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


on tap


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RATINGS: 152   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.

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faroeviking (10910) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep brown colour. Moderate roasty maltiness and hops, mild roasty caramel. A good bitter.

scotty (1208) - SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2006
Its been the hottest day of the year so far, the cars thermometer hit 31 on the way home, there’s no breeze no air...IT’S TOO [email protected] HOT!!! Then I remembered I had this in the fridge...and it’s so.o.o cold. Cracked it open and poured.....average colour and head, nice malty nose, smooth and malty on the palate (not smooth as in widget smooth, but rounded and well balanced smooth) Overall, I admit it’s not a class act, but at the moment it’s goin down a treat, good for a canned beer. 89p from VW Kelso.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 1. Can 07/06/2001 Smooth on the palate. Slight bitterness. Malt flavour in the finish. 2. On Tap at the Royal Oak, Prescot 30/08/2008 Slight roast aroma. Small white head. Mid brown coloured and smooth on the palate with some alcohol present. Crisp slightly dry and bitter lasting finish.

fiulijn (20491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Amber color. Some hop aroma. Some sweetness, but too simple taste, some malt and caramel, not enough bitter.

iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2005
Having recently moved to liverpool from staffordshire (where marston’s beers rule) i was inclined to try the local brew. In the case of cain’s i was very pleased. Rather mild but fruity flavour. A good pint poured from a pump (not a silly tap). I shall be sampling the other cain’s beers.

madsberg (11770) - Søborg, 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 Smørum Golfcenter. Drunk april 2003 and was wrongfully placed under the cask-version.

Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2005
canned, labeled Finest Bitter; from the Fête de la Bière 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

rauchbier (3888) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2004
Can. Deep chestnut, thin shortlived white head and low condition. Typical English aromas of toffee, caramel and hops in the nose. Toffee more prominent in the mouth although the hops start to kick in later on and contribute a touch of delicate bitterness in the finish. There is a faint suggestion of sweet smokiness throughout, although that may have just been wishful thinking on my part.

RobBestwick (930) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
sampled from 500ml can, mild bitter and slightly rusty aroma, dark bronze in colour with an off white head, bitter taste with some biscuity and bicuit like notes, low carbonation, long bitter finish.

Ungstrup (37558) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2002
A dark amber beer with a fine head. It has a sweet aroma of malt with hints of fruitiness. The flavor is a nice flat english bitterness. It contains notes of smoked malt in a good malt blend, that gives it a nice slight sweetness before it ends on a great dry hoppy bitterness. Definatly a great beer, I wish I knew where I could buy it (I got mine from the brewmaster at Ceres when Ceres still owned Cains)

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