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Brains The Rev. James - SA Brain & Co.

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

07-19-2014 15:51:58 | More by charlatan
Photo of endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-31-2014 17:42:55 | More by endless1408
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-26-2014 08:52:12 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
Photo of MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

02-25-2014 00:30:43 | More by MisledTitan
Photo of Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -12%

01-01-2014 20:13:05 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

11-21-2013 11:26:10 | More by mrleebob
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

09-24-2013 18:54:58 | More by Dave1999
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New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%

08-21-2013 22:45:19 | More by JohnQVD
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3.19/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

08-21-2013 18:31:31 | More by Jetulio
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United Kingdom (England)

3.51/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-21-2013 17:18:13 | More by Hoppsbabo
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-26-2013 18:32:31 | More by Bob6518
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United Kingdom (England)

3.61/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

05-20-2013 10:36:57 | More by jonb5
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United Kingdom (England)

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

01-29-2013 00:33:11 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-29-2012 02:34:59 | More by CwrwAmByth
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2012 20:48:04 | More by Hanglow
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United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

11-19-2012 12:15:02 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.53/5  rDev +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.

11-15-2012 19:05:40 | More by thierrynantes
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South Carolina

1/5  rDev -70.7%

06-27-2012 22:55:36 | More by richeykb
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

06-04-2012 15:29:25 | More by fionn13
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

05-16-2012 03:07:35 | More by pin
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Alberta (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -32.6%

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.

04-04-2012 05:09:42 | More by IronDjinn
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United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

03-25-2012 00:15:22 | More by EmperorBevis
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United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

500 ml bottle served in a Tulip glass.

Rich foamy head dissipates to a thin veil of foam in a minute or two.

Clear, amber brown color.

Faint aroma of malt.

Slightly malty. Dry. Some hop bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelming. Mellow overall. Not a ton of flavor. Slight bit of sourness.

Moderate sparkle from CO2.

12-12-2011 19:37:22 | More by ultrasupergenius
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Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

440ml can. Time to go up that 'mountain'...

This beer pours a clear, bright brassy copper colour, with three fat fingers of light tan creamy melted marshmallow head, which settles very slowly, eventually leaving a few broad swaths of sudsy lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of lightly roasted, fairly sweet malt, some nice drupe-like fruitiness, and a mild earthy hoppiness. The taste is a more astringently bready malt, kind of metallic, the fruitiness tempered almost wholly, and the hops turning fairly green, leafy, and bitter. The carbonation is low, but still noticeable, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit prickly on its way to a just-adequate smoothness, given the initial nitro-esque qualities. It finishes off-dry, the metal edge (can't think of any Welsh metal bands) still there, amongst a feeble resurgent fruitiness.

Such a pretty, inviting offering - too bad it turned out so sharp, well, sharp in the English mild ale sense. Still, hard to see wanting a whole quartet of these for flavour alone - and at 4.5% ABV, I don't reckon there's any further reason to do so.

08-26-2011 21:56:42 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Spotted a 4 pack of these @ Trackside in Medicine Hat. Noticed that the brewer is from Wales. Haven't visited that country's beer yet so thought it's worth a go.

clear reddish amber colour, nice thick creamy head. Tons of lacing..good looking ale for sure.

Certain fruitiness to the aroma, slight rum raisin, toasted malts. Very slight dry spice hop

nice smooth caramel malts with some underlying fruits..tea-like bitterness mixes in, but doesn't quite mesh as well as some EPA's I've sampled.

Definitely smooth, a medium-light body.

worth a try..nice session beer

08-21-2011 01:40:26 | More by Shadman
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Brains The Rev. James from SA Brain & Co.
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