Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company visit their website
Arkansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.24% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EagleTalon on 03-21-2009

Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 80, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hop Varieties - Amarillo, Glacier
Original Gravity - 14.5*P
Bitterness Units - 38
Packaging Options - 12oz bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl
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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 75
Reviews by kylejohnson03:
Photo of kylejohnson03
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from Beer of the Month Club.

A: Pours a rich, dark black. Just touches of light show through the beer. Off white head, but it only lasted two seconds before fading to nothing, which was a little disapointing. No lacing or collar.

S: Very light aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Wish this was a little bit stronger, as the smell is good but faint.

T: Sweetness of chocolate, bitterness of coffee, and just a little nutty. Finish is too short, the taste is gone before you know it.

M: Smooth, a little bit thin for what I expected from a porter. Light carbonation.

Overall, a pretty average beer. Will happily drink the few that I have and hopefully will get a chance to try some more Diamond Bear brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by someone at bu11zeye's Super Bowl tasting. Sorry I don't remember who shared it.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt with some chocolate mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of roasted malt and light cocoa, as well as some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass leaves a pretty decent sized head that is frothy and a light brown in color.

The aroma is a roasted malt with some woodiness to it, also a slight coffee bean comes through.

The taste is a cross or mix of a light dark chocolate, roasted malt, some woodiness, and a slight coffee on a near full bodied beer.

The after taste is a light dry but is seems to dry out your mouth more than most beers do.

A pretty darn good porter, seems to leave you wanting to have a another drink, I recommend giving it a try.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.57/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to James for this state!

A: Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a small tan colored head. Nice head retention with thin lacing all around.

S: Some roasted malt, faint chocolate, coffee, and a slightly sour astringent dark fruit aroma.

T: A good bit of roasted malt upfront with a good amount of chocolate going on. The sourness from the aroma doesn't really show up in the flavor profile, but comes forward a bit as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a touch thin for a porter, with moderate carbonation.

O: Was quite nervous based on the aroma, but the off-flavors from the aroma didn't translate as much to the flavor profile.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tanglewood Branch Beer Co., Fayetteville, AR, served in a pint glass.

Just barely opaque red black, somewhere in that cola range. There is a pretty, creamy head in light brown with good substance and stickage. The lacing is top notch.

Smells like just my kind of porter; cherries, charcoal, cocoa powder.

Balance and consistency, not so sweet with moderate bitterness. Still a fruity, cherry not plays around but there's even more char. Cocoa shows up in the finish, not like the hot drink, but as if you were about to back achingly deep, barely sweetened brownies.

This has the same texture as the Fuller's ESB that I had just before it. The head came out better, but they are obviously running on at least nearly identical gas levels. Soft but not too soft, bitter but not too bitter. Everything is in balance and fresh.

This is a very solid American Porter and the best of Diamond Bear's beers that I have had.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Liquor World in Fayetteville. Poured a dark brown with an off white head. This is one big robust poster, no holding back - lots of dark malt flavors with coffee, espresso, and burnt barley with a semisweet chocolate aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth with a very slight sour feel from the black grains. This is just a well made porter and can stand up to great example's like Smuttynose's Robust Porter.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured bottle into goblet. Very, dark, opaque. Small head on pour.

S - Powerful. Molasses. Toffee.

T - Molasses under malt. Slight sweet at first, roasted... coffee? Wonderful

M - Great. Smooth.

D - Excellent. Could drink this all night long. Plenty of flavor and perfect balance. I need to find this on tap... probably even better that way.

Photo of Crass3000
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/28/2011

4/5 Pours out dark as night with a nice beige, two-finger head with good retention.

3.5/5 Smell is roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and molasses.

3.5/4 Taste is much like the nose. The roasted malts are more prominant with the dark fruits, chocolate, and molasses. Hard to say but I think I taste a tad bit of coffee.

3/4 Mouthfeel is a little thin but given it's regular porter it seems adequate.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of mar 09 if 'm reading this right... Picked this up at Liqour World in Fayetteville, AR

Pours a brown hued ebony with 2 fingers of tan rocky head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & cocoa

T: Follows the nose up front with dryness & a touch of leafy hops. Cocoa & coffee continue as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with nice cocoa accents

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth, great balance

Drinks easy enough, a solid American Porter IMO.
So far I am impressed with all beers I've had from these guys that were fresh...

Photo of tkelley
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint

A -- Very dark body, but translucent. Held up to the light it exhibits significant brown and ruby highlights. Very mysterious.

N -- Smells roasty and malty, but also like an old barn.

T -- Tasty. Kind of a different thing going on here. Molasses maybe? Something dark and sweet, at any rate.

M -- Fine.

O -- Not the best porter ever, but serviceable. Cheers!

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body with a cinnamon colored head. Surprisingly, there's a ton of lacing left on my glass.

The smell is heavy on the roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit nutty. Smells good, but weak. I really had to get my nose in there to smell it.

The taste is more pronounced than the smell. The roast is borderline burnt and coffee shows up in the flavor along with nuts and a light chocolate. Finish is bitter.

Light carbonation and for a porter it's not very thick. It has a nice dryness about it.

I've never heard of this brewery but it was a pleasant surprise. Good taste and less filling body than your typical porter made this an easy drinker.

Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle
Dated: Sept. 2011
Drinking Date: Nov. 1st 2011

Glassware: Stout glass (stemmed, vertical/non- curved sides)

Appearance: Opaque with a frothy cappucino-colored head that recedes slowly and leaves a thin layer throughout the drink; no lacing.

Smell: Dark cherry and roasted aromas with some sweet caramel in the background.

Taste: First a deep and strong roasted flavor, almost smoked, that is followed by cocoa taste; some hop flavor near the end and finishes with a creamy roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation. Creamy and a little thick on the end.

Overall: I was looking forward to trying this beer and was not dissappointed. Solid brew all around. No frills... Well-balanced, fairly strong flavor, and enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a review of this beer on tap.

Pours to a 1 inch light tan head that settles down to a 1/4 inch permanent head leaving ample lacing. Clear and ruby black. Aroma is creamy, chocolatey, mocha-like and malty with spicy, citrusy hops peeking through the grains. Flavor is standard American porter: strong on hop flavor and bitterness, roasty and on the dry side. Medium-full mouthfeel and nice roasty and pleasantly bitter/hoppy finish. A very "American tasting", well-made porter. this is what a porter should be.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very smooth and pleasant. Glad to get an Arkansas beer!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a BOTM club last year and found in a box of beers I saved.

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate color into my SA Perfect Pint. When held up to the light there is just a hint that gets through, which makes the appearance more of a deep ruby red color. Over two fingers of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Dark fruits, chocolate, slight coffee, roasted malts.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is much more of a bitter, dry, cocoa flavor right up front. This gives way to great roasty malts, coffee, and some nuttiness. There is just a hint of faded hops but you can still taste them, and there is a certain smoky quality also. Overall a very pleasant tasting porter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes with a slight dryness.

Drinkability - Damn quaffable. On this cooler Southern California night (I swear I always make note of this in my reviews but there really is a certain time you should drink certain beers in my opinion) this beer is going down extremely fast and easy. Normally I save darker beers for later on in the night but this just seemed fitting. There is the smell of burning wood in the air, a slight coolness surrounding me, and the rustle of leaves from an ever so slight wind. This beer is perfect right now and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Glad I kept one of these to be able to see how it aged over the past year. A good porter - and I am always on the lookout for good porters!

Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black, yet translucent & ruby when backlit. Coffee with creamer color head of a decent size that sticks around. Initial composed of noteably large bubbles it turns rocky and leave great lacing.

S: Lots of cocoa - a big dose of chocolate malt in this one's grain bill. Some roast coffee and a bit of dark malty sweetness too. Not very complex, but pleaseant enough. It could be stronger though. You don't have to hunt for it, but it is pretty clean and almost restrained for a porter.

T: Palate actually doesn't open with cocoa, but instead with coffee. But after that initial hit the chocolate malt come back to dominate with backers cocoa character that grows and grows and lingers into the finish. Hop bitterness comes through fairly strongly, but any flavor characteristics are vague and muted (perhaps earthy). The coffee notes are of a mild (~breakfast blend) type roast without much of any acrid character. There are some darkly roasted almost burnt notes, but they lean more toward burnt/caramelized sugars and blackstrap molasses. And these blend nicely into the underlying malty sweetness that leans towards toffee. There also seems to be a minor hint of lactose, but I could be imagining that. Pretty firm aftertaste of bittersweet powdery cocoa.

M: Medium / medium-light, perhaps a bit on the thin side for the style. And the carbonation is toward the higher side. I would not say it has too much, and it does add what could be called a certain mouth-filling lusciousness. Or maybe just figure that it has a firmly American level of carbonation. However, I find I like it better with an aggressive pour to burn off some of the CO2. Finish is pretty dry and rather chalky with just enough linger sweetness to lubricate it. Very slight and subtle alcohol warming.

D: Good stuff - big chocolate malt presences (especially in the nose) with some coffee notes, decent bitterness, and other interesting things going on. But some of the traits seem to stand a bit apart. The dry powdery finish does keep you coming back for more liquid, but it also gets a bit old. Not bad at all, but it could be stellar with a tad more body and malt (maybe from a bit less attenuation - it has enough abv that it could easily give some up too) to hold it all together and smooth some of the rough spots.

(from notes - tasted March 2010)

* I am partial to porters, but I remember this as one of the nicer local beers when I lived in the 501.

Photo of HankH
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark beer with a tan/cream colored head.

S: Coffee, Caramel, Chocolate, Roasted Malt

T: A little bit of Coffee, the taste certainly follows the nose. Roasted Malt is apparent here. Dry finish

M: Carbonation isn't overdone. Medium Bodied

O: A decent porter. Tasty, enjoyable, could see myself reaching for this again.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arkansas... :)

Standard pint glass. Huge bubbly tan head, wispy lace. Clear ebony/ruby-colored body.

Smell hits me up with dry toast & murky, herbal/rindy hops, & just a little Baker's chocolate.

Diving in, I'm tasting burnt nuts/toast, faint coffee. Pretty robust. Earthy bittering. Bittersweet char finish.

Carbonation is strong. Body is thin. Alcohol is about as expected. Feels very much like a stout. Could use some more residual sweetness.

I suddenly felt really hungry while finishing this one off. I followed this up with another native taste... pork ribs. :D

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a rich, near-black color with an even cap of beige head. Retention and lacing are decent.

Nose has a nice balance of roast and sweetness. Mild fruit on the end, this is almost the definition of Porter to my nostrils.

This is a very fine example of a Porter, everything is in perfect harmony from the dusty minerals to the light nuttiness. Chocolate and roast, fruit and hops...it's all there. This would be a staple in my fridge if they ever decide to distro to Tx. This is right up there with Fuller's London Porter for one of my favorite Porters of all time. Some Porters tend to overdo it on the roasty/hoppy bitterness and make it less drinkable, and some can be too sweet and rich to have more than a couple. I could drink a whole sixer of this in an evening and be plenty happy. Very good beer!

Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

March 17, 2015

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Deep brown, almost turning to black, with light tan foam of about ¾ inch, and moderate retention. Clear, where it isn’t opaque.

S – A combination of sweet and roasty. Milky-sweet chocolate malt and roast, slightly coffee-ish. Hops are herbal and slightly fruity.

T – Dark chocolate, with a milky sweetness, and lightly roasted coffee. Some earthy/herbal hops with a touch of fruitiness and some mild bitterness.

M – Creamy, sweet, and bitter. Silky, sudsy carbonation with a medium-full body. Bitterness is just enough to hold up the excellent maltiness.

O – An excellent rendition of a robust porter.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells of roasted malts and sweet chocolate with nice earthy hops. Pours to an opaque brown with a nice creamy two finger head. Taste is a very roasted yet semi-sweet malt, it then gets a flat chaulky bitterness that is also balanced by sweetness. In the finish the bitterness and sweetness fade equally with a tarty bittersweet finish. Great brew, very complex flavors. Mouthfeel is good carbonation is evident but not overpowering. This is a great brew, "Paradise in a glass!", is no lie.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character up front. Then some flavors of chocolate and coffee come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid porter to drink for a while but there are better selections in the style.

Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this beer via a Beer of the Month Club...

Creamy one finger head which settled into a layer, good lacing. Rich very brownish-reddish dark appearance. Smell is that of roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate. The taste is dry and very much tastes like it smells. A medium bodied porter with low carbonation, though you might think it is a stout if you are drinking it blind. This beer has a drying affect on the mouth though that won't stop me from having another one.

Photo of Reneejane
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely good porter! The beer is deep walnut brown with a cream colored head. It's nearly black, not quite a stout. The aroma is very sensual, lovely chocolate and coffee aromas. The taste at first hints of tannins and then brings in some chocolate overtones and finishes with a marvelous malty roastiness. The mouthfeel is actually incredible, it's so velvetty. I can't explain it a different way! Wow, this is one top notch porter!

Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011.

Poured a brown to dark brown with a small off-white head and some sparse lace on the way down. The nose brought some chocolate and roast but there was also quite a bit of grainy astringency, much like there was with the DIPA. Unfortunate, as the nose started out promising. Flavor was grainy with some chocolate, roast, and coffee. Mildly astringent and dry in the finish after a medium body. Good attempt, but the grain issue needs to be dealt with.

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Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.