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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's DarkRickard's Dark

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BA SCORE
72
okay

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not like any porter I've had before, this ale pours more of a caramel colour than a solid black, with a one finger head that quickly goes away. Smells of dark bread and noble hops. Taste is sweet at first, with a finishing bitterness of hops and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. Not a bad beer, but not a good one either.

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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.

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3.44/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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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.

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Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.