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Brains The Rev. James - SA Brain & Co.

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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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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
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 woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handpump half-pint at the Coal Hole.

A: Clear reddish-brown body with a finger of off-white foam. Ok retention, not much lace. Not bad.

S: Very sweet, with nutty, caramel, and toffee malt dominating, underscored by some figs, raisins, and other candied fruits. Quite intense and enjoyable, but a little overly sweet.

T: Sherry-like fruitiness, toffee, caramel, and more sugar. Long, sticky-sweet finish. Very tasty, but unbalanced in the extreme for a 4.5% EPA.

M: Thick, sticky body with moderate carbonation. Nice enough.

O: Striking, distinctive, and somewhat confusing beer. I really enjoyed its overtones of sweet dessert wine, but didn't understand what those flavors were doing in this kind of ale. Weird.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of bventure
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber/brown with a fair light brown head, which is retained well.

Smell is malt, some sweetenes and - a hint of cheese?

Taste is light fruity malt with a noticeable and lasting bitterness.

Seems quite smooth and somehow feels more carbonated than it is, if that makes any sense. Doesn't seem watery like some other reviewers found - maybe bottle vs keg?

Quite pleasant and drinkable, but nothing outstanding.

bventure, Feb 23, 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 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
Photo of PartyBear
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber coloured body with a foamy brown/off-white head, and very active carbonation. The aroma has lots of dark maltiness and grain, with a touch of caramel fudge, and an abudance of sweet cakes. Taste is much the same, with a malty breadiness, and sweet biscuit flavours, and full on the palete. A very drinkable beer, with great flavours.

PartyBear, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time to try this bottled version, this is filtered and pasteurised. BB 28/04/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly carbonated, pale copper body that carries an off-white foamy head sustaining well on the top.
S: caramel and prune/plum-jammy sour-sweet fruits lead towards a refreshing and aromatic theme of hops... Quite pleasant for a Best Bitter.
T: yeasty, lightly savoury-sweet fruitiness (mainly citrus and berry-fruits), caramalts, then biscuit-iness catches up, leading towards a sherry-like dryish-woody and yet aromatic palate in the aftertaste, common to many Best Bitters and Pale Ales of Britain. A faintly roasty edge of tea-leaves as well as an herbally dryish bitter palate seem to outlive the other flavours. Rather clean in the finish as well.
M&D: moderately carbonated, very soft on the palate, medium-bodied... All in all, this bottled version drinks not bad at all. This Best Bitter is a fruity & aromatic ale that benefits greatly from a complex maltiness and the lovely dryish-bitter finishing touch. Worth a try!

wl0307, Jul 09, 2008
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
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Brains The Rev. James from SA Brain & Co.
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