Cains Dark Mild - Robert Cain & Company Limited
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5/5 rDev +37.7%
One of the more perplexing aspects of The CANQuest (TM) to date is the relative dearth of foreign (from a U. S. P.O.V.) CANs or to our Brit and Aussie pals, TINs coming my way. I know that they exist because I have seen reviews or ads but none seem to arrive at my doorstep. You need not feel badly about sending me "Lager" which is usually pronounced in a very disdainful tone on the telly since if I will drink a Minhas product, I will drink anything.
Many, many thanks to Another6Pack for hunting these down like a truffle-sniffing pig at one of his locals in Michigan. Every day, the siren call of the Upper Midwest gets louder in mine ears and when both my uncle and my mother have passed, I will relocate the following day. I have a Liverpudlian expat local who needs to be made aware that these TINs are available and maybe even get in a cask or two, eh, Raoul?!?
From the CAN/TIN: "Imported British Beer". Yes!
Immediately following the Crack, there was an offgassing of CO2 that looked like steam rising from a witch's cauldron. I am doing "The Tragedy of MacBeth" with my students for my seventh CANsecutive year and Alan Eames' last published article in which he hypothesized that witches were simply misunderstood brewsters CANtinues to resonate. I show a short video on how to homebrew and one of these days, I am going to lead a field trip to a local brewpub, but I digress ... The Glug was magnificent, into a Sam. Adams Perfect Pint glass, resulting in not only a cascading action, but also a dense, thick two fingers of mocha-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was roasty, chocolaty, even a little smoky. Mouthfeel was thick and full, not quite creamy, but still very big on the tongue. The taste was of chocolate and coffee initially with the smokiness arriving and lingering on and after the finish. OMFG! This was simply marvy, darlings! The dear, departed Ding would have loved this session beer and so do I. And the lacing ... I may need a jackhammer to get it off later. How CAN I get some more? I need a reserve for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually), plus some for the beach, hiking, the mountains, on the river, blah, blah, blah ...
11-20-2011 15:41:43 | More by woodychandler
4.83/5 rDev +33.1%
Cask @ Dr. Duncans, Liverpool. Dark nearly opaque black with crimson edges. No real foam to see here as this is a cask conditioned brew. The aromas are so intense and insane for a 3.2 brew. OMG, how do they get so much into a 3.2 brew. Sugar, molasses, some spirt-like flavors, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, plums, caramel, and mroe. The taste is excellent with a lovely maltiness, and some chocolate, coffee, and fruit flavors all over the place. The moufheel is smooth and lovely and the drinkability is awesome. This is just incredible when it is fresh and on cask. Surely, one of the finest, if not the finest example of this sadly underbrewed style of beer.
02-18-2005 07:49:57 | More by francisweizen
4.43/5 rDev +22%
A 3.2% mild? Can't say that I've seen many of those around lately.
Pours a pitch black with a thin, white head into my glass. Nice colors, nice head. Good start.
Rich, slightly roasted malt (similar to a stout) but with more dark fruit than coffee in aroma. Creamy too.
Again, lots of similarities to a dry stout here: Creamy, luscious with just a small hint of roasted malt. It could be called a stout but it's likely not intended as one.
Lingering creaminess is all that I need. Very tasty for a 3.2% beer!
This is what I call EXTREME DRINKABILITY. No need for a lot of alcohol, barrel-aging or any of that crap. Just a good 'ol Mild!
10-09-2011 23:59:15 | More by Brad007
4.38/5 rDev +20.7%
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.
01-30-2012 18:50:21 | More by Brenden
4.38/5 rDev +20.7%
Pours an opaque thick brown colour with a small, but lovely tan head that leaves beautiful lacing. The smell is musty, sort of like soy sauce. Interesting.
The dry bitterness hits me first. Then the surprise at the thin mouthfeel. Considering that thinness, there's great flavour in this. And since I'm reviewing a British beer, my spelling of flavour is finally appropriate. Har har. There's lots of chocolate flavour and dark malty flavour. And the bitterness adds to it nicely. Not overpowering at all. The thinness makes it both flavourful and refreshing at the same time. It's a very interesting approach to a dark beer. I see why it's called mild. Really good stuff. It's much less boring than I expected. From the looks of the can, I imagine this stuff is pretty cheap in England. Which is a shame. I wish I could buy it more regularly here, but it's a bit pricey for such a mild ale. Still, well worth a try. Don't be put off by it being mild or the thinness. It'll surprise you. I've had other regional 3.2% beers in England and a lot of them are low in carbonation and taste watery or just too lacking in flavour to make up for that low alcohol content. But this one is spot on.
05-21-2012 04:09:16 | More by ElCommodoro
4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
Pours almost black, with ruddy tints when held to the light; head is high and tan, not much lacing. Smell is marigold, cut wood, something earthy, some wine-like notes. Taste is sweet malt up front, a crisp vegetal note in the middle, with tangy rye bread at the finish; there are faint notes of dried fruit as well. It's a thin beer, moderately carbonated, goes down easy. All in all a fine beer, one I'd buy often if it were available.
04-02-2012 18:45:00 | More by gory4d
4.33/5 rDev +19.3%
Appearance: Black glass with clear brown edges. Impressive finger of tight tan foam that looks like it will go the distance.
Smell: Bit yeasty, a brown bread note with a hint of earthy English hops.
Taste: Roasted grain, slight sour edge (trying hard not to say Guinness) that shows through due to remarkable balance. Doesn't come across as sweet or bitter which lets all the other flavors (grain, yeast, even water) shine. Little butter noted after seeing other reviews.
Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy texture, low-medium carbonation, light body.
Overall: Long thirsty pulls during the review, easy drinking and great flavor. Great beer, outstanding session beer! Lots of flavor and low alcohol. Nice!
11-08-2011 00:53:27 | More by HardTarget
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
Appearance: dark brown, almost opaque, spongey layer of tan foam that slowly compacts to a creamy cap, good head retention, lacey
Aroma: roast, dark chocolate, hint of coffee, butterscotch, cream, soy sauce
Flavor: silky milky sweetness followed by an unsweetened chocolate bitterness; butterscotch, roast; finishes semisweet with a lingering roasty aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body, soft carbonation, very smooth and soft texture
Other comments: THIS is a Mild! Text-book definition. OK, well, a Mild doesn't have to be dark anymore, but that's what it was traditionally and that's the way it damn well should be (in my book). Really hits the spot! Roger Protz rates this as one of his "300 Beers To Try Before You Die". Some of his picks are a bit questionable, but this one I can definitely agree with.
08-02-2006 17:46:46 | More by GreenCard
4.16/5 rDev +14.6%
To me, this is a unique beer. It is very big on flavor but very light. Yet it is a dark, malty thing. I like it.
It pours with very little head. The aroma is mild but interesting. It's kind of musty seaside smell. Perfect Liverpudlian. Go Red.
The taste is dark, bitter, slightly smokey, and full of character. This is truly amazing for a beer with such a light feel. It never seemed to have any head, and the aftertaste is extremely light, but it works.
I want to get these for a sunny afternoon when it is nice to be outside (it only hit 37 degrees today - still frigid even in the sun). Then they can transport and refresh you with Liverpool's coolness.
03-23-2013 21:12:50 | More by schoolboy
4.06/5 rDev +11.8%
14.9 fl.oz./440ml can, sent by woodychandler a couple months back; as woody would say, 'cracked and glugged' to a curvy Adnams nonic pint.
A: Deep, chocolate-y brown pour, a ruby trim in strong light. A few scurrying bubbles rise and a sheen of them hug the base of the glass. Initial head is thick and cream, almost a finger of pock-marked ivory. Lace is fleeting and the head disappears altogether within 5 minutes... but the initial look is really good.
S: Emptied the can at 'cellar temperature' (about 50F) and it has a lovely fruity aroma: prune/raisin/date and a nutty cola. A curious little puff of smoke. Very good strength, quite inviting
T: Light cocoa, a little toffee, some dry pit fruit (fig/date), and a hint of sweetened coffee. A drying finish - chalky/mineral with even a twist of vinous tang. First sip seems 'bland', but flavors build subtly/wonderfully from then on. A beer that greatly benefits from a warmer serving temperature AND a contemplative session at home (watching 4th quarter of the Knicks/Pacers game) where mulling over these flavors is easier.
M: Thin (per the style) but smooth and vaguely coating. A little metal/brass in the finish and a sugariness, too. What seems 'boring' after a sip improves as it goes.
O: A nice beer, from a can or not. The argument for this being a 'simple' style is well-founded, but the subtleties here are very pleasing and the low ABV is perfectly sessionable. I like it quite a bit - always appreciate a style that isn't as accessible or popular out here in the western US - and would drink it again.
01-11-2013 03:06:52 | More by msubulldog25
4.03/5 rDev +11%
14.9oz can into a pint glass. Date of August 23, 2012 on the bottom. Presumably a best by date.
An aggressive pour yields a half finger tan head although with very good retention.
Aroma is definitely metallic but smelling past that, chocolate and coffee dominate with some sweet caramel in the background.
The taste has none of the metal present in the aroma. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate followed by a little bit of burnt caramel. Very drying bitterness much like strong coffee. In fact, this beer is very espresso-like. A little bit of nutty-ness and dried fruit but it is very faint. Mouthfeel is thin as to be expected but not as bad as I was fearing.
Overall, a very, very impressive beer for only being 3.2%. Tons more flavor than any light beer on the market. This is a beer you could literally sip on all day. Oh how I wish we could get more beers like this in the states. I would buy case loads!
09-29-2012 20:20:18 | More by rangerred
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Extremely dark pour, nearly black, with a deep tan head of between one and two fingers. Small bubbles, fades quickly, Very attractive beer.
Smell is a dry roast with a slight bitterness, but also a hint of sweet. Bitterness is all grains, no hops. Could be a little more mild, perhaps a more bready scent would be good.
Again, a pretty solid almost coffee roast. I admire the use of stronger flavored grains to intensify the beer without upping the alcohol, but I can't help but feel there were better choices to make this less of a coffee beer.
Mouthfeel is great, spot on with perfect carbonation and texture.
Overall this beer does a great job of being a Mild, I really enjoy is and reccomend it often.
01-20-2012 19:09:34 | More by mdwalsh
Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.