Brewed by Brains
Style: Old Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Filtered.
A Taste of the Good Life
Also listed unfiltered in the cask as "Brains The Rev James (Cask)"
Originally brewed by Crown Buckley as Reverand James Original Ale, the brand was kept by Brains when they aquired Crown Buckley in 1998.
The Rev. James is named after the founder of Buckleyís Brewery the Reverend James Buckley (1770 Ė 1839). It is brewed to a traditional recipe and has been described as having a flavour not commonly available these days. Full-bodied and warming, The Rev. James is rich in palate, spicy and aromatic with a deeply satisfying finish.

Braastad's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braastad (446) - - JUN 25, 2013
Dark reddish brown with good head. Aroma has chocolate malts, as does the flavor, along with slight bitter undertones. Palate is bit watery but nicely smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cimbasso (492) - - NOV 1, 2015
Previously sampled in the cask version. The bottle version seems much livelier and more vivid. Brown colour with a white head. Caramel aroma and a similarly toffee-ish taste. Good hop taste with a long dry finish. A highly drinkable ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2004) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel dark fruits spices and some hops flavor malts dark fruits fruits spices some caramel some citrus and some hops

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (4212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Appearance - deep amber with a generous head. Nose - as soon as there was a slight hiss of carbon dioxide, I immediately smelt butterscotch. Maybe itís just toffee and a little cloying rather than being a particular fault. Taste - caramel with a hint of biscuit at the back. A kind of liquid Fudge bar. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a finish that is a little sweet to be honest. Overall - itís nothing special but thereís nothing particularly wrong with it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
gairym (46) - Les Houches, FRANCE - AUG 22, 2015
Disinteresting is a little too kind. Nothing terrible in any way but youíre not going to make friends by serving this to anyone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4236) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2015
500ml bottle at home, 4.5% BB May 2016. Dark orange or brown, clear, sparkling, big cratered foamy head, sparse lacing. Aroma is rye bread, treacle, and something imperial-pils like. Body is rounded, smooth, slightly foamy. Taste is rye bread, dense breads, very dark sugars, tangy drying hop spice. Itís OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (479) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Pours clear, copper colored. Pillowy off-white head. Grainy aroma. Flavor is medium sweet with a spicy kick on the finish and a bit of honey in the aftertaste. Medium body. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilverfoX (840) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015
smells of toffee and a bit of a hint of red fruits, dark amber colour with white lacing, toffee and red fruits flavour a bit fizzy. drank from a bottle 6 months out of date.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
RRnRA (2) - Hethersett, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2015 does not count
Looks good, very good in deed: Rich copper body with an overflowing head of tanned bubbley foam. The nose was malty molasses and dark fruits: not overly strong but easy to pick out. The taste simular to the aroma, malty and fruity, almost a fruity malt loaf sort of flavour, but not as thick or rich. Medium body feel, would have prefered a deeper depth of flavours and a slicker/thicker feel to the beer: still OK but could easily be a lot better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
500ml dark bottle, filtered, from Tesco. £6 for four. 4.5%. A malty best bitter (or Old Ale). Good malt character. Some bubblegum and boiled sweets. An easy drinking and very pleasant beer, though perhaps lacks genuine character. Iíll be happy to explore further though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
poolstar (33) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
malt, some coffee not much else, ok beer , not getting much in regards to aroma

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