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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | 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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GPHarris

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 18:49:05 | More by GPHarris
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 18:03:52 | More by EagleTalon
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-28-2014 22:19:05 | More by PappyVans
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-08-2014 21:02:23 | More by Karibourgeois
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Nerudamann

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:00:53 | More by Nerudamann
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-03-2012 17:15:51 | More by elkinbrown
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-04-2013 19:59:03 | More by dexterk1
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shivtim

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 23:06:05 | More by shivtim
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Giggy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-21-2013 23:44:44 | More by Giggy
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:37:28 | More by brewskifan55
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zhanson88

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:51:58 | More by zhanson88
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:20:54 | More by BigPlay1824
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PEBKAC

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 05:06:44 | More by PEBKAC
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-31-2013 05:37:27 | More by Artjsantos
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mooseisloose

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:09:54 | More by mooseisloose
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-26-2012 14:02:29 | More by PeteRiz
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mobrockman

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-24-2013 03:26:09 | More by mobrockman
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philbertk

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 06:07:12 | More by philbertk
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CCutch

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-04-2013 21:21:37 | More by CCutch
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 23:29:29 | More by ThirstyBird
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-02-2014 01:22:08 | More by Jmbbabson
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 00:17:10 | More by WJVII
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brewerburgundy

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 16:21:31 | More by brewerburgundy
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cnally

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Beer Of The Month offering...I think this may be enough for me tonight.

Grand appearance with a dark crisp brown, red tint as the light shines through the bottom of the glass. Huge darker tan head laces like crazy.

Smoky aroma. Burnt caramel, a little sour.

Big porter smoke flavor up front. A little sour in the middle, and finishes grapey and a touch bitter. What can I say besides the overwhelming smoky flavor? Thank god it is mild and appealing.

Very carbonated mouthfeel. Not quite as substantial a porter feel as I would hope.

Decent, good...great? No, not great. Very smoky and burnt woody--but the mouthfeel shouldnt be this inconsequential.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:54:20 | More by cnally
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-25-2013 15:15:09 | More by capnamerica
Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.