Rickard's Dark | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's DarkRickard's Dark

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Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2009

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Photo of Shadman
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in St. John's according to the label. Porter brewed with maple syrup...interesting. Looks dark brown, acually more of a cherry red-brown when held to the light. Good head/lacing points from an aggressive pour.

Grainy malts, hints of chocolate & coffee...no maple syrup so far.

If I was basing the review on the front end this beer would be getting slammed. Grainy, with a definite adjunct-like twang. Back end is interesting with the aformentioned chocolate & coffee flavours coming through, albeit fairly weakly. Very slight maple flavour in the aftertaste.

Given the lower ABV, I found it to be slight creamy and smooth.

If this was on tap vs. Kokanee or Canadian, then it is certainly more drinkable. Might be a decent brew to offer newbies who are 'afraid' or 'don't like' dark beers.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.61/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark brown beer with amber hues and a thin beige head that flattens out to a thin foam quickly. Nice lacing along the sides.

Smell - soft, shallow roasted malt overtop a pretty subtle layer of toffee-caramel.

Taste - very even taste, a balance of light bitterness to the malty mainstay. Gets sweeter after more and more samplings.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth brew overall.

Drinkability - easy to put away quite a few and the lower alcohol content is a bonus.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear brown colour to the body, with an okay beige head. Good lacing and pretty decent head retention.

S - Caramel, a bit of dark chocolate, grain, and some nuttiness.

T - Starts out very grainy, with a fair amount of roasted barley notes, with hints of chocolate. Not very sweet. The finish is not very interesting, with some mild bitterness and lots of graininess.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Some crispness from carbonation. Not that bad, but not very smooth either.

D - Pretty good. For the ABV, this is a very drinkable ale.

Overall, this is one of the better offerings from Rickard's line.

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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Boy there's a lot of Rickards to be had now. I guess Molsons is simply trying to nab some of the cachet belonging to emerging craft brewers in Ontario by whipping up faux versions of styles that are showing themselves to be popular. However, there's more to it than just grabbing the name of a style and printing up a new label. Sigh.

Like the rest of the Rickards this is a pretty bland brew. Doesn't have the presence of a proper porter. Weak kneed across the board in its aroma and flavour. Thin bodied. Just uninteresting, but not unpalatable. Meh.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

4,8% porter brewed with maple syrup...

from that 12 pack with red,white and this one.

First of all, I don't really notice the maple syrop. Except for the colour, wich it look more like syrop than a proper porter..

Apperence is nice, but not for a porter, not dark enought in my opinion.

The smell is very quiet,very small maple sent.

The taste is not strong, similar to the red.

The mouthfeel is alright and the drinkability is good, because its not very strong flavor
Molson brew popsoda beer wich are made to be easy to drink.

Got along very well with my cheese Macaronni.
I,m not kidding.

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Photo of JOaikido
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle. Claims to be a porter brewed with maple syrup.

A- Dark coppery brown with red to amber highlights. Smallish beige head.

S- Faint caramel sweetness. Weak but not bad.

T- Smoky, sweet flavour up front, though not strong enough (in true Rickard's fashion). Fairly well balanced bitter background. Maybe a touch of maple, but it's faint. There is more of a caramel sugar sweetness. Ordinary.

MF- Medium to light body. Not too watery. Nothing bad, nothing great.

D- Easy enough to drink. Has more character than most Molson products. Not sure why it would qualify as a porter though.

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Photo of cfrancis
2.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is so far from a porter, very much a "safe" beer. Non offensive, but does have some very nice maply syrup tasting notes. Dark brown in colour and not a lot of aroma but aroma is sweet with maple. Taste is again maple syrup with some malt. Beer is an easy drinking macro with really nothing of note or notable characteristics.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov6 2009

A clear reddish copper with a big head that falls to a 1/4in film that left some lace. the colors not what I expect from a porter but other then that it looks good

S mild chocolate and some sweetness but not maple perhaps a little cherry

T I get some sweetness but if its maple its pretty mellow

M thin for a porter but good carbonation keep it average

D nothing amazing other then the fact its a macro trying to make a porter

for a big name Canadian brand it`s OK but that`s not saying much

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