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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 13
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 bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 2/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/near black and starts with a 1/2 finger tan head with minimal retention that fades to a full and even skim with a fluffy and thicker ring around the surface; body is nearly opaque and only shows dark mahogany highlights when held to a bright lamp; quite a bit of spotty lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Quite nice -- a fair amount of bittersweet chocolate and a mild burnt roastiness; slight caramal maltiness combines with the chocolate and burnt roast and smooths it out in the nose; as it warms, there is also a slightly creamy milkiness.

Taste: Upon my first sip, I wasn't initially impressed, but after about half a glass, I've gotta say that this is quite a fine porter; flavors to match the smell that is more or less dominated by a combination of the bittersweet chocolate and burnt roast; as it warms up, that creamy milkiness sneaks in and adds a bit of a lactose sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation for a porter and it keeps feeling quite lively; body is of medium thickness and weight, goes down smooth and a little creamy, and leaves a pretty thick coating on the roof of the mouth; belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: I give it a 4 for this as the flavors are solid and the mouthfeel makes it a pretty smooth drinking beer. It does sit a bit heavy so I wouldn't want too many in a sitting, but, it's well worth picking up if the opportunity presents itself.

bamadog, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

OlRasputin989, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Freethyhops, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

lackenhauser, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

ThirstyBird, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

PerzentRizen, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

kylejohnson03, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown beer with a large mocha head and substantive lacing.

S - Strong chocolate and sour coffee.

T - The foretaste is strange - a little sour coffee. Coffee predominantly. Aftertaste is of burnt bitter malt with bit of sourness. The sourness is not that prominent - but it does detract slightly.

M - Thin bodied, a bit acerbic, in the first sip there is a little bit of refreshment, this fades quickly though - which serve to demand another sip.

D - It isn't bad. It is a potent porter, but it is a bit too sour and a bit too drying. Aside from these, it is good overall. An enjoyable experience

mrasskicktastic, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown body with a two inch dark tan head that's frothy and fades to a hummocky cap. Very inviting!

S - Mild chocolate with a malt aroma.

T - Starts out with an interesting mix of hops and chocolate. Eventually the hops subsides and the cocoa take over. This is a very good and complex array of flavors. Nice work!

M - The feel is smooth at the start but the finish is coarse and abrasive. Again, complex.

~ This is a very good beer that I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to sample. A great deal of thanks to my good friend WJVII.

cdkrenz, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of utah44
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

utah44, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body with a cinnamon colored head. Surprisingly, there's a ton of lacing left on my glass.

The smell is heavy on the roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit nutty. Smells good, but weak. I really had to get my nose in there to smell it.

The taste is more pronounced than the smell. The roast is borderline burnt and coffee shows up in the flavor along with nuts and a light chocolate. Finish is bitter.

Light carbonation and for a porter it's not very thick. It has a nice dryness about it.

I've never heard of this brewery but it was a pleasant surprise. Good taste and less filling body than your typical porter made this an easy drinker.

Vonerichs, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

kevman527, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of WJVII
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

WJVII, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of taxguyjase
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

taxguyjase, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

shivtim, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

tempest, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of mooseisloose
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

mooseisloose, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of cnally
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

cnally, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Jwale73, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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

PEBKAC, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Reneejane
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
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!

Reneejane, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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...

russpowell, May 30, 2009
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Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.