Rickard's Oakhouse | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's OakhouseRickard's Oakhouse

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Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Specially aged with lightly toasted Oak, we’ve carefully crafted this festive seasonal to capture the warmth of an old, iron-stove Oakhouse. With subtle hints of vanilla and a deep amber hue, this rich winter lager is ideal alongside succulent stew or piping hot roast. All you need now is plenty of firewood. And matches.

Added by biboergosum on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, thanks be to the sample girl ("I'm not the rep") for the freebie. Made with oak chips or oak dust or what (how home-brew friendly), but it is indeed interesting to see 'oak-aged' and 'Molson' in the same sentence.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few lazy ocean spray instances of lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of sweet, overly prominently woody vanilla, some subtle musty caramel - like last decade's Christmas sweets might now seem, a separate pale graininess, and some earthy, mildly astringent yeast. The taste is more neutered caramel, a thankfully somewhat pulled back vanilla oakiness, sans the expected heat, but preserving the sweetness, a faint attempt at savoury holiday spice (nothing parse-worthy, which may not be all that bad here), and some persistent, almost ethereal yeast.

The bubbles are present, but pretty sedate at the same time, the body a kind of testy medium weight, weirdly threatening to go up or down sip to sip, and generally smooth - that being an indeterminate gimmee at this point. It finishes on the moderately sweet side, the woody notes lingering still, some faint astringent hop-esque elements adding to the mix, and the rest a pithy vanilla/caramel portrait of things to come.

Hmmm. Nothing overtly off about this one, for starters, and the sugar levels don't get out of control, so I guess all I have to actually bitch about is the weak-ass spicing, and marketing department-specified ABV. Yep - the biggest problem here, is that it is too, well, straight-laced - the Wonder Bread of winter beers put to the wood - it fills a hole well enough, but soon one hopefully aspires to more, y'know?

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2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color lager with a medium size foamy head with medium retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light vanilla with light caramelized sugar is OK. Taste is also dominated by light caramelized sugar with some light vanilla notes and very subtle oak notes. Body is light with medium carbonation. Not bad but not great either. Not sure who they are trying to convert with this offering

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3.14/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is clear, copper in colour. Nice foamy head on top of it. The head disappear quickly. Bummer. Aroma has notes of spices, some maple (very light). Some oak too. Nice aroma. The taste is quite strange for me. It does taste something and not the usual adjunct stuff from Molson. However, it looks like the flavor were added to their usual junk. Some wood, spices (bread)... Quite effervescent in the mouth, it feels light. Little bitterness.

This beer is interesting, however I'm not so sure they will win the craft crowds with this. Not me anyway. Also, will the coors light lovers switch to this, I doubt.

Good try Molson.

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2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange with an ocher tinge, no carbonation, clear filtered, 4 fingers of slight beige head with small and large bubbles, good head retention.

S: Coconut, vanilla, oak, light roasted notes, orange and orange oil.

T: Orange, definite oak presence, light sweetness.

M: Medium light body, medium low carbonation.

O: Delicious. Light, and oaky. Festive holiday beer, so I was glad to find it in April.

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3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tall can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, apples, vanilla, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, apples, caramel, and all spice. There is also a bit of vanilla and some woody notes.

Overall - Had high-ish hopes for this one based on the description on the side of the can, but this is poorly executed. Just a mix up of odd flavours that don't come together as they should.

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3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -41.5%

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3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO, served well-chilled. I had this at a friend's place last year and didn't mind it, so I figured I'd give it a closer look.

Pours a clear golden-amber colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head that seeps away over the next few minutes. A dense cap is retained at the surface, in addition to a few swaths of sticky lacing. These Rickard's guys have got the appearance part down to a science, although their effort in the aroma department leaves a bit to be desired. Pale malts, caramel sweetness, corn husk and some light vanilla notes are basically the only things my nose can pick out of this one. Not offensive, I suppose.

Not digging this one as much as I did last year, though like most Rickard's products it's still drinkable. Caramel sweetness dominates at first, with some grainy pale malts leading into a strange finish that combines butterscotch, vanilla and oak notes. It hangs on into the aftertaste with suspicious tenacity - not a big fan of it, but at least it's not too cloying or gross. Light-bodied and pretty watery, with moderate carbonation that gives this one a smooth, almost slick feel on the palate. This is more sessionable than higher abv stuff like I&G (or maybe Waterloo Amber, which this sort of reminds me of), but I still wouldn't want more than a glass or two of it. And even then, someone else would need to be buying.

Final Grade: 3.2, a serviceable C+. Rickard's Oakhouse is basically what you'd expect from a Molson seasonal - boring, unadventurous and not likely to offend too many people. It's obvious they're trying to court the Innis & Gunn crowd with this one, and at the right price point I could see this one gaining acceptance amongst that set. A decent, pseudo-sessionable winter lager that I might return to next year, although it won't be a priority - consider this a poor man's I&G.

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2.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Serving poured form a bottle (taken from a 6-pack) and poured into a beer glass.

Look: poured watery and brown, almost reddish. two fingers of thick foamy head.

smell: smell is nothing special, smells like beer to me. Kinda like Budweiser would smell.

Taste: Drank this right after an Innis and Gunn of the same style. Difference noted was that there was a weird aftertaste or "kick" . Like most macro-brewed beers have. As for flavor, not much, taste like other macro-brews but does have oaken characteristics and maybe vanilla? Not much in the way of complexity or full-on flavor but this IS a LAGER. Compares to draft pitchers of budweiser i've had that don't agree well the next day. Easy to drink but bad coming up.

Mouthfeel: watery, but smooth. A little carbonation.

Overall: this isn' t what I expected. Especially in comparison right after an Innis and Gunn. Compared to other macro-brews and other Rickard's brews it is not at the top of the list. Something I would drink, but it would not be a first choice. It tastes very close to a coors light I had the other night. With high hopes for this beer, it fell short of my expectations and classes pretty low among the other Rickard's brews. Maybe I've been drinking too much craft and higher beers lately lol. Cheers.

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4.5/5  rDev +50.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -8%

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3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can purchased from LCBO. haven't seen this in stores before so figured it was worth a try. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Copper / golden colors blended together underneath a 2.5 fingers creamy white head that lasts awhile. Looks rather frothy and dense, leaving nice lacing. The beer is also slightly hazy to the eye.

Smell 0 Faint Christmas spices, vanilla maybe a touch of candied something. Not strong, not complex and not much else. Perhaps it's too cold, but the nose kinda transitions to a bit pumpkin-esque after warming a bit.

Taste - Interesting. Something closely affiliated with maple syrup, some vanilla and sweet tapioca pudding blended with vanilla on first tasting. This flavor subsides after any sort of warming leaving a slightly oakey vanilla flavor. The sweetness almost reaches the level of cloying but since it disappears from the tongue quickly it's not. Actually really enjoyed this overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Not thin feeling nor is it to heavy.

Overall - In my mind deserving of 3.5, however a bit misclassified, the longer it stays in the glass, the more I think its and offshoot of Innis & Gunn and is unlike anything I've had in the style. Actually first few sips had me thinking was a full-blown winter Warmer, but apparently that's not the case. Whatever it may be, i enjoyed it so I won't ding it too much here.

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2.75/5  rDev -8%

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3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light amber colour, thumb of head with some retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is slightly metallic, loads of spices with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves coming through alongside hints of vanilla and peppered caramel.

T - Flavour profile is actually mildly surprising almost coming across as a mild version of I&G Original. Hints of toffee and wooden oak come through with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon on the finish.

M - A tad prickly and thin and finishes wet.

O - A decent offering from a macro, the flavour profile isn't over the top, but its an economical and sessionable alternative to I&G. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but if I was at a pub that only served Molson products (of which there are plenty in my hometown), then I would order this over anything else.

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1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

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Rickard's Oakhouse from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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