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Cains Dark Mild - Robert Cain & Company Limited

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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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Photo of jar2574
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 14.9oz can into imperial pint glass

A-dark brown with about a finger of tan head that faded to a partial cap

S-some roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee

T-much like the smell with some choclaty coffee notes

M-the weakest part of this beer, but that may be normal for the style but I find it thin and watery like a watered down stout

O-might make a nice summer drink when you are after stout flavors without the heaviness

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dehjosh
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Riggsy
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Another6Pack
5/5  rDev +37.7%

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.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 ...

Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a creamy khaki head that laces deep into the glass. Almost stout-like in appearance.

S: Very neutral on the nose. Very faint, malty aromas of cream, coffee, and chocolate are just barely detectable. I was hoping for something more akin to Moorhouse's Black Cat.

T: Smooth and subtle. Notes of chocolate, coffee, heavy cream, leather, vanilla bean, and roasted nuts are in abundance, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. The finish is short with fleeting notes of chocolate and coffee.

M: Thin, oily, and light-bodied with extremely gentle, unobtrusive carbonation. This is far from the liveliest ale one will run across, but it is extremely smooth and drinkable.

O: Owing to the rarity of mild as a style, it is hard for me to determine just how closely this ale adheres to the traditional guidelines for the style. That being said, it is extremely smooth and refreshing, handily beating out the likes of Boddington's Pub Ale and Tetley's English Ale in terms of depth and flavor. I would love to try it on cask.

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.

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.

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

Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can, 3.2% abv. Pours very dark brown, approaching black. Tan fizzy head stays for a few minutes, eventually fading to a thin layer.

Roasty malt in the nose, almost a burnt feel. Soft, subtle fruity notes as well. Pretty simple, but nice.

A dry, roasty feel. Very soft fruit note, with a flash of caramel. I enjoy the simplicity.

Light body, soft carbonation. Very easy to drink. Great session beer. Sometimes, less is more.

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.

Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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.

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.

Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.