Cain's Finest Bitter - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of sfprint
2.5/5  rDev -29%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of AEK
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of taylocd
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of match1112
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,694 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (915 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the St. Louis Sports Zone in Shrewsbury (St. Louis), MO for $5 (pitcher price). Tapped from an unfamiliar handle, so I went with it! Had Cain's Bitter on it & Liverpool underneath and tapped into a 16oz Cain's Bitter Pint Glass.

Aroma- Very mild aroma... Has a decent amount of malt and caramel present but then seems like there is no other attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that doesn't last at all. Has a dark copper body that has great clarity. Leaves no lacing at all on the glass.

Flavor- A very light caramel and malty flavor start of this brew. Then a medium amount of bitterness finishes it. Not much in between.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Very light carbonation, Watery, and goes down very easy with a bit of caramel that gets left on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very easy drinking beer, not something I would go back to though... Not enough flavor or body throughout. You could almost chug the whole pitcher of it and still want another one. Glad I was able to try this but wouldn't recommend to anyone I'm friends with... Only "different" thing that had at this sports bar. (1,126 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (474 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (849 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Park Lane Pub (formerly the Fredericksburg Pub) in Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Pours a dark amber-brown with a nice tan head, just a little hazy.

S- More malty than hoppy, hints of dried fruit, sweet, but balanced.

T- Starts a bit sweet, like raisins or figs, but finishes somewhat dry.

M- Medium body, smooth drinking, would be better on cask.

O- A decent example of an English bitter. Overall a good session beer. (435 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 14.9oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, tea and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey. Then some breadiness from a thin malt character comes in along with a very mild hops presence to create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a bit watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, not the best representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first. (776 characters)

Photo of Greggy
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber/light brown color body. 1 finger off white creamy head. Some lacing present.

S- Earthy hops, spiced malt.

T- Starts out with fruity/earthy maltiness. Finish is creamy with lingering earthy flavors.

M- Low carbonation... seems like it's trying to simulate cask?

O- Overall, pretty mediocre. (308 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

Appearance is a beautiful rich copper with a 1.5 finger head that slowly fades into a thin layer.

Smell is of rich caramel malt

Taste is toffee and caramel with a nice crisp grassy flavor. Finishes slightly clean.

To me this is an average to above average bitter compared to what is available here is the States. I like the low abv and could see myself drinking a lot of these. (420 characters)

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Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
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