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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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72
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.95%
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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Photo of liamt07
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -5.2%
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
Photo of evlu1441
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

evlu1441, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of harley101
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

harley101, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
3/5  rDev -2%
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.

CrazyMike, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of A380
3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
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!

A380, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of case4816
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark Auburn, Brown Color. Foamy Head that lingered for longer than expected.

S- very roasted, almost creamy. Hint of Caramel and Vanilla

T- Very light. Tastes like it's heavily roasted until it sits for a minute in your mouth, then you realize it tastes pretty watered down. Creamy feel in the mouth. No lingering flavors or feelings. I did not detect and "Quebec Maple Syrup"

D- Overall a very drinkable beer. Definitely not the best there is but acceptable for sure

case4816, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of rarbring
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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!

rarbring, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

andrenaline, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of DrJay
2.45/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

DrJay, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of jpro
2/5  rDev -34.6%
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!

jpro, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

spinrsx, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of kjyost
1.6/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

kjyost, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2010
Photo of pootz
2.2/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

pootz, May 25, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Rickards Dark poured black, like other porters, and had almost no head. There wasnt much of a smell, and the taste was the same. It was very light, and tasted watered down. Even though it was a porter it was very light, and needed much more flavor. Not a bad beer, but not a good beer either.

vette2006c5r, May 03, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, May 02, 2010
Photo of Viggo
2/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Viggo, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of byaeger
2.17/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

byaeger, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of cratez
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep ruby brown with red hues, a ring of beige head, and several spots of lacing on the nonic. Smell is malty adjunct grains, very light grass, and nutty biscuit. Weak dark malts in the flavour, a hollow sweetness from the maple, some table cream, and a tepid, wheaty dryness to finish. Not terrible, just indistinct. As others have noted, this is more like a dunkel than a porter. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little chocolatey, medium carbonation, dry aftertaste. A decent drinker.

Like most 'above average' macros, Rickard's Dark would be a good fallback beer in mainstream establishments. Certainly one of Molson's best beers, and comparable to the White, but that's not saying much. Acceptable in moments of desperation, forgettable if you want something interesting.

cratez, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can- Deep cola pour has reddish hues when held to light, pours a frothy mocha cap with good lace. Nose of roast, some burnt sugar, honey, some coffee. Tastes sweet, of brown sugar, honey, roasted malts, a bit of bitter hops. Creamy sweet finish. Good.

mrmanning, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Shadman
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in St. John's according to the label. Porter brewed with maple syrup...interesting. Looks dark brown, acually more of a cherry red-brown when held to the light. Good head/lacing points from an aggressive pour.

Grainy malts, hints of chocolate & coffee...no maple syrup so far.

If I was basing the review on the front end this beer would be getting slammed. Grainy, with a definite adjunct-like twang. Back end is interesting with the aformentioned chocolate & coffee flavours coming through, albeit fairly weakly. Very slight maple flavour in the aftertaste.

Given the lower ABV, I found it to be slight creamy and smooth.

If this was on tap vs. Kokanee or Canadian, then it is certainly more drinkable. Might be a decent brew to offer newbies who are 'afraid' or 'don't like' dark beers.

Shadman, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark brown beer with amber hues and a thin beige head that flattens out to a thin foam quickly. Nice lacing along the sides.

Smell - soft, shallow roasted malt overtop a pretty subtle layer of toffee-caramel.

Taste - very even taste, a balance of light bitterness to the malty mainstay. Gets sweeter after more and more samplings.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth brew overall.

Drinkability - easy to put away quite a few and the lower alcohol content is a bonus.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear brown colour to the body, with an okay beige head. Good lacing and pretty decent head retention.

S - Caramel, a bit of dark chocolate, grain, and some nuttiness.

T - Starts out very grainy, with a fair amount of roasted barley notes, with hints of chocolate. Not very sweet. The finish is not very interesting, with some mild bitterness and lots of graininess.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Some crispness from carbonation. Not that bad, but not very smooth either.

D - Pretty good. For the ABV, this is a very drinkable ale.

Overall, this is one of the better offerings from Rickard's line.

NightINgale, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

TerryW, Dec 27, 2009
Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.