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Brains The Rev. James - SA Brain & Co.

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews by IronDjinn:
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2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

IronDjinn, Apr 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of richeykb
1/5  rDev -70.7%

richeykb, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +17.3%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

biboergosum, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours copper with an off-white small head.
Nose shows sweetness... lots of sweetness. Apple juice, grape juice, brown sugar, honey, etc, etc. A bit sickly really.
Flavours show some of the same sweetness but is very watery! Some cidery notes, finishes with a bland mild bitterness.
Very watery body too, And low carbonation which doesn't work at all.
Needs a lot more malt, both for flavour and body.a

CrazyDavros, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +17.3%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Jerseyislandbeer, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

pin, May 16, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

EmperorBevis, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber ale, has a firm off-white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is weak, some fruit (pears) and nuts.

The taste satrts with sweet brown bread, some brown sugar, oranges, nuts and some grass bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, soft and a good body, a dry finish.

In all a nice ale, although a bit on the sweet side.

rarbring, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Bobhoya
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Bobhoya, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of atis
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark copper, dense off-white head with good retention, thin patchy lacing. Aroma is complex sweetish caramel, some dark fruit and bit of hops.

Taste is caramel malts, burnt sugar with herbal bitterness similar to tea and slowly drying bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, on the lighter side with moderate carbonation.

I like it. Nice one to drink after not so enjoyable working day.

atis, Feb 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

MisledTitan, Feb 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Bob6518, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of jonb5
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

jonb5, May 20, 2013
Photo of cypressbob
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Bridge House, Belfast

Pours with a rich copper body, thick off white tan head with great retention. Lots of patchy lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, some noticeable caramel sweetness, little bit of faint biscuity malt. A few off flavours present, some burnt rubber and an almost slight skunky aroma.

Taste, crisp solid malt backbone, toffee and burnt sugar, very faint english hops, tiny little bit of bitterness on the finish

A solid ale although its let down by a few off aromas, its also just a bit dull

cypressbob, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Hanglow, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

mrleebob, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ultrasupergenius, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Shadman
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Shadman, Aug 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 01, 2014
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Brains The Rev. James from SA Brain & Co.
79 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.