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Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 58
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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Photo of TheHammer
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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"

TheHammer, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Kendo
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Kendo, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Lynn, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Ralphs66, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a caramel roast and a mellow lager note. In the taste, a small sweet caramel roast in a lager like beer. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry note of caramel in a lager. A sweet caramel roast in a lager, if this is supposed to be a porter, it is really thin.

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Melomanemusher
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Melomanemusher, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of CurtisD
2.5/5  rDev -18%

CurtisD, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut brown. Finger of head settles pretty quickly. Web of lacings to the finish

Light grainy nose, I can't really pick out any dark or roasted malt.

Quite light up front, less flavour than their Red. Oddly you do get some roasty chocolate flavours at the midway and they're not half bad. Vaguely sweet throughout, but actually pretty restrained, especially from a macro using maple syrup. You do get a touch of maple in the aftertaste, kind of pleasant.

Rickard's is a bit of a standby for beer fans in Ontario stuck gonig to chain restaurants and bars. The dark is a not bad addition to the lineup, I'd happily drink one given no other options.

CanuckRover, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild brown with a brown head into my glass. Scratch that. It's more of a chestnut brown.

Sweet with hints of brown sugar and cocoa. Simplified in a way.

Taste is much the same. Sweet. Chewy. I think the maple sugar imparts something unique.

It shows mostly in the mouthfeel, which is slickly sweet.

Very good for the style. A traditional english porter.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of ZinFanDave
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

ZinFanDave, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of TJMcScmeebs
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

TJMcScmeebs, May 21, 2012
Photo of Wordslinger
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
Photo of Dayna
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Dayna, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of aceparadis
4/5  rDev +31.1%

aceparadis, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Screwball
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Screwball, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of maclean25
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured it with a big fluffy-creamy, light brown head. It reduced to a thin head with lacing along the sides. The body is clear with a dark brown-red colour. On the aroma I get rootbeer and roasted grains, though it isn't particularly strong. The taste isn't really really I expected. I taste licorce, molassas, and smoke. It is supposed to have "a hint of pure Quebec maple syrup" but I don't get it. Makes me wonder what it would taste like without that ingredient. The mouthfeel is smooth but watery with a thin body. Overall, it tastes basically what I'd expect a Rickard's porter to taste like.

maclean25, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Buster
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Buster, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -18%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

473ml can poured into a small plastic cup generously provided by my hotel.

A: Beer initially poured with a large head, which faded to a nice cap of foam that stuck around for quite a while. Nice brown color with a lighter brown/ruby color at the edges. Lacing stuck to the cup nicely.

S: All I'm picking up in the nose is a slight roasty smell. Not much else.

T: The taste is very straight forward. I get some roasty malt taste, but not much else. Roast becomes slightly more pronounced as the beer warms. The can says this beer is brewed with maple syrup, but I can't even get a hint of maple flavor.

M: Medium body I suppose. Carbonation seems about right. Slightly drying finish.

O: This was my first porter, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I can tell this is an average offering of the style. It does, however, leave me wanting to try more porters. Glad I tried it.

CMUbrew, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of biegaman
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Rickard's may be darker than the others, but it's far from black; the chestnut-brown coloured ale has, not only a bright and shimmering auburn hue, but also immaculate clarity to boot. Despite a steady presence of bubbles, its head lasted a minute maybe - two, tops - and left not a drop of lacing anywhere on the glass.

The nose has an identifiable sweetness to it, courtesy of the maple syrup (and, likely, corn syrup too). Blended with some loosely-ascribable-as-dark maltiness it takes on faint hints of caramel, nutty-toffee and a trace of plum. It's underwhelming so far as porters go but it's a world better than what others in the Rickard's lineup have to offer.

Speaking of which, to put it in perspective, Rickard's Dark is a bit more grainy and a bit less pallid than Rickard's Red, which, mind you, isn't saying much. Unlike the latter, I'd say it's much less offensive (except to the style purists out there, of course). At least grain succeeds syrup on the palate, although the roastiness is so mild as to maybe go unnoticed.

Rickard's Dark will appeal to some and infuriate others. Indeed it's possible to write two entirely different reviews: the first might shed a general good impression of the product insofar as it exceeds Molson's usual standard of flavor and integrity; the second, judging strictly on stylistic merit, might fairly consider this the worst porter ever conceived.

This is no more a real porter than that person sending you the emails about Viagra is a real doctor. And if you're looking for a substantial, malty dark ale then I'd say it's also every bit a scam. Don't get me wrong, it may be the most flavorful offering in the Molson lineup - and isn't too hard to drink - but let's just not call it a porter and keep expectations reasonable.

biegaman, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of wizo
3/5  rDev -1.6%

wizo, Feb 06, 2012
Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.