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Cains Dark Mild - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 7
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

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-27-2003

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Photo of corby112
1.96/5  rDev -46.3%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.26/5  rDev -38.1%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
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 (354 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (1,835 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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 (840 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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! (628 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  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. (509 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of engisch
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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! (451 characters)

Photo of ElGeordie
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from the 16 oz can into my new belgium goblet:

A just beautiful on the pour very dark - thick creamy 1 finger head and thick lacing.
no clarity at all BTW

S noticeably ABSENT. no aroma at all

T probably the hi point. choco - coffee and malty goodness. I will have to get another for my son.

M watery and too light on the carbonation also way too low on the abv

D hi mark for drinkablity - could guzzle these by the dozen (and still get no buzz im sure...) (468 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 14.9-ounce (440 ml) can. The date printed on the bottom of the can is, coincidentally, today: “04 MAY 12.” Just in the nick of time.

Appearance: Straight pour into a Guinness imperial pint glass. The color is an almost opaque black (probably just as dark as the glass’ namesake). Two fingers of thick, buttery, slightly tanned head dissipated slowly to form a frothy cap.

Smell: Molasses, maple syrup, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, toffee, and maybe some dark fruit raspberry. The syrup and burnt caramel are reminiscent of the scent of boiled pop from my high school Chemistry class; it was the leftover, crispy-edged syrup after the water was boiled away. As it warms the burnt character dissipates and morphs into scents of dark and milk chocolate.

Taste: The mouthfeel is light and watery, but it is smooth and gives the impression it could be thick and creamy. The lightness does lend itself to nitro can stouts as it imparts a kind of airiness. The flavors basically mirror the scents, but everything is much weaker: molasses, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, toffee, and maybe raspberry. Each mouthful leaves a tasty, burnt caramel aftertaste.

Drinkability: Though light and on the weak side, it is tasty and very drinkable. I am definitely eager to have another. (1,293 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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". (619 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 (484 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
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 (577 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

An awful lot of cases of canned dark mild, straight from Merry Ol'. Right on. This stuff pours a clear russet topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild walnuts, light rye bread, toffee, and a hint of tea. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a slight bit of blunt fruit in the background, possibly the byproduct of some tea or coffee acridness. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little mild, if nothing all that outstanding for the style. I could see drinking plenty of this, though the price may have me questioning that plan. (666 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ink black with dark brown tint around the edges when held up to light. Thinnish tan head that sticks around.

Smell is mild roasted malts and a tiny touch of sourness.

Taste is, again, mild roasted malts. No hops to speak of. Pleasant, easy-to-drink session beer. Mouthfeel is a touch too watery for me. Below average carbonation.

Nothing wrong with this beer. Probably would be a good session beer if you wanted to drink for a while without getting buzzed. (466 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,355 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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') (254 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (774 characters)

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Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
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