Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada
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3/5 rDev -1.6%
Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance - Pours a dark brown colour, but appears to be more of a blood-red/amber hue when held up to the light. Poured with two fingers of off white, creamy looking head that dissipates at a medium pace, leaving behing some light lacing.
Smell - Very sweet, mostly from heavy caramel and toffee. There's an artificiality about it though, like synthetic sugar or something. Could just be my bias though. Another reviewer noted some light maple, which, on closer inspection I can also detect.
Taste - Caramel and toffee are more understated than i expected from the nose, but are still there in a big way. Also present is an unpleasant burnt malt flavour, but it might be considered to be smokey...hard to tell. There is also some other sweet bits, maple for sure.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, extremely low carbonation makes for a pretty watered down porter.
Overall - 3/5
06-24-2013 03:15:39 | More by IdeaSpeeder
3.5/5 rDev +14.8%
Picked up a taster 12 pack at the duty free.
It pours a deep-deep reddish brown, with an off white head. The aroma is slightly sweet, bready/grainy; no hops.
The flavor is light toffee, brown sugar, with some caramel. Light bodied, thin; fairly crisp and clean.
I'd say this is pretty average. Nothing over the top, but it's crisp end thin enough to be enjoyed on a sunny and warm day like today.
Rickard's "Dark" is labeled as an English Porter, but it more closely resembles an English Mild or Brown Ale, and it's not too bad. While this isn't nearly as flagrant as say Alexander Keith's IPA being labeled as an India Pale Ale, I can't help but think someone at Molson needs to do a bit more research before branding their beers.
For a macro brewer kicking out pseudo craft offerings, this isn't too bad, it just needs to be properly labeled.
06-11-2013 17:16:47 | More by adams82
3.53/5 rDev +15.7%
Wait...this is supposed to be a Porter and not an English Dark Mild?! That can't be right, let me check their website. You have got to be kidding me, Rickard's own website confirms it. Well, this is going to make this review a lot less charitable then.
Appearance: Poured with two fingers of well sustaining head that produced ample lacing. The body boasts a redish hue, which if it was a mild dark would be solid, but as a Porter is far too thin, clear and bubbly.
Smell: Dark sweet caramel malt that with only a touch of burnt smell. The background has a mild maple smell, which seems to also have a slight metallic hint to it. Once again, for a Dark Mild it's quite good and reserved but for a Porter it has a ways to go.
Taste: In a word, mild...almost like a...Dark Mild Ale. Mild sweet malt with a smoky touch gives way to a strong maple flavoured molasses and ends with a roasted touch of hops and smoke with a light brush of anise and metal.
Mouthfeel: <sigh> You are probably noticing a trend by now but once again, for a Dark Mild it's fairly good, as light carbonation helps out the entire beer in a humble and mild fashion and transitions well. However as a Porter it's far too thin and not at all creamy to taste. Cloys a little too much too, but at least the sweet aftertaste is subdued, although not what I typically desire from a Porter.
Drinkability: This is kind of tough for me, because once again as a Porter it's far too light bodied. However, because it's so mild it becomes a lot easier to drink, albiet perhaps a little too much. The carbonation is solid and it settles down nicely so, I'm gonna give it a bit of a free pass here.
Final Thoughts: It's a good beer, but it's not a Porter! Why on earth Molson thought calling this a Porter on their website was a good idea I have no idea. Probably because a Porter is more marketable then a Mild Dark? I dunno, either way as a Mild Dark, just about every category would have received a .5 bump from me, which would have pushed this beer around the 4.0+ area. I like to think the Brewer intended it as such, and not as a Porter, but I suppose this should be a lesson in knowing what you are selling. You would think that Molson would have learned a lesson from it's rival Labatt, and their venture with Alexander Keith's "Stag Head Stout"
09-18-2012 03:54:05 | More by TheHammer
2.9/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is cola brown with a very small khaki-colored head.
S: Not sure what it smells like, though "Porter" does not come to mind. Maybe a bit of husky grain and faint burnt grains. Something just seems off but I can't really describe it.
T: Thin. I may be serving this too cold to get a lot of flavor, or, more likely, I'm serving it cold enough to kill the off flavors. I get some light caramel malt/toffee, cola-like flavors, a touch of maple syrup and maybe some corn syrup. Better yet, think of the "fake" maple syrup that is basically made of high fructose corn syrup. But that suggests that there's more happening here than I'm really getting.
M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest and inoffensive.
O: So-so. Certainly doesn't seem like much of a Porter; more like a watered-down Brown Ale.
09-15-2012 21:53:42 | More by Kendo
Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.