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Paradise Porter - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

Paradise PorterParadise Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%


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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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:37:28 | More by brewskifan55
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utah44

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 20:58:25 | More by utah44
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 12:55:07 | More by SickGnar
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HankH

Arkansas

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:30:50 | More by HankH
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philbertk

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 06:07:12 | More by philbertk
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mynie

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:20:37 | More by mynie
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 02:07:06 | More by russpowell
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 02:05:02 | More by Vonerichs
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:18:28 | More by Gavage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 22:33:03 | More by LXIXME
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:59:54 | More by steve8robin
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larryi86

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:49:03 | More by larryi86
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youradhere

Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 11:07:49 | More by youradhere
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NickT2121

Arkansas

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 05:52:51 | More by NickT2121
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BeerMeInMS

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:18:04 | More by BeerMeInMS
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:20:54 | More by BigPlay1824
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.