Brewed by Brains
Style: Old Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 159   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 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.

Braastad's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braastad (454) - - 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 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndburns (94) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2016
500ml bottle from Aldi. Pours red-copper with a medium eggshell head. Aroma of roast malt, toffee, dry fruit. Similar flavor, some sweetness and a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LazyPyro (431) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2016
500ml bottle. Amber colour with a two finger off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruit, light spice. Taste also of sweet caramel malt, fruits, with a little hop bitterness at the end, it’s really well balanced. Nothing outstanding but easily drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerseyislandbeer (10) - JERSEY - MAY 12, 2016
Pours a copper red colour with a creamy head. Aromas of malt and fruit. Tastes of honey mixed with caramel and fruit, with just a edge of bitterness. Feels a smooth drink with moderate carbonation. Overall one I enjoyed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
efeesse (390) - Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 3, 2016
Beer with red color, light body, average carbonized, light drinkable, (bought a 50cl bottle in Cardiff supermarket).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (33772) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2016
Bottled. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of fruits, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruits, straw, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craighill (96) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2015
Pours a chestnut brown beer with one-finger ivory white head. Aromas of toffee, spice, and hop earthiness. Strong malt caramels and toffees from start to finish without being too sweet. Slightly sharp, sudden hop bittering at the end. Very drinkable without having any unique character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThirstyBird (2530) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2015
Pours a clear deep copper color with a light tan head. The smell is toasted malt, damp grain, mild fruit. The taste is toasted malt, fruit mild spice ending dry with some fruit and brown sugar. Light+ in body is slightly course carbonation. Better than I expected coming in a clear bottle and all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cimbasso (667) - - 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 (2140) - 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 (4993) - 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 it’s 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 - it’s nothing special but there’s nothing particularly wrong with it.

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