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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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:
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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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