Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2009

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.
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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 61
Photo of kjyost
1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

Photo of ZachT
1.85/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I can't believe I used to think this stuff was good beer

Photo of Viggo
2/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of jpro
2.07/5  rDev -32.8%
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!

Photo of byaeger
2.17/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of pootz
2.2/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of cfrancis
2.36/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of EvanHarper
2.45/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of DrJay
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
2.52/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of rarbring
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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!

Photo of WeizenMike
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
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

Photo of Matt1516
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of SebD
2.64/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.65/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.71/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of kevofficiel
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer came out in 2009 and I just had the chance to try it today. The brewing is from Montreal.
The look inside the glass is dark but when you put it to the light is getting a red color.
The carbonation is light. I found 1 finger of head that quickly disappear.
The smell is a roast malt, with a bit of a sweet coffee.
About the taste their is nothing spectacular. I found a bit superficial. The 4,8 % ABV is a bit light for a dark ale. Taste a bit watery.
They say it's a English Porter. Nah I don t think so. I think they try to imitate the English Porter but for my taste this isn't a Porter.
So overall would I recommend it? No, there is not enough for me to recommend it. First of all this is not a Porter, its an imitation of it. Second is a bit watery. At 4,8% ABV it's very light. Wish it could be around 6 or 7 ABV. But if you are in a bar and wanna try a dark ale and this is the only option, why not give it a try.

Photo of slitherySOB
2.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not like any porter I've had before, this ale pours more of a caramel colour than a solid black, with a one finger head that quickly goes away. Smells of dark bread and noble hops. Taste is sweet at first, with a finishing bitterness of hops and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. Not a bad beer, but not a good one either.

Photo of spinrsx
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of liamt07
2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of elricorico
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of papat444
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It tastes ok, malty with a of metallic edge but in no way is this representative of a porter.

Photo of CMUbrew
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.