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


on tap


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RATINGS: 153   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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BVery (11361) - 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.

faroeviking (11217) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep brown colour. Moderate roasty maltiness and hops, mild roasty caramel. A good bitter.

ManVsBeer (10946) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Clear deep golden colour with a mild sweet aroma, but hardly any taste or bitterness.

kp (10880) - 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

cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Can @ Greg’s 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. Doesn’t taste incredibly fresh.

Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
It’s 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. It’s uncomplicated and easy to drink.

DrSilverworm (9672) - 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 it’s charming. The bitter taste is nice. I’m new to this style, so maybe I don’t 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.

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.

drowland (9057) - 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.

Hansen (8615) - 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.

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