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


on tap

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RATINGS: 148   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wimpyjoe (2963) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Clear deep golden colour with a mild sweet aroma, but hardly any taste or bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (3833) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
440ml can pours amber in color with a small white head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and grass. Taste is a caramel malty sweetness with a grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation leaving a slight prickle on the tongue. A typical English style bitter with nothing really notable about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4287) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Brown color and a nice white head that lasts some time. Mild aroma of malt and yeast. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, some raisin, with a very smooth palate and a dry finish. I had low expectations from the scores but this is a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3165) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Can from Total Wine McLean. Pours brown with very little head. Slight caramel note on the nose. Not much on the tongue. Thin mouthfeel. Small hint of bitterness on the finish. Meh!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Can. Reddish copper with creamy cream head with good retention and no real lacing. Smells like white bread. Not hugely flavorful- kind of neutral with a hint of sour. Faintly sweet finish, a little watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopTsing (401) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
From the can poured a nice, dark amber brew with a creamy, light tan head. Well balanced flavors and aromas of malt and hops. Full bodied and delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 The aroma is papery and malty with a toasted quality. The appearance is deep amber with a nitro head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it’s an average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Can courtesy if Greg after an exhaustive search at Paradiso Dupont, thank you sir! Clear amber color, scant white head. Aroma of burnt and slightly s smokey caramel. Taste is sweet caramel syrup, bitter finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2306) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Gift from SJ. I enjoyed this bitter. Some interesting points. A good blend of nut, dry hop, bitterness, bread and smoke. Its finish was sweet, but not overly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onslow (1102) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pour from a 14.9 oz can. Clear reddish brown brew with almost no head. Aroma of toasted malts and a bit of yeasty sour. Taste is lightly roasted grains, a bit of toast, a little sweet malt. Watery palate but very refreshing, leaving the mouth feeling clean.

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