Formerly brewed at Cains
Style: Bitter
Liverpool, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Pasteurised in kegs and cans (previously pasteurised in bottles too).
Previously known as Cains Traditional Bitter.
NOTE: Only ratings for the canned and kegged version should be posted here. The cask version has a separate listing.
A regular winner of awards for quality and flavour, and winner of the silver medal at the International Brewing Industry Awards 2002, this refreshing yet full-bodied bitter is a favourite with beer drinkers everywhere. The rich flavours of premium malt and goldings hops are unmistakable in this well balanced, traditionally brewed bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFGrind (1926) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Kegged version, copper light bodied bitter with almost no foam. I understand the session beer concept, but Cains Finest Bitter came up short with my palate. Draft @ Union Jack’s in Glenside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6270) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Canned, via trade with papsoe, amber ruby color with non stop foam, aroma and flavor of old library, caramel, bitter astringent hops, thin finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gunnfryd (13005) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2011
Brown colour with a beige head. aroma is malt, caramel, grass. Flavour is malt, caramel, hop, grass. Boring thin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsmerig (1366) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Fairly bland overall. Poured nice from a tap at Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA. Rich amber color with a welcoming head. Recognized some maltiness and a bit of hops, but overall very bland. Revised with can comments. Flavor is a bit more complex and full flavored when drinking from can. well bAlnced between malt an hops. Subtle bitterness towards the end finishing with nice rich malt notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borup (8565) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Can from Netto. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops and caramel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Meilby (9856) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 23, 2011
Can 440ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt and grassy hops. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Geokkjer (6731) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
Can.Pours Amber with a white head.Aroma is fruity , malty and floral.Flavor is sweet and bitter with some malty notes.Thin body, soft carbonation.Thin boring bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Velkyal (315) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Pours russet with a creamy off white. The aroma is light toffee and some spicy hops. Tastewise it is plenty of caramel, backed with a crisp hoppy bite. A touch thin, but easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10949) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Served on draft at Mellow Mushroom Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops and caramel malts. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, bitter leafy hops and a faint bit of fruitiness. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (2161) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2011
Can. Pours a clear light brown with a creamy beige head. Weak aroma; sweetish and hoppy. Okay in itself, but just too weak – would have scored higher if it had been more powerful. Flavour is fruity and hoppy (with a bit of citrus) with notes of winegums (like Bassett’s blackcurrant). Bitter, malty finish, tart with a fruity touch. 22.10.10.

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