Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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4.9/5 rDev +29.3%
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!
06-04-2009 03:17:35 | More by Reneejane
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
4.65/5 rDev +22.7%
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!
09-10-2012 22:35:34 | More by twiggamortis420
4.55/5 rDev +20.1%
Poured into a tulip glass this beer is a dead ringer for Old Rasputin in look, mouthfeel, aroma, taste although it is more drinkable and slightly cheaper. It's also very similar to the creaminess of Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout.
Color is black with an off white to tan head. Viscous as it comes out the bottle. The head builds quickly and stays for quite a while.
Aroma is of figs, peat, raisons.
Taste is more of the aroma with sweet malts and the perfect amount of flavorful hops that are balanced by the roastiness of the grain.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and just about perfect for the style.
Drinkability is off the charts. I would easily enjoy a few of these in a given night and probably will from now on.
12-11-2009 03:49:25 | More by PerzentRizen
4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
A - Dark brown body with a two inch dark tan head that's frothy and fades to a hummocky cap. Very inviting!
S - Mild chocolate with a malt aroma.
T - Starts out with an interesting mix of hops and chocolate. Eventually the hops subsides and the cocoa take over. This is a very good and complex array of flavors. Nice work!
M - The feel is smooth at the start but the finish is coarse and abrasive. Again, complex.
~ This is a very good beer that I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to sample. A great deal of thanks to my good friend WJVII.
09-30-2009 00:50:15 | More by cdkrenz
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours murky brown and almost completely opaque. With it's deep mocha head, it looks more like a big stout than most of the porters I've had. The head recedes into a lasting ring around the glass, and lacing is minimal.
S: Interestingly, I noticed a big hop presence right away. That quickly gives way to the characteristic roasted malt, finishing with a very aggressive chocolate/caramel aroma that is just awesome.
T: This beer reminds me of Rogue Mocha Porter, but it's more sweet chocolate/brown sugar than bitter chocolate. The roasted malt adds a nice smokiness. The hops are not highly noticeable in the taste, but they do add some spice to the finish.
M: The body is spot on. It's not heavy at all, and could even be considered light on the palate. The minimal subtle carbonation gives this beer a smooth and creamy feel.
D: I fell in love with this beer on draft, so it's great to know it's just as good out of the bottle. The flavor and aroma are so pronounced, but this beer is in no way overpowering. Definitely a contender for one of my favorite porters.
10-06-2010 21:23:04 | More by charlesbyrd
4.4/5 rDev +16.1%
Aroma: Light roasted coffee notes up front. Dark bready malt base. Clean fermentation character. No hop aroma. Good for style.
Appearance: Dark brown pour with shoe leather lacing. Low tan cap that retains well. Lacing noted around the edges of the snifter.
Flavor: Nice dark baker's chocolate notes up front. Light licorice undertones. Moderate Arabica coffee notes as the beer warms. Balance is to the earthy hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. A slight creaminess and a little dark grain astringency.
Overall impression: A lovely American Porter. Perfect sipping on a cool spring evening.
04-24-2014 22:50:49 | More by mattcrill
4.38/5 rDev +15.6%
Poured from a bottle into a FreeState Brewing Company pint glass and allowed to warm up a bit:
A: Pours very a very dark brown, which is consistent when held to light. Small, thin head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin ring and small blotches that struggle to hang around. No lacing to speak of at all.
S: Strong smell of roasted malts and caramel, with only the slightest hint of coffee. Excellent aroma that makes taking notes difficult ... I want to dive right in.
T: Taste is dominated by toffee and chocolate that gives way to roasted malt. A slight smokiness, and very mild bitterness linger, which balances the chocolatey fore. As it warms, the coffee becomes a little more apparent, and taunts me to take another sip.
M: Nice subtle carbonation that keeps it slightly velvety, however, it feels a little thin. Medium-full bodied at best.
D: Overall, this is a great porter; definitely worth trying. The smell corresponds well to the taste, which are both surprisingly wonderful. It's very drinkable and will make a great session porter for the back end of the football season.
10-06-2010 02:18:42 | More by Mississipping
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
09-01-2009 22:09:54 | More by mooseisloose
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
Deep brown in color with a nice tan cocoa head. Rich and deep cocoa flavor. Very solid chocolate malt flavor upfront. Mild cocoa flavor. Moderate bitterness. Dry, somewhat grain flavor. Has a dominant sweetness throughout. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very, very enjoyable porter. Great chocolate flavors. Almost dessert like. Might not be exactly to style with the heavy chocolate notes but I really like it.
01-24-2010 21:30:36 | More by lackenhauser
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
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
12oz bottle provided by PerzentRizen. Thans Aaron.
A- pours near black with a finger of cream colored head. nice lacing for the style.
S- roasty and toasty on the nose. it's not the most robust aroma but it is pleasant.
T- the taste is full of roasted malts and chocolate. some toasted oats in there too. it's got great roasted character without being at all burnt. a little bitterness at the end. the flavor is much more robust than the aroma.
M- great full body on this beer. it isn't overly rich but still velvety. nice subtle carbonation blends in perfectly.
D- a great smooth drinking porter. not sure of the price but it seems like it would be affordable. I would pick this one up if I saw it.
02-02-2010 02:28:09 | More by Freethyhops
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
Review is from notes taken on 2/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown/near black and starts with a 1/2 finger tan head with minimal retention that fades to a full and even skim with a fluffy and thicker ring around the surface; body is nearly opaque and only shows dark mahogany highlights when held to a bright lamp; quite a bit of spotty lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Quite nice -- a fair amount of bittersweet chocolate and a mild burnt roastiness; slight caramal maltiness combines with the chocolate and burnt roast and smooths it out in the nose; as it warms, there is also a slightly creamy milkiness.
Taste: Upon my first sip, I wasn't initially impressed, but after about half a glass, I've gotta say that this is quite a fine porter; flavors to match the smell that is more or less dominated by a combination of the bittersweet chocolate and burnt roast; as it warms up, that creamy milkiness sneaks in and adds a bit of a lactose sweetness to it.
Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation for a porter and it keeps feeling quite lively; body is of medium thickness and weight, goes down smooth and a little creamy, and leaves a pretty thick coating on the roof of the mouth; belly is left a little warm.
Drinkability: I give it a 4 for this as the flavors are solid and the mouthfeel makes it a pretty smooth drinking beer. It does sit a bit heavy so I wouldn't want too many in a sitting, but, it's well worth picking up if the opportunity presents itself.
02-09-2010 03:51:32 | More by bamadog
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
A 12 oz. bottle, notched on the '9' of the 12-numbered strip along the label. Poured to a shaker pint, consumed while watching 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' on a rainy Saturday with the wife (surprisingly entertaining movie!). One of a couple bottles sent by Mississipping ~ thanks, Ian!
'Paradise in a glass!'
A: Deep dark charcoal, with a ruddy/mahogany tone in the light. A finger+ of khaki cream for a head, good retention and ringing lace. Just a solid-looking porter, start to finish.
S: Roasted nuts and medium-dark cocoa, a whiff of smoke and stronger grain huskiness. Light coffee nose. All these blend beautifully, the wafting scent is appealing and sturdy.
T: Maybe a little sweeter than some I'm accustomed to, but that's plenty fine with me. A milkier chocolate and sugarier coffee roast, but balanced deftly with a touch of smoke and a bitterness more like singed nutshells. Good caramel notes, again not too sugary - I can't stress that enough. Good balance and strength.
M: Good feel: very, VERY smooth and velvety texture-wise. Carbonation is mellow and roast finish leaves a pleasant reminder for a few minutes, neither overbearing nor underwhelming. Some sips seemed thin, then the next would seem round and mouth-feeling... kinda curious
D: An entirely likable porter. A tad hefty for true 'session' drinking, but a beer that disappeared all too quickly. Hope y'all down south recognize this and enjoy regularly. I would... nearly scored a '5' here.
01-16-2011 03:14:36 | More by msubulldog25
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
My parents picked up a six-pack of this for me while they were on vacation in Arkansas.
Pours a very dark brown color with a quick head. The carbonation can't be seen except at the top, where the bubbles pop out of the beer at the surface.
The aroma is a simple rich roasted malt aroma of meidum Breakfast blend coffee and milk chocolate. Very inviting, sessionable porter smell to it.
The taste starts with German Rye bread crust roasted well. This evolves into rich, but not overpowering roasted coffee you might get at Caribou Coffee. The finish is chocolate malts and a little peppery hop bite that lingers.
This is a nice, smooth, and awesomely sessionable Porter. This stump-jumpin' brewery needs to export a couple of cases to England and see what they think.
08-27-2010 02:35:13 | More by scruffwhor
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
Got this one I believe thanks to FluffyMcTingle.
A: A semi thick and semi dark rich 1 finger head rises out of the depths of the beer with many big bubbles, from the murky almost pitch black liquid below. It leaves a slight lacing to remind you how many sips you had.
N: A roast comes about with dark malts, some caramel, in fact a nice quite a bit of caramel aroma, a touch of coffee and dark fruits. With all that is accompanied by a decent chocolate roast aroma.
T: The taste is pretty dark, with lots of chocolate out front. A thick semi heavy chocolate roasted malt with more roasted malt flavors. Some coffee and dark fruits. A slight salty flavor with that, strange. There also comes a slight lactose creaminess. A little bit of bitterness, probably more from the earthy roasted malts than hops, but I can almost detect a hint of a hop presence.
F: Medium body with a creaminess and lots of carbonation.
F: A slight sticky sweetness with quite a bit of a lingering bite from the bitter earthy charred malts. More bittering hops also jump out and yell "surprise" on the finish with a bitter, earthy and spicy hop bitterness. It dries off somewhat but still has that slight sweet sticky syrup feel. A little lingering roast and coffee with hints of acidity. A slight lingering lactose too that leaves that creamy feel on the tongue.
04-04-2010 23:10:10 | More by jlindros
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured into pint at Godsey's on Main St...
A: Dark mahogany, almost opaque with some reddish hues around the edges. Creamy tan head which leaves alot of lacing
S: roasty malt, chocolate, french roast coffee, lemon hop aroma
T: Dark chocolate, extra-bold coffee, caramel, hop flavors of lemon and biscuit, finishes with a roasted note like coffee, and citrus hop bitterness.
M: medium-full body, crispness from both the hops and roasted malt. I like it both ways. Finishes off-dry, like coffee.
Overall, an awesome brew. I love this one for the extreme roasted malt flavor and how it balances with crisp hops. My favorite from Diamond Bear.
02-07-2010 03:29:16 | More by OlRasputin989
Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.