Here are notes in my rank order for the 1985 Vintage Ports (#1 favorite, #7 least favorite). Note that the Ferreira and Graham's were not tasted at this event.
1. Dow's - medium color; on the nose, some sweet cherry, horehound drop, hint of mint, slight wet wool, then later some chestnut; very complex and chameleon-like on the palate, some noticeable heat on the back end; finish was long but not monstrous, nice and drawn out though. Really in a good spot now and the most complex wine of the night.
2. Fonseca - darkest color of all; touch of secondary caramel on the nose, not very giving on the nose (likely due to the short decant); Very powerful on the palate, firm tannins, and huge underlying structure; long finish, but unexpectedly lacked some grip.
3. Kopke - very light color, and somewhat cloudy; slight vegetal nose which blows off with airtime, also on the nose are slight mint, sassafras, and caramel; on the palate, the power of suggestion ruled, someone mentioned "honey" and this was true in spades, raisiny, really full and mouth coating, melted tannins; finish long and strong, on par with best finish.
4. Taylor - dark color; reticent nose, some briar; dark cherry skin on the palate; finish was long, grippy, and a slow fader. I had not heard much good press on the '85 Taylor, but this was in fine, fine shape.
5. Gould Campbell - dark color; nose had hints of green peppercorn and Robitussin; very full and sweet on the palate, alot of heat, firm tannin, big structure, this is a long distance runner; finish is very long and nice, but lacked some grip.
6. Smith Woodhouse - medium color, very good clarity; nose has ripe plums, raisins, alfalfa, and somewhat spirity nose; dark cherry pit on the palate; fairly short finish, I would say medium finish.
7. Royal Oporto - medium color, slight cloudiness; VA riddled on the nose, basically the VA overpowered everything else; on the palate and finish, this had a remarkably long and gripping finish.
Hopefully, Alex will chime in with the group rankings.