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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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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.


1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Can and served in my GI Imperial Pint Glass: Pours an okay amber hue with a small fading head and not any lace. The aroma is that of crystal malt, touch of 2-row, touch of Northdown hops, touch of soap and a fair amount of Diacetyl... crystal malt mostly. The taste is far too sweet and buttery even for a English Bitter. The mouthfeel is soft and could have benefited from some creamy nitro bubbles to give it at least a handpull feel. Meh, Blah, below average.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10970) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is med caramel with citrus/floral. Med body, nearly. Flavor is roasty malt with some fruit/floral. Light pitted fruit, but the finish is more bitter and malty. Decent drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1808) - South Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2013
440ml can poured crystal clear, chestnut colored. The aroma features medium and dark malts Notes of unbaked 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: a bit too thin-bodied. Low-medium carbonation works well. Overall: a fine choice in a malty, low ABV ale.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
440 ml can from Binnyís, Plainfield. This is a bin for 50Ę, and itís dated May 04. í12, so Iíll try to take age into consideration, since Iíve seen this beer before, and besides, I can now tick Merseyside off my UK map. Almost expected a can this size to have a Widget, but no. Foamy pour of a carbonated beer over a brown body. I smelt some over-sweetness when I poured, but once in the glass, could not pick it, or anything, up. Just a "watery" nose of a mild ale. Despite the foamy head, the actual carbonation of the beer is pretty low; not totally cask-like, but striving for it. So Iím left with a deliberately light beer: mild malts with a bit of toast. A slight tone of earthy hops, but mainly there to match the light sweetness of the malts. Itís a testament to canning beers that this light brew is still palatable. Although to the middle I start to catch some phenol. I íspect this is better enjoyed in a pub than in my cold basement.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jordinc (104) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
Low carbonation but very creamy, almost felt like it was on a Nitro tap. Malty and sweet with a lot of caramel malt flavor. Nice easy drinking bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Was hoping for a better bitter. Average at best, better as it warmed, but still missing the classic bitter pull of a draft from England. A bit light and watery.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Indra (2608) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
14.9oz. can. Aroma of lightly sweet, nutty malt, mildly herbal, floral and fruity hop, with notes of toast, caramel and faint woodiness. Mostly clear medium amber-red in color, with a foamy, lasting, off-white head. Flavor profile is very lightly bitter, spicy and earthy to start, turning sweeter and fruity with some very faint toasty caramel malt and a touch of biscuit and honey late. For all its visible effervescence, none comes across on the palate and it could certainly use some. Light, watery feel, body is extremely light as well. Drinkable, as long as its somewhat cold.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1063) - Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Light brown/copper color.Good head tiny nitrous bubbles creamy semi thick whipped eggwhite like. MIld lacing. Sweet toffee nut,buttery aroma.Mild/slight hop herbal/spice maybe. Taste is caramel,pretty sweet,some mild hop herbal/citrus,nutty,butteryish, smooth,candy like finish(toffee)some lingering mild bitter. Overall: its a little on the sweet side but pretty tastey for a 4% beer,almost a nutbrown.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chudwick (2108) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2013
14.9oz can -pours clear caramel with offwhite head. Nose is caramel and floral hops. Has that British creamy body. Flavor adds toffee. Light body. Balanced but not too tasty. Latent coffee presence. Totally inoffensive and quite drinkable. Cheers.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Meh... pretty tasty pour, looks pretty in a glass. Nothing particularly notable regarding taste, palate, etc. Makes a good yard bitters or porch bitters.


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