Brewed by Brains
Style: Old Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular.
A Taste of the Good Life
Renamed from The Rev James when the Rev James range expanded to include Gold and Rye.
Originally brewed by Crown Buckley as Reverend James Original Ale, the brand was kept by Brains when they acquired Crown Buckley in 1998. Initially still badged as Buckleys, it became unbadged, simply known as The Rev. James.
The beer 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (2143) - New York, - JUN 11, 2012
Tasted cask at Famous Three Kings, West Kensington, London on 18 May 2012. Slightly cloudy dark amber color, spongy small head with long retention, no specific aroma, roasted malt taste, medium carbonation, long finish. Surprisingly fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3299) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2016
Cask @ GBBF 2016. Dark amber with a tiny off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Medium to light body with a bitter/ sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ShivanDragon (3240) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
clear bright caramel with a limited white head. aroma of malts, yeast, caramel. Taste likewise and vanilla and Dutch ´hopjesvla´ with soft/smooth however a bit thin texture, the caramel bitterness is a bit limited, weak body, slightly dry finsh,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (879) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours copper colour with a white head. Sweet-ish malty taste and aroma. Lightly nutty. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mithe (1489) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2016
(tap 1 pint @ Boat Inn (Nottingham)) Quick rating - shared with others
Sweet, fruity, cherry, average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Don2711 (382) - - MAY 31, 2016
Amber with nutty caramel bubblegum aroma and flavours. Also mild malty and grain hints. Mild on palate and drinkable in sessions. Fair strength

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
sameyet (9) - - JAN 19, 2016 does not count
Albert port St Mary iom. had a couple fireside pints at the weekend. darkish bitter with lots of fruity aftertones. quite malty and long lasting finish. nice drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BaroneBirra (425) - Gorizia, ITALY - DEC 7, 2015
Hand pumped @paddy’s pub in Creazzo (VI). clear amber with creamy head. Sweet aroma,bubblegum notes. Sweet taste, mix of malt and fruity hops, followed by bread and some alcohol. Smooth and easy drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphpk (4) - Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015 does not count
half pint casked at nottingham castle beer festival. certainly better casked that bottled. very smooth taste and pleasant aroma. very enjoyable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
borre_m (1303) - NORWAY - SEP 19, 2015
Pours clear amber. Very mild aroma. Taste is mild, full body. Some malt, not much hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13588) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 8, 2015
Cask (Mitre, Cambridge)
Branny aroma. Lovely deep coppery red, brief head. Sweet as well as branny. Some almost solventy estery retronasals. Soft palate, carbonation low. Full malts in the taste, a little sweet and caramelly. Finish again a little sweet, and some honeyish pale grains. Too sweet for my tastes, but decent and no flaws. It is sessionable, and does endear itself to me eventually (i.e. I even bumped its score up on finishing it with a satisfied swallow).

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