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 tugdriver7
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived in a pint pub glass and looked much like a very dark Coke with a slight foam head. Lots of bubbles visible in the dark brown liquid. Initial smoke in the nose (very subtle but there). Definitely a hint of the smoky roasted malt in the first taste, with a spritz on the tongue and a very mild (sorry to use that word) flavor that reminded me of a "light" (albeit dark?) beer. Very drinkable and at 3.2% ABV hardly noticeable as an alcoholic beverage. But enjoyed it. Very thin body with lots of carbonation and a very (very) dry finish that almost made your mouth feel dry... perhaps that was deliberate (makes you drink more). Nothing I'd order again, but I enjoyed it. You could put down a bunch of them with a meal and never have any problems walking out the door.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black glass with clear brown edges. Impressive finger of tight tan foam that looks like it will go the distance.

Smell: Bit yeasty, a brown bread note with a hint of earthy English hops.

Taste: Roasted grain, slight sour edge (trying hard not to say Guinness) that shows through due to remarkable balance. Doesn't come across as sweet or bitter which lets all the other flavors (grain, yeast, even water) shine. Little butter noted after seeing other reviews.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy texture, low-medium carbonation, light body.

Overall: Long thirsty pulls during the review, easy drinking and great flavor. Great beer, outstanding session beer! Lots of flavor and low alcohol. Nice!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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 mrfrancis
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a creamy khaki head that laces deep into the glass. Almost stout-like in appearance.

S: Very neutral on the nose. Very faint, malty aromas of cream, coffee, and chocolate are just barely detectable. I was hoping for something more akin to Moorhouse's Black Cat.

T: Smooth and subtle. Notes of chocolate, coffee, heavy cream, leather, vanilla bean, and roasted nuts are in abundance, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. The finish is short with fleeting notes of chocolate and coffee.

M: Thin, oily, and light-bodied with extremely gentle, unobtrusive carbonation. This is far from the liveliest ale one will run across, but it is extremely smooth and drinkable.

O: Owing to the rarity of mild as a style, it is hard for me to determine just how closely this ale adheres to the traditional guidelines for the style. That being said, it is extremely smooth and refreshing, handily beating out the likes of Boddington's Pub Ale and Tetley's English Ale in terms of depth and flavor. I would love to try it on cask.

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Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Richmond Arms in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A very minimal beige head forms, and recedes in a second. A light film of watery lace is left behind.
S: Toasted grains, some buttery malt. Diacetyl, maybe ringwood? Not much else. Fairly neutral.
T: Toasted grains, light buttery malt. I am thinking ringwood. Nothing else to note.
M/D: A light medium body. Some snappy carbonation, but overall thin and week. Easy enough to drink. Finished the pint without a problem.

I am a huge fan of true session beers under 4%. This certainly fits the bill, but it is just ho hum. The major problem is I have not tried it on cask. Very neutral on tap. Hopefully one day I can try it on cask. Till then, this is just average.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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 jsh420
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a small tan head that faded away to nothing and left no lacing

smell is very faint maybe some malt???

taste is much better then the nose - little roasted chocolate malt little grassy hop

mouthfeel is like water no carbonation

overall - its an ok beer for only being 3.2% but give me their bitter over this dark mild anyday

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can, 3.2% abv. Pours very dark brown, approaching black. Tan fizzy head stays for a few minutes, eventually fading to a thin layer.

Roasty malt in the nose, almost a burnt feel. Soft, subtle fruity notes as well. Pretty simple, but nice.

A dry, roasty feel. Very soft fruit note, with a flash of caramel. I enjoy the simplicity.

Light body, soft carbonation. Very easy to drink. Great session beer. Sometimes, less is more.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Brad007
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 3.2% mild? Can't say that I've seen many of those around lately.

Pours a pitch black with a thin, white head into my glass. Nice colors, nice head. Good start.

Rich, slightly roasted malt (similar to a stout) but with more dark fruit than coffee in aroma. Creamy too.

Again, lots of similarities to a dry stout here: Creamy, luscious with just a small hint of roasted malt. It could be called a stout but it's likely not intended as one.

Lingering creaminess is all that I need. Very tasty for a 3.2% beer!

This is what I call EXTREME DRINKABILITY. No need for a lot of alcohol, barrel-aging or any of that crap. Just a good 'ol Mild!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 BedetheVenerable
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 14.9oz can. A true English session mild here in the US? Bring. It. On. It even has a freshness date (May 2012)! Poured into a Riggwelter imperial pint.

Appearance: Dark brown beer, nearly black, but lets a bit of light through when held up to a light. Light mocha cap with nice retention.

Smell: This is still a bit too cold, but the aromas are nice. Mild roasted notes, reminiscent of pale chocolate malt, as well as some toffee and burnt toast.

Taste: Lightly-burnt wheat (i.e. the way I like it) toast, some very light grainy maltiness, and a bit of mineral-like bitterness. This is the good news. The bad news is that there's something a bit off-putting here, though I'm not quite sure how to describe it. It's almost like a somewhat stale, wet tobacco. This is months from the best-by date though, so I doubt it's a freshness issue. The unpleasant flavor comes through mostly on the finish, but it's a bit off-putting. Bittersweet (caramel and roast) finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, but it's 3.2% abv..

Conclusion: Starts so well, but ends up falling short. The burnt toast flavor and mild roast are quite pleasant, but it's really hard to look past whatever this goofy wet-tobacco flavor is.

At $2 a can, I might buy this from time to time (as a single) but I think I'm going to have to keep working on brewing up a mild of my own.

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Photo of spointon
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 14.9 oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark brown with amber highlights around the edges. Though it was clear it also allowed zero light penetration. Head poured a creamy 1/2" that lasted and lasted. No lace to speak of.

S= A lot going on for a small session ale. Toasty, roasty, chocolatey notes in the aroma.

T= Started off with a nice, rich roasty character. There was a hint of caramelly sweetness and some faint esters in there too. Hops were very restrained. Finished lightly sweet.

MF= Thin bodied, but for the style and abv the mouthfeel was quite nice.

D= This was a very enjoyable ale, hitting all of the right session ale notes and packed with flavor for such a light abv beer. I will drink this again for sure.


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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 14.9 oz can into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark copper color with one finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Some roasted aromas, milk chocolate, hint of chicory. Low intensity but pleasant.

T: Light roasted flavors and some cream. Distinct metal flavors on the finish, not sure whether it's the can or not, but a definite drawback, comes on every sip.

M: Light, a bit creamy, but average.

O: Too bad about the metal bit, that really drags it down. Had a lot going for it up until that point. Well, give it a try, maybe I got a bad batch. Can't go higher than three here. Cheers!

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Photo of corby112
1.96/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Draft at The Dandelion. Unfortunately this wasn't on cask but I was still excited to get to try some English beers which aren't very common around here.

Pours a deep dark copper/chestnut brown color with dark ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light and a half finger off white head that immediately disappears. No lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with subtle hop and spice notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee but the nose on this beer is pretty bland. Even after warming up for a bit there was some zesty pepper notes and only faint sweet malt.

Thin bodied and watered down with a very weak malt presence countered by faint earthy hops and zesty spice. Overcarbonated with more spicy pepper than anything else. As n the aroma, this is still pretty bland even as it warms with only faint hints of chocolate, hazelnut and caramel countered by earthy/grassy hops. Not interesting at all and hard to choke down. I bought an Imperial pint but it would have been tough to even finish a half.

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Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half-imperial pint serving from Dandelion in Philly. Totally black in color with a brief beige head. Foam dissipated quickly. No lacings or cap. Burnt malt and caramel aromas with a slight hint of coffee. On the lighter side of medium bodied with very lght carbonation. Smooth and refreshing feel. Dark roasted malt and burnt malt flavors in the beginning with a brief caramel malt middle and finish. Finished dry with no bitter hop character. Very easy to drink. A nice low ABV option with lots of character for a mild ale.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 'Aint kiddin' about the "Dark" part of the name! Almost pitch black. No head to speak of (normal for style). The miniscule amount of foam (if you can call it that) is tan. Looks damn good for a Dark Mild.

S - Faint (to style) notes of maltiness. Roasted nuts? delicate earthy scent.

T - Light chocolate and caramel flavors. Yeast comes through as bread crust and pretzel. No alcohol presence noticed at all.

M - On the lighter side a moderate body. Carbonation is soft and makes this brew pleasant to sip.

O - One of the best EDM's I've had yet. It's a fairly complex and interesting mild brew. Pleasure to drink. I love the fact that I can literally have ten of these due to drinkability and a 3.2% ABV. I would love to try this on cask.

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know who retired this brew in BA, but as of last night it was alive and kicking!
Tried a pint in a Cain's glass at the Capital Ale House during steal the glass night.
I remember reading some stuff on how the Cain's name was revived by a couple of Indian entrepeneurs using the old Higson's (ugh) brewery; how they'd gone bankrupt and bought the brewerey back from the receivers etc...
The beer though wasn't a bad Mild; nice black colour with a tight head. Very easy drinking - just what a mild should be. The first one went down very quickly, the second not much slower...It was a welcome change to the typical wanabee big beers that the CAH usually serve.
A good session mild.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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 blamoe
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer from Cains is what Milds should taste like, witha lovely subtile sweetness and a hint of coffee and the apperance is a darkish brown and a coffee like smell. I have to say this is one of the best Milds i've tried and would be happy to drink a few again.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, almost opaque, spongey layer of tan foam that slowly compacts to a creamy cap, good head retention, lacey

Aroma: roast, dark chocolate, hint of coffee, butterscotch, cream, soy sauce

Flavor: silky milky sweetness followed by an unsweetened chocolate bitterness; butterscotch, roast; finishes semisweet with a lingering roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, soft carbonation, very smooth and soft texture

Other comments: THIS is a Mild! Text-book definition. OK, well, a Mild doesn't have to be dark anymore, but that's what it was traditionally and that's the way it damn well should be (in my book). Really hits the spot! Roger Protz rates this as one of his "300 Beers To Try Before You Die". Some of his picks are a bit questionable, but this one I can definitely agree with.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask @ Dr. Duncans, Liverpool. Dark nearly opaque black with crimson edges. No real foam to see here as this is a cask conditioned brew. The aromas are so intense and insane for a 3.2 brew. OMG, how do they get so much into a 3.2 brew. Sugar, molasses, some spirt-like flavors, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, plums, caramel, and mroe. The taste is excellent with a lovely maltiness, and some chocolate, coffee, and fruit flavors all over the place. The moufheel is smooth and lovely and the drinkability is awesome. This is just incredible when it is fresh and on cask. Surely, one of the finest, if not the finest example of this sadly underbrewed style of beer.

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Photo of rastaman
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stout like appearance, deep black, with a fluffy/foamy head, looks great. Soft and light, yet, with quite a full mouthfeel, slightly acidic bitterness, some grapeyness/raisins, some nice soft roastyness, generally pretty nice, soft, round (cask-GBBF 03')

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