Cains Dark Mild | Robert Cain & Company Limited

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Cains Dark MildCains Dark Mild

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 pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 burnerfinger
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of rtrasr
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -6.3%
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 -18.5%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of falloutsnow
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Haglev
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 440mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown hue indeed, rather like a rich porter in appearance. Head is a thick finger of creamy dark tan foam with OK retention and not much in the way of lace. Wonderful color, though.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with a light sweetness and a hint of roastiness. This is almost like a sessionable porter; I really like it.

Taste: this beer tastes a lot like Guinness, rather surprisingly. It's drier and less chocolatey than the aroma, with a nice character from roasty malt. Honestly it works better for me as a mild than as a stout. Hops are very light but noticeable at the end.

Mouthfeel: light body but a very well integrated carbonation and a big creamy smoothness. This isn't a nitro-widget can but the texture is quite reminiscent of that.

Overall: I could probably drink gallons of this stuff. Big flavor in a light-ABV brew always wins high marks from me.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this is a unique beer. It is very big on flavor but very light. Yet it is a dark, malty thing. I like it.

It pours with very little head. The aroma is mild but interesting. It's kind of musty seaside smell. Perfect Liverpudlian. Go Red.

The taste is dark, bitter, slightly smokey, and full of character. This is truly amazing for a beer with such a light feel. It never seemed to have any head, and the aftertaste is extremely light, but it works.

I want to get these for a sunny afternoon when it is nice to be outside (it only hit 37 degrees today - still frigid even in the sun). Then they can transport and refresh you with Liverpool's coolness.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

14.9 fl.oz./440ml can, sent by woodychandler a couple months back; as woody would say, 'cracked and glugged' to a curvy Adnams nonic pint.

A: Deep, chocolate-y brown pour, a ruby trim in strong light. A few scurrying bubbles rise and a sheen of them hug the base of the glass. Initial head is thick and cream, almost a finger of pock-marked ivory. Lace is fleeting and the head disappears altogether within 5 minutes... but the initial look is really good.

S: Emptied the can at 'cellar temperature' (about 50F) and it has a lovely fruity aroma: prune/raisin/date and a nutty cola. A curious little puff of smoke. Very good strength, quite inviting

T: Light cocoa, a little toffee, some dry pit fruit (fig/date), and a hint of sweetened coffee. A drying finish - chalky/mineral with even a twist of vinous tang. First sip seems 'bland', but flavors build subtly/wonderfully from then on. A beer that greatly benefits from a warmer serving temperature AND a contemplative session at home (watching 4th quarter of the Knicks/Pacers game) where mulling over these flavors is easier.

M: Thin (per the style) but smooth and vaguely coating. A little metal/brass in the finish and a sugariness, too. What seems 'boring' after a sip improves as it goes.

O: A nice beer, from a can or not. The argument for this being a 'simple' style is well-founded, but the subtleties here are very pleasing and the low ABV is perfectly sessionable. I like it quite a bit - always appreciate a style that isn't as accessible or popular out here in the western US - and would drink it again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker than expected brew with a very small but finely bubbled soft head that is light brown in color. The head almost looks like a nitro can head albeit much smaller. Nice creamy lace, but not a lot of it.

S - Tootsie rolls, milk chocolate chips. Milky way bar.

T - Darker chocolate than the nose. Slightly bitter like baker's chocolate. A little winey on the finish. NIce!

M- LIght bodied and MELOW as heck. Slightly dry and mildly bitter finish with a lingering hint of malt that reminds me of Guinness.

Super drinkable mild brew that has an almost laughably low ABV for us 'Mericans used to at least 5% even in our light pisswater lagers! Could have one or two with lunch on a weekend and not ruin your afternoon. Malty, tasty, and mellow. This is a really nice session brew.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like a decent example of an English Mild, considering it's not from a hand pump. Attractive dark brown with a glint of ruby. Plenty of foam and a fine carbonation, quite nice and perhaps an improvement on the cask version.

Dark, malty flavors are very prominent. A pleasant touch of sweetness on the tongue. Just a hint of grainy aroma. Modestly bitter at the end, with an appropriate level of hops to balance the malt. A really tasty big gulp with some nice caramel and dark, roasted flavors.

This is a definite entry in the high-flavor, low-alcohol sweepstakes. From the 16 oz can bought in Abilene, Texas.

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Photo of rangerred
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

14.9oz can into a pint glass. Date of August 23, 2012 on the bottom. Presumably a best by date.

An aggressive pour yields a half finger tan head although with very good retention.

Aroma is definitely metallic but smelling past that, chocolate and coffee dominate with some sweet caramel in the background.

The taste has none of the metal present in the aroma. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate followed by a little bit of burnt caramel. Very drying bitterness much like strong coffee. In fact, this beer is very espresso-like. A little bit of nutty-ness and dried fruit but it is very faint. Mouthfeel is thin as to be expected but not as bad as I was fearing.

Overall, a very, very impressive beer for only being 3.2%. Tons more flavor than any light beer on the market. This is a beer you could literally sip on all day. Oh how I wish we could get more beers like this in the states. I would buy case loads!

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly aggressive pour gets me just under a finger of sand colored head over brown cola colored body. Lots of carbonation action apparent. Light lacing slowly slides down the side of the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smells sweet, nutty and roasty.

Sweet, lightly toasted malt speaks volumes. Hints of toffee do appear as I roll this around in my mouth.

This beer is light bodied and almost watery in feel. It is otherwise smooth and very sessionable.

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Photo of claytri
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich dark mahogany with a bit of tan lacing. The aroma is of toasted malt with hints of sweetness. The taste has a coffee taste first and foremost, but adds on that with the undertones of toasted malt, and hint of sweetness in the finish. The feel is smooth and wet to start, but then drys in the finish. Overall a nice representation of the style, a beer one could sip on all evening.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.76/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice malty coffee aroma, deep black color, thick foamy head that lingers to the last sip. Extremely mild yet excellent flavor of roasted malt. Pity that U.S. brewers cannot brew a low ABV dark beer with this much flavor.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

440 ml can into imperial pint glass, best before 8/23/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a small light tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toffee, biscuit, toast, milk chocolate, nuttiness, earth, and light herbal hops. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, chocolate, biscuit, nuttiness, earth, light raisin, and herbal spiciness. Very light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, earth and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Some decent flavor balance with a fair amount of flavor overall. No cloying flavors at all. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. No alcohol noticed other than a minimal warming after the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink as expected. Overall this is a nice mild. Nice fairly robust flavors; and very smooth to drink. I hope to find more milds in the future, there really aren’t too many available in the states.

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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with finger of tan head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Dark fruittyness, plus a bit of pear

T: Follows the nose, some pears, leafy hops & touch of woody hops as well. Some carob notes as this warms, a touch figgyness, pears & a touch of green apple skins. Finishes with orchard fruit, leafy hops, some dryness & a touch of grassyness

MF: Light bodied, creamy carbonation

An alright take on the style, this would be better on cask I'm sure. Drinks pretty easy. Not too bad for such a low abv offering, some times they travel very poorly

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Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Pours barely about two fingers of nice caramel head, and quickly seems to settle to about a finger. Head bubbles are quite tiny though, sitting on a very dark red brown body. Some carbonation bubbles of soda pop size seem to ring the top of the glass near the head.

Nose is very non existent. What is barely picked up is a light grain and buttery brown toast. I wish it was more noticeable, there seems something worth exploring but it's not being showcased.

Hitting from the palate body even for the style doesn't seem to hit the right notes. Muted roast quality and airy toasted grain turned down with a muted ovalitine watery sense. Some lively carbonation a little, which improves the feel just slightly.

Overall sure it's a mild, but compared to others this isn't really memorable at all.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 14.9 oz. can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of amber color on the bottom of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and about two fingers of creamy tan head that fades into a thin cream layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, nuts and sugar. Somewhat syrupy. Light earthy and grassy hops in the background. Lots of roasty stuff going on here.

Taste: Taste is pretty light but there are some nice flavors going on. Sweet roasted malts. Decent notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and some nuts. Some lactose like sugar. Hop presence is very subtle. Again, pretty light but tastes ok.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A decent take on the style. Some nice flavors and very light. Kind of like a Guinness Draught. Not bad for a 3.2 brew. This should be in Minnesota gas stations as a alternate to 3.2 BMC. :)

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with notes of butterscotch and caramel, too.

T - Sweet and malty with butterscotch and caramel flavors. Slightly floral bitterness, but not enough to match the sweetness.

M - It was creamy and smooth. A light bodied ale with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This is okay. It is a little too sweet for my taste and a little too pricey at $11.99 a six pack.

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Photo of matjack85
2.26/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I bought this single 440ml can at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. There is some sort of date mark on the bottom of the can, but the ink is so faint I can't make it out, even with a magnifier.

The beer poured a really dark brown color with a nice 2½-finger light tan head that hung around awhile. There was very little lacing however.

Faint aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate.

Flavor wise, this is a very boring beer. There's not enough of anything in it! Very mild roasted malt flavor and even milder chocolate. Thankfully there are some English hops that give it a mild bitterness and a bit of twang. Otherwise very bland.

Flat as distilled water in the carbonation department, to go along with a thin watered down feel.

Maybe I just don't like or understand this style, but it's definitely not my cup of tea, and I can't recommend it on any level.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque thick brown colour with a small, but lovely tan head that leaves beautiful lacing. The smell is musty, sort of like soy sauce. Interesting.
The dry bitterness hits me first. Then the surprise at the thin mouthfeel. Considering that thinness, there's great flavour in this. And since I'm reviewing a British beer, my spelling of flavour is finally appropriate. Har har. There's lots of chocolate flavour and dark malty flavour. And the bitterness adds to it nicely. Not overpowering at all. The thinness makes it both flavourful and refreshing at the same time. It's a very interesting approach to a dark beer. I see why it's called mild. Really good stuff. It's much less boring than I expected. From the looks of the can, I imagine this stuff is pretty cheap in England. Which is a shame. I wish I could buy it more regularly here, but it's a bit pricey for such a mild ale. Still, well worth a try. Don't be put off by it being mild or the thinness. It'll surprise you. I've had other regional 3.2% beers in England and a lot of them are low in carbonation and taste watery or just too lacking in flavour to make up for that low alcohol content. But this one is spot on.

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Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
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