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 kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The accolades for session ales continue with this surprisingly flavorful ale that delivers on promises of refreshment, drinkability, and high volume of consumption.

Pouring with the rich appearance of standard Brown Ales, Cain's Dark Mild builds a low-lying but creamy sandy head that caps the beer beautifully and comfortably down to the last drink. Solid lacing helps to adorn the glass with each drink taken.

Light aromas of part grain, part malt, mild molasses, walnut, malt, toast, and faint chocolate all play into the subtle yet confident nose. Though the intensity of aromas are mild, they seem reasonably complex.

Mild in flavor as well, the malty/grainy balance plays out with complementary notes of the toast, chocolate, walnut, and molasses in a dry taste and light profile. Light hop bitterness allows for a slight earthy or bark taste to meld into walnut-like bitterness in finish. Light enough to allow for light metals and minerals to become part of the flavor spread, for better and worse.

Light in body, the beer takes on a fresh and very easy drinking texture that sheds its early creaminess and ushers in a malty-dry and light finish with pleasant minty cooling action of alcohol. Approaching watery at times, the beer also reveals a slight grain astringency that can easily be mistaken for earthy hop bitterness.

Cain's Mild Dark certainly delivers on the promise of full flavor with superior ease of consumption. In fact the 16oz glass met my mouth only four times before the beer had been drank. It would take no time to vacate a few of these from the six-pack!

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown edges, black body, thin skim of tan foam across the surface of the pint. Doesn't look like much, but it's appropriate for an English Mild, simple and plain on the outside.

Mellow aroma of husky toasted grains, vague sweetness but more dry and husky that anything.

Smooth light feel, low carbonation, appropriate for the style. Lightly toasted grains, tobacco, vague molasses. Very light and nuanced, but that's what the style is all about, subtlety. Very easy to drink, sessionable even. Sad if the rumors are true that this will disappear from the states very soon, there aren't many readily available Milds out there.

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 superspak
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

14.9 ounce (440ml) can served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, chestnut; 1 finger of ivory, sudsy foam that soon reduces to a lasting top coat and ring.

Smell: Medium and dark malt. Slight metallic overtone and hints of baked bread and roasted nuts. Improves upon warming.

Taste: Mainly mild toasted malts. Some faint English hops towards the finish, with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but too thin-bodied and watery. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall: seems most suitable as a thirst quencher or accompaniment to a meal. Good beer to give newbies who think dark beers are "too strong".

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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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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 mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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 woodychandler
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the more perplexing aspects of The CANQuest (TM) to date is the relative dearth of foreign (from a U. S. P.O.V.) CANs or to our Brit and Aussie pals, TINs coming my way. I know that they exist because I have seen reviews or ads but none seem to arrive at my doorstep. You need not feel badly about sending me "Lager" which is usually pronounced in a very disdainful tone on the telly since if I will drink a Minhas product, I will drink anything.

Many, many thanks to Another6Pack for hunting these down like a truffle-sniffing pig at one of his locals in Michigan. Every day, the siren call of the Upper Midwest gets louder in mine ears and when both my uncle and my mother have passed, I will relocate the following day. I have a Liverpudlian expat local who needs to be made aware that these TINs are available and maybe even get in a cask or two, eh, Raoul?!?

From the CAN/TIN: "Imported British Beer". Yes!

Immediately following the Crack, there was an offgassing of CO2 that looked like steam rising from a witch's cauldron. I am doing "The Tragedy of MacBeth" with my students for my seventh CANsecutive year and Alan Eames' last published article in which he hypothesized that witches were simply misunderstood brewsters CANtinues to resonate. I show a short video on how to homebrew and one of these days, I am going to lead a field trip to a local brewpub, but I digress ... The Glug was magnificent, into a Sam. Adams Perfect Pint glass, resulting in not only a cascading action, but also a dense, thick two fingers of mocha-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was roasty, chocolaty, even a little smoky. Mouthfeel was thick and full, not quite creamy, but still very big on the tongue. The taste was of chocolate and coffee initially with the smokiness arriving and lingering on and after the finish. OMFG! This was simply marvy, darlings! The dear, departed Ding would have loved this session beer and so do I. And the lacing ... I may need a jackhammer to get it off later. How CAN I get some more? I need a reserve for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually), plus some for the beach, hiking, the mountains, on the river, blah, blah, blah ...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saturday afternoon....wanted a lighter beer cuz I still have much to do I decided I would try the Cains Mild Dark. Its not too bad the low ABV had me concerned, but there is good aroma and flavor to this beer. The appearnce is a dark opaque color with half finger ecru foam head which is lacing. The aroma is roasty, alot like Guinness. The flavor hs roast and malt and seriously reminds me of Guinness Light. The mouthfeel is good....lacks some body but overall not too shabby....good session beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head can't be coaxed into any sort of retention. Smells lightly of chocolate, butterscotch, and caramel, with an earthy almost mineraly aroma as well. Taste is earthy butterscotch with hints of caramel and chocolate. Slight earthy hop breaks through the sweetness but just barely. Light body and level of carbonation with a sweet watery mouthfeel. Not a bad beer and I could certainly drink many of these without hesitation. It was a bit malty I would have liked a bit more hop presence personally.

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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 imbibehour
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 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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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, a bit of nuts, somewhat mild. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I already flagged this beer as not being retired, hopefully that is cleared up soon. Beer on tap at a local beer bar.

Beer is dark brown with a thin tan head that break, no real lacing and the carbonation is moderate to low. Looks good.

Aroma is weak but I'm picking up some caramel, some coffee, some subtle flavors in there. Smells decent enough for a mild.

Beer is thin and has a nice roastiness to the back of it. Unfortunately for it, I've had better milds recently. Beer is all around good, but I have a hard time picking up the flavors at the front of the beer, there is only a mild sweetness, nothing else really. I'd have it again, the low ABV makes it possible to drink 10 of them in one sitting, but I've definitely had better milds.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, nearly black, with a small, quickly dissipating head. Solid, creamy lace. Lightly roasty, somewhat generic malt aroma. Easy-drinking session beer with mild bitterness and a restrained roast flavor. Subtle coffee note in both taste and smell.

Low carbonation but still retains a bit of life on the tongue; thin-bodied but stops short of being watery. Nice as a change up to a steady diet of boldly flavored, high ABV American beers. However, there's nothing particularly exciting or interesting about this one and I probably wouldn't buy it again. Rather have a Tetley's, I think, if I'm going this route.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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 puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the 440 ml can marked 11-124-08:57-4-MAY-12. It pours charcoal black with a foamy, tan head that diminishes to a ring after a short period of time. The aromas are full of chocolate and coffee almost like a Porter. Also I would say there was light hoppy note and licorice. The body was disappointingly thin but I guess that was to be expected with a 3.2% ABV. The taste brings out a hint of chocolate and coffee as well as a light bitterness with a dry hopped finish. A good alternative with its low ABV.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is has a little bit of biscuit malt with some light chocolate notes thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get some lightly roasted notes and some chocolate. The hops come through with a little bit of earth which is hidden behind the malt flavors. The beer is fairly thin in mouthfeel and is a little bit watery. The carbonation is low to medium.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cains Dark Mild

16.9oz can.

Pours a light brown color, creamy khaki colored head forms with excellent retention and lace. Mild vaguely malty aroma of bread, caramel and toffee. In the flavor, mild cocoa like flavor from the malt, as well as nutty, roasted undertones. There is a mild toffee like flavor and a small tea like hopping. The mouthfeel of Cains Dark Mild is excellent, creamy, medium carbonation, smooth and very easy drinking. Overall, a fine session or lunch time beer, low alcohol, but solid flavor and great feel.

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