exeter (462) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
It looks like coke but has a nice lasting head and good lacing. That’s the high point. Tastes of malt sweetness and some dark chocolate bitterness, or so I think. It’s rather light on everything. It’s a porter for people that might think porters are too strong. Just what a macros for. English style Porter? England should sue!
BeerAndPonies (119) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
341 ml bottle from the Rickard’s sampler twelve-pack, served in my fancy cruise-ship dual-level flute glass. Pours a deep cola/caramel brown with low carbonation and a latte-hued cap that leaves lace loops. Aroma is toned-down toasted malt, caramel, and a small helping of spiced dark red fruit. Flavor is anemic for a brown ale/porter-styled beer - lightly buttered toast with a sprinkling of brown sugar - and comes off as watered-down. Mouthfeel is thin as well; not much to chew on here. Porter, my ass. Nothing unpleasant, but almost nothing of any substance as well. Ho-hum. (Oddly enough, the final sip of sediment in the glass had more roasty oomph than any previous swallow.)
mathieuc (2284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a medium brown with a medium offwhite head that sticks around longer than your usual macro beer. It also leaves some fine lacing patterns on the glass. Nose is of caramel and toasted grains, a little roasty. Some fruits as well. Taste is of chocolate, roasted nuts and caramel, a little bitter and not too sweet. Some maple syrup impressions but I might be imagining things since it is written right there on the can. Body is light, carbonation moderately high. Texture is a little smooth but also a little thin... OK dark beer. Not quite a porter to me but pretty close.
can8ianben (1403) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent roasty, malty, beverage. Lacks a full richness, and a darker color.
worldbeertaste (1748) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown with a tan light head. Smells of pale malt, caramel, sweet malt, and earthnotes. Tastes about the same but with a bit more roast and light fruit. Not bad. One of the most drinkable of the mass produced.
dfearnley (1288) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hey, I just bought a house. The old owners, ’kindly’, left a couple beers in the fridge. Both our Rickards and both are beers that I probably wouldn’t have purchased on my own. But they’re two different styles, so I’m going to give them a try. I haven’t moved anything in yet, but there just happens to be a table where glass in the kitchen. I’m guessing that that is more than this beer will deserve. Here goes.
Bottle to table glass.
Aroma of syrup, fresh malt, maple, and bread. This is reddish brown with a thin, off-white almost tan, creamy head. Taste of cherry, malt, spme lemon and skunk. Better than I thought it would be.
lbcgreg (55) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slight malt flavor with a very slight hint of sweetness. Clean finish and light style of stout
UXO (868) - CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear deep amber with one finger of fine beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, minimal lacing (3/5). Nose is caramel malt, chocolate and mild coffee, light grassy hops (5/10). Taste is moderate sweet malt, mild to moderate bitter (6/10). Light body, moderate to high sustained carbonation, with a lingering bitter finish (4/5).
Y’know, I wasn’t expecting much. And I didn’t get much. But what I got was perhaps a slightly better grade of not much, than I was expecting. Some might consider the carbonation a bit too high, and it certainly generates a burp or two, but it also lifts and cuts the sweetness. The sweetness still gets a little cloying on the tongue, and I sure wouldn’t want more than one, but overall, as “beers that you’re likely to find on tap at some soulless chain restaurant” go, it’s drinkable. I’d go so far to say as it might well be the best thing in the MolsonCoors lineup these days - not that that’s saying much. (10/20)
mbgrayson (628) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark brown. Taste is sweet and malty. Very easy to drink and tasty. Thumbs up.
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Berard (466) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin white head that dissipates. Sweet caramel aroma over light carbonation. This is one of the weakest porters I've ever had.
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