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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

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
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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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-26-2013 19:39:10 | More by LoveStout
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Redrover

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at Bosco’s in Little Rock, their brewing equipment was being repaired, so they had in guest taps.

Served in shaker, the beer is dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a thick and clingy brown head. It’s a nice looking beer.

Aroma of roasted malts, raisins and other dark fruit.

Taste tracks the smell but a bit lighter than expected. Lightly roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and something a bit earthy.

The mouth could be a bit thicker but I like the low carbonation and softness.

This is a lighter version of a porter. Easy to drink but could be a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 16:39:50 | More by Redrover
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-04-2013 21:16:40 | More by jheezee
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:30:36 | More by lackenhauser
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:43:04 | More by Fatehunter
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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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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Louisiana

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, brown head. Settles slowly, but not completely. Some thick beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted malt grains, molasses, chocolate, and butterscotch.

T: Roasted coffee. Bitter unsweetened dark chocolate. A little black licorice.

M: Full and hearty. Bitter finish. High alcohol feel.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Really nice head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is roasted malts with sweet components characteristic of the style. Charred coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate and licorice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 23:22:55 | More by bmwats
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-28-2012 22:58:40 | More by AndrewMichael
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-26-2014 23:43:33 | More by Chucker17
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:46:02 | More by mikereaser
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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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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:45:46 | More by Omnium
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 03:51:32 | More by bamadog
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-15-2012 23:15:12 | More by mschofield
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Light roasted coffee notes up front. Dark bready malt base. Clean fermentation character. No hop aroma. Good for style.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with shoe leather lacing. Low tan cap that retains well. Lacing noted around the edges of the snifter.

Flavor: Nice dark baker's chocolate notes up front. Light licorice undertones. Moderate Arabica coffee notes as the beer warms. Balance is to the earthy hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. A slight creaminess and a little dark grain astringency.

Overall impression: A lovely American Porter. Perfect sipping on a cool spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 22:50:49 | More by mattcrill
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 06:38:01 | More by mrasskicktastic
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-28-2014 09:00:26 | More by InfernoBoss
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-04-2012 08:16:25 | More by TheBishopco
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 00:50:15 | More by cdkrenz
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-13-2013 22:10:51 | More by BlueMoon10
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-31-2012
Freshness: Bottled 02-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Black beer with burgundy edges. Head is a creamy tan, 3 fingers high, showing good retention and lacing.

Aromas are of chocolate, coffee, treacle and a woody character.

Taste is a strong coffee-like bitterness from dark roasted malts, with some background sweetness

Feel is smooth, with a thick body. Moderately carbonated, the finish is dry and tastes of dark roast coffee bitterness.

Overall a good porter from Diamond Bear, especially if you like coffee flavoring in beer.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:02:11 | More by sommersb
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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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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
Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.