Cain's Finest Bitter - Robert Cain & Company Limited

Not Rated.
Cain's Finest BitterCain's Finest Bitter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

65 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 65
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 9.09%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: charlesw on 07-10-2003

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (10) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last
Reviews: 65 | Hads: 109
Photo of WrathsU
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium brown, brilliantly clear body. Thick white head which is long lasting. Lacing looks good.

S - Malty, delicate perfume smelling hops. Sweet fruit traces as well.

T - Light sweet malt, light caramel, nice bitterness throughout that isn't overpowering at all. Finishes clean with a nice slightly earthy hop flavor. After taste is slightly pungent and undesirable.

M - Light bodied, no alcohol burn, carbonation is at good levels.

O - A superb beer overall. At 4% you can drink a ton of these in a day and with its flavor you won't complain. Definitely give it a try if you can find it. (599 characters)

Photo of Seumas
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cains Traditional Bitter (it only becomes best bitter when in the can) is slightly less bitter and slightly more hoppy than it was when I first had it.

I'm really happy about the second development and split about the first. The beer is still quite bitter, but it now lacks the slap to the back of the tongue that so stunned me when I first tried it a dozen years ago. I like intense bitterness, but it's not for everybody, so I guess the decision to down the bitterness makes sense. (486 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from France 44 online.

It has a gorgeous pour; a beautiful clear mahogany colour with a huge whiter than white head of foam.

The smell is roasty and lightly bittered. Simple, yes, but very much inviting me to take a sip or 2.

It has a very good taste. It starts of malty and roasty, the malty almost being sweet chocolate like, has some mild bitterness mostly mid palate, and finishes with cool balanced flavours.

I love the subtlety that this Bitter brings to the table.

Close to medium, nah, medium bodied with light carbonation, it is so smooth and easy drinking. I'm a fan. (596 characters)

Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep red color, and supports a modest creamy head of foam. It has a very mellow and pleasant aroma of sweet dark fruits, and the flavor is similar: smooth dark crystal malts blending with classic english yeast flavors of fruit. This bitter is excellent, it is smooth, flavorful and a bit lower in carbonation than your average style. A great flavorful and easy drinking ale. (389 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a thin white head into my glass. Looks good for the style.

Creamy with a mix of grassy hops and sweet buttered bread. Of course, it is not BURSTING with these flavors but they are there.

Sweet, buttered bread and grassy hops go further into depth here. There's also a creamy texture to it.

Perfect amount of bitterness in the mouthfeel. The creaminess is a plus and I now realize that Cain's is trying to mimic the profile of a cask-conditioned ale.

I like this bitter. Maybe it's the mouthfeel and then again, maybe the fact that it's 4.2% and just as flavorful as something higher in ABV is a huge plus in my book. (653 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CAN you dig it?!? Another CAN from Another6Pack in support of The CANQuest (TM)! And another English session beer, to boot! CAN Bitter be Better than the previous Dark Mild? Stay tuned, kids, we'll be right back after these words from our sponsor.

Hey kids, tired of drinking bland old milk? Why don't you try some BUPGOO? BUPGOO is a syrup that when added to milk makes the milk more attractive to children! BUPGOO works on the principle that children want what they cannot have. You see, BUPGOO in milk makes the whiteness rise foaming to the top of the glass, leaving a transparent brown liquid underneath. Yes, BUPGOO makes a glass of milk look EXACTLY like a glass of BEER! Next time you want that beer your parents drinking, ask 'em for BUPGOO!

From the CAN: "Imported British Beer".

The Crack also evidenced a minor offgassing of CO2, but nothing like the previous Dark Mild. The Glug had some cascading action, but nothing like the Dark Mild. I had best stop thinking about one vs. the other or this review will be seriously flawed. I had a mere finger of thick tawny head when I was done, like a crown atop the head of the beer. The color was a glorious deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and the BUPGOO allusion definitely applied! Nose had a grassy quality that reminded me of drying mown grass in the summertime. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a grassy hoppiness that was very tasty on the tongue. It was bitter, but not quite bitter enough for this self-avowed hophead. Finish was dry and refreshing and given its relatively low ABV, I could make an afternoon of it if I had to, but there may be better choices available. I see that Cain's CANs three other beers and I am game if anyone wants to ship them my way (hint, hint). (1,745 characters)

Photo of branko7
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved this beer. Poured a nutty brown. Quite a bit of head, which settled down nicely. Taste was a bit sweet, but not cloying. A nice malty base, with a trace of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth, almost like a nitro. Light carbonation. Overall, very well-balanced and pleasant. Not super complex, but tasty. I'll definitely look for it again. (348 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnuty amber with ruby edges. Almost no head, as always with these ere' beers. Aromas are fresh floral hops and biscuity malts. The taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, and malty on the finish to smooth it all out. Mouthfeel is cask and lovely, but a bit light to my tongue, and so the drinkability does suffer a bit because of this lack of dimension. This is like a lighter version of the IPA. Not quite as good, but still bloody excellent. (440 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of jorg2619
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at bulls head in Lititz.

Appearance: clean dark amber thin and drinkable looking a possible long time affair.

Smell: not much very mild

Taste: mild a touch of hops very enjoyable

Mouthfeel: very nice thin yet coating

Overall: I like this pub beer can have a lot and still drive (293 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (637 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9oz can into an imperial pint. Thanks to Aaron for this!

A: Pours a handsome tarnished copper, autumn brown color. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white foam rose up to the edge of the glass and lasted for quite a while before settling down to a thick collar that didn't leave any lace.

S: Caramel with tangy apple and lightly toasted grains.

T: As above, but with an interesting flavor transition that goes from a "paper-y" flavor and leads into carmel, hops, and then roasty malt.

M: Very nice balance between light sweetness and dry roastiness.

O: Not a caramel bomb...I approve. (600 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have an old friend whom I haven't seen for a while who is a Liverpudlian. He's now a Clevelander like me but I still haven't seen him for a while. I wonder what he thinks of Cains.

It is a bit flat looking, not much head. The aoma is a little weak but improving with warmth. The taste and mouthfeel are like the flat look, but nice and bitter. Overall it's pretty drinkable but I won't go out of my way to repeat. (416 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bready Nutty, Malty Dark amber in color.

The smell is pretty much all malt and in my opinion not very enticing. Exceptionally light bodied and highly drinkable, a wonderful ale. Taste like golding hops on the back end. This is a malt forward beer. This is one of those beers that shows there is no reason that ales can't be as light and refreshing as lagers are. I would like to hops to be a little more pronounced. (416 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (373 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear ruby color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of toasty malt with hints of toffee, and a whiff of butterscotch. It is all rather faint though. The taste is a bit more impact than the aroma. There is some nice caramel, toffee, and toast notes with some light butterscotch in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, I really like the flavor of this beer, and its refreshing quality is hard to beat. I could see myself drinking this again when In the mood for something on the lighter side. I only wish the aroma were a little more pronounced. (690 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lucky and random find in dallas but seems like this and the dark mild are the most populate among BA. very drinkable and a great but very low bitterness of a bitter. great pour. amber with a nice head or about 1 to 2 fingers. i've found that is not consistent but its more so because of the glassware. nice thick but small head. creamy. nose is a bit subdued. first and foremost... toast. and malty hints. everything comes together in the palate as a low carbonation but actually great feel creamy malt beer that doesn't go do heavy his a hint of nobel like bittering. and a touch of apple turnover. a bit roasty. nice little treat and rather flavorful silky for the abv. (673 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of charlesw
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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 :) (961 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (564 characters)

first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last
Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
80 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.