Rickard's Dark
Molson Coors Canada

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From:
Molson Coors Canada
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
English Porter
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
72
Avg:
3.07 | pDev: 20.52%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
123
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 10, 2017
Added:
Oct 20, 2009
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  35
SCORE
72
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Rickard's DarkRickard's Dark
Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by YEGtastes from Canada (AB)

2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
I can *see through* it... what?? A porter shouldn't be the same shade as your Aunt Meredith's cherry stained dining table...

Look: Dark cherry, I could see which finger you're holding up at me through the filled glass... so on the light side as far as porters go...
Smell: Licorice, caramel, hikers' granola, molasses.
Taste: At first a confusing jumble of interesting tastes.. nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon stand out from this slightly sweet, gingerbready-cocoa-ey beer. The chocolatey nose increases with time, as does sweetness. Nothing offensive, really. A bit of malt.
Feel: Too carbonated. I know it's Rickards, but they could have focused a little more on the flavour and less on the carbonation factor which is so dominant in mass produced beers today.
Nevertheless, the beer goes down relatively smoothly.
Overall: Not what I would usually look for in a porter. I feel like Rickards brewed a beer, got their creative team smashed off it, then had them throw darts at a board, pinned with names of different dark beers; the majority of darts that didn't gouge the wall happened to land on 'porter'.
If I just think of it as beer, it's pretty good. As a porter... meh.
Nov 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

1.46/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
After this experience, I am going to have to revisit Rickard's Red. Red used to be my go to beer before I discovered actual beer. My host at a party had Mill St. and this. I never had the Dark, so I tried.
It was awful.
Watered down, filth tasting something with added metal flavour to boost. An embarrassment for Rickard's. One of the few beers I actually had to pour down the drain - perhaps the fourth beer I ever had to do this with.
Jun 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.21 by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

Feb 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by -chii- from Canada (QC)

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 2.72 by I3eer from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by fortyfield from Canada (ON)

Jan 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.24 by Shpud from Canada (ON)

Jan 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON)

Dec 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Nov 26, 2015
 
Rated: 1 by moot2142 from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.24 by OneTuffPony from Canada (ON)

Aug 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Jul 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.11 by bpract from Canada (QC)

Jul 30, 2015
 
Rated: 2.98 by headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

Jul 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by olbubba from Florida

Jul 17, 2015
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Rated by papat444 from Canada (QC)

2.81/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
It tastes ok, malty with a of metallic edge but in no way is this representative of a porter.
Jul 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.02 by Slongie from Canada (AB)

Jun 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.24 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Jun 14, 2015
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Rated by AGRIPINO

5/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Reminds me a back home sweet dark beer
Apr 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.28 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Mar 20, 2015
 
Rated: 2.53 by Exeter from Canada (AB)

Feb 27, 2015
 
Rated: 2.65 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Feb 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.09 by mick303 from Canada (ON)

Jan 27, 2015
 
Rated: 2.5 by Merlin68 from Canada (AB)

Dec 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sathanas from Canada (AB)

Dec 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Dec 10, 2014
 
Rated: 2.5 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by imfinished from Canada (BC)

Dec 07, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by ImJared from Canada (MB)

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.03 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Nov 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Oct 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.2 by Phenyx

Oct 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.76 by urbantakeover from Canada (AB)

Sep 20, 2014
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Reviewed by kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This beer came out in 2009 and I just had the chance to try it today. The brewing is from Montreal.
The look inside the glass is dark but when you put it to the light is getting a red color.
The carbonation is light. I found 1 finger of head that quickly disappear.
The smell is a roast malt, with a bit of a sweet coffee.
About the taste their is nothing spectacular. I found a bit superficial. The 4,8 % ABV is a bit light for a dark ale. Taste a bit watery.
They say it's a English Porter. Nah I don t think so. I think they try to imitate the English Porter but for my taste this isn't a Porter.
So overall would I recommend it? No, there is not enough for me to recommend it. First of all this is not a Porter, its an imitation of it. Second is a bit watery. At 4,8% ABV it's very light. Wish it could be around 6 or 7 ABV. But if you are in a bar and wanna try a dark ale and this is the only option, why not give it a try.
Sep 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.3 by VirusQc

Sep 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.34 by slackt

Sep 02, 2014
 
Rated: 2.44 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

Aug 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.72 by Someonex37 from Michigan

Aug 19, 2014
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Reviewed by PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into Pint Glass from 341 mL bottle

A- Pours a beautiful Dark Ruby hue that is topped by a stunning 2 finger thick tan head. One of the more attractive Porters I have had the pleasure of sampling! Quite shocking from a beer that is owned by Molson Coors :').

S- Rickards Dark smells quite sweet! Many notes of dried fruit (mainly raisins) are prominent in this brew. Quite inviting to the nose!

T- The taste of this is much like the nose (sweet). I was expecting to experience some roastiness (great quality in a porter/stout) that did not make itself known in the beer. Although it wasn't entirely up to expectations, the flavor is nice and quite enjoyable!

M- Low carbonation to medium carbonation. Slightly more carbonation than the average porter. Quite thin compared to other Porters but still quite enjoyable nonetheless.

O- If you, like myself, are into craft beers and are thinking about picking this brew up, don't be turned off by the fact that Rickards is owned/made by Molson Coors. From what I've tasted so far, the Rickards line is far superior to its macrobrewed brethren in every single aspect. Rickards Dark is no exception: It offers a beautiful glassful of goodness that is incredibly sessionable(like any good porter should be). Do yourself a favor now and pick up a Rickards taster pack (like I did) and I am willing to bet that you won't be disappointing with a majority of the Rickards line.
Aug 14, 2014
Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 184 ratings