Thursday, August 11, 2011

Robert Cain Brewery - Cains Finest Export Lager; Cains Finest Bitter; Cains Dark Mild

The Robert Cain Brewery is in Liverpool, England, since 1850.  "Liverpool in a pint."

Export Lager - This 5.0% ABV beer pours a deep and dark honey golden in color with a towering inch of pure white head that leaves lacing of medium density down the glass.  The aroma is grain, freshly harvested dry corn, a touch of straw and a slight honey fruitiness.  The taste is slightly sweet, yet still crisp, deep and rich grain, with a very tight, dry and bitter finish. This is a good European lager, and one I would love to have on draft on a warm and thirsty day.

Finest Bitter - This 4.0% ABV beer pours a light brown in color, with a touch of ruby.  It is extremely well and finely carbonated, with a small head of off-white foam.  The aroma is fairly light, roasted malt, caramel, and a touch of nuttiness.  The taste follows the aroma directly - roasted, caramel, nutty, a hint of sweet yet drinking crisp and finishing dry with just enough hops to balance the nutty maltiness on a pin head.  This beer is dangerously drinkable.  I wish I was in a pub in Liverpool right now.

Dark Mild - This is a low 3.2% ABV beer that pours black with a quarter inch of light brown foam.  This beer is also well and finely carbonated.  The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, a bit of dark chocolate.  The taste follows the aroma, but is even bigger: deep, dark, rich roasted malt, lots of black coffee, some dark chocolate.  This beer is delicious and also dangerously drinkable.  If you like Guinness, give this a try, it is just as drinkable but even more flavorful.

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