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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
71
okay

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 57
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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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -18%

01-06-2012 17:44:42 | More by ThinkAgain
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Skizem

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-23-2011 22:34:39 | More by Skizem
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ahugenerd

Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -34.4%

12-16-2011 19:53:29 | More by ahugenerd
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

12-08-2011 21:33:01 | More by SebD
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Calder316

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +63.9%

12-06-2011 18:39:46 | More by Calder316
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +31.1%

12-02-2011 21:42:22 | More by papawu76
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graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +31.1%

11-30-2011 00:34:34 | More by graybayou
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -1.6%

11-29-2011 05:03:24 | More by barnzy78
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +31.1%

11-28-2011 06:51:18 | More by bigox420
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rbuisson

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +31.1%

11-25-2011 20:32:59 | More by rbuisson
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -1.6%

11-23-2011 02:56:57 | More by PEIhop
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -17%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

11-20-2011 22:05:46 | More by RedAleMan
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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

New York

2.63/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

07-10-2011 19:46:01 | More by TheDeuce
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Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

06-25-2011 02:36:06 | More by ChrisCage
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-31-2011 04:33:01 | More by BasementBer
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

04-03-2011 04:52:26 | More by heebes
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%

A - A fairly dark amber colour. Kind of transparent. A little creamy head that stays around at about half a finger.

S - Quite nice roasty malts and a bit of molasses sweetness.

T - Kind of a let down. Just malty with some sweetness in the end. There isn't a whole lot else going on.

M - Carbonation is nice. Medium body.

D - Decent. I could have a few of these at the pub, though it wouldn't be my beer of choice.

Overall, it's alright. I kind of like it and might drink it again, but there are better beers in this style that are easy to get and not much more expensive.

03-16-2011 02:35:29 | More by evlu1441
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harley101

Manitoba (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +16.4%

i think this is a very good beer, despite what others may say it is easily drinkable and very enjoyable. The maple taste is a bit forthcomming though. I find that the beer is lacking somethng though i cant quite put my finger on it! Oh well ill just st back and enjoy it i guess.

02-01-2011 21:47:24 | More by harley101
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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

Manitoba (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +27.2%

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!

09-29-2010 20:42:47 | More by A380
Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.