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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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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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 sixerofelixir
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lanstrum
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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 jmathis
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +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 Zanico
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of drop6301
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rangerred
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -2.5%
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 Boilermaker
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CitizenGrain
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of claytri
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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 +31.5%
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 +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 sliverX
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -10.2%
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 matjack85
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
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 +20.4%
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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Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Cains Dark Mild from Robert Cain & Company Limited
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