Cains 2008 Culture Beer
90A full-flavoured and interesting beer that may prove a touch too sweet for some palates. Part of Cains' heavy investment in Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Cains Cains Dragon Heart
75A solid enough brown ale, with decent flavours, but tired tasting on this evidence.
Cains Double Bock Beer
85A dangerously easy-drinking strong lager with clean, full flavours and excellent balance. A terrific addition to the everexpanding range of beers from Liverpool's biggest brewery.
Cains Dragon Heart
58A chestnut-coloured brown ale that doesn't really deliver, especially in the finish.
Cains Fine Raisin Beer
65It doesn't work for me, I'm afraid. It's reasonably well balanced but perhaps too contrived and, ultimately, rather unexciting. Also spoiled by ‘wet paper' oxidation notes.
Cains Finest Lager
73An impressive British Pilsener that would score much more highly if the oxidation issue was addressed.
Cains Organic Wheat Beer
78Although not the most complex wheat beer you'll ever discover, this is a welcome addition to the Cains range – pleasant, clean and refreshing.
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