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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (9062) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8836) - 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (8333) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
440 (14.9oz) can. clear, dark copper color. Thin, persisting creamy cream-colored head. Loose, sliding lace. Light body, smooth, light carbonation. Very easy to drink. Malty, musty, sort of... Like a light skunk to it, but itís charming. The bitter taste is nice. Iím new to this style, so maybe I donít know what a good "bitter" is. Aroma has some chocolate. Shared a bit with my mom, she thought it was under-carbonated, and that the aroma was lacking. I think this is good, though. Underrated brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (7878) - Plymouth, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borup (7490) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Can from Netto. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops and caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7441) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2010
Copper-coloured and clear. Has a white head, medium duration. Faint malty aroma. Flavor is moderate sweet and finish nice bitter. Dry texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (6757) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
14.9 oz CaN .. Pours a deep tan brown .. light to medium head, light lacing .. . light cereal, bark, soil, and pancake burnings .. . decent .. . i like my sex how i like my basketball - 1 on 1 and with as little dribbling as possible..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
drowland (6754) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BBB63 (6426) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Geokkjer (6402) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
Can.Pours Amber with a white head.Aroma is fruity , malty and floral.Flavor is sweet and bitter with some malty notes.Thin body, soft carbonation.Thin boring bitter.

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