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


on tap


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Can. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, light fruity esters and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with heavy hops and medium bitterness with a dry finish. Light body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11018) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
On tap: Clear dark amber/orange coloured. Huge white head. Not much going on in the nose. A little hoppy. Flavour has a fine bitterness and is a little fruity. Ends with a pleasant bitterness. Good beer, which is still served at SmÝrum Golfcenter. Drunk april 2003 and was wrongfully placed under the cask-version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10914) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2005
canned, labeled Finest Bitter; from the FÍte de la BiŤre 2005, Lausanne - dark and bright amber colour, very shy foam, the nose shows a pleasant aromatic hoppiness with deep flowery notes and a touch of red fruits and honey in the background, low carbonation and a good malt backbone, a moderate but long lasting bitterness while the hops show themselves a last time in a quite malty aftertaste

   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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Draft. Copper pour. White head. Aroma is faint malt, light hops, caramel. Flavor is light, malty, creamy body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep brown colour. Moderate roasty maltiness and hops, mild roasty caramel. A good bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10199) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
Itís dark red amber with a dense, creamy and lasting head. The aroma is mild with notes of caramel, malt and light fruit. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of caramel, malt, fruit, and the finish is dry. Itís uncomplicated and easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 23, 2011
Can 440ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt and grassy hops. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (9957) - Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
440ml can. The store called it a "Dark Mild" but it is 4% and called "Finest Bitter". It pours a clear dark mahogany with a fizzy eggshell white head that dissipates with no lacing. The smell is mostly English hops (Goldings) with some cocoa and biscuit. The flavor is okay. Mostly biscuit, some hops and metal. The mouthfeel is thin but slightly "creamy". Just a typical session beer if you donít wanna fill up.

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