Rickards Oakhouse
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Brewed by Molson Breweries (MolsonCoors)
Style: Premium Lager
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (2807) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Une bouteille achetée à l’unité. Un liquide qui présente une robe dorée bien limpide. Un petit anneau de mousse qui s’installe pour une seconde. Un nez identifiable à la brasserie avec des céréales sucrées et une touche de chêne vanillé (copeau). Des saveurs qui sont simples, douces et drôlement touchées par le chêne et sa vanille. Une bouche structurée comme les autres offrandes de la maison. Une finale courte dans laquelle on retrouve un boisé et quelques notes amères. Louable, dans une certaine mesure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VincentDamon (270) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Bière de couleur ambrée. 5.5% d’alcool. Goût un peu sucré avec des accents de caramel et de vanille. Accents assez particuliers, voire originaux, peut-être dus au vieillissement en fûts de chêne. J’ai apprécié cette bière en hiver, tel que le souhaite Rickards. Je ne suis vraiment pas un fan de cette brasserie, mais cette bière a été une agréable surprise. Pas assez pour que je la rachète toutefois... Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Spab (2123) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden orange with modest white head. Aroma is quite oaky with some toasty caramel. Flavour also has a strong oakiness/woodiness with toasted caramel maltiness. Wood lingers a bit in the finish. Average body. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
Above average quality in everything but flavor. There is too much "oak" and something not quite vanilla but very birthday cake.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
nechrispeters (1) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
Rickards Red was on tap at the campus pub when I was at school, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Rickards products. That being the case, I was excited when my Brother-in-law gave me an Oakhouse to try this Christmas. I knew something was up when he watched me take my first sip. The beer looks fantastic with a cinnamon amber hue and a healthy head. The creamy texture almost seemed more ale than lager. However, the beer tasted like that purple Thrills gum from my child hood with a hint of Vanilla and a Hoppy backbone. The effect was shudder inducing. There was an unpleasant sweet perfume tang to it with the underlying bitterness that really rocked the boat. Sort of like high-school girl mixed with my uncle’s old hockey bag. This is a beer which might be best enjoyed with something sweet and bitter, like waffles and self-loathing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[5036-20121230] 341mL bottle. Woody oak chips and toasted straw aroma. Clear, orange brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Tons of wood sweet oak in the flavour, it kind of obliterates anything else (which may be a blessing, sorry). Medium body. Glad to sample. (4/3/4/3/8) 2.2
(c/o GregClow, w/ jercraigs)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tricker (260) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Bière blonde de 5.5 % d’alcool. Elle possède un odorat céréalière, sucré et avec une légère amertume. Elle possède un beau col au versement. Elle possède un goût de poire et de banane, avec un arrière-goût sucré. Elle possède un petit goût céréalier minime avec une légère amertume en finale. Elle porte bien son nom de bière d’hiver, car elle est chaleureuse. Correcte !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
2012-12-30. Crisp dark yellow, small off-white head. Dry woody, oaky aroma, smells a bit like the barrel room at a winery minus the fruit of the wine, muted malt. Flavour is similarly oak dominant, dry vaguely tannic and vanilla wood notes, muted sweet pale malt and whispers of caramel in with the woody vanilla. Very light bitterness. Average bodied palate. It reminds me of Innis & Gunn a bit in that it is a fairly light beer with prominent oak aging, similarly I find that there is not enough of anything else to balance the oak. I am pretty impressed that this came from Rickard’s and it is relatively drinkable, but it is very much not to my own taste. Bottle via GregClow

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
shorlin (588) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
Tried this one on tap. Pours a frothy amber. Not a bad looking beer. Nose is a little malty, not a whole lot different from Rickards Red on the whole, but I think I can actually smell a bit of the oakiness. Or maybe I’m imagining things. Body is very weak and thin, I was hoping for more. Taste is mostly sweet, with a little bitterness. Finish is OK. Not really great or anything.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mathieuc (982) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Aroma is light oak, Innis and and Gunn style like some other raters noted. It is lighter than even the lighter of the I&G range though. Taste is sweet (maybe overly so) with not much hops to speak of. Body is somewhat thin but I believe this kind of recipe required it. Carbonation is average just like the beverage is overall. Of course it is a lot better than any of the other Rickards offering but I won’t be back, unless I’m not the one paying for it.

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