Cain's Finest Bitter - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
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:
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(Beer added by: charlesw on 07-10-2003)
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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 jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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 mrfrancis
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a thin white mousse. There isn't much in the way of noticeable effervescence in the glass.

S: Very neutral. It's difficult to pick much up on the nose. Very faint aromas of toasted malt, cocoa, cream, and toffee eventually make their presence known. Underwhelming.

T: Notes of toffee, earthy hops, cream, roasted malt, and nuts are present. The finish is short with toffee, cream, and nut notes. Drinkable, but extremely bland.

M: Light bodied and dry. Carbonation is barely present. This one really doesn't stand out in any way.

O: A very mediocre effort. It's kind of like drinking a darker version of Boddington's Pub Ale. Extremely boring and lacking in complexity.

Photo of BryanCarey
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cain’s Finest Bitter is a tan colored brew with gold hues around the edges, a completely clear body, and a nose that is weak but offers aromas of pale, toasted malt, toffee, and some earthy hops. The appearance is rather ordinary, but not terrible and not enough to discourage that first sip.

With the taste, Cains Finest Bitter offers flavors of brown sugar, toffee, biscuits, and some earthy hops. Digging further I am able to find some light nuttiness, herbal notes, and even a small amount of chocolate, but the latter taste sensation is probably pushing it as this is a fairly straight- forward English Bitter.

This is a sweeter beer and many may be misled by the title, but one must remember that this is a British Bitter and when the English use the term, they mean something different from when Americans use the term. The taste actually has very little bitterness and even less alcohol. Its overall flavor profile may be a letdown to some, but it is actually a decent session beer and one worth a try every now and then when you want a lighter beer that still has at least some character.

Photo of taylocd
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 14.9 ounce can into Imperial nonick tumbler. Can shows "Cains Finest Bitter", but it is definitely an English Bitter, so I can only assume that 'Finest Bitter' and 'Best Bitter' are the same

Date stamp shows 17 Aug.

A - beer poured a brown to ruby brown with a head of fine eggshell colored bubbles; the head retained a thin cover over the beer, but left scant lacing

S - the aroma was not especially powerful, but smelled of still woodsy air

T - the beer had a faint burnt coffee bitterness (with a very slight chocolate taste) and again with a woodsy flavor character, all of which tended to linger on the palate

M - this was a very smooth drinker

O - Cains Best was a decent selection, with no remarkably good or bad characteristics. It's an average brew, on the whole.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 14.9oz tall-boy can, decent enough packaging, if nothing flashy. Poured into a Black Sheep imperial pint glass. 4% abv; finally, a TRUE, Ding-approved English session bitter for the US! Served cool.

Appearance: Crystal-clear dark copper beer, surprisingly high level of carbonation, and a dark ivory cap which fades to a nice, half-finger cap with good staying power.

Smell: Hints of macro lager-like adjuncty business aren't real pleasant, but a few swirls brings out light caramel notes, with a bit of multigrain bread and light fruity esters. Those aromas are quite nice, just wish there wasn't that other kind of off-putting corn-y thing going on (for what it's worth, I have no idea if this is brewed with adjuncts or not). No real hop presence.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aromas in that there's both good and bad stuff going on. However, unlike the aromas, the negatives outweight the positives here. Some stale grainy flavors here, along with a slight macro lager-like sweetness, some unbalanced fruity notes, and then a bit of sweet (pleasant) caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Served at traditional cask temperature, the mouthfeel is actually pretty smooth and nice; it doesn't feel harshly carbonated like I was afraid it would.

Overall: Wanted SO badly to like this. Their dark mild is actually pretty good, and my last trip to England has left me desperate (until I get better at homebrewing) for really tasty English-style session beers (imported or domestic). In the end, this tastes only a few shades better than the 2.5% Sainsbury's Bitter I had in Gateshead (99p for a 4pk of tall-boys). At $1.99 a can, this isn't something I see myself returning to.

Photo of match1112
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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 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 jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of roadies
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jacobdensford
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pwsoldier
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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 crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
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