Brewed by Brains
Style: Old Ale
Cardiff, Wales


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   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.

sfhodense's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, - JAN 14, 2013
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is breaddy caramel, grass, fruit and light nuts. Flavour is breaddy caramel, fruit, pine, toffee and light nuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7905) - 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 (790) - 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 (1272) - 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 (394) - 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 (5799) - 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 (15319) - 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 (545) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (724) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015
Cask at The Victoria Lounge, Hanley. A clear deep amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, nuts, some berry fruitiness and spice. Taste of sweet, spicy, berry fruitiness, walnut, some caramel, biscuit and a little acidic. Medium bodied and a smooth texture. A smooth fruity finish. Nice and smooth but a standard bitter overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (6777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Cask at the White Lady. Pours clear copper, nose is toffee, buttery, floral, taste is similar.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
foxo82 (810) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2015
Cask at The Old Hare and Hounds, Rednal. Chestnut ale. Creamy but lacking flavour - slight sweet malt and soap. Sub-standard. Like the weather.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 16

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50