Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 160
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.47%
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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 160
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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. (870 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 LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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... (547 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head of small bubbles with low retention and some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, some chocolate, mild roast. I like the aroma.

Beer is quite bitter, medium in body, lots of roast at the back end, way too much for a porter. The chocolate and sweetness up front are good but ultimately overcome by the high roast. Beer is thin on the finish too. Eh, average. (441 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark brown almost black color with a 1/2" head. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt and some soft bitterness.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, some prune sweetness, a mild earthiness, and a moderate bitterness create a decent porter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: a nice porter that is easy to drink and hits the spot. The chocolate tones bring this one up from an average porter. (512 characters)

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (353 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 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 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 Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer of the month club offering from my friends at FSRI. 12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured two shades shy of black with a loose, two-inch, tan-colored head that quickly receded. Nose revealed some char up front, followed by coffee notes and chocolate malt. Taste was a bit burnt - charcoal and bitter are what comes out for me. Mouthfeel was fairly light-bodied for the style, but a also a bit too fizzy. Brew was lacking in complexity - a very one-sided beer. (477 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heeeey... my first review in the new format. Neat.

Pours like a porter. Smells like one, too. Dryer than it is sweet, with light nodes of tobacco ash and coffee. Nice and well balanced, but nothing I'll remember a few days from now.

Tastes nicely, surprisingly complex, a gorgeous blend of bitter and sweet. Starts out with a blend that's like dark chocolate with milk chocolate, moving into a middle that's like caramel malt with bitter roasted barley, and ending on a blend of sweet fruit and spicy hops. The bizarre part isn't that the balance is good--which it is--so much as that the balance comes in each and every stage of the beer. (641 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a generous BA for this extra.

A - Poured deep mahogany brown with ruby red hues in the light. Beige head that retained as a ring. Scant spots of lace. 4.0

S - Caramel, cream, and light roasted coffee, hint of cocoa. A bit lighter than expected. 3.5

T - A very balanced and robust beer. Initial caramel sweetness is quickly overtaken by the roastiness and continues throughout the entire sip. The finish is bold and roasty with a lingering coffeelike bitterness. Alcohol warmth as well, wouldn't mind if it was tuned down a notch. 4.0

M - Medium bodied, creamy, and well carbonated. 4.0

D - Very nice. Except for one complaint about the alcohol presence, this is excellent. (687 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 emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my smokin’ hot wife for bringing some Diamond Bear beers back from her recent trip to Arkansas. Poured a dark reddish brown/nearly black color with a good brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and cocoa. (327 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (588 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 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 bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (630 characters)

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