Brewed by Brains
Style: Old Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 Buckley’s Brewery the Reverend James Buckley (1770 – 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braastad (429) - - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5375) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, 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. I’ll be happy to explore further though.

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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beeebon (269) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Copper in colour and quite heavy on the sweet malt in the aroma. Quite a smooth beer that is quite sweet, nothing particularly special but drinkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
serialver (25) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Ruddy with a short lived head.caramel smell and taste with sweet linger with a bit malt. Unremarkable but a good drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mackeon (136) - - FEB 13, 2015
Nice coppery red brew. Some nuts, some fruit, good hops, all in all a very likeable beer in the English tradition. The man on the label looks pretty puritanical though, not really a if he’s just ’tasted the good life’.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (232) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Likeable beer one of my go to in bargain booze a lot nicer on tap. Best drunk: on a Wednesday to wind down from work.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (5784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle as a gift from a friend, James being my name and all. Pours dark brown, short-lived beige head. Aromas are all toffee malt. Taste is toffee and metal. Pretty poor to be honest, better on cask.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pith (159) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Nice mahogany color with gentle but present off white head. Aroma alcohol with malt light coffee. Sweet gentle start into light coffee malt mid depth. Still bitter and sits uneasy. Served from cask a bit too warm.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (757) - - NOV 8, 2014
Mildly malty aroma. Slightly bubbly as bottles tend to be. Very dark chestnut appearance. Subtle chocolate taste with deep malty undertones ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (367) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
440 ml can. Pours a clear, dark amber colour with an average, off-white head. Sweet aroma of malt and butterscotch. Sweet flavour of malt, caramel, wood and a hint of nuts with a mildly dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and flat carbonation.

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