Cain's Finest Bitter - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Robert Cain & Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: charlesw on 07-10-2003

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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Capone's for $3.75 a can. Poured into a Fuller's pint glass. Served just slightly chilled.

I did a two-stage pour to try and develop a sizeable head and release much of the CO2 in hopes of replicating the cask mouthfeel. (As much as possible I guess.)

The tan head maintained its sturdy structure for a minute or two, only to recede back to a thin white film on top. The body is a rich ruby amber color with pretty decent clarity.

The aroma is interesting. At first, I would describe it as metallic. The one beer this aroma reminds me of is Bud Light Lime. I know that most would consider that an insult, but I don't mean it to be one. It is tinny, with grainy huskiness, corn and maybe some English hops at the bottom of it all. I think it needs some cleaning up here...

The sharpness of the aroma is NOT present in the flavor thankfully, and I get mostly sweet caramel malts on top of gentle cracker-like doughiness. Bitterness is there for balance only, and comes in at the end. Toasted, roasty, and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is very soft, and light bodied, with extremely low carbonation.

I would like this Bitter to be more bitter. Otherwise, everything about this was better than I was expecting. Would drink again but wouldn't seek out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a deep russet color with a thinner off white head atop,the color is quite deep for a bitter.Aromas of biscuit malt and a bit of tin,not much hop presence wich I didn't expect anyeay.Flavors of biscuit malt and a bit more cake-like sweetness,light but noticable leafy hops in the finish.It's a no frills bitter,don't look for big flavors,look for session-style and it it wins at that.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: British hops, spicy, earthy, herbal. Appearance: ruby amber, brilliant, ½” cream colored head that quickly dissipates. Flavor: fruit, maybe a little peach or mild citrus, subtle malt backbone with mild sweet malt flavors and yeast esters as you drink the hops are ever present in the background. As you drink you get a rich fruity taste followed by a dry hop finish and a lingering subtle sweetness flowed by a hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium low body, low carbonation, no astringency. Overall: a very drinkable, pleasant ale, easy to drink.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 14.9 oz. can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Decent two finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet malt forward aroma. Bready malts that are somewhat toasted. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, butterscotch, and a little citrus orange. Also some light earthy hops lingering in the background. Somewhat herbal.

Taste: Much like it smells, a fairly sweet malt forward English beer. Toasted malts with good notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and some orange peel. Very light hints of herbal earthy hops come trough towards the finish. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth drinking.

Overall: A pretty decent beer. Its what you would expect from an English session brew.

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9 ounce (440ml) can served in a large Austrian stein.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, chestnut; 2 fingers of ivory, sudsy foam. Reduces to a lasting top coat and ring.

Smell: Medium and dark notes with an earthy base. Notes of unbaked bread and roasted nuts. Improves upon warming.

Taste: Mainly mild toasted malts. Some faint English hops towards the finish, with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: a bit too thin-bodied. Low-medium carbonation works well.

Overall: with a flavor that's less bitter but overall better than the aroma indicates, this is beer turns out to be above average and a well priced for an import.

{Rating confirmed on 4/2012 tasting}

Photo of LXIXME
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small light tan head settles into a light froth across the top of this clear dark reddish amber colored beer.

Lightly roasted caramel grain malt aroma with a little bit of bitterness sneaking in there from the hops.

Roasted malts taste that almost seem to be verging on burnt, outweigh the slight hops, light grassiness, and light dried fruits that are tagging along.

A very light dry aftertaste with some slight roasted caramel tastes lingering behind on this medium bodied beer.

A lighter tasting beer than the dark color would have had you thinking going into drinking this 14.9 ounce can of Cains Finest Bitter.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal clear, dark amber/brown color, minimal, lacy head.

A very sour, root beer and earthy herbs, slightly musty. A very subtle aroma.

Mild is indeed what comes to mind in the flavor department, herbal and earthy effect with a gentle malt, root beer sweetness, decent balance but a watery, light feel and flavor overall.

Indeed a bit mild on all counts, not much complexity so it's a bit of yawn overall.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dusky hazel hued brew with a nice thick off-white cap with some staying power.

S - A hint of hops on top of a caramel note. Smells mild and slightly toasty.

T - Toast and toffee. Light wisps of hops add a hay-like flavor.

M - Light bodied but creamy from the smooth carbonation reminiscent of a nitro-can, although I didn't hear a widget in this can.

Mild, easily drinkable, and not at all bitter by modern American standards. We've all become so enamored with hop-bombs or malt-bombs that it's nice to enjoy an easy going brew like this once in a while.

Photo of sfprint
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 10/22/2011

A: Syrupy color orangyer rootbeer, subtle columns of bubbles whippinig their way to the top, short soda head, transparent.
S: In the cream soda/rootbeer, sweet syrupy black cherry, but with amber characteristics.
T: If cough syrup was far less sweet and more bitter without the nasty medicinal edge, it would be similar to this.
M: Dry astringency, no carbonation.
O: Meh, boring.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super effervescent amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Good head retention & some lacing

S: Pears, mild grassyness

T: Follows the nose, some herbal hops notes as well up front. More pears & some apricot as this warms, a little hop bite tries to balance out the fruittyness, but comes up short, a little grassyness is there as well. Finishes with herbal hoopyness, pears & dryness

MF: Light bodied, fairly moderate carbonation, okay balance

This grew on me as it warmed, but give me something bottle conditioned or on cask, or hell even with some nitro any day, Drinks alright, but not too memorable

Photo of bashiba
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clean dark amber, very clear with a sticky tan head.

The smell is very english, minerally and lightly sweet with a touch of hops.

The flavor is spot on english bitter, lightly sweet with a bit of biscuit and a light mineral quality and a smidge of english hops.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch dry.

Very easy to drink, light yet interesting, a solid session bitter.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A few spots of lacing is left on the glass.

Has the English hop aroma that I enjoy so much. It is grassy and herbal. The malt adds a bit of toffee.

The flavor does not disappoint either. Plenty of hop flavor up front being balanced by a nice toffee malt flavor. The flavor falls off a little too quick, but for a low ABV beer, I'm not complaining.

Light bodied with low carbonation. About what I expect from a low ABV, British ale.

A good Bitter that happens to come in cans. The rather lackluster reviews had me a bit concerned, but I thoroughly enjoyed this ale.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woodychandler comes through again with yet another canned beer. This guy is unstopable. Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a very small head. Smell is mild, some grains and malts. Taste is also mild, some grains and a touch of bitterness at the finish, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can 124-08:34-4 May 12. Sampled on November 5, 2011. It pours a deep, medium dark amber with virtually no head but fine clarity. There is an abundance of caramel malt and sugar sweet mash in the mix but really nothing extraordinary. The body runs in the thin to medium range. The taste is more sweet than anything else with the bitterness there but slightly downplayed. I could picture myself sitting in an English pub and quaffing a bunch of these. A 'drowning your sorrows in your beer' kind of beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine burnished copper color, brightly clear with saturated color. Tan foam rises to the two finger mark and settles to an ample layer across the surface, never breaking. Retention is surprisingly strong, though there's no lace to speak of.

Soft subtle aromas of toasted grain and baked apples with cinnamon. Lightly mild sweetness.

Supple feel, low carbonation to emulate a cask serving. Very smooth body. Light toasted malt flavors, vague bitterness upfront, some lingering apple fruitiness from the yeast possibly. Pretty mild flavors in general, but still flavorful. This is tailor made to session.

Thanks Aaron for this one!

Photo of AEK
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Are you sure this beer is retired??? I had it on cask in my local last night..

A. Red coloured beer with a very thin white head.

S. Slight aroma of tinned strawberries and cream.

T. A little malt presence and some hop. There is also a faint touch of strawberries. Initial taste is like washing up liquid, this then gives way to the strawberry flavour. Has a metallic tasting finish.

M. Thin bordering on medium.

D. Alright for a one off try I suppose but don't bother having seconds. I have never really been a fan of Cains beers but, seeing as this was the only beer they has available had to try it out.

Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear bright caramel brown with a small off white head that fades to a film and left no lacing

smells of caramel mat and a little grass

tastes of rich buttery caramel malt very mild earthy grassy hops

mouthfeel is light body low carbonation and oh so smooth

overall this is a perfect session beer at only 4% abv and a great deal of malt flavor - not watery at all

Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown and crystal clear. Some nice tan on top that seems to sit around for a while, looks nice.

S: Malty, and very smooth. There is almost a creamy like quality to this. Some nice floral notes from the hops, a touch of caramel and a very slight earthy forest smell in the finish.

T: Very nice. There is a good caramel malt flavor at the front followed by some bready notes. There is a little something in the back that I can't quite figure out, and possibly a touch of metal. The hops are nice, and add some floral notes, and light bitterness to the finish.

M: Light to medium in body, the carbonation is on the low side, but I am not too surprised by it. There is certainly a creaminess to it that I rather enjoy. It feels a lot thicker than it is.

O: Overall Good, but maybe not great. Still a very enjoyable, and something nice to come home to at the end of the day.

Photo of charlesw
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint in the Red Lion public house. Hand pumped (no head, little to no carbonation). Pours a lighter version of dark walnut (does that make sense to you? It did to me at the time!).
Aroma: very typical for a bitter with a slight smoky side to it.
Taste: First (oddly enough) you get the bitterness. Ah, yes, this is what a bitter should be! Then comes a hint of malty caramel (surely the yeast used, eh?) and lastly you get a bit of flavor (no, not a citrusy flavor - perhaps a bit more bitterness?) of hops.
Drinkability: Yes :) Ok, it is quite drinkable in a certain context. Mmm. I would say that this would be the beer to drink with a meal. It is consistent and flavorful enough and yet not overpowering at all. A fine beer, indeed!

Their web site says:
"prize winning cask beer [...] dark, full bodied [...] excellent [...] refreshing yet full bodied [...] rich flavours of premium malt and goldings hops"
Yeah, that sounds about right :)

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A nice creamy and somewhat large two finger tall head. Body color is a real nice copper amber and crystal clear, with a deep dark Indian brown reddish appearance. Very nice looking brew.

Mild sense of biscuity like malts, with a hint of sweet cream. Some faint hint of herbal hops slightly, and some pine like bitterness. Pretty solid.

Palate hits with a nice sweet mix of classic biscuit and soft caramel flavors. Good blending of sweetness and caramel tasting like malts it seems. Finish even has a light tea and herbal hop mix, with a hint of nice simple "bitterness" to match. Creamy filling palate, and a bit of fruity ester quality to match. It's all here.

Flavorful. Super easy drinking and fairly straightforward for a bitter no complaints.

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with a slightly patchy ivory haze. Pleasant aromas of sweet caramel malt, lightly toasted grains, toffee, and earthy hops. Taste is very similar to the nose, very drinkable overall. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a light body and good carbonation. Overall a very nice Bitter, and I love the can presentation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark coppery brown amber. Half finger, fine, very light tan head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of biscuit and light toasted malt, hint of caramel. Pleasant light flavor of caramel and toasted malt, hint of orange and toffee. Very slight bitterness. Very subdued flavor, almost too attenuated, but what flavor is here is quite pleasant. Medium bodied, better than expected. A nice low key English bitter. Glad this was in a can as the light flavors would probably have not fared as well in a bottle.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can, 4% abv. Deep amber color, clear. White creamy head disappears fairly quickly. A thin ring leaves a few spots of lace.

A hint of roasty malt, some caramel and toffee, along with some mineral-like notes. Perhaps some light, earthy hop aroma.

Caramel malt, with a clean feel. Some mineral flavors, with a drier, earthy finish.

Lighter body with some soft carbonation. Alcohol isn't even mentioned here, making for a great session beer.

Photo of Kromes
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A crystal clear dark copper color with no head.

S: Honey and grainy malt with a little hop.

T: More grainy malt. Watery taste to it. A little honey and a little hop. Not much more than that.

M: Has a watery feel with hardly any carbonation which is the style.

O: The flavor isn't too bad. Maybe a little on the grain side. Taste like very, very watered down whisky. Very drinkable. Like beer flavored water.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Clear dark orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and nothing is left in terms of lacing.

3.5 S: "Stale" toastiness, grainy malts, and an earthy mineral component. Fairly dry. Not a lot going on, but decent enough.

4.0 T: Lots of flavor hiding in the taste though. Toastiness, caramel, graininess, and mineral earth. Much more potent than the nose. Dry, but balanced.

3.5 M: Medium body. Slippery feel to it like nitro or something along those lines. Carbonation is on the lower end, giving a cask feel to it.

3.5 D: Decent beer. Worth a try if you like a lighter beer from time to time.

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Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
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