Cain's Finest Bitter | Robert Cain & Company Limited

Cain's Finest BitterCain's Finest Bitter
BA SCORE
3.55/5
110 Ratings
Cain's Finest BitterCain's Finest Bitter
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by charlesw on 07-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,770
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
110
pDev:
12.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
Trade:
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Photo of mdwalsh
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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 outsider
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Ford
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of cichief
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Park Lane Pub (formerly the Fredericksburg Pub) in Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Pours a dark amber-brown with a nice tan head, just a little hazy.

S- More malty than hoppy, hints of dried fruit, sweet, but balanced.

T- Starts a bit sweet, like raisins or figs, but finishes somewhat dry.

M- Medium body, smooth drinking, would be better on cask.

O- A decent example of an English bitter. Overall a good session beer.

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Photo of charlesw
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint in the Red Lion public house. Hand pumped (no head, little to no carbonation). Pours a lighter version of dark walnut (does that make sense to you? It did to me at the time!).
Aroma: very typical for a bitter with a slight smoky side to it.
Taste: First (oddly enough) you get the bitterness. Ah, yes, this is what a bitter should be! Then comes a hint of malty caramel (surely the yeast used, eh?) and lastly you get a bit of flavor (no, not a citrusy flavor - perhaps a bit more bitterness?) of hops.
Drinkability: Yes :) Ok, it is quite drinkable in a certain context. Mmm. I would say that this would be the beer to drink with a meal. It is consistent and flavorful enough and yet not overpowering at all. A fine beer, indeed!

Their web site says:
"prize winning cask beer [...] dark, full bodied [...] excellent [...] refreshing yet full bodied [...] rich flavours of premium malt and goldings hops"
Yeah, that sounds about right :)

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BryanCarey
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cain’s Finest Bitter is a tan colored brew with gold hues around the edges, a completely clear body, and a nose that is weak but offers aromas of pale, toasted malt, toffee, and some earthy hops. The appearance is rather ordinary, but not terrible and not enough to discourage that first sip.

With the taste, Cains Finest Bitter offers flavors of brown sugar, toffee, biscuits, and some earthy hops. Digging further I am able to find some light nuttiness, herbal notes, and even a small amount of chocolate, but the latter taste sensation is probably pushing it as this is a fairly straight- forward English Bitter.

This is a sweeter beer and many may be misled by the title, but one must remember that this is a British Bitter and when the English use the term, they mean something different from when Americans use the term. The taste actually has very little bitterness and even less alcohol. Its overall flavor profile may be a letdown to some, but it is actually a decent session beer and one worth a try every now and then when you want a lighter beer that still has at least some character.

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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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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted a pint of cask conditioned Cain's in the Shrewsbury (known as "The Shrew"), Wirrall, UK on Sunday 4th Sept 2005.
I figure that they must have changed the head retention on this brew since other reviewers reviewed this. It now has a creamy head along the lines of Caffreys or Kilkenny. Looks very nice atop an amber body.
Smell is very floral, with a taste that doesn't quite match.

Overall a very nice English bitter.

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Photo of napetry
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tall can into pint glass, split with a friend...a little on the dark side, missing some of that bitter brightness. nothing too special in the nose, but it's fairly clean. taste is not bitter enough by any means. nothing objectionable here, but not much depth or pizazz. mouthfeel is fine, not too energetic, but not seriously flawed. eh, it's ok, just not spectacular.

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Photo of ButtomsUp
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Theheroguy
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bready Nutty, Malty Dark amber in color.

The smell is pretty much all malt and in my opinion not very enticing. Exceptionally light bodied and highly drinkable, a wonderful ale. Taste like golding hops on the back end. This is a malt forward beer. This is one of those beers that shows there is no reason that ales can't be as light and refreshing as lagers are. I would like to hops to be a little more pronounced.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of AEK
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Are you sure this beer is retired??? I had it on cask in my local last night..

A. Red coloured beer with a very thin white head.

S. Slight aroma of tinned strawberries and cream.

T. A little malt presence and some hop. There is also a faint touch of strawberries. Initial taste is like washing up liquid, this then gives way to the strawberry flavour. Has a metallic tasting finish.

M. Thin bordering on medium.

D. Alright for a one off try I suppose but don't bother having seconds. I have never really been a fan of Cains beers but, seeing as this was the only beer they has available had to try it out.

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Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep red color, and supports a modest creamy head of foam. It has a very mellow and pleasant aroma of sweet dark fruits, and the flavor is similar: smooth dark crystal malts blending with classic english yeast flavors of fruit. This bitter is excellent, it is smooth, flavorful and a bit lower in carbonation than your average style. A great flavorful and easy drinking ale.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark gold. Nice head: gave this one an aggressive pour into a tall glass.

A - Malt. Not much here.

T - Kinda like an Amber Lager. Not something that people will pay for when they can get Yuengl.... wait, this is an English beer for THIS price!?
Again, I'd prefer to pay for something memorable. I can't say that the price doesn't allure me, though.

M - Thick for the low ABV. Kinda like a better version of Bud.

O - Not unique for any particular reason. I could do really go for a hop presence and some sweet, dark fruit caramel flavors... and maybe even a little roast. However, there's nothing offensive here. And it's charming knowing I'm drinking an old country ale, not another generic lager.

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Photo of jacobdensford
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of taylocd
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 14.9 ounce can into Imperial nonick tumbler. Can shows "Cains Finest Bitter", but it is definitely an English Bitter, so I can only assume that 'Finest Bitter' and 'Best Bitter' are the same

Date stamp shows 17 Aug.

A - beer poured a brown to ruby brown with a head of fine eggshell colored bubbles; the head retained a thin cover over the beer, but left scant lacing

S - the aroma was not especially powerful, but smelled of still woodsy air

T - the beer had a faint burnt coffee bitterness (with a very slight chocolate taste) and again with a woodsy flavor character, all of which tended to linger on the palate

M - this was a very smooth drinker

O - Cains Best was a decent selection, with no remarkably good or bad characteristics. It's an average brew, on the whole.

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