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Brains The Rev. James - SA Brain & Co.

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BA SCORE
80
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SA Brain & Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Rev. James beer is one steeped in history. Acquired after the purchase of Crown Buckley, Rev. James is brewed to an original recipe dating back to 1885. The beer is named after one of the original owners of Buckley Brewery, the Rev, James Buckley, a business man with two conflicting roles – saving souls and satisfying thirsts.

The Rev. James 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005)
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half pint at the new 'spoons in Dumbarton. Peaty coloured with a reddish hue and an offwhite head. It smells of treacle and margarine which is probably considerably better than it sounds. Tastes of tobacco, treacle and roasted malt before the margarine flavour becoems apparent, but the more I drink the greater the hop impact and the maragarine oddity becomes more, er, marginal. Smoky plus buttery equals interesting.

nb: I discovered through barmaid's incompetence that if you mix it with old hooky it remains eminently drinkable.

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3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent red with no head at all.

The smell is toast, biscuits and some earthiness.

The taste is malty,caramel, earthy some very slight bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall for a low abv old ale it's quite good, you could session these but doesn't hold up very well against it's higher abv brothers.

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber/copper beer with a head colour white of 1 finger that disappears quickly
Aroma... grass & malt . Not strong smell
Taste... spicy, roasted malt, bitterness appears in a light way to be a British ale
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... an average Welsh ale, bitterness is present in a light style. Nothing wrong, nothing remarkable.

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3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with a frothy off-white head which dissipates.

S: Tart and grainy, not metallic grainy though.

T: Honey, but dry and tart. Has a graininess but not that Pilsner graininess. It's bitter. Floral honey in the aftertaste and a bit of lacquer/nail varnish.

M: Unremarkable

O: Hmm. Pretty average.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

440ml can, poured into pint glass.

A: Dark bronze, clear, small off white head, decent retention.

S: Malt, molasses.

T: Had notes of fudge, generally sweet but was balanced out by a fruity, bitter finish.

M: Oily texture, low to medium carbonation, medium body.

O: Wouldn't say it was a Pale Ale or a Bitter, more like a lower alcohol ESB. Good from the can but better from the cask.

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3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Purchased from a supermarket a while back and stashed in my garage. Apparently this ale is named after the owner of a brewery that was subsequently taken over by Brains.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-amber colour with good clarity and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy malt with notes of caramel, biscuits, mild dried fruit, ale yeast, grass and stewed hops. Dry and slightly earthy.

Tastes of biscuity malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel, mild grain, fruity yeast esters, grass/hay, hints of dried fruit and stewed hops. A wet cardboard flavour lurks in the background. Possesses an earthy character, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves, harsh cardboard and faint caramel malt.

Meh - not terrible but a pretty average ale. Looks OK, however both aroma and flavour are boring in a traditional sort of way. Grainy malt and subtle hops with a light bitterness. It is well balanced, but that alone doesn't make a stand-out beer. I'll damn it with faint praise by admitting that it's a shade better than some of Brain's other popular offerings. No need to seek this one out.

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3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hand-pulled pint in The Nottingham, Cleethorpes on 9th Nov 2012.

Looks good, very good in deed: Rich copper body with an overflowing head of tanned bubbley foam, poured beautifully and slammed onto the bar top by the barmaid, who then took my money!

The nose was malty molasses and dark fruits: not overly strong but easy to pick out.

The taste simular to the aroma, malty and fruity, almost a fruity malt loaf sort of flavour, but not as thick or rich.

Medium body feel, would have prefered a deeper depth of flavours and a slicker/thicker feel to the beer: still OK but could easily be a lot better.

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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : roasted malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors with caramel and spicy notes, light bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Pale Ale.

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2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 440 ml black can. Pours out a deep clear rustic copper hue, tall creamy off-white head with steadfast retention.

Sweet honey and bready malt on the nose, faint floral and leafy hops.

Honey sweet flavour with some toasty and bready malt, some leafy spicy hops on the finish and that's about it. Like malted candy, it's so sweet, cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery texture, low carbonation.

Well then, I have to call the Reverend James a liar about offering a taste of the good life, it's been a while since I've felt so cheated by a beer. While there's no serious brewing flaws to be found, the final product is far from being very palatable on its own merit either. Nearly worty malt with some offset hops, perhaps this is a binge-drinker's paradise, however not one I'll revisit again.

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3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My what a handsome looking pint, making my pint pot look like a sugar bowl filled with crystal clear brown sugar topped with whipped cream.

The aroma is also a strong brown sugar affair with fresh baked brioche.

The taste also is right up there a good mixture of malts, hops and sugared spice, never getting the slightest bit sickly.

Good solid mouthfeel makes this beer most welcomed by the congregation.

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Brains The Rev. James from SA Brain & Co.
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