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Brains The Rev. JamesBrains The Rev. James
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Brains The Rev. JamesBrains The Rev. James

Brewed by:
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Photo of Daniel_k_morgan
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Teacozee1
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of atis
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of sephyrott
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper red colour with a creamy head. Aromas of malt and fruit. Tastes of honey mixed with caramel and fruit, with just a edge of bitterness. Feels a smooth drink with moderate carbonation. Overall one I enjoyed.

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Photo of Shadman
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of PartyBear
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mrleebob
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of woosterbill
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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.


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Photo of jonb5
3.61/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of bventure
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber colour with an average, off-white head. Sweet aroma of malt and butterscotch. Sweet flavour of malt, caramel, wood and a hint of nuts with a mildly dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of vinicole
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber. Low carbonation. thin head.
Sweet malt and hop aroma.
Taste reflects the smell. Lightly toasted brown bread. Some caramel.
Moderate feel.
More Brown than Old Ale in my opinion.

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