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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Paradise PorterParadise Porter

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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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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:36:51 | More by SpdKilz
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capital Bar and Grill in Little Rock, AR

A: Pours a dark brown color. Nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger khaki head forms with good retention, and good lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Light roast up front. Toasted malts, cream and coffee. Slightly bitter bakers chocolate. Simple, but very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose with a light roasted character. Coffee is apparent that is a nice compliment. Toasted malt with a light sweetness. Caramel malts. A bitter chocolate flavor lingering that I enjoy. A great balance.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A nice crisp body that is smooth at the same the same time. So easy and enjoyable to drink. An easy beer to quaff.

Pretty much spot on for a simple American porter. I love the simple light roasted and toasted malt character. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 05:00:42 | More by champ103
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:47:30 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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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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ahommell

Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:11:12 | More by ahommell
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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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BryanCarey

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 04:42:28 | More by BryanCarey
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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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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 03:47:29 | More by tempest
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BruceBruce

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-30-2012 00:27:44 | More by BruceBruce
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-04-2013 16:05:17 | More by Ajlvt
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mechanicalprints

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-20-2012 23:51:30 | More by mechanicalprints
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kevman527

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 23:57:14 | More by kevman527
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-08-2014 21:02:23 | More by Karibourgeois
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Case33

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-24-2013 00:10:45 | More by Case33
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doowhat

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-18-2013 20:18:46 | More by doowhat
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-28-2012 22:58:40 | More by AndrewMichael
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DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 22:14:00 | More by DmanGTR
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-18-2012 08:58:50 | More by Fakexican
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Cardmarauder

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-10-2013 01:05:53 | More by Cardmarauder
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-24-2011 00:13:41 | More by RoryOMoore
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-25-2013 02:42:11 | More by Gagnonsux
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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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EddieJoe

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-03-2012 18:43:08 | More by EddieJoe
Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.