Paradise Porter | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States
diamondbear.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.24%

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

Added by BrewAskew on 03-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Gaddabble
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint at Godsey's on Main St...

A: Dark mahogany, almost opaque with some reddish hues around the edges. Creamy tan head which leaves alot of lacing

S: roasty malt, chocolate, french roast coffee, lemon hop aroma

T: Dark chocolate, extra-bold coffee, caramel, hop flavors of lemon and biscuit, finishes with a roasted note like coffee, and citrus hop bitterness.

M: medium-full body, crispness from both the hops and roasted malt. I like it both ways. Finishes off-dry, like coffee.

Overall, an awesome brew. I love this one for the extreme roasted malt flavor and how it balances with crisp hops. My favorite from Diamond Bear.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ahommell
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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 BruceBruce
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mechanicalprints
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Case33
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of doowhat
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Fakexican
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dhalang
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Photo of Cardmarauder
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Paradise Porter from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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