had this beer on dozens of occasions and remember it being alot better. I've got to believe these lesser ratings have to do with it being outdated and maybe substandard storage by a distributor.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 21:43:43 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of timtheenchanta
timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 18:37:30 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of AgingWarrior
AgingWarrior

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a 15 pack of Ybor Gold products, the porter was one of 5 varieties in the pack.

A. Good... it pours a very dark brown, almost black and has a thin reddish brown head with some lacing.

S. You know it's a porter at the first whiff. The smell is of toffee and chocolate malt.

T. Not bad, but a little thin tasting for a porter.

M. Nod bad, but again it feels to thin, the finish is okay, but unremarkable.

D. Average. I love porters and I'd drink this one again, but I wouldn't go out looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 12:46:37 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

a - Poured a dark brown with about an inch of light brown head that had no retention. No carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sticky sweet dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and some roasted malts.

t - Actually tastes a bit sour. Also some roasted malts and maybe sour fruits. Hints of chocolate.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - Wasn't a big fan of this porter. The smell was pretty good but wasn't digging the sour taste it had to it. Wouldn't look to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:56:13 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Xadoor
Xadoor

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark ruby red into the glass. Foamy, tan head which dissipated quickly, leaving just a thin line around the edge of the glass. Light coffee aromas, but got stronger as it warmed in the glass. Coffee and dark chocolate flavours. Slightly dry finish. A bit thin for a porter, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 22:23:33 | More by Xadoor
Photo of Drew966
Drew966

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ybor Gold Gaspar's Porter pours a dark brown with very little off white head. The aroma is malty, roasty, but a bit sour too. There is some nice roasty flavor, the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like. There does seem to be some sourness lurking in this one. Not bad, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 00:22:38 | More by Drew966
Photo of edskirk3
edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 02:10:36 | More by edskirk3
Photo of KTCamm
KTCamm

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:00:14 | More by KTCamm
Photo of bditty187
bditty187

Nebraska

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 19:49:11 | More by bditty187
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear chestnut brown color with a light brown head. Rather light in color compared to most other porters I've had.

Smell: The lukewarm aroma tries hard to hide any detection of roasted malts, chocolate, and nuts. Be sure to give it a very vigorous swirl before sniffing!

Taste: What to say about a beer that there's not much to say about? Malts are syrupy sweet (Tootsie Pops) and a touch toasty. Not much actual hop flavor, but there is some brief, spicy bitterness in the finish. No discernable alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel: Such a crisp porter! Mouthfeel is fairly thin, bordering on watery. Perhaps this is actually pretty appropriate for the Florida heat...

Drinkability: Not impressive. I wouldn't even touch this beer with YOUR tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 02:05:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of packetknife
packetknife

Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 05:37:52 | More by packetknife
Photo of objectivemonkey
objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 03:29:23 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Jredner
Jredner

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 00:18:45 | More by Jredner
Photo of arizcards
arizcards

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the MicroBeerClub April shipment.

Beer pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is heavy of roasted malts. Taste is of sweet malts with a very slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than the suggested style. This reminds me a bit of a dark lager. Drinkability is pretty good. This is really not a representation of a porter but it is a tasty little beer that is worth a try,

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:42:52 | More by arizcards
Photo of Joey7F
Joey7F

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 03:20:27 | More by Joey7F
Photo of jettjon
jettjon

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle from the Ybor multipack, "June" notched on the freshness date, though quite alarmingly, only "03, 04, and 05" were listed for years. I'm assuming "2007." Into the pint glass, pours a very dark, nearly black reddish brown with red tint only visible when held up to the light. No bubbles evident. One finger brown-tan head that quickly fades to a thin cap. Rather disappointing head. Nose is sweet with sugary sorghum and malt. Tastes of toasted malt up front, a bit of coffee and chocolate, mild bitterness toward back. Decent toasted malt finish. Semi-viscous mouth, smooth, slick, with moderate to light carbonation. A bit thin for a porter. Drinkability is pretty solid, though a bit underwhelming overall.

Overall: A kind of a porter-lite, with substandard appearance, taste, and mouthfeel. I wouldn’t bother.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:46:52 | More by jettjon
Photo of tgbljb
tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 19:22:56 | More by tgbljb
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 01:09:06 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of hanco005
hanco005

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 14:00:29 | More by hanco005
Photo of Vancer
Vancer

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Gaspar porter, but damn, just not a porter. I mean, nice start = clear and deep mahogonay brown, with a frothy tan head. Hell, this ol’ brew even tried to lace the glass on the way down.

Chocolate malts in the aroma. And in the quaff they sweetened quite nicely. This would make for a perfect English brown ale – not an porter.

Medium bodied, and again, very enjoyable brew – just missed the style they claimed.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 02:52:13 | More by Vancer
Photo of MJR
MJR

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 12:21:59 | More by MJR
Photo of RBorsato
RBorsato

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 16:06:21 | More by RBorsato
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 22:54:43 | More by chinchill
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter from Florida Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.