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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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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13716) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2007
440ml can from Asda, Liverpool. Rich deep chestnut colour with thin off white head. Malty bitter aroma. Some digestive biscuit rich malt. Some candy sugar in mouth before bittering hops kick in . A fullish decent bitter ruined by pasteurisation. Otherwise it carries a fair number of items from the cask version, especially the bitter hops on the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 01/04/2011. Clear dark amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel and earthy/floral hop aroma. Sweet caramel and pale malt flavor with an earthy/floral hop background and a bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4375) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
seymour (1435) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....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..

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
440ml can, a gift from theisti, thanks! Served in a flared pint glass, a couple minutes out of the cold fridge . Reddish/copper colored with a one fingered off white head, brilliant clarity and steady carbonation. Nose is woodsy/earthy & caramel with some hints of pomme fruits. Mouthfeel reveals a low to moderate carbonation, with a touch of body at first, but thinning out at the end, but not becoming overly thin. Taste is earthy and woodsy with a bit of dark caramel and toffee. The woodsy flavor lingers in the finish. Balanced finish. A touch too balanced for a bitter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.0 A: Clear dark orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and nothing is left in terms of lacing. 3.5 S: "Stale" toastiness, grainy malts, and an earthy mineral component. Fairly dry. Not a lot going on, but decent enough. 4.0 T: Lots of flavor hiding in the taste though. Toastiness, caramel, graininess, and mineral earth. Much more potent than the nose. Dry, but balanced. 3.5 M: Medium body. Slippery feel to it like nitro or something along those lines. Carbonation is on the lower end, giving a cask feel to it. 3.5 D: Decent beer. Worth a try if you like a lighter beer from time to time. Serving type: can Reviewed on: 10-09-2012 03:01:44

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1029) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11130) - DENMARK - SEP 27, 2010
50 cl can. Clear golden/amber with small white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, hops and fruit.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10156) - 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.


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