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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
71
okay

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in the style of English porters, Rickard's Dark is creamy with a smooth finish that holds just a hint of pure Quebec maple syrup.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2009)
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +19%

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark brown beer with amber hues and a thin beige head that flattens out to a thin foam quickly. Nice lacing along the sides.

Smell - soft, shallow roasted malt overtop a pretty subtle layer of toffee-caramel.

Taste - very even taste, a balance of light bitterness to the malty mainstay. Gets sweeter after more and more samplings.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth brew overall.

Drinkability - easy to put away quite a few and the lower alcohol content is a bonus.

01-17-2010 22:29:17 | More by DoctorStrangiato
More User Reviews:
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.6%

06-20-2013 02:29:59 | More by cam477
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byaeger

Oregon

2.17/5  rDev -28.9%

On a ski trip in Whistler, the liquor store had limited availability and since the 6-packs were a whopping $15, I had to get a 12-pk just because they were only $27. And what's worse, the US-CAN exchange rate is virtually even, so no "built-in discount."

There were a few mixed samplers and ended up with Rickard's because my family loves White Ales, the Porter with Maple Syrup appealed to me, and I figured someone would want the Reds (one of my least favorite styles next to Ambers, and, oddly, Helles).

I was apprehensive about the "porter" because of the name, Dark, as well as the color depicted on the box--a chestnut red hue. Lo and behold, the beer poured just that. Too light on the dark-roasted malts, or worse, some caramel coloring? Call this a regular Brown Ale and it's fine, but call it an English style porter and I call bullshit. And where's this maple syrup of which they speak? Not happening. I guess I should be grateful it didn't reek of artificial maple flavoring.

After a hard day's skiing, any beer will do including this one, but I wouldn't order it by choice. Additionally, after drinking a Dark and a White, I discovered Rickard's is an imprint of Molson. At first I felt had, then I thought--too bad they can't make a good beer even if they tried. Let's put it this way, the Richard's White is no MolsonCoors Blue Moon.

Hey Rickard, take off you Hoser.

03-30-2010 05:21:40 | More by byaeger
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ahugenerd

Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -34.4%

12-16-2011 19:53:29 | More by ahugenerd
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.56/5  rDev +16.7%

Almost a clear filtered deep mahogany brown hue with a big khaki tan head, big bubbles form thick. Mild hints of coffee they mentioned a touch of maple syrup added in here, mild cocoa very pleasant mass produced porter. Flavors meld nicely a hint of cherry or other dark fruits, mild cocoa, hints of maple syrup without coming off too sweet. A bit watery maybe, I wish there were more substantial flavors but for something from Rickard's aka Molson it's pretty enjoyable and effortless to drink. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied range, with even carbonation nothing cloying on the palate a hint of roasted malt bitterness hangs around between sips. Overall I'm glad my cousin shared his sampler of the Rickard's 12 pack he got coming back from Canada. He happened to drink all of the Rickard's Blonde, happy to try the White and Dark and revisit the Red.

10-30-2013 20:32:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

07-22-2014 12:47:19 | More by JIMTRK16
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev +12.5%

Smaller sized light brown head quickly dies into a nice lacing above a dark amber brownish colored beer.

A light dark roasted malt aroma.

Dark roasted lightly caramel grain malt taste with a touch of some hops sneaking in. The taste is on the lighter side but still very evident.

A light almost dry aftertaste with just a bit of the dark tastes remaining with this medium bodied dark.

This dark beer is a bit on the lighter side but I would think given that it would pair with food very well, I think it would enhance the food and thus enhance itself some.

09-21-2013 18:03:56 | More by LXIXME
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-26-2013 00:56:15 | More by MJ63
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev 0%

After wandering around for too long, too late, on a Friday night, looking for a decent place to eat, we had to give up, and settle on Red Robin. Upon crossing the threshold, I did not expect to see a big poster advertising a beer that I had not had before. When I ordered a 20oz pint of this, the waiter gave me a sommelier-esque smug look of approval, which rather amused me.

This beer appears a clear, dark copper brown colour, with one finger of puffy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some minor hanging webbed lace around the glass after its brief existence is up.

It smells of mildly meaty roasted grain, some middling caramel malt, a bit of Zeller's discount chocolate, and faint artificial maple - no hops, really. The taste is fruity, lightly roasted caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, dried maple candies, weak hot chocolate, and a very tame bitter vegetal, weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, barely a flitting frothiness to be had, the body on the far south side of medium weight, but adequately smooth, I suppose. It finishes well off-dry, the dark, sugary malt fighting against the now pesky weedy hops, and generally winning.

Overall, not the worst accompaniment to a 5-napkin resto-burger, when you're not trying too hard to think about it. Another side-step from their Red Ale 'template'? Yup. Average brown ale? Sure. English porter? Hell to the no.

05-01-2010 23:32:06 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -17%

Deep copper in colour, like an old penny. Off-white head disappears in under two minutes. No lacing. Aroma smells sweet; light prune notes. Very meek and inoffensive. What little aroma to be found is more like brown ale than porter. Mild dried fruit flavour with even milder, nearly non-existent, roast. Slight acidity. Medium-bodied but slightly overcarbonated for my liking. Not as horrifying an abomination as Keiths Dark. I'll damn it with that faint praise.

11-23-2011 00:23:39 | More by mintjellie
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a chestnut brown. Finger of head settles pretty quickly. Web of lacings to the finish

Light grainy nose, I can't really pick out any dark or roasted malt.

Quite light up front, less flavour than their Red. Oddly you do get some roasty chocolate flavours at the midway and they're not half bad. Vaguely sweet throughout, but actually pretty restrained, especially from a macro using maple syrup. You do get a touch of maple in the aftertaste, kind of pleasant.

Rickard's is a bit of a standby for beer fans in Ontario stuck gonig to chain restaurants and bars. The dark is a not bad addition to the lineup, I'd happily drink one given no other options.

08-03-2012 18:53:48 | More by CanuckRover
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CWVegas

Nevada

2.64/5  rDev -13.4%

08-13-2014 01:59:14 | More by CWVegas
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traumaqueen


2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

04-03-2012 04:57:11 | More by traumaqueen
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +23%

07-17-2013 01:17:37 | More by jcubz
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Ralphs66

New York

3/5  rDev -1.6%

08-24-2012 08:42:55 | More by Ralphs66
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juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -34.4%

07-29-2013 19:03:45 | More by juliendesrochers
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%

500 ml can.
Served at a buddies - straight can.

Tasted decent when cold, held some porter qualities. Some roasted dark malt character, a bit of maple syrup which is said it's brewed with, but it lacks any body and true quality ingrediants. Seems like it was brewed with little to no thought about quality but rather with quantity in mind. Light and thin mouthfeel. Wasn't going to say no to my buddy! Decent overall but not going to ever purchase myself.

04-03-2011 04:52:26 | More by heebes
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Root beer brown with a finger of beige head. Head doesn't last and falls to a thin cap.

Light roasted aroma with a mix of caramel and burnt sugar. Smells ok.

Taste mirrors the smell, but adds a lingering herbal/vegetal finish.

There is a touch of body to it, and carbonation is about average. Could use a hint more creaminess.

Altogether it is alright, but as a porter fan there are several better options.

09-05-2011 01:59:22 | More by elricorico
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WeizenMike

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -15.4%

A decent mass produced English style porter. Not much to speak of in terms of complexity or flavours, but its not horrible either. Most bars I go to frequently don't have any dark beers or porters (even Guinness isn't available at most of them) other than this beer so for fans of this style don't have much of a choice, but that being said its not that bad just nothing special at all. It's drinkable but there are much better stouts available

07-14-2013 20:52:05 | More by WeizenMike
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +7.5%

A- Pours a clear root beer color with a decently thick head, that is beige colored, but fizzy nonetheless. There seems to be a fairly heavy carbonation in this beer and the lacing is very much lacking, with small wisps of foam barely hanging on to my glass. Nothing really special here unfortunately....

S- Muted porter aromas are present, with the roasted malts, toffee, burnt toast all there, but just not where a comparable product would be. The hint of maple syrup is noticeable, with notes of brown sugar and the aforementioned syrupy goodness. Hop presence isn't really noticed, but there is an underlying dryness.

T- More of the same here....the flavors are there but are shallow. This is sweeter than other porters, due to the maple syrup used, and that itself is upfront. No bitterness on the finish either. I actually like the flavor of the beer, but to me it sits more along the lines of a honey brown than a porter.

M- Medium-ish in body and the carbonation isn't offensive at all. There is a drying sensation on the sides of my cheeks after the swallow, very much like the tannins in wine or tea would do. It is generally creamy and feels smooth like buttered bread.

O- I personally don't understand why Rickards is slammed so much....no this is not the best porter out there, but there is some flavor and it's easy to drink, especially in the warmer weather. I think this would also make a great steak marinade and will try that sometime down the road. I would buy this again. The Rickard's lineup and this in particular, is decent beer...it just doesn't stand out.

06-25-2011 02:36:06 | More by ChrisCage
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -27.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a fizzy small head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of light roasted malt with no bitterness and lightly sweet adjunct dominated malt profile. Taste is also a mix between some light caramel with faint roasted malt. Body is way too thin for style with medium carbonation. Pointless.

05-25-2010 14:49:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -18%

01-06-2012 17:44:42 | More by ThinkAgain
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ArtZan

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

06-05-2014 18:36:58 | More by ArtZan
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -18%

01-16-2012 14:32:51 | More by irishkyle21
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%

A - A fairly dark amber colour. Kind of transparent. A little creamy head that stays around at about half a finger.

S - Quite nice roasty malts and a bit of molasses sweetness.

T - Kind of a let down. Just malty with some sweetness in the end. There isn't a whole lot else going on.

M - Carbonation is nice. Medium body.

D - Decent. I could have a few of these at the pub, though it wouldn't be my beer of choice.

Overall, it's alright. I kind of like it and might drink it again, but there are better beers in this style that are easy to get and not much more expensive.

03-16-2011 02:35:29 | More by evlu1441
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Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.