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


on tap


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Cask; Regular. Previously known as Cains Traditional Bitter (brewed at 4.1%).
NOTE: This is the cask version. The pasteurised version in cans and kegs 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doigy (2) - Fareham, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2003 does not count
A cracking bitter which from tap or can is great quality. Fabulous amber colour, with a real hoppy nature as it slips down the throat effortlessly. Easily found in Liverpool were it is brewed and in many a Sainsburys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2002
Sampled cask-conditioned at the Dispensary, Liverpool...Dark amber; great foresty flavours (SPF 40 I would say); earthy hop richness; sublime balance; slightly acidic finish; very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2005
Cask at Doctor Duncan’s Liverpool. One of my all time favourite best bitters. Glorious dark brown colour with aroma of good malt and hops. The balance between the 2 in the mouth and on the finish is superb. It leaves you wanting to sit and do a session on it. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2002
I tried the draught version. It was very spicey with the typical English bitterness. A pitty it is so rare!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
Chewy caramel, toffee aroma promises plenty of malt flavour. Clear copper coloured body with dense, thick, creamy, fine bubbled, off-white head that lasts forever and coats the glass. Malty caramel and cookie dough flavours are well balanced with fair bitterness and leafy, earthy, floral hop flavour. Medium body with moderate carbonation that is very soft in texture. Thanks, Ian, definitely one of the better bitters! Cask at GBBF 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Cask @ GBBF 2005: Amber coloured. Quite clear. beige small head. Caramel and sweetness in the nose. Flavour of light caramel, fruit and some herbs. Is light hoppy, which gives an nice bitter finish. Crisp and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13418) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2003
Cask Conditioned. Darkish orange brown beer with sticky head. Plenty of malt in the initial flavour, dark and smokey (or perhaps that was because I was drinking it in a smokey pub!). Then the dry hops come through, a very pleasing drinking bitter. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Cask, Ramsden Arms, Blackpool. Very slight sulphury pine cone aroma with a salty hint of the sea. Nice orange flavour rubbed with blackcurrant skins. Fruity finish. [2.9]
Re-rate. Cask, Frog & Toad, Gillingham. Lovely condition. Traditional by name, traditional by nature. Darkish traditional bitter colour. Gently pleasant malty aroma. Bramble fruit and a biscuit finish. A decent bitter, well made and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2006 Apr 06 Cask conditioned @ Humble plum. Nice chocolatey fruity aroma. Follows thorugh nicely in the taste. Slightly sweet with powdery dryness. 3.5
Mar 06 Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge(JDW), Soton. Quite dark for a ibtter. Smooth fruity malts and caramel aromas. A little tartness, some toastyiness, gentle hop finish. Unusual flavour I couldnt quite place almost musty woody. Interestingly different but not great. 2.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15305) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2008
Cask. Clear chestnut colour, very small, but lacy white head. Honey aroma. Hint of honey in the flavour, some fruitiness.

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