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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | 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: 162
Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you arkansastroy for this
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark brown/black with a three finger tan head.

S- Some chocolate malts, roasted malts, hint of coffee and dark fruit.

T- Follows the nose, nice slightly bitter finish. Slight metallic taste that is enjoyable.

M- Light to medium body, smooth.

O- A nice easy drinking porter. Worth trying.

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Photo of Crass3000
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam that slowly faded and left some good lacing
S - Slightly roasted aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate
T - taste is similar to aroma, not as much roastiness, some coffee, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of cola like flavor
M - a bit over carbonated, light to medium bodied
D - not alot to talk about, its an enjoyable brew but not one to seek out.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Auslander
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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