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Cains Dark Mild - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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BA SCORE
82
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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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1/5  rDev -72.5%

dehjosh, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of corby112
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Draft at The Dandelion. Unfortunately this wasn't on cask but I was still excited to get to try some English beers which aren't very common around here.

Pours a deep dark copper/chestnut brown color with dark ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light and a half finger off white head that immediately disappears. No lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with subtle hop and spice notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee but the nose on this beer is pretty bland. Even after warming up for a bit there was some zesty pepper notes and only faint sweet malt.

Thin bodied and watered down with a very weak malt presence countered by faint earthy hops and zesty spice. Overcarbonated with more spicy pepper than anything else. As n the aroma, this is still pretty bland even as it warms with only faint hints of chocolate, hazelnut and caramel countered by earthy/grassy hops. Not interesting at all and hard to choke down. I bought an Imperial pint but it would have been tough to even finish a half.

corby112, Apr 25, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

jmathis, Dec 27, 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
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
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Lanstrum, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 14.9oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some smokiness and some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and caramel. The malt character is thin for the style; the hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth but not very crisp and a bit watery, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better beers in the style that I would choose before this one.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "L11 292 14:53" on can
Glass: US pint glass

Cain's Dark Mild is exactly that: a dark beer with a mild flavor profile. The aroma is mellow to the point of being nondescript, while the taste is more assertive, but not decidedly so, a mild mix of sweet and roasted flavors with a bit of toast. Not bad, but not particularly memorable, either. Others seemed to find this far more complex and deeper in flavor than I do; perhaps I have an older can, though that's difficult to tell. Perhaps if I see an identifiably fresher can, I'll partake of this again.

Pours a 0.3cm tall head of light brown foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, dissipating fairly rapidly and not allowing much time for the contemplation of its appearance. The foam "evaporates" to a modest ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving little to no lacing in its wake. The body is a very dark brown to black color, with light bringing out amber-orange hues. Carbonation is not visible from within or alongside the opaque body.

Aroma is rather muted, coming across mostly as a very faint caramel malt sweetness with a slight toasted nut tinge.

Front of palate is sweet and influenced by touches of caramel and roasted malt, but not cloying. Mid-palate of very modest roasted and caramel malt, slight acridity, and toasted nuts. Back of palate finds slightly stronger roasted malt, a bit of caramel, and a touch of chocolate. Aftertaste of light roasted malt, a hint of smoke, and slight bitterness from roasted malt or hop usage.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation levels of medium intensity. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly fizzy at first, quickly setting to a smooth, softly flowing and slightly foamy sensation. Closes semi-dry, with small amounts of lingering stickiness on the palate.

falloutsnow, May 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Zanico, Oct 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

kjkinsey, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Adamostella, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Beerlover, Mar 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 14.9 oz can into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark copper color with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Some roasted aromas, milk chocolate, hint of chicory. Low intensity but pleasant.

T: Light roasted flavors and some cream. Distinct metal flavors on the finish, not sure whether it's the can or not, but a definite drawback, comes on every sip.

M: Light, a bit creamy, but average.

O: Too bad about the metal bit, that really drags it down. Had a lot going for it up until that point. Well, give it a try, maybe I got a bad batch. Can't go higher than three here. Cheers!

AmericanGothic, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of adamette
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Live Review. Poured from the 16 oz. can that I bought the other day at Heinen’s in Mentor for $1.75 into a clean, clear glass. 23 AUG 12 printed on the bottom of the can. I will make the assumption that this is the “best by” date.

A Medium brown silky smooth 1 cm head over a very dark body that glows a dark red or maroon in front of direct light. Good look. 4.0

S Mild porter smell with some dark roast malt and possibly a sweet dark chocolate note. 3.5

T Thin porter taste with a bit of wet cardboard. I can tell that the ABV is low as well (not a criticism, just an observation!). 3.0

M Pretty well thin but I rather expected that. 3.0

D/O Very drinkable with the low ABV but overall somewhat of a boring beer. I cannot claim to be an expert on the style but I am fairly confident that there are better options out there. 2.5

adamette, Apr 19, 2012
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 champ103
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Richmond Arms in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A very minimal beige head forms, and recedes in a second. A light film of watery lace is left behind.
S: Toasted grains, some buttery malt. Diacetyl, maybe ringwood? Not much else. Fairly neutral.
T: Toasted grains, light buttery malt. I am thinking ringwood. Nothing else to note.
M/D: A light medium body. Some snappy carbonation, but overall thin and week. Easy enough to drink. Finished the pint without a problem.

I am a huge fan of true session beers under 4%. This certainly fits the bill, but it is just ho hum. The major problem is I have not tried it on cask. Very neutral on tap. Hopefully one day I can try it on cask. Till then, this is just average.

champ103, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with notes of butterscotch and caramel, too.

T - Sweet and malty with butterscotch and caramel flavors. Slightly floral bitterness, but not enough to match the sweetness.

M - It was creamy and smooth. A light bodied ale with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This is okay. It is a little too sweet for my taste and a little too pricey at $11.99 a six pack.

zeff80, Jun 03, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head can't be coaxed into any sort of retention. Smells lightly of chocolate, butterscotch, and caramel, with an earthy almost mineraly aroma as well. Taste is earthy butterscotch with hints of caramel and chocolate. Slight earthy hop breaks through the sweetness but just barely. Light body and level of carbonation with a sweet watery mouthfeel. Not a bad beer and I could certainly drink many of these without hesitation. It was a bit malty I would have liked a bit more hop presence personally.

johnnnniee, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of engisch
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poors dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aside from the head it is basically the color of Guinness Draft, but a little lighter. Smell is of roastiness and some maltiness.

Taste is slightly sweet and little roastiness, but not much going on. It is a very straightforward beer with very little complexity. Nice and sessionable @ 3.2% ABV. Very thin in mouthfeel with little to no carbonation.

Not a bad beer, not an exceptional beer; just beer!

engisch, Jan 01, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know who retired this brew in BA, but as of last night it was alive and kicking!
Tried a pint in a Cain's glass at the Capital Ale House during steal the glass night.
I remember reading some stuff on how the Cain's name was revived by a couple of Indian entrepeneurs using the old Higson's (ugh) brewery; how they'd gone bankrupt and bought the brewerey back from the receivers etc...
The beer though wasn't a bad Mild; nice black colour with a tight head. Very easy drinking - just what a mild should be. The first one went down very quickly, the second not much slower...It was a welcome change to the typical wanabee big beers that the CAH usually serve.
A good session mild.

ElGeordie, Jan 05, 2011
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
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Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.