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Cain's Finest Bitter - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Robert Cain & Company Limited visit their website
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With so many British-influenced Pale Ales on the market, many of which fall well short of capturing the essence of true Bitters, it's refreshing to see well make and authentic examples infiltrating the craft beer market.

Crystal clear to display a masculine copper-rich bronze glow, the Bitter's understated carbonation calmly builds a creamy and short-statured head that easily withstands the session and dispenses light evidence of lace. It's the classic look of English Bitters.

Malty-rich aromas of caramel, sweet breads or biscuit, bread crust accompany the rich scent of medium kilned barley and starch. Slight earthiness rises from the hop balance with an almost-floral, but mostly herbal scents.

Flavors also begin with a malt-rich taste that displays a proper taste of caramel, toffee, cola nut, sun kissed grains, bread crust, and malt starches. The sweetness of malt subsides at mid palate and allows for the rise of hops to balance with an earthy bitterness that seems somewhat woody or minty at times. Surprisingly low in fruity esters or buttery compounds helps to provide a crisp and clean session.

Medium bodied throughout, but the early malt richness seems heightened and the lower carbonation allows the beer to sit on the tongue with more weight. But the malty textures subside and allow the hop bitterness to turn dry just as the slight warmth of alcohol keeps the beer crisp, dry, and refreshing in finish and aftertaste.

Cains once again brews an effortless beer to drink. Very rewarding in the full flavor yet soft and elegant enough to carry and understated tone from nose to finish. Where intrigue and complexity is slight, refreshment and ease of consumption are high.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9 ounce (440ml) can served in a large Austrian stein.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, chestnut; 2 fingers of ivory, sudsy foam. Reduces to a lasting top coat and ring.

Smell: Medium and dark notes with an earthy base. Notes of unbaked bread and roasted nuts. Improves upon warming.

Taste: Mainly mild toasted malts. Some faint English hops towards the finish, with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: a bit too thin-bodied. Low-medium carbonation works well.

Overall: with a flavor that's less bitter but overall better than the aroma indicates, this is beer turns out to be above average and a well priced for an import.

{Rating confirmed on 4/2012 tasting}

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown and crystal clear. Some nice tan on top that seems to sit around for a while, looks nice.

S: Malty, and very smooth. There is almost a creamy like quality to this. Some nice floral notes from the hops, a touch of caramel and a very slight earthy forest smell in the finish.

T: Very nice. There is a good caramel malt flavor at the front followed by some bready notes. There is a little something in the back that I can't quite figure out, and possibly a touch of metal. The hops are nice, and add some floral notes, and light bitterness to the finish.

M: Light to medium in body, the carbonation is on the low side, but I am not too surprised by it. There is certainly a creaminess to it that I rather enjoy. It feels a lot thicker than it is.

O: Overall Good, but maybe not great. Still a very enjoyable, and something nice to come home to at the end of the day.

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Photo of Greggy
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of WrathsU
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of taylocd
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of match1112
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
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).

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.76/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of DCon
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, hazelnut brown coloring with a low profile, tiny bubbled, dense, frothy head. Good cascade when you pour. Medium aromas of nut sweetness, a slight roasting, and an overall effervescence. Flavors are light, with a toffee and slight caramel sweetness, a roasted backbone, and a slight hopping that gives the beer's palate a crisp endfeel. The afteraste has a slight linger to the sweet blend of flavors, and a very slow and light drying finish. This beer has a very low ABV of 4%, making it extremely sessionable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can 124-08:34-4 May 12. Sampled on November 5, 2011. It pours a deep, medium dark amber with virtually no head but fine clarity. There is an abundance of caramel malt and sugar sweet mash in the mix but really nothing extraordinary. The body runs in the thin to medium range. The taste is more sweet than anything else with the bitterness there but slightly downplayed. I could picture myself sitting in an English pub and quaffing a bunch of these. A 'drowning your sorrows in your beer' kind of beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.