Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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Reviews by zhanson88:
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
Big thanks go out to Rbald42 to hooking me up with my "Arkansas tick", as he so aptly and correctly put it. Thanks Ryan.
Appearance: Pours a mocha brown color, appearing fairly impenetrable once in the glass. Some dark ruby hints around the edges of the glass. About 3/4" of khaki head forms. It has pretty good retention, and decent lacing.
Smell: Some slightly roasted and coffee notes form the base of the beer, and possibly some chocolate. I also get some hop character coming out too. Not too bad here.
Taste: Again, some light roasted malt character and some coffee. The coffee is fairly weak and pretty acrid, and becomes more so as it warms. Some hop character comes through on the back end. Not a bad porter, but could use some work.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is between light and medium with a fair amount of very fine carbonation. Very smooth, and reasonably close to creamy. Nice. Overall not my favorite porter in the world, but not bad. Worth a shot.
08-29-2011 02:51:58 | More by zhanson88
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-18-2011 05:06:55 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-08-2011 22:33:03 | More by LXIXME
2.58/5 rDev -31.9%
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.
09-25-2012 02:35:45 | More by mdaschaf
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
10-02-2011 16:21:31 | More by brewerburgundy
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-07-2009 03:47:29 | More by tempest
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-25-2010 00:43:04 | More by Fatehunter
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
01-19-2012 10:46:07 | More by Crass3000
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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...
05-30-2009 02:07:06 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
09-26-2009 02:05:02 | More by Vonerichs
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
11-02-2011 02:18:04 | More by BeerMeInMS
4.69/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
09-06-2013 18:03:52 | More by EagleTalon
4.13/5 rDev +9%
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!
10-09-2010 01:36:51 | More by SpdKilz
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
12-30-2010 12:55:07 | More by SickGnar
Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.