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 BryanCarey
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on a visit to Arkansas...

A: Very good look. Dark with slight ruby highlights around the edges. Small 1/2 inch head that slowly fades.

S: Chocolate, Toffee, and roastiness upfront. Caramel and slight booze in the middle with dark fruits on the backend. Smells very good.

T: Definitely chocolate roastiness upfront followed by and slight bitterness in the middle and slight booziness on the backend. Not bad, but not too much special.

M: Very good balance of carbonation. Leaves a slight stickiness on your palate but not super overpowering.

D: Goes down good. Just need to get through the initial bitter stickiness before you enjoy this.

All in all, this is a decent brew to try if you're in the area. I also recommend hunting down to try it once if you like porters and are not in the area. Not too bad at all. Good balance of bitter hops and maltiness.

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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 WJVII
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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).

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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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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 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 NickT2121
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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


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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 youradhere
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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 russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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...

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 HankH
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of cnally
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of utah44
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.8/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Hop Sun 16oz'er

A - Pours a dark ruby brown, thin fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Big earthy roasted aroma, some light hop tones, a little chocolate.
T - Follows pretty uniform to the aroma, but there's a decent amount of bitterness here, big roasted malt taking the fore, some darker dried fruit flavors and chocolate.
M - A little on the thin and fizzy side, not too good.
O - Not a bad porter, but not something I'd go to again.

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