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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

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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.

EvanHarper, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
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.

CalgaryFMC, Nov 28, 2013
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2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Flounder57, Nov 18, 2013
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3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from The Beer Store for $2.45 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark, murky brown color with 1.5 fingers of off-white head that doesn't linger. reddish hues in the beer with sparse lacing and few bubbles.

Smell - Not much, definitely not like many of the porters I've grown accustomed to. Some faint caramel and molasses aromas, but really there isn't much here. Fortunately no off-smells.

Taste - Decent flavor, nothing on some of the good English porters (looking at you Fuller's) but decent malty flavor with caramel and molasses again coming through. Not a ton of anything else, but maybe a bit of dark chocolate hidden in there as well. Not great for a porter but more acceptable for a mild or brown English Ale.

Mouthfeel - Here's the main reason why I think this is misclassified. While it does retain somewhat of a creamy and rich feel, it's far too watery to be a porter. Medium finish and surprisingly smooth, so while t actually has a good mouthfeel, it's really light for a porter.

Overall - More like a mild English ale, so keeping the style in mind this score is a bit lower than it would be otherwise. Not a bad beer, but not the most impressive from Rickard's and only fair as a porter.

DenisKolkin, Nov 04, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost a clear filtered deep mahogany brown hue with a big khaki tan head, big bubbles form thick. Mild hints of coffee they mentioned a touch of maple syrup added in here, mild cocoa very pleasant mass produced porter. Flavors meld nicely a hint of cherry or other dark fruits, mild cocoa, hints of maple syrup without coming off too sweet. A bit watery maybe, I wish there were more substantial flavors but for something from Rickard's aka Molson it's pretty enjoyable and effortless to drink. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied range, with even carbonation nothing cloying on the palate a hint of roasted malt bitterness hangs around between sips. Overall I'm glad my cousin shared his sampler of the Rickard's 12 pack he got coming back from Canada. He happened to drink all of the Rickard's Blonde, happy to try the White and Dark and revisit the Red.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2013
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ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can poured into a conical pint glass.

Huge, 4-finger head (in this narrow glass). Dark brown appearance, though not as dark as could be. You could see some light passing through still.

Head had only faint aromas. Hints of coffee, metal, and perhaps some honey-like scent. Some breadiness. Unfortunately, the smell remained weak after the head went away. However, after the beer warmed up a bit, the scents began to strengthen.

Taste: Cocoa and coffee flavours, with vague maple notes. Some grainy bitterness and faintly metallic taste in the finish. Bitterness and metal faded away as I progressed down the glass.

Thinnish mouthfeel, with significant carbonation.

I like porters in general, so that compels me to give a nice overall mark. Not as good as other porters and darks I've had, so I don't think I'd buy this again.

The-Jolly-Imbiber, Oct 09, 2013
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Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.