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Cain's Finest Bitter - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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BA SCORE
81
good

107 Ratings
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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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2012 01:40:11 | More by KarlHungus
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Theheroguy

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 23:04:39 | More by Theheroguy
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 21:58:23 | More by Bierguy5
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: can

11-12-2011 12:02:21 | More by GbVDave
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-21-2012 00:48:17 | More by schoolboy
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 07:52:45 | More by MattyG85
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emerge077

Illinois

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!

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 01:06:29 | More by emerge077
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morimech

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 21:52:59 | More by morimech
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rob133

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-27-2011 22:37:12 | More by rob133
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-20-2011 19:57:14 | More by Another6Pack
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Listers

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-02-2011 03:53:50 | More by Listers
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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).

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 17:07:34 | More by woodychandler
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-06-2013 21:53:37 | More by MacStinson
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-20-2011 18:28:20 | More by DoctorB2B
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2005 07:47:49 | More by francisweizen
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outsider

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-29-2013 18:37:27 | More by outsider
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-07-2011 00:53:36 | More by scootercrabb
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-06-2012 02:17:30 | More by GreyGhost4
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-27-2012 20:05:33 | More by THECPJ
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jorg2619

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 20:49:10 | More by jorg2619
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-30-2013 23:53:04 | More by smakawhat
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Brad007

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 00:44:59 | More by Brad007
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branko7

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 01:55:17 | More by branko7
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Finn

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 01:55:03 | More by Finn
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 16:07:44 | More by Bitterbill
Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
81 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.