Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter | Florida Beer Company

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Ybor Gold Gaspars PorterYbor Gold Gaspars Porter
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Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company
Florida, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by StevieW on 02-11-2003

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71
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
16.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 71
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
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

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Photo of KTCamm
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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,

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Jredner
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of jettjon
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of StevieW
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of Portertime
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Ybor Gold Gaspars Porter from Florida Beer Company
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