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.

tia's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tia (1053) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (7363) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Can. Clear rich amber pour with a smaller soapy head. Light malt on the nose. Palate is decidedly thin. Mild toasty malts. Not a lot to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hanuta06 (369) - Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Serving: from can--purchased at The Beer Junction. Aroma: light malt. Appearance: average-sized, frothy, off-white initial head with good lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Hazy, dark-amber body. Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and finish with average duration. Palate: light-to-medium body, watery texture and flat carbonation. Overall: below average. The aroma and appearance were average, but the taste was boring and the palate was the worst Iíve ever experienced--really watery and flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5147) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Cans. Nose sweet and fruity with light mineral and beautiful yeast esters, pours deep mahogany brown with a short tan head. Taste is very sweet, whooa nellie too sweet for a Bitter, and for bitterness itís lacking, too. sweet and fruity with light ashy caramel, mild and faint hop herbality but no malt complexity - just sugar. Light body, easy-drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Brown with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and bread. The flavor is toffee, bread, caramel and an earthy character I assume is from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
(Can): Pours a medium brown with small off-white head. Mild malty aroma, some faint caramel and a touch of grass. Similar in the taste with a surprisingly big roasted malt flavour. Distinctly average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Maple in color with a lingering froth. Mild aromatics of bitter with a touch of baked malt sugar like cake bread. Soft on the tongue, bitterness up front with a malty character on the brink. The finish is bitter and lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Can @ Gregís house picked up in the Midwest. Pours a bit hazy reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Somewhat buttery, toffee, slightly burnt, earthy aroma. Light, a bit thin, burnt sugar, a touch fruity flavor. Doesnít taste incredibly fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Light to mid brown with some head. Smells of green grapes, caramel, booze, roast malt. Tastes like a watery malt drink. Bitterness is moderate at most. Salty on the tongue which is cool. Cainís mild was much more enjoyable though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1073) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Pleasant surprise. Poured nicely, decent head and appetizing light brown color. Whereas we compliment many big beers for hiding their ABV, here I was impressed the other way, for the low session ABV the beer hid that fact well, delivering decent malt flavor, some mild bitterness, and reasonably rich mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8299) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft. Light toffee malt aroma. Dark amber with small head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and mildly grass/hay flavor. Nice (especially since I was able to get it fresh).

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