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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Paradise PorterParadise Porter

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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | 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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 162
Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of tkelley
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich amber color with an off white head. Aroma is grainy and malty with a bit of toast. In the taste, some roast, cocoa nib and nuts. Soft flavors but agreeable. Low bitterness, fairly enjoyable brew. Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter. It's light but the flavors work with the nutty, cocoa like malts.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color, this porter offers up a pleasing nose that features scents of chocolate, some coffee, caramel, and roasted malt. The foam looks nice, but it does fall apart in due time and it leaves no lacing.

This porter tastes about the way I expected, based on its aroma. Dominant flavors include roasted malt, some chocolate, toffee, caramel, and a touch of coffee. The coffee flavor is less pronounced than expected, based on the nose. The beer is bittersweet, bouncing back and forth between sweet and bitter with the bitter winning the battle, but only slightly. The body of the beer is medium and creamy.

I love a good porter and this one certainly has many positive qualities. The taste is very pleasing to the palate and its flavor would make it a great companion to a piece of pecan pie or as a dessert all its own. It’s one of the better porters I have tasted in a while and I hope to drink more when I can.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of NickT2121
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured a creamy 1 finger brownish cream head. Dark black for the most part with no visibility except a mahogany color barely showing at the bottom.

S - roasted malt, with a caramel sweetness, brown sugar, chocolate and a little vanilla.

T - roasted malt off the bat then I get the caramel and a molasses taste working very well together. Then a pleasant bitterness

M - medium heavy feel that is creamy yet dry oily silk finish. Carbonation is just right

O - this is my first Diamond bear, and I am not disappointed at all this is easy drinking a quite flavorful. Deffinitely what a Porter is supposed to be. No complaints


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dirty25 for sending me this one.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight vanilla, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with char and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has more emphasis on char over cocoa in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, brown head. Settles slowly, but not completely. Some thick beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted malt grains, molasses, chocolate, and butterscotch.

T: Roasted coffee. Bitter unsweetened dark chocolate. A little black licorice.

M: Full and hearty. Bitter finish. High alcohol feel.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Really nice head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is roasted malts with sweet components characteristic of the style. Charred coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate and licorice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Hop Sun 16oz'er

A - Pours a dark ruby brown, thin fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Big earthy roasted aroma, some light hop tones, a little chocolate.
T - Follows pretty uniform to the aroma, but there's a decent amount of bitterness here, big roasted malt taking the fore, some darker dried fruit flavors and chocolate.
M - A little on the thin and fizzy side, not too good.
O - Not a bad porter, but not something I'd go to again.

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Photo of ahommell
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of jamiecoppin
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a New Belgium tulip

Appearance: pours pretty black with just a little brown around the edges when shown to the light. . Little tiny bubbles form a 3cm head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: the roasted malts are kicking up some coffee and chocolate.

Taste: A lively combination of carbonation/chocolate/coffee dance on my tongue. It actually has a dry bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation that you definitely feel on the tongue. A slight drying factor.

Overall: Got this in a beer of the month package and most of the time I am fairly disappointed with them. This one I am not. Pretty much has everything you want in a porter.

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Photo of youradhere
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tap house. Actually heard the next table remark "why is it so dark?" It is hard to mess up a porter. A dark black body with enough clarity to show flashes of garnet and cherry wood color around the bottom of the glass. Smell is subtitle, smokey, coffee, and little else. Taste is smooth coffee, slight body lifts the flavor, some chocolate, the dryness of the porter isn't overdone with any sort of tannic astringency or bitterness. Quite nice.

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Photo of klkatz
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paradise porter - getting past the label was hard to do.. whoever does graphic design for this company should find another profession. But I liked the chocolatey quality to it... and the thick coffee blackness...

TasteChocolatey malty with coffee nodes

Smell 3
very thick head. coffee black 4.5

decent mouthfeel 3.5
Like iced coffee u
overall : 4

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Photo of Redrover
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at Bosco’s in Little Rock, their brewing equipment was being repaired, so they had in guest taps.

Served in shaker, the beer is dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a thick and clingy brown head. It’s a nice looking beer.

Aroma of roasted malts, raisins and other dark fruit.

Taste tracks the smell but a bit lighter than expected. Lightly roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and something a bit earthy.

The mouth could be a bit thicker but I like the low carbonation and softness.

This is a lighter version of a porter. Easy to drink but could be a bit more.

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a half-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was dark brown.
s - lactose milk chocolate.
t - chocolate with a little roast. maybe a slight hint of fruity hops.
m - creamy and medium.
o - decent beer but missing something.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.57/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

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Photo of HankH
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-31-2012
Freshness: Bottled 02-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Black beer with burgundy edges. Head is a creamy tan, 3 fingers high, showing good retention and lacing.

Aromas are of chocolate, coffee, treacle and a woody character.

Taste is a strong coffee-like bitterness from dark roasted malts, with some background sweetness

Feel is smooth, with a thick body. Moderately carbonated, the finish is dry and tastes of dark roast coffee bitterness.

Overall a good porter from Diamond Bear, especially if you like coffee flavoring in beer.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown with amber highlights. Tan half finger head with minimal lacing.

S: chocolate, licorice, leather

T: light coffee, malty, smooth, with shades of caramel. A bit burnt. Slightly astringent. Full bodied. Dry finish.

M: Medium with low carbonation. Not much bubbles.

O: Glad I tried this one; had heard good things about it. A really notable porter. Would drink again. Oddly, it pairs well with cake; the light and dark tastes do an exquisite tango.

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