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

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeAgain (70) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2009
A little bit on the dark side for a British bitter, but that’s not a major flaw. Nice creamy head that stays right to the bottom of the glass. Nice floral hop aroma, with a very nice malty, almost raisin-like fragrance. The taste is a bit lighter than I would have expected, but everything is in such harmonious balance that this ale gets points for that alone. When this brewery was under the Higson’s label, I thought it was one of England’s best ales - certainly Liverpool’s best! The new ownership and brewers at Cains has done a magnificent job in keeping ales in this region among the world’s finest for the style!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3126) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2009
A medium brown bitter topped with a thin creamy head. Clean and fresh beer with a hint of floral hop and a dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Rather nice, I have to say. Quite drinkable. Cheap enough, too, for this old miser.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (13567) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle. (tasting at papsoe’s) Clear, copper beer with a dense, off-white head. Malty, slightly roasted nose and flavor. The flavor has a vague but pleasant hoppy fruityness and bitterness as well, especially towards the finish. Medium, quite dry mouthfeel. A bit brown-ale-ish for a bitter, but a decent beer indeed. (071006)

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2007
(Can 44 cl) Courtesy of Bov. Clear, amber golden with a creamy, off-white head leaving some laces. Light in body, light notes of nuts, an edge of cardboard and a vague, underlying tartness. Dry finish with a subdued bitterness. 061007

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2007
Canned. Aroma gives me sweet hints of spice, grassy hop, but its a bit minimal. Taste is a similar game fruity and hints of pepper in there, leaves a good fruity maltness in the mouth and is very drinkable. I dig this actually, and i can buy it from the shop directly across from my house im talkin i could talk to the owner from my front door.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13733) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2007
440ml can from Asda, Liverpool. Rich deep chestnut colour with thin off white head. Malty bitter aroma. Some digestive biscuit rich malt. Some candy sugar in mouth before bittering hops kick in . A fullish decent bitter ruined by pasteurisation. Otherwise it carries a fair number of items from the cask version, especially the bitter hops on the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep brown colour. Moderate roasty maltiness and hops, mild roasty caramel. A good bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scotty (1053) - SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2006
Its been the hottest day of the year so far, the cars thermometer hit 31 on the way home, there’s no breeze no air...IT’S TOO F@CKIN’ HOT!!! Then I remembered I had this in the fridge...and it’s so.o.o cold. Cracked it open and poured.....average colour and head, nice malty nose, smooth and malty on the palate (not smooth as in widget smooth, but rounded and well balanced smooth) Overall, I admit it’s not a class act, but at the moment it’s goin down a treat, good for a canned beer. 89p from VW Kelso.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 1. Can 07/06/2001 Smooth on the palate. Slight bitterness. Malt flavour in the finish. 2. On Tap at the Royal Oak, Prescot 30/08/2008 Slight roast aroma. Small white head. Mid brown coloured and smooth on the palate with some alcohol present. Crisp slightly dry and bitter lasting finish.


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