Rickard's Dark | Molson Coors Canada

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
molson.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
59
Avg:
2.96
pDev:
21.62%
 
 
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6
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35
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0
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of ZachT
1.85/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I can't believe I used to think this stuff was good beer

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can poured into a conical pint glass.

Huge, 4-finger head (in this narrow glass). Dark brown appearance, though not as dark as could be. You could see some light passing through still.

Head had only faint aromas. Hints of coffee, metal, and perhaps some honey-like scent. Some breadiness. Unfortunately, the smell remained weak after the head went away. However, after the beer warmed up a bit, the scents began to strengthen.

Taste: Cocoa and coffee flavours, with vague maple notes. Some grainy bitterness and faintly metallic taste in the finish. Bitterness and metal faded away as I progressed down the glass.

Thinnish mouthfeel, with significant carbonation.

I like porters in general, so that compels me to give a nice overall mark. Not as good as other porters and darks I've had, so I don't think I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Cidius
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.42/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smaller sized light brown head quickly dies into a nice lacing above a dark amber brownish colored beer.

A light dark roasted malt aroma.

Dark roasted lightly caramel grain malt taste with a touch of some hops sneaking in. The taste is on the lighter side but still very evident.

A light almost dry aftertaste with just a bit of the dark tastes remaining with this medium bodied dark.

This dark beer is a bit on the lighter side but I would think given that it would pair with food very well, I think it would enhance the food and thus enhance itself some.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kabritz
1.25/5  rDev -57.8%

Photo of juliendesrochers
2/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of WeizenMike
2.56/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A decent mass produced English style porter. Not much to speak of in terms of complexity or flavours, but its not horrible either. Most bars I go to frequently don't have any dark beers or porters (even Guinness isn't available at most of them) other than this beer so for fans of this style don't have much of a choice, but that being said its not that bad just nothing special at all. It's drinkable but there are much better stouts available

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Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Jediknight362
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of adams82
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Codyp1192
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of DaPan
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Rickard's Dark from Molson Coors Canada
2.96 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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