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Cain's Finest Bitter | Robert Cain & Company Limited

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3.55/5
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110 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Robert Cain & Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
cainsbeers.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by charlesw on 07-10-2003

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Ranking:
#38,448
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
110
pDev:
12.68%
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Photo of DCon
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the St. Louis Sports Zone in Shrewsbury (St. Louis), MO for $5 (pitcher price). Tapped from an unfamiliar handle, so I went with it! Had Cain's Bitter on it & Liverpool underneath and tapped into a 16oz Cain's Bitter Pint Glass.

Aroma- Very mild aroma... Has a decent amount of malt and caramel present but then seems like there is no other attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that doesn't last at all. Has a dark copper body that has great clarity. Leaves no lacing at all on the glass.

Flavor- A very light caramel and malty flavor start of this brew. Then a medium amount of bitterness finishes it. Not much in between.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Very light carbonation, Watery, and goes down very easy with a bit of caramel that gets left on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very easy drinking beer, not something I would go back to though... Not enough flavor or body throughout. You could almost chug the whole pitcher of it and still want another one. Glad I was able to try this but wouldn't recommend to anyone I'm friends with... Only "different" thing that had at this sports bar.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery brown with a thin white head that reduces to a slight ring. No lace.

Some caramel malt and bitter mineral notes.

A definite English bitter, with some malt and burnt caramel up front, with an assertive bitterness bringing up the rear. Some toffee and herbal notes. Simple decent brew, but very one trick pony here.

A little mushy. Almost dead still. Not that I mind, but needs some tingle.

Overall not a bad brew. Structure is lacking, but flavor is decent.

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Photo of wl0307
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted by half-pint at Half Moon, a JDW pub nr. Stepney Green, East End London. The pump clip says the name is "Cains Finest Bitter", at 4%abv.

A: dark tawny hue, coming with a thin, off-white beer head with good retention and leaving tight lacing as it retreats.
S: bitter-sourly sweet aroma of fruits, like dried California plums (a fruit snack) and dried raspberry, along with a lightly resinous note coming through the foam. Pretty nice~~
T: sourly-sweet green apple, followed by lightly roasted, semi-dryish malts, the bitter edge of caramel, while a lightly spicy resinous+grassy, Goldings(?) hoppyness stays behind the firm malty flavour.
M&D: very smooth mouthfeel and light-bodied bitterness lingers. Good backbone of dryish fruity hops. A different bitter from the usual treats of bitters from the southern counties in my local pubs.

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Photo of djtomain
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of IpaRay
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of redleg411
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 14.9-ounce (440 ml) can. “4 MAY 12” is printed on the bottom so I assume it is a best by date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium caramel brown. Two fingers of buttery, light tan head dissipated slowly to leave an even skim.

Smell: At first it smelled like corn adjunct, but then I thought otherwise: lots of pale and lightly toasted malts. There is a lot of caramel. Buttery biscuit, toffee, and grassy hops. Smells very British.

Taste: Hybrid of adjunct and pale malts and lightly toasted caramel. It is thin but does have taste. Grassy hops give it a little bitterness. It is also sweet and fruity with flavors of apple.

Drinkability: My British friend thinks it is “a crime against British beer” and “an abortion.” He suggests using it “for killing grass and weeds.” I think it is a decent, canned British beer. It is not much but it is drinkable.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Poured a clear dark brown/red color with a soapy head that left no lace

S- Very light aroma of indistinct maltiness

T- Kind of a black and mild taste, maltiness, and some light toffee light notes

M- Medium body, drinks smooth, prickly carbonation

O- An easy drinker, but nothing too exciting which I think is expected for the style. There are a lot of more flavorful session beers I would pick over this, but it seems alright for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

14.9 ounce can - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, chestnut (though lights up dark amber against the light) body with a finger of ivory-hued foam.

Smell: Light malty notes of cocoa, bruised dark fruits, toasted bread and toasted nuts.

Taste: Light flavors tasting of mild toasted bread, nuts, and chocolate powder. Lightly fruity. All light, mind you. Modestly sweet on the fore. Low, faintly resiny English hops, low bitterness, too. Dry, malty on the back half and until the quiet finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Due to questions and allegations made against its character, this Cain suspended its now washed out flavor campaign. A so-so beer, but the ABV is definitely appreciated.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Capone's for $3.75 a can. Poured into a Fuller's pint glass. Served just slightly chilled.

I did a two-stage pour to try and develop a sizeable head and release much of the CO2 in hopes of replicating the cask mouthfeel. (As much as possible I guess.)

The tan head maintained its sturdy structure for a minute or two, only to recede back to a thin white film on top. The body is a rich ruby amber color with pretty decent clarity.

The aroma is interesting. At first, I would describe it as metallic. The one beer this aroma reminds me of is Bud Light Lime. I know that most would consider that an insult, but I don't mean it to be one. It is tinny, with grainy huskiness, corn and maybe some English hops at the bottom of it all. I think it needs some cleaning up here...

The sharpness of the aroma is NOT present in the flavor thankfully, and I get mostly sweet caramel malts on top of gentle cracker-like doughiness. Bitterness is there for balance only, and comes in at the end. Toasted, roasty, and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is very soft, and light bodied, with extremely low carbonation.

I would like this Bitter to be more bitter. Otherwise, everything about this was better than I was expecting. Would drink again but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woodychandler comes through again with yet another canned beer. This guy is unstopable. Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a very small head. Smell is mild, some grains and malts. Taste is also mild, some grains and a touch of bitterness at the finish, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

440ml can. The store called it a "Dark Mild" but it is 4% and called "Finest Bitter".

It pours a clear dark mahogany with a fizzy eggshell white head that dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is mostly English hops (Goldings) with some cocoa and biscuit.

The flavor is okay. Mostly biscuit, some hops and metal. The mouthfeel is thin but slightly "creamy". Just a typical session beer if you don't wanna fill up.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cherry beer with little head after pouring into an imperial pint. Aromas of fruit, grass and bread. Flavors of fruit, biscuit, toffee; has a leafy aftertaste. With its subdued flavor and light body, this would make a fine session beer were I ever to find myself in an English pub.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal clear, dark amber/brown color, minimal, lacy head.

A very sour, root beer and earthy herbs, slightly musty. A very subtle aroma.

Mild is indeed what comes to mind in the flavor department, herbal and earthy effect with a gentle malt, root beer sweetness, decent balance but a watery, light feel and flavor overall.

Indeed a bit mild on all counts, not much complexity so it's a bit of yawn overall.

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Photo of Kromes
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A crystal clear dark copper color with no head.

S: Honey and grainy malt with a little hop.

T: More grainy malt. Watery taste to it. A little honey and a little hop. Not much more than that.

M: Has a watery feel with hardly any carbonation which is the style.

O: The flavor isn't too bad. Maybe a little on the grain side. Taste like very, very watered down whisky. Very drinkable. Like beer flavored water.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of roadies
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jacobdensford
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of pwsoldier
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Cain's Finest Bitter from Robert Cain & Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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