Pig Trail Porter
Diamond Bear Brewing Company

Pig Trail PorterPig Trail Porter
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Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States
American Porter
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Jan 25, 2021
Mar 21, 2009
Very Good
Pig Trail PorterPig Trail Porter
Notes: Formerly 'Paradise Porter'

This medium bodied porter has notes of roasted and chocolate malts, making it a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Generous hops give this brew a dry finish.

Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 80, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hop Varieties - Amarillo, Glacier
Original Gravity - 14.5*P
Bitterness Units - 38
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Rated: 3.9 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Jan 25, 2021
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had years ago as Paradise Porter, and again recently as the questionably rebranded Pig Trail Porter.

Pours apparently black but actually red-brown, with a creamy light-tan head, usually less than 1/2-finger, which lasts only as a partial film and/or ring, and leaves little lace, for that classic porter look. The aromas are not big, but are interesting: some hop spice and dark fruits to start, a bit of coffee, and mild aromas of chocolate, caramel and roast malts. This is a very smooth, balanced porter, with initial sweetness just balanced by light roast malts, and then chocolate balanced by just enough hop bite in the finish.
Jan 08, 2021
Rated: 3.22 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Nov 03, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by YourNeighbor from Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Look: Very dark, nice amber color in light.
Smell: Smells pretty strongly of alcohol, malt and chocolate smells underneath that.
Taste: Starts with strong toasty and mildly sweet malt flavors that fade into a bitter and hoppy finish.
Feel: Medium body, very generic porter feel.
Overall: Pretty solid, but pretty generic tasting porter. Might buy again.
Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 3.62 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 02, 2019
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and faint chestnut brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a four finger tall sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thick film covering a little more than 90% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark + roasted + caramel + chocolate + nutty malts with light amount of caramel sweetness and a hint of earthy hops. Light aromas of freshly brewed coffee.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark + roasted + caramel + chocolate + nutty malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of freshly brewed coffee. Finally there are very light flavors of earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Fairly easy to drink with well hidden alcohol though a touch over-carbonated in my opinion. Enjoyable combination of flavors and aromas that are reminiscent of "cola."
Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a finger high light tan colored head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of cola are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of cola, dark roasted malts, and coffee.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the aromas and flavors of cola in this porter.

Serving type: can
Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 3 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 3.12 by Bartpatton from Texas

Nov 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark brown, small head of foam. Smells of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. I do get some sweet notes so the chocolate isn't all that bitter.
Taste has the smells in order though I do sense a mild coffee taste. Good beer.
Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 4 by Junior from Michigan

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by mrcraft from California

Nov 19, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Oct 24, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Gaddabble from Ohio

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2016
Rated: 3.31 by Allurex from Kansas

Sep 13, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by jaydoc from Kansas

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by LuckyJohn from Colorado

May 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Served in a teku glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, one finger offwhite head, good collar, a bit of retention, not much lacing. Smells of roasted barley, milk chocolate, minerals, a bit of grain and slight char. Flavour is milk chocolate, good bit of creamy roast, touch of smoke and char. Straight forward porter flavour, but clean and loveably milk chocolate forward. A bit of fruity hops that impart a touch of tropical fruit sweetness, which is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation with mild char and plenty of milk chocolate on the finish. A nice roasty porter, on par with Black Butte. A tasty local for sure.
May 19, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by MizzouBrew from Missouri

Feb 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight hops, slight roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt. Tastes of strong roasted malt, slight hops, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, the body is very strong, but the blend is almost totally bitter roasted malts.
Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by NastyNorseman from New York

Dec 05, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Nbdreher

Sep 21, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 06, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by tubeyes from Texas

Jul 29, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by BlackBeerDown from Arkansas

Jun 14, 2015
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Rated by apasternak from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Very smooth and pleasant. Glad to get an Arkansas beer!
May 22, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

May 17, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by Goosehunter75 from Missouri

May 05, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by psmith161 from Indiana

Apr 04, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by miggs3030 from New Mexico

Apr 02, 2015
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Reviewed by infinitebruner from Arkansas

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
March 17, 2015

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Deep brown, almost turning to black, with light tan foam of about ¾ inch, and moderate retention. Clear, where it isn’t opaque.

S – A combination of sweet and roasty. Milky-sweet chocolate malt and roast, slightly coffee-ish. Hops are herbal and slightly fruity.

T – Dark chocolate, with a milky sweetness, and lightly roasted coffee. Some earthy/herbal hops with a touch of fruitiness and some mild bitterness.

M – Creamy, sweet, and bitter. Silky, sudsy carbonation with a medium-full body. Bitterness is just enough to hold up the excellent maltiness.

O – An excellent rendition of a robust porter.
Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by wethorseblanket from California

Mar 07, 2015
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Reviewed by Sleepy_Conscience from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This stuff is a textbook example of underrated beer. Honestly, I can't believe how good this stuff is for what it is. This could easily compete with the best known businesses in the biz (e.g. Stone, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Clown Shoes, Founders, Great Lakes, etc.). Just a really good beer for a $1/bottle price. I'm sitting here thinking I need to contribute more to this review, but I cannot think of anything other than saying this is one of the best porters I have had in a long time.
Feb 20, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by dd43 from Connecticut

Jan 01, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by Drift from California

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 25, 2014
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