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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
71
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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 58
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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Dayna, Apr 16, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild brown with a brown head into my glass. Scratch that. It's more of a chestnut brown.

Sweet with hints of brown sugar and cocoa. Simplified in a way.

Taste is much the same. Sweet. Chewy. I think the maple sugar imparts something unique.

It shows mostly in the mouthfeel, which is slickly sweet.

Very good for the style. A traditional english porter.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of A380
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried This Beer On Tap and must say if you have tried this out of a bottle or can and didn't like it.. give it another try if you can find it on tap somewhere in your area.
The head much creamier and you detect the sweet maple taste much easier on tap rather than out of the bottle.
Subtle coffee taste and the taste in gerneral is very sweet! Slight spice and very little chocolate flavor. Goes Down Very easy and its not as crazy coffee like as the other dark beers out there.
Definitely give it a try!
But i still think the bottle version is pretty damn good!

A380, Sep 29, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 17, 2010
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3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i think this is a very good beer, despite what others may say it is easily drinkable and very enjoyable. The maple taste is a bit forthcomming though. I find that the beer is lacking somethng though i cant quite put my finger on it! Oh well ill just st back and enjoy it i guess.

harley101, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of TheHammer
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Wait...this is supposed to be a Porter and not an English Dark Mild?! That can't be right, let me check their website. You have got to be kidding me, Rickard's own website confirms it. Well, this is going to make this review a lot less charitable then.

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of well sustaining head that produced ample lacing. The body boasts a redish hue, which if it was a mild dark would be solid, but as a Porter is far too thin, clear and bubbly.

Smell: Dark sweet caramel malt that with only a touch of burnt smell. The background has a mild maple smell, which seems to also have a slight metallic hint to it. Once again, for a Dark Mild it's quite good and reserved but for a Porter it has a ways to go.

Taste: In a word, mild...almost like a...Dark Mild Ale. Mild sweet malt with a smoky touch gives way to a strong maple flavoured molasses and ends with a roasted touch of hops and smoke with a light brush of anise and metal.

Mouthfeel: <sigh> You are probably noticing a trend by now but once again, for a Dark Mild it's fairly good, as light carbonation helps out the entire beer in a humble and mild fashion and transitions well. However as a Porter it's far too thin and not at all creamy to taste. Cloys a little too much too, but at least the sweet aftertaste is subdued, although not what I typically desire from a Porter.

Drinkability: This is kind of tough for me, because once again as a Porter it's far too light bodied. However, because it's so mild it becomes a lot easier to drink, albiet perhaps a little too much. The carbonation is solid and it settles down nicely so, I'm gonna give it a bit of a free pass here.

Final Thoughts: It's a good beer, but it's not a Porter! Why on earth Molson thought calling this a Porter on their website was a good idea I have no idea. Probably because a Porter is more marketable then a Mild Dark? I dunno, either way as a Mild Dark, just about every category would have received a .5 bump from me, which would have pushed this beer around the 4.0+ area. I like to think the Brewer intended it as such, and not as a Porter, but I suppose this should be a lesson in knowing what you are selling. You would think that Molson would have learned a lesson from it's rival Labatt, and their venture with Alexander Keith's "Stag Head Stout"

TheHammer, Sep 18, 2012
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3.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Pint Glass from 341 mL bottle

A- Pours a beautiful Dark Ruby hue that is topped by a stunning 2 finger thick tan head. One of the more attractive Porters I have had the pleasure of sampling! Quite shocking from a beer that is owned by Molson Coors :').

S- Rickards Dark smells quite sweet! Many notes of dried fruit (mainly raisins) are prominent in this brew. Quite inviting to the nose!

T- The taste of this is much like the nose (sweet). I was expecting to experience some roastiness (great quality in a porter/stout) that did not make itself known in the beer. Although it wasn't entirely up to expectations, the flavor is nice and quite enjoyable!

M- Low carbonation to medium carbonation. Slightly more carbonation than the average porter. Quite thin compared to other Porters but still quite enjoyable nonetheless.

O- If you, like myself, are into craft beers and are thinking about picking this brew up, don't be turned off by the fact that Rickards is owned/made by Molson Coors. From what I've tasted so far, the Rickards line is far superior to its macrobrewed brethren in every single aspect. Rickards Dark is no exception: It offers a beautiful glassful of goodness that is incredibly sessionable(like any good porter should be). Do yourself a favor now and pick up a Rickards taster pack (like I did) and I am willing to bet that you won't be disappointing with a majority of the Rickards line.

PorterPro125, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.