Monday, August 19, 2013

Florida Beer Gaspar's Porter

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (947) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was a code on the bottle I believe indicating it was bottled on May 17. I got this at #BBC13.

Appearance: Typical opaque black body. Forms a large, light brown, sponge-y head which doesn’t completely dissipate and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Mostly a standard porter aroma, but an odd scent of cherry and chalk, like a chewable antacid tablet.

Taste: Because of the smell, I was a little hesitant about drinking Gasper’s Porter. Though the first few sips were quite good and relieved any anxiety I had about the beer. The nose actually is a good indicator of the taste. There is the dark malt flavor here you expect in a porter. On the sweeter end with only light bitterness and no roasted or burnt malt character, which makes it a true porter rather than a stout. I get some distinct dark cherry flavor on the second half coupled with a chalky taste and sensation. It’s probably cocoa powder, which isn’t bad at all, just a little unusual. I think they could play around with the cherry character and make it the star of the show, but as it stands, the net result is a pretty good beer.

Drinkability: While Gasper’s Porter might not break any new ground in the taste department, it’s definitely a high achiever as far as drinkability goes. The mouthfeel is full, soft and slightly energetic. It’s not thick, sticky or chewy in any way. It goes down silky smooth and leaves just a lightly bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. At 6.1% ABV it’s certainly full-bodied, but not obese. Probably best enjoyed with or as dessert, though it’s awfully tempting to throw back two in a row. 
Grade: 7/10