Cains Dark Mild | Robert Cain & Company Limited

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

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-27-2003

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Photo of FBarber
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color - completely opaque. Thick frothy brown head dissipates slowly leaving a tight velvety head on top of the beer.

Aroma is malty with some chocolate and biscuit notes. Bit of earthy hops. There is a touch of sweetness on the nose - bit like a milk stout.

Taste follows the nose with some chocolate malts, biscuit, bread, and some toasted malts. There is a rich mineral like flavor that I can only imagine comes from the water used. Touch of earthy battering hops. Flavor comes across like a very light milk stout.

Feel is light and drinkable. Smooth with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

Overall this is a bit heftier than I'd usually expect from an English dark mild ale - it certainly has some notes of a light mil stout. Its quite good and at 3.2% is a perfect session beer.

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Photo of Will_Edgar
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: strong malt, touch of chocolate, biscuit. Appearance: dark brown, persistent head. Good head. Dark. Flavor: dark malts, slight banana, grainy dryness, some sour fruit. Mouthfeel: thin, dull, simple, low carbonation.

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Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eh... Not too great here

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of burnerfinger
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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...)

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown body with a thin layer of tan coloured head. Aroma is faint, some malts. Taste of subtle malts and hints of chocolate.

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Photo of rtrasr
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is weak coffee with sugar. Mouthful is like a thinner version of porter, very thin indeed. Makes you wonder if mild is derived from porter even though beer historian disagree. I can see how this can be a very spectacular ale is presented right. Taste is lightly roasted coffee beans with some sweetness. This is malty beer but not too heavy.

I wonder how this beer would be if presented on cask. I think this could be a treat.
American Craft Brewers embrace this style as you have porter. This could be a great gateway into cask ale for Americans Brewers. It also could be a great american craft keg beer. Some experimentation is required. On another note, let's hope the Cain's Brewery of Liverpool survives and grows.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can, which is nice, but don't have huge expectations for this, just from the look of it. I do like a good English Mild, so hopefully this does well.

Pours a nice mocha colored fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a decent rate with the bigger bubbles popping mostly, leaves some nice layered lacing, over very dark almost black beer with faint hints of molasses light coming through the edges.

Nose is pretty much what I expected, darker malts, some dark crystal like malts, creamy, light biscuit, some raw powdered cocoa and nut like, a light creamy milk chocolate, that typical English style earthy brown malt aroma, and faint touches of earthy hops. Nice chocolate aroma comes with a little wafer cookie as well.

Taste starts with creamy goodness, chocolate milk, seems like it was a nitro carbonation. A bit more biscuit and cookie wafer brings a melted kit-kat like flavor almost. A bit more of the earthy English style brown malts, with some dark crystal malts and a bit of caramel flavors. Earthy hops come through with fair bitterness too. Finish is a bit sticky sweet, creamy feeling still, lingering earthy mild bittering hops, and some earthy brown malts, with more milk chocolate, nitro carbonation flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, quite creamy with small nitro bubbles.

Overall not bad, it is a decent drinking beer, but more like a light milk stout or creamy brown than a mild, at least what I've seen, but I'm not very familiar with the history of British milds. It really seems to have nitro carbonation which is a bit of a turn off for me for most beers, esp something like a mild where it seems to overpower many of the other flavors. still a pretty decent beer.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.25 A: Clear dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is very good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Roasty toasty graininess with a hint of ash. Overall quite dry with notes of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Touch of mineral to round things off. Decently powerful for a beer of its size.

3.75 T: Like the nose, there's a lot of toastiness with some roasty component. Dry with a moderate bitterness. Chocolate, nuttiness, mineral and caramel form a subtle complexity. Again, a lot going on given the ABV.

4.25 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation with a surprising amount of creaminess. Super smooth, well done.

4.0 D: Pretty good beer to reach for if you are in the mood for a dark session beer. No real complaints.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of markgoodman10
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Haglev
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Up to now i have only rated the beers i have tried. With this one i had to review it. I was pretty stunned by this beer. The color is this deep, dark, blackish mahogany..its gorgeous. The head out of the can was impressive. The color of coffee foam and initially almost a full third of my glass. The flavor is all at once chocolate and coffee with no trace of bitterness. It made me think of mocha ice cream without the sugar. The mouth feel was very wet. Almost no aftertaste. Like a Boddingtons, kind of. At 3.2% ABV it's really low on the scale. I would say if you like malty beers this one is worth a try.

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Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 115 ratings