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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.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
1/16/12. 16oz can. Clear ruby pour with a small tan head that sticks. Light caramel aroma with toasted breads, caramel, a bit of metal, and green apples. Sweet caramel flavor with toasted breads, more metal, and sweet green apples. This is a glass of disaster.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Tasted tall-boy can from Beers of the World Mix Pack into tulip glass. Side-by-side with Cainís Dark Mild for comparison. Poured a nice clear copper color with creamy off-white foam, long-lasting but little lace. Aromas of mild malts, some caramel, faint pleasant English hops, some fruity ale yeast esters. Nice tangy flavor, some toast and biscuit, good balance of malt sweetness to hops bitterness but they pretty much cancel each other out. Nowadays weíre all spoiled by so many great Extra Special Bitters and India Pale Ales, itís easy to look down on a plain-old Pub Bitter, but I think this oneís historically accurate, understated but tasty.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Sweet smell, light amber color, thin head. There is nothing "bitter" about it. Very biscuity and buttery. No lacing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2012
14.9oz can: Pours a clear copper with a medium white head, aroma has caramel and grass, starts and ends lightly bitter with a watery ending.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2012
16oz can. Pours a dark copper with some what of a small off white head. Aroma of bread, earthy malt, and some sugary carmel. Pretty tame. Flavors arenít that bad for a 4% beer. Earthy wood, slight bitterness, caramel. Light bodied, yet kinda creamy at the same time. Just a hair of bitterness. Hasnít made a big impression on me, but I actually donít mind this at all.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheap (4209) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
This beer pours dark from a can with a pleasant aroma. One of the better smelling beers which are not fruit beer. Creamy anulus. Nice and mellow with soothing fine co2, not a whole lot, just enough to let you know its there. Yes, simply a riendly beer, glad to try this. I liked the other Cain I had too, it was just as mild. This what I think when I think beer, just simply good mild stuff. Does have a slight alky feel to it on the finish. Does get a little flat near the end of the can.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Finest Bitter
Date: October 27, 2011
Mode: Can
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark copper, fine dirty white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet bready aroma, caramel sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet bready flavor, caramel sweetness is well balanced by earthyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
440mL can. Clear dark copper color, off-white foam. Very little carbonation, which in this offering is welcoming. Mild taste, some nice toasted grain, wooded hop character. Light nutty barley aroma. Finishes with an unique calcium character, leaves alkaline. Very refreshing after a long 12hr work day.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (9449) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Draft. Copper pour. White head. Aroma is faint malt, light hops, caramel. Flavor is light, malty, creamy body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2011
14.9 ounce can - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, chestnut (though lights up dark amber against the light) body with a finger of ivory-hued foam.

Smell: Light malty notes of cocoa, bruised dark fruits, toasted bread and toasted nuts.

Taste: Light flavors tasting of mild toasted bread, nuts, and chocolate powder. Lightly fruity. All light, mind you. Modestly sweet on the fore. Low, faintly resiny English hops, low bitterness, too. Dry, malty on the back half and until the quiet finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Due to questions and allegations made against its character, this Cain suspended its now washed out flavor campaign. A so-so beer, but the ABV is definitely appreciated.


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