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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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 161
Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black, yet translucent & ruby when backlit. Coffee with creamer color head of a decent size that sticks around. Initial composed of noteably large bubbles it turns rocky and leave great lacing.

S: Lots of cocoa - a big dose of chocolate malt in this one's grain bill. Some roast coffee and a bit of dark malty sweetness too. Not very complex, but pleaseant enough. It could be stronger though. You don't have to hunt for it, but it is pretty clean and almost restrained for a porter.

T: Palate actually doesn't open with cocoa, but instead with coffee. But after that initial hit the chocolate malt come back to dominate with backers cocoa character that grows and grows and lingers into the finish. Hop bitterness comes through fairly strongly, but any flavor characteristics are vague and muted (perhaps earthy). The coffee notes are of a mild (~breakfast blend) type roast without much of any acrid character. There are some darkly roasted almost burnt notes, but they lean more toward burnt/caramelized sugars and blackstrap molasses. And these blend nicely into the underlying malty sweetness that leans towards toffee. There also seems to be a minor hint of lactose, but I could be imagining that. Pretty firm aftertaste of bittersweet powdery cocoa.

M: Medium / medium-light, perhaps a bit on the thin side for the style. And the carbonation is toward the higher side. I would not say it has too much, and it does add what could be called a certain mouth-filling lusciousness. Or maybe just figure that it has a firmly American level of carbonation. However, I find I like it better with an aggressive pour to burn off some of the CO2. Finish is pretty dry and rather chalky with just enough linger sweetness to lubricate it. Very slight and subtle alcohol warming.

D: Good stuff - big chocolate malt presences (especially in the nose) with some coffee notes, decent bitterness, and other interesting things going on. But some of the traits seem to stand a bit apart. The dry powdery finish does keep you coming back for more liquid, but it also gets a bit old. Not bad at all, but it could be stellar with a tad more body and malt (maybe from a bit less attenuation - it has enough abv that it could easily give some up too) to hold it all together and smooth some of the rough spots.

(from notes - tasted March 2010)

* I am partial to porters, but I remember this as one of the nicer local beers when I lived in the 501. (2,460 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (934 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 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 Auslander
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - resembles coca cola without the bubbles. Nice tan colored head. Nice lacing.

Smell- Chocolate milk aroma.

Taste- Very nice. Chocolate milk flavors with a faint coffee finish.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation. Body is a little thin.

Drinkability- A nice porter. I'd enjoy having this again.

Thanks to Mississipping for this bottle. (342 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 youradhere
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (458 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 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 tkelley
3.22/5  rDev -17%
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! (404 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 utah44
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This delicious Porter was poured into a Pilsener glass from which I subsequently drank it after observing the required characteristics. Nice dark color but little or no aroma. Carbonation was adequate and made a nice head. Mouthfeel was smooth and clean. Taste was coffee and chocolate or should that be toffee? Has a sweet chocolate after taste. This is a very drinkable brew that I would recommend to anyone who likes Porters. (428 characters)

Photo of jamiecoppin
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (683 characters)

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 taxguyjase
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Diamond Bear Paradise Porter came to me via my last Beer of the Month Club membership. As I had avoided darker beers in the past, I was really pleased I ended up with a porter in this shipment. And when I say dark, the Paradise Porter is DARK.

Outside being extraordinarily black, the porter's tan head is there, but then gone pretty quick. The scents are there though - oaty, malty alcohol aromas, with some bitter coffee and chocolate mixed in there. The flavor is interesting, as it starts off pretty mild and builds into a sharper biter taste. Nothing overpowering, but I liked the build up. Any aftertaste is there and gone before you really notice it. A strong showing from Diamond Bear - up there with some great porters I've had.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Really pitch black, but the head is a little wimpy.
Smell - 3.5/5.0 - Some bitter coffee and chocolate scents; interesting, but nothing outside of what you'd expect with this type of beer.
Taste -4.0/5.0 - Very flavorful and gradually builds up to the sharper tastes.
Feel - 4.5/5.0 - I really enjoyed the flavor build up, which allowed the individual flavors to be more pronounced and noticiable.
Drinkability - 3.5/5.0 - While a good beer, nothing was that exceptional that I'd go out of my way to get this beer. (1,287 characters)

Photo of klkatz
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4

Smell 3
very thick head. coffee black 4.5

decent mouthfeel 3.5
Like iced coffee u
overall : 4 (353 characters)

Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this beer via a Beer of the Month Club...

Creamy one finger head which settled into a layer, good lacing. Rich very brownish-reddish dark appearance. Smell is that of roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate. The taste is dry and very much tastes like it smells. A medium bodied porter with low carbonation, though you might think it is a stout if you are drinking it blind. This beer has a drying affect on the mouth though that won't stop me from having another one. (479 characters)

Photo of kylejohnson03
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from Beer of the Month Club.

A: Pours a rich, dark black. Just touches of light show through the beer. Off white head, but it only lasted two seconds before fading to nothing, which was a little disapointing. No lacing or collar.

S: Very light aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Wish this was a little bit stronger, as the smell is good but faint.

T: Sweetness of chocolate, bitterness of coffee, and just a little nutty. Finish is too short, the taste is gone before you know it.

M: Smooth, a little bit thin for what I expected from a porter. Light carbonation.

Overall, a pretty average beer. Will happily drink the few that I have and hopefully will get a chance to try some more Diamond Bear brews. (729 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 BeerMeInMS
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle
Dated: Sept. 2011
Drinking Date: Nov. 1st 2011

Glassware: Stout glass (stemmed, vertical/non- curved sides)

Appearance: Opaque with a frothy cappucino-colored head that recedes slowly and leaves a thin layer throughout the drink; no lacing.

Smell: Dark cherry and roasted aromas with some sweet caramel in the background.

Taste: First a deep and strong roasted flavor, almost smoked, that is followed by cocoa taste; some hop flavor near the end and finishes with a creamy roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation. Creamy and a little thick on the end.

Overall: I was looking forward to trying this beer and was not dissappointed. Solid brew all around. No frills... Well-balanced, fairly strong flavor, and enjoyable. Recommended. (777 characters)

Photo of Crass3000
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/28/2011

4/5 Pours out dark as night with a nice beige, two-finger head with good retention.

3.5/5 Smell is roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and molasses.

3.5/4 Taste is much like the nose. The roasted malts are more prominant with the dark fruits, chocolate, and molasses. Hard to say but I think I taste a tad bit of coffee.

3/4 Mouthfeel is a little thin but given it's regular porter it seems adequate. (432 characters)

Photo of NickT2121
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Enjoy (639 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 HankH
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (330 characters)

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