Brewed by Brains
Style: Old Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular.
Note: Renamed from The Rev James to reflect the expansion of the Rev James range to include Gold and Rye.

A Taste of the Good Life
Also listed filtered in the bottle as "Brains The Rev James (Bottle)"
Originally brewed by Crown Buckley as Reverand James Original Ale, the brand was kept by Brains when they aquired Crown Buckley in 1998. Initially still badged as Buckleys, it became unbadged, simply known as The Rev. James.
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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (1659) - 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 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 (814) - 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 (11835) - 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2015
Cask at the GBBF 2015. Low and quickly disappearing off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Sweet caramel malt nuts aroma. Mildly hopped dusty and dry roasted malt caramel flavor with a low carbonation and a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KoNrRiI (870) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2015
0.568 tap. Clear, light crimson color and a small, white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, butter - not bad for a standard bitter. Taste of caramel, delicately sour, mildly sweet, soft and balanced. Light body, thin texture, and flat carbonation. Finish is sourer, a tad out of balance. Overall not bad for a bitter, but still just a bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (1295) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut with a white head. Malty aroma with some dark fruits in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (510) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Had a full night on this at as cousins wedding in mid Wales and have very fond memories if it. better than the bottled stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5991) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 12, 2015
Cask half pint at The Cottage, Cardiff. Copper colour, moderate off-white head. Pleasant malty and nutty aroma. The flavour is moderately malty but still quite dry first, sweeter in the middle with a hint of caramel, and a dry and "dusty" finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
4.5% Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2015. How I haven’t rated this I have no idea. Clear deep brown collar of bubbles. Malty aroma. Malty nutty flavour. Really interesting flavours. Verges on the marzipan but also almost sour too. Not great condition but definitely interesting. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TedE (640) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2015
Pint on handpull, Cottage Loaf Llandudno. Nice malt nose, ruby red beer with thin cream head. Zero carbonation. Rich creamy body, really good. Aftertaste is toffee malt with (VERY) slight hop note. Really delicious.

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