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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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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.

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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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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown appearance with decent head. Smell is sweet and fruity beer, picked up a vanilla caramel scent as well.

Has a vanilla, brown sugar, roasted taste with a hint of toffee. Surprisingly light bodied with light carbonation. After taste is sweet and bitter.

Overall this is a decent attempt, starts strong but the lightness kills it and makes it an unballanced beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 05:28:19 | More by CrazyMike
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A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 20:42:47 | More by A380
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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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, thin finger of head with little retention, and some sporatic lacing throughout.

S - The scent is largely bready caramel malts, some toffee and brown sugar as well. A bit on the light side and has the potential to be more pwoerful.

T - Taste is also a little light, but boasts some caramel and toffee malts, a bit of roasted coffee and burnt sugar.

M - The carbonation seemed right, but it just seemed a little too light and watery for the style. Could be a tad thicker to enhance the feel.

D - By no means a terrible offering, but lacking a bit of everything in all departments. Would easily order a pint of this again, but it's nothing special. A poor example of the style, but still a drinkable dark beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 15:35:13 | More by andrenaline
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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fetched a bottle from a Rickards mixed pack along with a Blonde. I used to drink a fair quantity of Rickards and this was probably my favorite of the brood, a brew that satisfied my craving for dark beers long before I really knew anything about dark beers. Returning to it now was prompted by a semi-sober quaff at a Halloween party and my managing to recall that there were some mellow pleasant caramel flavors lurking in there. Pours a dark reddish brown that sorta evokes a porter, but really not much else about this beer does. Its a dark mild or brown ale. Evaluation solely on the basis of style guidelines is therefore unfair, although one can fault Molson for marketing the beer as something its not. Blonde at least lands in the German pilsener ballpark. Dark is pretty foamy, probably around three inches of light tan head, and has a thinnish watery body that clashes with one's expectations. Aroma is mild, I get roasted malt, light toffee, maybe a little fruit like baked apple. I do not smell or taste much in the way of maple, which is probably just as well. Palate is light caramel/toffee, along with dry nuts and a roasted bitterness like weak cold coffee and what I swear is a light fruity note, almost citrus in character. Hmmm. Could be hops. Has the malty tang that one gets from brown ales and yes, porters. I also get a little cardboard or some other papery notes, a signature Rickards off-flavor along with metal. Make no mistake, though, the whole package is downplayed and falls well short of robust. The pleasant lingering caramel that I recalled from the aforementioned party was indeed present again and is a redeeming feature. If you shed your expectations and view this as a mild or brown rather than a porter its not too bad, if a little unsophisticated.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:38:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
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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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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from The Beer Store for $2.45 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark, murky brown color with 1.5 fingers of off-white head that doesn't linger. reddish hues in the beer with sparse lacing and few bubbles.

Smell - Not much, definitely not like many of the porters I've grown accustomed to. Some faint caramel and molasses aromas, but really there isn't much here. Fortunately no off-smells.

Taste - Decent flavor, nothing on some of the good English porters (looking at you Fuller's) but decent malty flavor with caramel and molasses again coming through. Not a ton of anything else, but maybe a bit of dark chocolate hidden in there as well. Not great for a porter but more acceptable for a mild or brown English Ale.

Mouthfeel - Here's the main reason why I think this is misclassified. While it does retain somewhat of a creamy and rich feel, it's far too watery to be a porter. Medium finish and surprisingly smooth, so while t actually has a good mouthfeel, it's really light for a porter.

Overall - More like a mild English ale, so keeping the style in mind this score is a bit lower than it would be otherwise. Not a bad beer, but not the most impressive from Rickard's and only fair as a porter.

Serving type: can

11-04-2013 21:48:13 | More by DenisKolkin
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 20:32:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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The-Jolly-Imbiber

Antarctica

3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can poured into a conical pint glass.

Huge, 4-finger head (in this narrow glass). Dark brown appearance, though not as dark as could be. You could see some light passing through still.

Head had only faint aromas. Hints of coffee, metal, and perhaps some honey-like scent. Some breadiness. Unfortunately, the smell remained weak after the head went away. However, after the beer warmed up a bit, the scents began to strengthen.

Taste: Cocoa and coffee flavours, with vague maple notes. Some grainy bitterness and faintly metallic taste in the finish. Bitterness and metal faded away as I progressed down the glass.

Thinnish mouthfeel, with significant carbonation.

I like porters in general, so that compels me to give a nice overall mark. Not as good as other porters and darks I've had, so I don't think I'd buy this again.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 00:55:29 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown colour, but appears to be more of a blood-red/amber hue when held up to the light. Poured with two fingers of off white, creamy looking head that dissipates at a medium pace, leaving behing some light lacing.

Smell - Very sweet, mostly from heavy caramel and toffee. There's an artificiality about it though, like synthetic sugar or something. Could just be my bias though. Another reviewer noted some light maple, which, on closer inspection I can also detect.

Taste - Caramel and toffee are more understated than i expected from the nose, but are still there in a big way. Also present is an unpleasant burnt malt flavour, but it might be considered to be smokey...hard to tell. There is also some other sweet bits, maple for sure.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, extremely low carbonation makes for a pretty watered down porter.

Overall - 3/5

Serving type: can

06-24-2013 03:15:39 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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adams82

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a taster 12 pack at the duty free.

It pours a deep-deep reddish brown, with an off white head. The aroma is slightly sweet, bready/grainy; no hops.

The flavor is light toffee, brown sugar, with some caramel. Light bodied, thin; fairly crisp and clean.

I'd say this is pretty average. Nothing over the top, but it's crisp end thin enough to be enjoyed on a sunny and warm day like today.

Rickard's "Dark" is labeled as an English Porter, but it more closely resembles an English Mild or Brown Ale, and it's not too bad. While this isn't nearly as flagrant as say Alexander Keith's IPA being labeled as an India Pale Ale, I can't help but think someone at Molson needs to do a bit more research before branding their beers.

For a macro brewer kicking out pseudo craft offerings, this isn't too bad, it just needs to be properly labeled.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:16:47 | More by adams82
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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"

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:54:05 | More by TheHammer
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Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is cola brown with a very small khaki-colored head.

S: Not sure what it smells like, though "Porter" does not come to mind. Maybe a bit of husky grain and faint burnt grains. Something just seems off but I can't really describe it.

T: Thin. I may be serving this too cold to get a lot of flavor, or, more likely, I'm serving it cold enough to kill the off flavors. I get some light caramel malt/toffee, cola-like flavors, a touch of maple syrup and maybe some corn syrup. Better yet, think of the "fake" maple syrup that is basically made of high fructose corn syrup. But that suggests that there's more happening here than I'm really getting.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest and inoffensive.

O: So-so. Certainly doesn't seem like much of a Porter; more like a watered-down Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:53:42 | More by Kendo
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a caramel roast and a mellow lager note. In the taste, a small sweet caramel roast in a lager like beer. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry note of caramel in a lager. A sweet caramel roast in a lager, if this is supposed to be a porter, it is really thin.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 16:40:39 | More by OWSLEY069
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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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Brad007

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-16-2012 00:02:37 | More by Brad007
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured it with a big fluffy-creamy, light brown head. It reduced to a thin head with lacing along the sides. The body is clear with a dark brown-red colour. On the aroma I get rootbeer and roasted grains, though it isn't particularly strong. The taste isn't really really I expected. I taste licorce, molassas, and smoke. It is supposed to have "a hint of pure Quebec maple syrup" but I don't get it. Makes me wonder what it would taste like without that ingredient. The mouthfeel is smooth but watery with a thin body. Overall, it tastes basically what I'd expect a Rickard's porter to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:48:11 | More by maclean25
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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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Rickard's may be darker than the others, but it's far from black; the chestnut-brown coloured ale has, not only a bright and shimmering auburn hue, but also immaculate clarity to boot. Despite a steady presence of bubbles, its head lasted a minute maybe - two, tops - and left not a drop of lacing anywhere on the glass.

The nose has an identifiable sweetness to it, courtesy of the maple syrup (and, likely, corn syrup too). Blended with some loosely-ascribable-as-dark maltiness it takes on faint hints of caramel, nutty-toffee and a trace of plum. It's underwhelming so far as porters go but it's a world better than what others in the Rickard's lineup have to offer.

Speaking of which, to put it in perspective, Rickard's Dark is a bit more grainy and a bit less pallid than Rickard's Red, which, mind you, isn't saying much. Unlike the latter, I'd say it's much less offensive (except to the style purists out there, of course). At least grain succeeds syrup on the palate, although the roastiness is so mild as to maybe go unnoticed.

Rickard's Dark will appeal to some and infuriate others. Indeed it's possible to write two entirely different reviews: the first might shed a general good impression of the product insofar as it exceeds Molson's usual standard of flavor and integrity; the second, judging strictly on stylistic merit, might fairly consider this the worst porter ever conceived.

This is no more a real porter than that person sending you the emails about Viagra is a real doctor. And if you're looking for a substantial, malty dark ale then I'd say it's also every bit a scam. Don't get me wrong, it may be the most flavorful offering in the Molson lineup - and isn't too hard to drink - but let's just not call it a porter and keep expectations reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 19:49:35 | More by biegaman
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Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.