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Cain's Finest Bitter | Robert Cain & Company Limited

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by charlesw on 07-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,143
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
110
pDev:
12.68%
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 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 scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of leinie13
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CAN you dig it?!? Another CAN from Another6Pack in support of The CANQuest (TM)! And another English session beer, to boot! CAN Bitter be Better than the previous Dark Mild? Stay tuned, kids, we'll be right back after these words from our sponsor.

Hey kids, tired of drinking bland old milk? Why don't you try some BUPGOO? BUPGOO is a syrup that when added to milk makes the milk more attractive to children! BUPGOO works on the principle that children want what they cannot have. You see, BUPGOO in milk makes the whiteness rise foaming to the top of the glass, leaving a transparent brown liquid underneath. Yes, BUPGOO makes a glass of milk look EXACTLY like a glass of BEER! Next time you want that beer your parents drinking, ask 'em for BUPGOO!

From the CAN: "Imported British Beer".

The Crack also evidenced a minor offgassing of CO2, but nothing like the previous Dark Mild. The Glug had some cascading action, but nothing like the Dark Mild. I had best stop thinking about one vs. the other or this review will be seriously flawed. I had a mere finger of thick tawny head when I was done, like a crown atop the head of the beer. The color was a glorious deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and the BUPGOO allusion definitely applied! Nose had a grassy quality that reminded me of drying mown grass in the summertime. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a grassy hoppiness that was very tasty on the tongue. It was bitter, but not quite bitter enough for this self-avowed hophead. Finish was dry and refreshing and given its relatively low ABV, I could make an afternoon of it if I had to, but there may be better choices available. I see that Cain's CANs three other beers and I am game if anyone wants to ship them my way (hint, hint).

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2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a thin white mousse. There isn't much in the way of noticeable effervescence in the glass.

S: Very neutral. It's difficult to pick much up on the nose. Very faint aromas of toasted malt, cocoa, cream, and toffee eventually make their presence known. Underwhelming.

T: Notes of toffee, earthy hops, cream, roasted malt, and nuts are present. The finish is short with toffee, cream, and nut notes. Drinkable, but extremely bland.

M: Light bodied and dry. Carbonation is barely present. This one really doesn't stand out in any way.

O: A very mediocre effort. It's kind of like drinking a darker version of Boddington's Pub Ale. Extremely boring and lacking in complexity.

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Photo of sfprint
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 10/22/2011

A: Syrupy color orangyer rootbeer, subtle columns of bubbles whippinig their way to the top, short soda head, transparent.
S: In the cream soda/rootbeer, sweet syrupy black cherry, but with amber characteristics.
T: If cough syrup was far less sweet and more bitter without the nasty medicinal edge, it would be similar to this.
M: Dry astringency, no carbonation.
O: Meh, boring.

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3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9oz can into an imperial pint. Thanks to Aaron for this!

A: Pours a handsome tarnished copper, autumn brown color. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white foam rose up to the edge of the glass and lasted for quite a while before settling down to a thick collar that didn't leave any lace.

S: Caramel with tangy apple and lightly toasted grains.

T: As above, but with an interesting flavor transition that goes from a "paper-y" flavor and leads into carmel, hops, and then roasty malt.

M: Very nice balance between light sweetness and dry roastiness.

O: Not a caramel bomb...I approve.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine burnished copper color, brightly clear with saturated color. Tan foam rises to the two finger mark and settles to an ample layer across the surface, never breaking. Retention is surprisingly strong, though there's no lace to speak of.

Soft subtle aromas of toasted grain and baked apples with cinnamon. Lightly mild sweetness.

Supple feel, low carbonation to emulate a cask serving. Very smooth body. Light toasted malt flavors, vague bitterness upfront, some lingering apple fruitiness from the yeast possibly. Pretty mild flavors in general, but still flavorful. This is tailor made to session.

Thanks Aaron for this one!

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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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3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, hazelnut brown coloring with a low profile, tiny bubbled, dense, frothy head. Good cascade when you pour. Medium aromas of nut sweetness, a slight roasting, and an overall effervescence. Flavors are light, with a toffee and slight caramel sweetness, a roasted backbone, and a slight hopping that gives the beer's palate a crisp endfeel. The afteraste has a slight linger to the sweet blend of flavors, and a very slow and light drying finish. This beer has a very low ABV of 4%, making it extremely sessionable.

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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can 124-08:34-4 May 12. Sampled on November 5, 2011. It pours a deep, medium dark amber with virtually no head but fine clarity. There is an abundance of caramel malt and sugar sweet mash in the mix but really nothing extraordinary. The body runs in the thin to medium range. The taste is more sweet than anything else with the bitterness there but slightly downplayed. I could picture myself sitting in an English pub and quaffing a bunch of these. A 'drowning your sorrows in your beer' kind of beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

Appearance is a beautiful rich copper with a 1.5 finger head that slowly fades into a thin layer.

Smell is of rich caramel malt

Taste is toffee and caramel with a nice crisp grassy flavor. Finishes slightly clean.

To me this is an average to above average bitter compared to what is available here is the States. I like the low abv and could see myself drinking a lot of these.

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Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear bright caramel brown with a small off white head that fades to a film and left no lacing

smells of caramel mat and a little grass

tastes of rich buttery caramel malt very mild earthy grassy hops

mouthfeel is light body low carbonation and oh so smooth

overall this is a perfect session beer at only 4% abv and a great deal of malt flavor - not watery at all

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can, 4% abv. Deep amber color, clear. White creamy head disappears fairly quickly. A thin ring leaves a few spots of lace.

A hint of roasty malt, some caramel and toffee, along with some mineral-like notes. Perhaps some light, earthy hop aroma.

Caramel malt, with a clean feel. Some mineral flavors, with a drier, earthy finish.

Lighter body with some soft carbonation. Alcohol isn't even mentioned here, making for a great session beer.

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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 Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a thin white head into my glass. Looks good for the style.

Creamy with a mix of grassy hops and sweet buttered bread. Of course, it is not BURSTING with these flavors but they are there.

Sweet, buttered bread and grassy hops go further into depth here. There's also a creamy texture to it.

Perfect amount of bitterness in the mouthfeel. The creaminess is a plus and I now realize that Cain's is trying to mimic the profile of a cask-conditioned ale.

I like this bitter. Maybe it's the mouthfeel and then again, maybe the fact that it's 4.2% and just as flavorful as something higher in ABV is a huge plus in my book.

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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally found a single can o' this, so's I could try it without too much fiscal pain. It pours a clear sunset russet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises cashews, light rye bread, grass, light wood, light biscuits, and light greens. The taste holds notes of watered-down maple syrup, watered-down coffee, watered-down cocoa, light wood, light greens, tea, nuts, and a bit of toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall, a pretty solid bitter, nothing too amazing, but a true session beer (for the most part) that can easily be used as such. Not bad, really.

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