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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Reneejane
4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
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! (446 characters)

Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is a textbook example of underrated beer. Honestly, I can't believe how good this stuff is for what it is. This could easily compete with the best known businesses in the biz (e.g. Stone, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Clown Shoes, Founders, Great Lakes, etc.). Just a really good beer for a $1/bottle price. I'm sitting here thinking I need to contribute more to this review, but I cannot think of anything other than saying this is one of the best porters I have had in a long time. (503 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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! (821 characters)

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (717 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (558 characters)

Photo of charlesbyrd
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (660 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (427 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,473 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,528 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (770 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,343 characters)

Photo of Freethyhops
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (704 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (644 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (1,566 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with light tan head.

Smell is rich with toffee and caramel. Some chocolate and smokiness too.

Taste follows smell well. Lots of caramel, toffee and a little smoke. Molasses has a strong presence as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this was much better than expected. complex and inviting. (313 characters)

Photo of shivtim
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a weird label design; it looks like water bubbles. It promises to be "paradise in a glass."

Nice looking beer. Somewhat translucent dark chestnut brown. Big billowy latte-colored head. Pretty fluffy.

Nose is a very nice sweet mix of chocolate malts, raw almonds, and cane sugar. Slight hints of spice. It all comes together very well.

Taste is a well done porter. Not spectacular, but a good solid malt flavor, well roasted, and traces of molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall, a surprisingly well done porter. Much better than anything else I've seen from Diamond Bear. (629 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capital Bar and Grill in Little Rock, AR

A: Pours a dark brown color. Nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger khaki head forms with good retention, and good lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Light roast up front. Toasted malts, cream and coffee. Slightly bitter bakers chocolate. Simple, but very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose with a light roasted character. Coffee is apparent that is a nice compliment. Toasted malt with a light sweetness. Caramel malts. A bitter chocolate flavor lingering that I enjoy. A great balance.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A nice crisp body that is smooth at the same the same time. So easy and enjoyable to drink. An easy beer to quaff.

Pretty much spot on for a simple American porter. I love the simple light roasted and toasted malt character. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. (876 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: DARK brown. Finger of head that dissipates slowly.
S: Chocolate. Lots of Hershey's Chocolate flavor. Malty. Sweet Malt.
T: Roasty at first. Lots of chocolate ends the flavor. Wow. Exceptional for a porter. So much flavor. Malt sits on palate for a bit.
M: creamy... small carbonation. Smooth finish that allows for plenty of after taste.
O: Wow. Very impressed for their porter. (385 characters)

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Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.