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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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 14.9-ounce (440 ml) can. The date printed on the bottom of the can is, coincidentally, today: “04 MAY 12.” Just in the nick of time.

Appearance: Straight pour into a Guinness imperial pint glass. The color is an almost opaque black (probably just as dark as the glass’ namesake). Two fingers of thick, buttery, slightly tanned head dissipated slowly to form a frothy cap.

Smell: Molasses, maple syrup, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, toffee, and maybe some dark fruit raspberry. The syrup and burnt caramel are reminiscent of the scent of boiled pop from my high school Chemistry class; it was the leftover, crispy-edged syrup after the water was boiled away. As it warms the burnt character dissipates and morphs into scents of dark and milk chocolate.

Taste: The mouthfeel is light and watery, but it is smooth and gives the impression it could be thick and creamy. The lightness does lend itself to nitro can stouts as it imparts a kind of airiness. The flavors basically mirror the scents, but everything is much weaker: molasses, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, toffee, and maybe raspberry. Each mouthful leaves a tasty, burnt caramel aftertaste.

Drinkability: Though light and on the weak side, it is tasty and very drinkable. I am definitely eager to have another.

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

Dark brown color with one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a nice combination of dark malt and English hops. Notes of toasted bread, musty grain, chocolate, with herbal, grassy hops.

The aroma did not translate into the flavor unfortunetly. Very weak flavored even for a mild. But what flavor there is, is enjoyable. Bready and slightly roasted with a bit of chocolate. Hops play a large role with grassy notes.

Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Very smooth texture. I think a bit more body is possible in a mild.

Extremely easy to drink. Too bad American breweries do not do beers like this.

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Photo of adamette
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Live Review. Poured from the 16 oz. can that I bought the other day at Heinen’s in Mentor for $1.75 into a clean, clear glass. 23 AUG 12 printed on the bottom of the can. I will make the assumption that this is the “best by” date.

A Medium brown silky smooth 1 cm head over a very dark body that glows a dark red or maroon in front of direct light. Good look. 4.0

S Mild porter smell with some dark roast malt and possibly a sweet dark chocolate note. 3.5

T Thin porter taste with a bit of wet cardboard. I can tell that the ABV is low as well (not a criticism, just an observation!). 3.0

M Pretty well thin but I rather expected that. 3.0

D/O Very drinkable with the low ABV but overall somewhat of a boring beer. I cannot claim to be an expert on the style but I am fairly confident that there are better options out there. 2.5

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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 gory4d
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black, with ruddy tints when held to the light; head is high and tan, not much lacing. Smell is marigold, cut wood, something earthy, some wine-like notes. Taste is sweet malt up front, a crisp vegetal note in the middle, with tangy rye bread at the finish; there are faint notes of dried fruit as well. It's a thin beer, moderately carbonated, goes down easy. All in all a fine beer, one I'd buy often if it were available.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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%
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 Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is a half inch of light tan foam that recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and a fain hint of coffee. The taste is considerably lighter than the aroma. It has a nice roasted malt character with a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again when in the mood for something light.

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

I bought this from France 44 online.

It pours a very very dark brown with a 2 finger head of off white foam.

It has a light nose of bitterness and roasted malt. Not a bad aroma especially for a 3.2% abv brew.

The taste, though light(appropriate for the style, at least in canned/bottled examples) is satisfying. Roasted malt goodness with a light hop bitterness, as simple as that and all I need. That makes for an inviting break from all of the big abv, knock you on your ass beers that are out there.

Light bodied, fairly light carbonation, good mouthfeel and so drinkable. I need more beers that resemble this one.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 brewandbbq
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown from the can with a quarter inch head of beige that dissapated quickly. A placid surface for the duration with zero lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Some light roast follows through.

Light bodied with a bit of a tacky mouthfeel. Thinnish and a bit watery. Flatish.

Chocolate with roasted malt starts the palate. A hint of caramel follows through.

Finishes quickly with malt-drizzeled chocolate.

Pretty boring beer, but at the low alcohol level it's fairly remarkable that it has as much flavor as it does.

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Photo of wschmit
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

14.9oz can into a stemless wine glass.

A: A coffee-like liquid poured out into a black body topped by a creamy, milky tan head, like frothed chocolate milk. A bit darker than I expected--this is stout-like.

S: Mild hops and mild malt--appropriate, given the name. Maris Otter and Kent Goldings. An almost Earl Grey note to it. Simple, pleasant.

T: A little bit of hops up front, watery in the middle, and a touch of roasted malt towards the end. Luckily the roasty note lingers, because there's not much going on for this beer most of the time. Perhaps a bit of wet cardboard in it, like late runnings from the sparge. About what I expected, frankly. Still, I like it.

M: Thin and fairly flat, actually. This is what I take "session beer" to mean, and I see its appeal. Easy for sipping, doesn't make you too burpy, not going to knock you out.

O: I may well bring this beer around to parties. It's not great, but it's easy to drink and not flavorless (though it could do better in this department). Won't kill me over the night. It scratches the session itch, though mostly for lack of competition in the canned, real session beer category.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440 mL can tried 17 Oct 2011. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Huge foamy ombre (what kind of color is that, A?) head. Thick. Moderately carbonated. Very dark brown in color with reddish highlights. Smells of dark bread, molasses and licorice. Flavor is, umm... mild. Roasted malts, molasses. Very light in body, almost no carbonation in the mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol. Slightest touch of acrid bitterness in the finish.

I think A didn't really judge this according to style.

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Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a heavy brown, actually quite dark and while many dark milds are, in fact, as dark as this beer, few are so heavily dark and impossible to see through. The tan head is creamy and lasts, not looking dense but holding together as well as any. Good, creamy lacing is left behind.
The aroma is malty with light roast, nuts, and floral nuances. It's as mild as it ought to be, but by no means bland.
As the gentle floral and earthy flavors of British hops meet my palate, I begin to think this beer is almost like a roasty ESB or perhaps one that's more malt-forward than most, though the balance of hops and malts while maintaining its mildness shows off more brewing skill and care for style than many seem to appreciate. The somehow simultaneously subtle and straightforward flavors of roast, nut, and very gentle pepper make this, in complement to earthy, floral and herbal bitterness, better than many.
The feel is light, certainly to style, and very gently crisp while exceptionally smooth & clean.
To point, people who crave only huge beers or those who don't appreciate nuance (though, to be clear, this beer is not weak or bland) will hate this. I love it.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark pour, nearly black, with a deep tan head of between one and two fingers. Small bubbles, fades quickly, Very attractive beer.

Smell is a dry roast with a slight bitterness, but also a hint of sweet. Bitterness is all grains, no hops. Could be a little more mild, perhaps a more bready scent would be good.

Again, a pretty solid almost coffee roast. I admire the use of stronger flavored grains to intensify the beer without upping the alcohol, but I can't help but feel there were better choices to make this less of a coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is great, spot on with perfect carbonation and texture.

Overall this beer does a great job of being a Mild, I really enjoy is and reccomend it often.

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Photo of ahq514
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 14.9 oz can into nonic glass.

Even with a vigorous pour there is almost no head, just bubbles at the top. Appears to have low carbonation. Pours a darker brown color. Not really any lacing either.

Dominant aroma is chocolate with a slight hint of roast. A light but flavorful malt bill. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste is identical to aroma. Chocolate malt leads the way which slowly gives way to a light dry roast that is blended with a very light floral hop presence.

Extremely drinkable beer. I'm pretty sure I drink this beer a little faster than I drink water. Lighter body and low carbonation.

A good session beer overall. I think it could use some more carbonation, but when it comes to low alcohol beers with some flavor, this hits the mark.

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Photo of dbossman
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a thin but steady, doughy, beige head; lacing is great

S: Slightly sour grains and a nice yet subtle breadiness--some brown sugar and molasses; a bit subdued

T: Grassy and grainy--some sweet breadiness but sweetness is a bit cloying and there is something medicinal and metallic in the aftertaste; it's refreshing but just not quite right

F: Good body for a mild and quite creamy but a bit dry in the finish

O: A decent little beer and a true sessionable one at that

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Photo of nppeders
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this at the beginning of the post here. I've never had a mild before. It aint easy finding a mild in Minnesota, but the Four Firkin came through for me! I'm about to brew a few Mild ales and decided I should try a "proper" ale first.

appearance - dark, almost black. red hues appear when held to the light.

smell - roast, grains, straight up grainy goodness that reminds you of grape nuts, when you were a kid, or mashing in your grains.

taste - starts out smooth and creamy, middle is not really there, and then it finish's with a little coffee, toffee, grains, and sweetness that lingers.

mouthfeel - Very thin, creamy mouthfeell.

overall - I could probably drink a whole keg of this stuff. It's so drinkable. Very thin mouthfeel which I wasn't expecting. I like it, I'd buy it again. I'll seek out more milds, and hope to produce something similar myself someday.

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Photo of engisch
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poors dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aside from the head it is basically the color of Guinness Draft, but a little lighter. Smell is of roastiness and some maltiness.

Taste is slightly sweet and little roastiness, but not much going on. It is a very straightforward beer with very little complexity. Nice and sessionable @ 3.2% ABV. Very thin in mouthfeel with little to no carbonation.

Not a bad beer, not an exceptional beer; just beer!

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Photo of jar2574
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ink black with dark brown tint around the edges when held up to light. Thinnish tan head that sticks around.

Smell is mild roasted malts and a tiny touch of sourness.

Taste is, again, mild roasted malts. No hops to speak of. Pleasant, easy-to-drink session beer. Mouthfeel is a touch too watery for me. Below average carbonation.

Nothing wrong with this beer. Probably would be a good session beer if you wanted to drink for a while without getting buzzed.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 14.9oz can into imperial pint glass

A-dark brown with about a finger of tan head that faded to a partial cap

S-some roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee

T-much like the smell with some choclaty coffee notes

M-the weakest part of this beer, but that may be normal for the style but I find it thin and watery like a watered down stout

O-might make a nice summer drink when you are after stout flavors without the heaviness

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9 oz. can

A deep, burnt brown color, small and thin tan colored head with a whipped look.

A sweet toffee and rather roastie malt, thick and heady aroma for sure. Vanilla, oats, herbaceous hops, mild spices like pumpkin pie.

with every other aspect going very well, I was rather dissapointed in the flavor, the word mild is pretty right on. i found the feel and flavor to be thin and watery, subtle dark toffee and light roastie oats in a mundane level. It tastes and feel as if someone poured a glass of water into an otherwise fine stout. Low complexity with a light watery feel.

This one was interesting to try, not my cup of...well, you know.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +37.7%
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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