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Cain's Finest Bitter - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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BA SCORE
81
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: charlesw on 07-10-2003)
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Serving type: 14.9-ounce (440 ml) can. “4 MAY 12” is printed on the bottom so I assume it is a best by date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium caramel brown. Two fingers of buttery, light tan head dissipated slowly to leave an even skim.

Smell: At first it smelled like corn adjunct, but then I thought otherwise: lots of pale and lightly toasted malts. There is a lot of caramel. Buttery biscuit, toffee, and grassy hops. Smells very British.

Taste: Hybrid of adjunct and pale malts and lightly toasted caramel. It is thin but does have taste. Grassy hops give it a little bitterness. It is also sweet and fruity with flavors of apple.

Drinkability: My British friend thinks it is “a crime against British beer” and “an abortion.” He suggests using it “for killing grass and weeds.” I think it is a decent, canned British beer. It is not much but it is drinkable.

04-28-2012 04:19:42 | More by TheQuietMan22
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djtomain

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-27-2012 21:52:51 | More by djtomain
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IpaRay

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-09-2012 22:10:02 | More by IpaRay
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours coppery brown with a thin white head that reduces to a slight ring. No lace.

Some caramel malt and bitter mineral notes.

A definite English bitter, with some malt and burnt caramel up front, with an assertive bitterness bringing up the rear. Some toffee and herbal notes. Simple decent brew, but very one trick pony here.

A little mushy. Almost dead still. Not that I mind, but needs some tingle.

Overall not a bad brew. Structure is lacking, but flavor is decent.

06-09-2012 03:33:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-09-2013 23:35:42 | More by dmorgan310
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Tasted by half-pint at Half Moon, a JDW pub nr. Stepney Green, East End London. The pump clip says the name is "Cains Finest Bitter", at 4%abv.

A: dark tawny hue, coming with a thin, off-white beer head with good retention and leaving tight lacing as it retreats.
S: bitter-sourly sweet aroma of fruits, like dried California plums (a fruit snack) and dried raspberry, along with a lightly resinous note coming through the foam. Pretty nice~~
T: sourly-sweet green apple, followed by lightly roasted, semi-dryish malts, the bitter edge of caramel, while a lightly spicy resinous+grassy, Goldings(?) hoppyness stays behind the firm malty flavour.
M&D: very smooth mouthfeel and light-bodied bitterness lingers. Good backbone of dryish fruity hops. A different bitter from the usual treats of bitters from the southern counties in my local pubs.

03-17-2006 03:16:27 | More by wl0307
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-28-2013 20:02:20 | More by redleg411
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -9%

Dark cherry beer with little head after pouring into an imperial pint. Aromas of fruit, grass and bread. Flavors of fruit, biscuit, toffee; has a leafy aftertaste. With its subdued flavor and light body, this would make a fine session beer were I ever to find myself in an English pub.

03-17-2013 18:39:42 | More by keeganfrank
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -9%

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Poured a clear dark brown/red color with a soapy head that left no lace

S- Very light aroma of indistinct maltiness

T- Kind of a black and mild taste, maltiness, and some light toffee light notes

M- Medium body, drinks smooth, prickly carbonation

O- An easy drinker, but nothing too exciting which I think is expected for the style. There are a lot of more flavorful session beers I would pick over this, but it seems alright for the style.

05-04-2012 13:00:21 | More by Hoptometrist
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

14.9 ounce can - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, chestnut (though lights up dark amber against the light) body with a finger of ivory-hued foam.

Smell: Light malty notes of cocoa, bruised dark fruits, toasted bread and toasted nuts.

Taste: Light flavors tasting of mild toasted bread, nuts, and chocolate powder. Lightly fruity. All light, mind you. Modestly sweet on the fore. Low, faintly resiny English hops, low bitterness, too. Dry, malty on the back half and until the quiet finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Due to questions and allegations made against its character, this Cain suspended its now washed out flavor campaign. A so-so beer, but the ABV is definitely appreciated.

12-09-2011 19:34:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

12-07-2011 16:26:02 | More by tone77
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crossovert

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

440ml can. The store called it a "Dark Mild" but it is 4% and called "Finest Bitter".

It pours a clear dark mahogany with a fizzy eggshell white head that dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is mostly English hops (Goldings) with some cocoa and biscuit.

The flavor is okay. Mostly biscuit, some hops and metal. The mouthfeel is thin but slightly "creamy". Just a typical session beer if you don't wanna fill up.

10-20-2011 19:09:56 | More by crossovert
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bellce0

Georgia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-20-2012 22:50:14 | More by bellce0
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

09-06-2011 22:11:42 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Kromes

Georgia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

02-29-2012 23:09:07 | More by Kromes
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-25-2012 09:47:03 | More by jaidenjb
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neckbeered

Montana

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-16-2014 21:34:34 | More by neckbeered
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-23-2013 23:20:50 | More by ejimhof
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roadies


3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-06-2012 02:59:44 | More by roadies
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jacobdensford

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-15-2012 19:32:10 | More by jacobdensford
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

A - Dark gold. Nice head: gave this one an aggressive pour into a tall glass.

A - Malt. Not much here.

T - Kinda like an Amber Lager. Not something that people will pay for when they can get Yuengl.... wait, this is an English beer for THIS price!?
Again, I'd prefer to pay for something memorable. I can't say that the price doesn't allure me, though.

M - Thick for the low ABV. Kinda like a better version of Bud.

O - Not unique for any particular reason. I could do really go for a hop presence and some sweet, dark fruit caramel flavors... and maybe even a little roast. However, there's nothing offensive here. And it's charming knowing I'm drinking an old country ale, not another generic lager.

04-14-2012 05:44:03 | More by MONKandTUCK
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pwsoldier

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-25-2012 17:57:12 | More by pwsoldier
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kylehay2004

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-16-2013 02:38:31 | More by kylehay2004
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-25-2011 04:09:48 | More by barnzy78
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match1112

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%

a clear dark amber body with a thin tan cap that has a creamy texture to it. smell and taste are close to the same. nose is made up of grains and malts with a slight fruit smell in the background. taste is the same with the only difference being the bitterness, it's not overpowering, just a sharp bite on the finish. mouthfeel is thin and watery with no hop or alochol presence. overall this could have it's place on a hot day while doing yard work or fishing for some people, but not me. not much going on with this beer so i dont think i will buy another.

01-14-2012 22:45:46 | More by match1112
Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
81 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.