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
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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 TheQuietMan22
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of morimech
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.

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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
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.

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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of pwsoldier
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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}

Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Greggy
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Finn
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.

Photo of ButtomsUp
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of WrathsU
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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 schoolboy
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.

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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 deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of emalc
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
81 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.