kozzak1 (70) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Aful porter that is truly inspired. It has a nice body, a mild yet distinctive taste & is good with anything edible! ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2016
BJCP 2015 Category 20A: American Portersarcops (11) - Plant City, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2004
AROMA: Milk chocolate and roasted malt. Very sweet with some piney hops in the background. Lovely! 11/12
APPEARANCE: Deep dark brown to black proper. Large, dark tan, frothy head. Excellent lacing and retention. 3/3
FLAVOR: Intense roasted malt up front with resiny/piney hops in the middle. Finishes with milk chocolate candy sweetness. Very delectable for a non-imperial stout. 18/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium/full body, though not viscous or sticky. Well carbonated and smooth throughout. No alcohol presence. Nice aftertaste of resin and chocolate. 5/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: This epitomizes the old "Robust Porter" style which was discontinued with 2015 regs. Can definitely hang with the big boys when fresh. 9/10
TOTAL SCORE: 46/50
I finally tried this selection as part of a sampler pack. nice chocolate taste with a kick. aftertaste is good also. thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2003
This bottled sample was a gift from the brewer at Indian River Brewing Co in Melbourne Florida. The label on the bottle called it Gasper's Porter and is not like the picture shown on this site. I assume they are the same brew. It poured a a medium sized head of brown colored fine to meium sized foamy long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace and semi-opaque brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma is very nice with notes of dark malt, mollasses, coffee and rich chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth with only a mild tingle and a lingering chocolate flavor. The flavor is very nice with a lot of chocolate and dark malt notes. The coffee flavor is very subdued and there is no hop bite. I enjoyed this brew a lot. PhillyBeer2112 (2919) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Reddish brown color, beige med foaming head. Light smoke, some bittersweet chocolate. Ashy dry chocolate flavor. Dry finish. Very nice.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2006
Decent head with a deep brown hue on the first glance. Holding it up to the light brings out a beautiful ruby-redness. And while the head eventually faded, the lace was still nice. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full and creamy, especially up front. Malts had a rich roastiness that merged well into a grassy hoppiness. Subtle hints of chocolate and coffee gave it a little depth. Perhaps a slight nip of smoke in the background, too. Well balanced, with a tame bitterness and only a pinch of caramel sweetness to speak of. Enjoyable porter. JDBaker11058 (2427) - Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Appearance: silky near-black pour, with a couple of millimeters of fizzy dark tan, almost purplish head; lacing is minimal to nonexistent. Aroma: sweet milk chocolate up front, with dark chocolate pudding coming out as it warms, with a tiny hint of coffee and general roast. Taste: VERY chocolatey and sweet, with subdued roast coffee, light vanilla, and a little tiny whisper of soy sauce. Finish: lingering chocolate sweetness, but a light roasty dryness smooths everything out. Notes: Wow, I was really pleasantly surprised by this. Palate was full and silky, but not encroaching into stout territory. Flavors were dominated by the sweet dark chocolate, which was a-ok with me. Nice porter! Bottle at House of Blues in Orlando, Florida.