Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter
Florida Beer Company

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #284
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
80
Ranked #47,052
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 12.24%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
71
From:
Florida Beer Company
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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80
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OldFrothingSlosh from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jul 29, 2004
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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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beerluvr from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Feb 16, 2003
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StevieW from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +19%
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.

Feb 11, 2003
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packetknife from Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Feb 08, 2004
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bditty187 from Nebraska

3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Apr 24, 2006
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MJR from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Apr 02, 2003
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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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RBorsato from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Apr 21, 2004
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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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Shaw from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown in color with a light brown head. It's not as dark as other porters. Its mild aroma is of roasted malts.

The roasted malt smell carries over quite well to the taste. This porter has much more of a roasted, even coffee, character than other porters, which lean more toward malty. Hops, although not directly noticeable, must have been used skillfully to counteract the sweetness from the malts.

I have yet to drink a bad porter. The requirements of the style must make screwing it up tough. Having brewed a porter myself, you can hide a lot of mistakes in them thanks to their generous use of roasted malts.

Gaspar's Ale is a good porter from my home state.

Dec 03, 2003
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Joey7F from Florida

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Apr 09, 2004
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is now accurately labeled "Gaspar's Porter" (after Jose Gaspar the pirate) instead of "Gaspar's Ale" (originally named an ale so as not to scare the kiddies) as the brewery has realigned the labeling to put all the old Ybor City beers under the "Ybor Gold" label when they changed the name to Florida Brewing Company, which was caused by buying out Key West & Hurricane Reef breweries. Thus endeth the history lesson.

Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown with a decent head that dissipates within a couple of minutes.
Smells a bit hoppier than it actually is, but not an overly hoppy nose, a bit woody/earthy, malty, with hints of coffee & chocolate.
Noticeable coffee and chocolate flavors, a good maltiness. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, especially in the aftertaste, a good point in my estimation. Very well balanced flavor.
The mouthfeel is very good, not excessively heavy, maybe even a litlle lighter than most porters, but very smooth and enjoyable. It drinks almost like a good English brown ale with the flavor of a porter, if that makes sense to you.
I am lucky enough to get this straight from the brewery, one of the better tasting porters I've had, if not the best in mouthfeel, and I find it an extremely drinkable beer.

Jun 03, 2004
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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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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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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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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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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
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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
Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter from Florida Beer Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 71 ratings