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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

Rickard's DarkRickard's Dark

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.75%


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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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ran out of homebrew at a BBQ, so someone passed me one of these. Claims to be a maple porter, sounds good. When all else fails I drink their white beer at bars that have no craft. Pours a dark brown with a moderate head that isn't lacing or lasting. Can't say I am surprised by that. The aroma is enjoyable enough a bit of sweetness there.

As for the taste? Unbalanced and cloying as fuck. Wow. Didn't see this coming. I guess maple means Aunt Jemima poured into a dark coloured beer that has no roasted or malt character. I can't tell if there is bitterness. Mrs. Butterworth is kicking the shit out of my mouth. There is nothing porter-like about the flavour. There is little maple, just cloying fake sweetness... This is horrible. I can't drink this after 5 bottles of oatmeal stout? My palate should be shot but instead I want to pour this all over shitty boxed pancake mix so it can meet its equivalent... Damn it. I finished it to be polite but I was contemplating kicking it over more than once.

Mouthfeel? Save the fact there is vomit mixed with the beer? Very strong carbonation. Drinkability? Take a guess.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:52:22 | More by kjyost
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mm delicious porter. Will it be better than Labatts?

Pours a clear dark red, no real brown, very thin off white head forms and quickly settles down to a fizzy ring, no lace and disappears pretty quickly.

Smell is similar to Labatts porter, vegetables and cola, some garbage, lightly sweet, brown sugar, very clean and lager like, corn, maybe a bit of chocolate, not good.

Taste is similar, sweet, lightly malty, caramel and corn, very light maple, brown sugar, a bit of fruit, sweet in the finish, basically the opposite of a porter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, too high for me. Wow. I would like to meet the geniuses who thought this one up.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 15:33:05 | More by Viggo
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jpro

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the can into an imperial pint glass... It's a crystal clear dark brown / mahogany - more brown ale than porter in color, with a two-finger off-white head that recedes but manages some slight retention. Aroma is of very slight roastiness (perhaps I'm imagining it) and a ton of caramel malt. Taste is more of the heavy caramel malt with a super / ridiculous sweet finish. The can reads "smooth finish that holds just a hint of Quebec maple syrup" - more like a friggin boatload of maple syrup! This stuff is so sweet with absolutely zero hop character its very tough to drink all 473mL. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kinda creamy... drinkability = no thanks!

Serving type: can

08-06-2010 22:53:22 | More by jpro
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byaeger

Oregon

2.17/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On Tap:

Puts a transparent clear dark brown liquid in the glass. Weak head vanishes in a minute, weak lacing on the glass.

Aroma dominated with sweetness: sharp adjunct dextrins, light roastiness, hops undetectable.

Up front taste has some grains but is dominated again by adjunct sweetness, weak body, thin mouth feel, fast tasteless finish...no dryness just a touch of sweet and roast grain. Where are the hops?

Thin, weak, uninspired, poor representation of the style, Basically disappointing and pointless.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 23:31:05 | More by pootz
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is so far from a porter, very much a "safe" beer. Non offensive, but does have some very nice maply syrup tasting notes. Dark brown in colour and not a lot of aroma but aroma is sweet with maple. Taste is again maple syrup with some malt. Beer is an easy drinking macro with really nothing of note or notable characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:05:08 | More by cfrancis
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EvanHarper

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

500 mL can in recent mixed pack (don't have the exact date, but fresh.)

A - Medium brown with a small, rapidly dissipating and almost white head. On the pale side for a porter but not shocking.

S - Sweet malts, hint of roast malt, and perhaps (?) a tiny bit of noble hop aroma.

T - Massive worty sweetness, what the heck? The finish is a little better, with mellow chocolate malt and a smallish dose of hop bitterness.

M - Pretty thin, above-average carbonation.

O - Not at all to porter style. A mediocre, overly sweet brown ale that doesn't really come together.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 23:01:51 | More by EvanHarper
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, dark brown, still quite transparent. A thin beige cap appeared, but didn't linger for long. It did leave a modest collar and a bit of short lived spotty lace. Light aroma, mostly of caramel and toffee, light roast and burnt sugar, molasses, with a hint of smoke. Sweet, malty flavour, more caramel, light bitterness and roast towards the end. Not much in the way of maple, other than sugary sweetness. Decent texture, between light and medium bodied with average carbonation. Uninspired, but still drinkable, and not much of a porter.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 17:54:04 | More by DrJay
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Boy there's a lot of Rickards to be had now. I guess Molsons is simply trying to nab some of the cachet belonging to emerging craft brewers in Ontario by whipping up faux versions of styles that are showing themselves to be popular. However, there's more to it than just grabbing the name of a style and printing up a new label. Sigh.

Like the rest of the Rickards this is a pretty bland brew. Doesn't have the presence of a proper porter. Weak kneed across the board in its aroma and flavour. Thin bodied. Just uninteresting, but not unpalatable. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 00:51:08 | More by TerryW
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rarbring

Sweden

2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer is dark red, brown and grey in the color, an off-white head with very small bubbles, some lacing.

The smell is mostly in the heavy roasted malt area, but rather subtle.

The taste is sweet, a bit like chocolate on brown bread, but also some tone of wet old wood.

Medium high carbonation, but surprisingly spritzy, giving a weak soda association.

This is not a good example of an English porter - at all!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 02:38:39 | More by rarbring
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

11-23-2011 00:23:39 | More by mintjellie
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Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Never look a gift-can in the...

Pours up like so much root beer: Dark, super fizzy and watery.

Roasted smells.

It came from a cold can so I couldn't taste the maple syrup which was supposedly there. It had a certain sweetness and roasted notes but far too carbonated for the style and watery for any depth of flavour.

Even free--it's hard to drink a beer when the can proudly states the Molson-Coors provenance.

Serving type: can

07-08-2011 03:33:03 | More by Matt1516
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WeizenMike

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rickard’s Dark…..on tap at Taco Tequila in Downtown Montreal…

Appearance-brown black color with a heavy creamy head that cascades up and down quickly leaving a hole of foam with rings around the glass.

Smell-subdued sugar upfront with roasted malt background, slight touches of coffee beans and syrup as well as alcohol

Taste/Mouthfeel-notes of maple syrup in both taste and the thin body, alcohol mix with some sugar bite on the way down. Ok smoothness with medium mouthfeel, alcohol is hidden, as is hops, as is, well more discernable flavor. Tastes gimmicky and the flavors don’t entirely work, clean finish. Overall it was ok but not great.

Overall-again, this feels more like a gimmick and it’s a largely forgettable beer. I didn’t hate it but I do not recommend seeking it out. Went ok with my meal though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 19:46:01 | More by TheDeuce
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderatly and leaves surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of roasty malts, light maple syrup and a light nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasty character to it, some dark fruit and a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 21:33:01 | More by SebD
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a dark brown clear, low/average carbonation, small thin white head.

Smell - smells of coffee, burnt notes, slight sweetness

Taste & Mouth - seems watery, not a lot of carbonation, burnt/roasted taste, maple/sweetness. As other have said, tastes thin.. should be full bodied..

Drink - just an 'okay' beer. There are much better darks out there to be drunk.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 18:06:38 | More by spinrsx
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:59:22 | More by elricorico
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from the Beer Store, dated C011. 473ml into a pint glass.

Pours mahogany with some chestnut and ruby highlights found in the body. Relatively creamy head that lasts and laces quite well. Is this a Molson product? Nose has some non-descript sweetness, maybe some maple/sugar and a hint of some nuttiness? Muddled and too sweet. Not much else, some grain and a hint of metal. Taste has some dark fruit and some sweetness. Some sugar fro sure, but definitely not the 'maple' advertised on the can. More metallic notes in the finish. Body is light and borders on watery. Medium carbonation. This one was just too sweet for me and not something I'd intentionally revisit. Not horrible and a step up from other macro offerings, but not work seeking out.

Serving type: can

05-05-2011 17:40:11 | More by liamt07
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CMUbrew

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

473ml can poured into a small plastic cup generously provided by my hotel.

A: Beer initially poured with a large head, which faded to a nice cap of foam that stuck around for quite a while. Nice brown color with a lighter brown/ruby color at the edges. Lacing stuck to the cup nicely.

S: All I'm picking up in the nose is a slight roasty smell. Not much else.

T: The taste is very straight forward. I get some roasty malt taste, but not much else. Roast becomes slightly more pronounced as the beer warms. The can says this beer is brewed with maple syrup, but I can't even get a hint of maple flavor.

M: Medium body I suppose. Carbonation seems about right. Slightly drying finish.

O: This was my first porter, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I can tell this is an average offering of the style. It does, however, leave me wanting to try more porters. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 20:27:00 | More by CMUbrew
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Style interpretation aside, at least Rickard's names their beers appropriately - the Red is red, and this is most certainly dark - but has Molson actually made a decent porter?

A single tallboy can picked up at the LCBO. Served at slightly warmer than fridge-temperature, Rickard's Dark pours (unsurprisingly) a dark brown colour; more or less opaque. The head is nice; light beige in colour, and a little more than a finger thick. Retention is ok, it lasts a few minutes before dissipating into a fine coat of lacing. Say what you will about their flavour, at least Rickard's beers look nice. The smell is of sweet roasted malts; also some vanilla extract, caramel, and the maple syrup boasted about on the can is apparent as well. Appealing, but not exactly anything too special for the style.

First thought - man this is a thin porter. Roasted dark/caramel malts are not just the dominant flavour - they are pretty much the only flavour. Maybe a bit of a bitter coffee grind thing going on in the finish, but it's very diluted and doesn't last. Slightly sweet-tasting overall. The maple syrup that was detectable on the nose is invisible until the beer has warmed a bit, and even then it's barely apparent. Light-bodied for the style, and slightly creamy. The carbonation level is also too high for my liking, but it's not like there are any complex flavours for it to interfere with.

The appearance and smell are the high points of this beer, which is typically not a good thing. The taste is alright, but bland and undeniably one-dimensional; frankly I expect more from a porter. Another underwhelming Molson product, I guess this is their answer to Keith's Dark, which is equally lame. Not going to pick this up again.

[Updated Oct. 20 2013]

OK I lied, I picked this up again. This is about as basic as a dark ale can get, and while the maple syrup is (in theory) supposed to be a draw for consumers, in practice it's barely detectable - in spite of the fact that the flavour profile is decidedly sweet. Drinkability is really the only thing Rickard's Dark has going for it, because it's completely uninteresting - like a sweeter Guinness without the nitro. I'm bumping the score slightly, since I was probably just a tad harsh last time, but this is still one of my least-favourite Rickard's offerings.

Final Grade: 2.83, a C.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 06:14:06 | More by thehyperduck
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a brownish black color with some clarity when held up to light and slow bubbles seen coming up through the the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and toffee, a little bit of chocolate, but not much else going on here.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee, some chocolate, and some mild bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, and a little bitterness.

Overall: Definitely not a porter, but a nice brown ale. Partially of what the style should be, but expecting more of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:13:05 | More by Flounder57
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle. Claims to be a porter brewed with maple syrup.

A- Dark coppery brown with red to amber highlights. Smallish beige head.

S- Faint caramel sweetness. Weak but not bad.

T- Smoky, sweet flavour up front, though not strong enough (in true Rickard's fashion). Fairly well balanced bitter background. Maybe a touch of maple, but it's faint. There is more of a caramel sugar sweetness. Ordinary.

MF- Medium to light body. Not too watery. Nothing bad, nothing great.

D- Easy enough to drink. Has more character than most Molson products. Not sure why it would qualify as a porter though.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 03:19:11 | More by JOaikido
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

04-03-2011 04:52:26 | More by heebes
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Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.