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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: EagleTalon on 03-21-2009)
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Photo of sommersb
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

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!

sommersb, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Tried this on a visit to Arkansas...

A: Very good look. Dark with slight ruby highlights around the edges. Small 1/2 inch head that slowly fades.

S: Chocolate, Toffee, and roastiness upfront. Caramel and slight booze in the middle with dark fruits on the backend. Smells very good.

T: Definitely chocolate roastiness upfront followed by and slight bitterness in the middle and slight booziness on the backend. Not bad, but not too much special.

M: Very good balance of carbonation. Leaves a slight stickiness on your palate but not super overpowering.

D: Goes down good. Just need to get through the initial bitter stickiness before you enjoy this.

All in all, this is a decent brew to try if you're in the area. I also recommend hunting down to try it once if you like porters and are not in the area. Not too bad at all. Good balance of bitter hops and maltiness.

steve8robin, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

GPHarris, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of EagleTalon
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

EagleTalon, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dexterk1, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of PappyVans
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about a finger's worth of beige or khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - hoppy, with a nutty flavor as well. Caramel and/or molasses. Coffee hint too.

Taste - Smokey flavor, but with little hoppy taste. Starts with a sweetness, the smokey middle, and a slightly bitter finish. The aftertaste is smokey too, but with a hint of chocolate to it as well. Texture is surprisingly well-balanced, but still a little more on the creamier side.

Drinkability - Porters tend to be a little daunting to me cause they're so filling, but this one isn't too bad. Complex taste too.

Nerudamann, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

shivtim, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

brewskifan55, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Giggy, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Artjsantos, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of zhanson88
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

zhanson88, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A pretty good brew, leaves no lacing but pours a deep brown to black with two fingers of nice head. nice sweet chocolate nose similar to dark chocolate, dark chocolate also comes through in the taste with a nice amount of sweetness that i would typically associate with a milk stout, drinks smooth and is great on a cold November night like this

BigPlay1824, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -20.6%

PeteRiz, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of mobrockman
3.25/5  rDev -14%

mobrockman, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

Arkansas... :)

Standard pint glass. Huge bubbly tan head, wispy lace. Clear ebony/ruby-colored body.

Smell hits me up with dry toast & murky, herbal/rindy hops, & just a little Baker's chocolate.

Diving in, I'm tasting burnt nuts/toast, faint coffee. Pretty robust. Earthy bittering. Bittersweet char finish.

Carbonation is strong. Body is thin. Alcohol is about as expected. Feels very much like a stout. Could use some more residual sweetness.

I suddenly felt really hungry while finishing this one off. I followed this up with another native taste... pork ribs. :D

PEBKAC, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of mooseisloose
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

mooseisloose, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

CCutch, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Diamond Bear Brewing Company-Paradise Porter--Paradise in a glass!--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 6.24% ABV. 38 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection August, 2009. Dense lacy rich espresso head lasts. Opaque dark black color from bronze pour. No edge. Roasted chocolate mild hop aromatic malt front. Tangy roasted mellow creamy sweet smooth chocolate doughy malty Stouty body. Zesty mild hop citrus crisp clean end. Aged Well. Sampled 8/10/2010. 3 @ $9.00.

philbertk, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of ahommell
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

ahommell, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of capnamerica
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

capnamerica, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%

Thanks to jwale73 for sharing this bottle!!
A - Cola colored. Tan head falls slowly.
S - Burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, malt sweetness.
T - Charcoal bitterness, Some coffee and chocolate - dry aftertaste.
M/F - A bit thin in body. A bit too carbonated as well.
D - A bit bitter, thin and too carbonated for me. It looked promising and smelled promising though.

ThirstyBird, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of BSuter
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

BSuter, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Jmbbabson
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Jmbbabson, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of WJVII
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

BOM August 2009
This brew pours a coffee black color with cola type carbonation from the bottom up. There is a milk chocolate color head that is thick and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate, toffee, some burnt malts, and a hint of nuttiness. The taste is a little thin upfront, but the finish is strong of coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice almond balance. Letting it sit and warm a little really brings out the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little gritty, but overall a decent brew. Best of this month (and a nice change as not been so good as of late).

WJVII, Sep 14, 2009
Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.