Brewed by Brains
Style: Old Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle & Can: 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 (459) - - 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.

p0urmeac0ld0ne (413) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 29, 2017
Marginally better than the cask offering. Fairly dull and not very exciting "traditional" ale. Historical review, unfortunately no tasting notes.

YantarCoast (1624) - Moscow, RUSSIA - NOV 18, 2017
440ml can from RusBeerShop in Moscow. Pours clear amber with a medium-sized white head. Aroma is malt, toffee, nuts. Taste is light sweet, caramel malts, fruit, light bitterness.

bennyu (6) - - NOV 17, 2017 does not count
It’s pretty good I’d buy it again but one is enough. More than that and I would think it would get a little sickly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jrh2254 (191) - burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2017
Sweet, toffee notes, rich , mild hops, chestnut colour, little aroma, white frothy head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Towey1989 (3437) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber colour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel, slight bready malts, nuts and some spicy red fruits. Taste of red fruits, cherry, some caramel, slight bready malts, a little nuts and subtle spicy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, spicy fruit bitterness in the finish. Similar to the cask version. Malty, fruity and a good body.

Grumbo (4290) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

alex_leit (5316) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 24, 2017
Can. Bronze color, good white foam. Aroma: caramel, a bit of floral hop, fruits and dough. Malty taste, caramel, nuts, light hio bitterness, a little toffee and alcoholic.

lagerfreezone (4) - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2017 My current favourite. Old fashioned with a great balance of hops and a generous 'loose' head.

Wim (4240) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2017
On holiday in wales amber colored body with an off white head and with a spicy malt hop aroma a spicy malt hop sweet taste with a light bitter finish

BeardedAvenger (1277) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2017
Knocking out some quick ratings of beers gifted to me and then left unloved on the side. Had the cask already and have copied it here - turns out no amendments: Sour malty aroma. Chestnut. Good creamy off-white head. Medium bitter. More malts. Sours towards the finish, with a herbal element rearing its head. Slightly watery. Soft carbonation - a pillow for the tongue! However the astringent finish drops a point on palate. Enjoyable enough. Nothing to look at here.

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