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Cains Dark Mild - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Robert Cain & Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-27-2003)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 14.9oz can. A true English session mild here in the US? Bring. It. On. It even has a freshness date (May 2012)! Poured into a Riggwelter imperial pint.

Appearance: Dark brown beer, nearly black, but lets a bit of light through when held up to a light. Light mocha cap with nice retention.

Smell: This is still a bit too cold, but the aromas are nice. Mild roasted notes, reminiscent of pale chocolate malt, as well as some toffee and burnt toast.

Taste: Lightly-burnt wheat (i.e. the way I like it) toast, some very light grainy maltiness, and a bit of mineral-like bitterness. This is the good news. The bad news is that there's something a bit off-putting here, though I'm not quite sure how to describe it. It's almost like a somewhat stale, wet tobacco. This is months from the best-by date though, so I doubt it's a freshness issue. The unpleasant flavor comes through mostly on the finish, but it's a bit off-putting. Bittersweet (caramel and roast) finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, but it's 3.2% abv..

Conclusion: Starts so well, but ends up falling short. The burnt toast flavor and mild roast are quite pleasant, but it's really hard to look past whatever this goofy wet-tobacco flavor is.

At $2 a can, I might buy this from time to time (as a single) but I think I'm going to have to keep working on brewing up a mild of my own.

BedetheVenerable, Sep 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is has a little bit of biscuit malt with some light chocolate notes thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get some lightly roasted notes and some chocolate. The hops come through with a little bit of earth which is hidden behind the malt flavors. The beer is fairly thin in mouthfeel and is a little bit watery. The carbonation is low to medium.

Mora2000, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +10.2%

rob133, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +37.7%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 14.9 oz. can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of amber color on the bottom of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and about two fingers of creamy tan head that fades into a thin cream layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, nuts and sugar. Somewhat syrupy. Light earthy and grassy hops in the background. Lots of roasty stuff going on here.

Taste: Taste is pretty light but there are some nice flavors going on. Sweet roasted malts. Decent notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and some nuts. Some lactose like sugar. Hop presence is very subtle. Again, pretty light but tastes ok.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A decent take on the style. Some nice flavors and very light. Kind of like a Guinness Draught. Not bad for a 3.2 brew. This should be in Minnesota gas stations as a alternate to 3.2 BMC. :)

MattyG85, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

14.9 ounce (440ml) can served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, chestnut; 1 finger of ivory, sudsy foam that soon reduces to a lasting top coat and ring.

Smell: Medium and dark malt. Slight metallic overtone and hints of baked 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: Smooth, but too thin-bodied and watery. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall: seems most suitable as a thirst quencher or accompaniment to a meal. Good beer to give newbies who think dark beers are "too strong".

chinchill, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stout like appearance, deep black, with a fluffy/foamy head, looks great. Soft and light, yet, with quite a full mouthfeel, slightly acidic bitterness, some grapeyness/raisins, some nice soft roastyness, generally pretty nice, soft, round (cask-GBBF 03')

rastaman, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a heavy brown, actually quite dark and while many dark milds are, in fact, as dark as this beer, few are so heavily dark and impossible to see through. The tan head is creamy and lasts, not looking dense but holding together as well as any. Good, creamy lacing is left behind.
The aroma is malty with light roast, nuts, and floral nuances. It's as mild as it ought to be, but by no means bland.
As the gentle floral and earthy flavors of British hops meet my palate, I begin to think this beer is almost like a roasty ESB or perhaps one that's more malt-forward than most, though the balance of hops and malts while maintaining its mildness shows off more brewing skill and care for style than many seem to appreciate. The somehow simultaneously subtle and straightforward flavors of roast, nut, and very gentle pepper make this, in complement to earthy, floral and herbal bitterness, better than many.
The feel is light, certainly to style, and very gently crisp while exceptionally smooth & clean.
To point, people who crave only huge beers or those who don't appreciate nuance (though, to be clear, this beer is not weak or bland) will hate this. I love it.

Brenden, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9 oz. can

A deep, burnt brown color, small and thin tan colored head with a whipped look.

A sweet toffee and rather roastie malt, thick and heady aroma for sure. Vanilla, oats, herbaceous hops, mild spices like pumpkin pie.

with every other aspect going very well, I was rather dissapointed in the flavor, the word mild is pretty right on. i found the feel and flavor to be thin and watery, subtle dark toffee and light roastie oats in a mundane level. It tastes and feel as if someone poured a glass of water into an otherwise fine stout. Low complexity with a light watery feel.

This one was interesting to try, not my cup of...well, you know.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker than expected brew with a very small but finely bubbled soft head that is light brown in color. The head almost looks like a nitro can head albeit much smaller. Nice creamy lace, but not a lot of it.

S - Tootsie rolls, milk chocolate chips. Milky way bar.

T - Darker chocolate than the nose. Slightly bitter like baker's chocolate. A little winey on the finish. NIce!

M- LIght bodied and MELOW as heck. Slightly dry and mildly bitter finish with a lingering hint of malt that reminds me of Guinness.

Super drinkable mild brew that has an almost laughably low ABV for us 'Mericans used to at least 5% even in our light pisswater lagers! Could have one or two with lunch on a weekend and not ruin your afternoon. Malty, tasty, and mellow. This is a really nice session brew.

pmcadamis, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saturday afternoon....wanted a lighter beer cuz I still have much to do today...so I decided I would try the Cains Mild Dark. Its not too bad the low ABV had me concerned, but there is good aroma and flavor to this beer. The appearnce is a dark opaque color with half finger ecru foam head which is lacing. The aroma is roasty, alot like Guinness. The flavor hs roast and malt and seriously reminds me of Guinness Light. The mouthfeel is good....lacks some body but overall not too shabby....good session beer.

WoodBrew, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a thin but steady, doughy, beige head; lacing is great

S: Slightly sour grains and a nice yet subtle breadiness--some brown sugar and molasses; a bit subdued

T: Grassy and grainy--some sweet breadiness but sweetness is a bit cloying and there is something medicinal and metallic in the aftertaste; it's refreshing but just not quite right

F: Good body for a mild and quite creamy but a bit dry in the finish

O: A decent little beer and a true sessionable one at that

dbossman, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with finger of tan head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Dark fruittyness, plus a bit of pear

T: Follows the nose, some pears, leafy hops & touch of woody hops as well. Some carob notes as this warms, a touch figgyness, pears & a touch of green apple skins. Finishes with orchard fruit, leafy hops, some dryness & a touch of grassyness

MF: Light bodied, creamy carbonation

An alright take on the style, this would be better on cask I'm sure. Drinks pretty easy. Not too bad for such a low abv offering, some times they travel very poorly

russpowell, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Lanstrum
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Lanstrum, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

leinie13, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of blamoe
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer from Cains is what Milds should taste like, witha lovely subtile sweetness and a hint of coffee and the apperance is a darkish brown and a coffee like smell. I have to say this is one of the best Milds i've tried and would be happy to drink a few again.

blamoe, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a nice combination of dark malt and English hops. Notes of toasted bread, musty grain, chocolate, with herbal, grassy hops.

The aroma did not translate into the flavor unfortunetly. Very weak flavored even for a mild. But what flavor there is, is enjoyable. Bready and slightly roasted with a bit of chocolate. Hops play a large role with grassy notes.

Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Very smooth texture. I think a bit more body is possible in a mild.

Extremely easy to drink. Too bad American breweries do not do beers like this.

morimech, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, a bit of nuts, somewhat mild. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

tone77, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the 440 ml can marked 11-124-08:57-4-MAY-12. It pours charcoal black with a foamy, tan head that diminishes to a ring after a short period of time. The aromas are full of chocolate and coffee almost like a Porter. Also I would say there was light hoppy note and licorice. The body was disappointingly thin but I guess that was to be expected with a 3.2% ABV. The taste brings out a hint of chocolate and coffee as well as a light bitterness with a dry hopped finish. A good alternative with its low ABV.

puboflyons, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown edges, black body, thin skim of tan foam across the surface of the pint. Doesn't look like much, but it's appropriate for an English Mild, simple and plain on the outside.

Mellow aroma of husky toasted grains, vague sweetness but more dry and husky that anything.

Smooth light feel, low carbonation, appropriate for the style. Lightly toasted grains, tobacco, vague molasses. Very light and nuanced, but that's what the style is all about, subtlety. Very easy to drink, sessionable even. Sad if the rumors are true that this will disappear from the states very soon, there aren't many readily available Milds out there.

emerge077, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jsh420
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a small tan head that faded away to nothing and left no lacing

smell is very faint maybe some malt???

taste is much better then the nose - little roasted chocolate malt little grassy hop

mouthfeel is like water no carbonation

overall - its an ok beer for only being 3.2% but give me their bitter over this dark mild anyday

jsh420, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mdillon86, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of tugdriver7
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived in a pint pub glass and looked much like a very dark Coke with a slight foam head. Lots of bubbles visible in the dark brown liquid. Initial smoke in the nose (very subtle but there). Definitely a hint of the smoky roasted malt in the first taste, with a spritz on the tongue and a very mild (sorry to use that word) flavor that reminded me of a "light" (albeit dark?) beer. Very drinkable and at 3.2% ABV hardly noticeable as an alcoholic beverage. But enjoyed it. Very thin body with lots of carbonation and a very (very) dry finish that almost made your mouth feel dry... perhaps that was deliberate (makes you drink more). Nothing I'd order again, but I enjoyed it. You could put down a bunch of them with a meal and never have any problems walking out the door.

tugdriver7, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Pours barely about two fingers of nice caramel head, and quickly seems to settle to about a finger. Head bubbles are quite tiny though, sitting on a very dark red brown body. Some carbonation bubbles of soda pop size seem to ring the top of the glass near the head.

Nose is very non existent. What is barely picked up is a light grain and buttery brown toast. I wish it was more noticeable, there seems something worth exploring but it's not being showcased.

Hitting from the palate body even for the style doesn't seem to hit the right notes. Muted roast quality and airy toasted grain turned down with a muted ovalitine watery sense. Some lively carbonation a little, which improves the feel just slightly.

Overall sure it's a mild, but compared to others this isn't really memorable at all.

smakawhat, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of matjack85
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I bought this single 440ml can at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. There is some sort of date mark on the bottom of the can, but the ink is so faint I can't make it out, even with a magnifier.

The beer poured a really dark brown color with a nice 2½-finger light tan head that hung around awhile. There was very little lacing however.

Faint aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate.

Flavor wise, this is a very boring beer. There's not enough of anything in it! Very mild roasted malt flavor and even milder chocolate. Thankfully there are some English hops that give it a mild bitterness and a bit of twang. Otherwise very bland.

Flat as distilled water in the carbonation department, to go along with a thin watered down feel.

Maybe I just don't like or understand this style, but it's definitely not my cup of tea, and I can't recommend it on any level.

matjack85, May 24, 2012
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Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
81 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.