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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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3/5  rDev -1.6%

sunavamitch, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

dfaranha, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -18%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -18%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Skizem
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Skizem, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ahugenerd
2/5  rDev -34.4%

ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of SebD
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

SebD, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +63.9%

Calder316, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +31.1%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of graybayou
4/5  rDev +31.1%

graybayou, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -1.6%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +31.1%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of rbuisson
4/5  rDev +31.1%

rbuisson, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -1.6%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
2.53/5  rDev -17%
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.

mintjellie, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of elricorico
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

elricorico, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

TheDeuce, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Matt1516, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

thehyperduck, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of ChrisCage
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear root beer color with a decently thick head, that is beige colored, but fizzy nonetheless. There seems to be a fairly heavy carbonation in this beer and the lacing is very much lacking, with small wisps of foam barely hanging on to my glass. Nothing really special here unfortunately....

S- Muted porter aromas are present, with the roasted malts, toffee, burnt toast all there, but just not where a comparable product would be. The hint of maple syrup is noticeable, with notes of brown sugar and the aforementioned syrupy goodness. Hop presence isn't really noticed, but there is an underlying dryness.

T- More of the same here....the flavors are there but are shallow. This is sweeter than other porters, due to the maple syrup used, and that itself is upfront. No bitterness on the finish either. I actually like the flavor of the beer, but to me it sits more along the lines of a honey brown than a porter.

M- Medium-ish in body and the carbonation isn't offensive at all. There is a drying sensation on the sides of my cheeks after the swallow, very much like the tannins in wine or tea would do. It is generally creamy and feels smooth like buttered bread.

O- I personally don't understand why Rickards is slammed so much....no this is not the best porter out there, but there is some flavor and it's easy to drink, especially in the warmer weather. I think this would also make a great steak marinade and will try that sometime down the road. I would buy this again. The Rickard's lineup and this in particular, is decent beer...it just doesn't stand out.

ChrisCage, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oddly cursing the guy that left 10 rickards in my fridge. The height of snobbery when free beer is a bummer.

A: Decent head of light brown foam, overly carbonated, but good ruby color.

S: Smells roasty and slightly matly sweet with a hint of floral hops.

T: Finishes far to quickly, but a short bitter and roasted chocolate flavor. But before you know it, its a coke.

M: The fizz conflicts too much with smooth finish.

D: Its a so-so commercial porter since few really put that style out there. But I know I have made one much better.

BasementBer, May 31, 2011
Photo of liamt07
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

liamt07, May 05, 2011
Photo of heebes
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

heebes, Apr 03, 2011
Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.