Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter
Florida Beer Company

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #287
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
80
Ranked #46,823
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 12.24%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
71
From:
Florida Beer Company
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
80
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Mar 18, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Jun 19, 2013
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hspankus from Florida

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. It is Malty, Complex, Roasty, Chocolaty, Medium-body. Excellent head. I will buy again when it comes out next year. This is the first time I have tried this Micro Brewery I will now put it on my to try list. I am glad someone is making a nice Porter. I wish more would. The local micro said that it's a winter beer. I don't agree.

Jun 11, 2013
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srhoadsy from Florida

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

May 17, 2013
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shand from Florida

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Apr 04, 2013
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Mar 06, 2011
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Jul 07, 2010
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mdfb79 from New York

3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Mar 22, 2010
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Portertime from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Apr 30, 2008
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HardcoreKeith from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the 15-bottle Ybor Gold variety pack and saved the best for last.

Poured into a pint glass. Very minimal head, hardly any lacing. Opaque black. Even tilted it's pretty dark brown. Delicious odor of roasted coffee. The taste is somewhat dry and light in body. This is is kind of how Floridian porters are, though (and it seems no one in Florida makes a stout), and it's still really good. It's light on bitterness, but there's just a touch there for balance. This is a really enjoyable thirst-quenching porter. Gaspar's Porter is the best offering from Ybor Gold / Florida Beer Company.

Apr 02, 2008
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AgingWarrior from Florida

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Jan 24, 2008
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Drew966 from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Apr 14, 2007
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Procrastinator from Florida

2.71/5  rDev -21%
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.

Jan 15, 2007
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jettjon from Florida

3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Jan 15, 2007
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +7%
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.

Jul 18, 2006
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -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.

Jul 15, 2006
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warchez from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Jul 12, 2006
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Vancer from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Jul 04, 2006
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Xadoor from Texas

3.16/5  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.

Jun 23, 2006
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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,

Jun 17, 2006
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aquatonex from New York

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

May 29, 2006
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hanco005 from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

May 10, 2006
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -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.

Apr 30, 2006
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Apr 29, 2006
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edskirk3 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Apr 28, 2006
Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter from Florida Beer Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 71 ratings