Rickard's Dark - Molson Coors Canada
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3.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-23-2012 16:40:39 | More by OWSLEY069
2.7/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
08-03-2012 18:53:48 | More by CanuckRover
3.9/5 rDev +27.9%
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.
07-16-2012 00:02:37 | More by Brad007
British Columbia (Canada)
2.9/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-04-2012 02:48:11 | More by maclean25
2.8/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
03-10-2012 20:27:00 | More by CMUbrew
2.98/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
03-04-2012 19:49:35 | More by biegaman
Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.