Brains The Rev. James | Brains

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brains
Wales, United Kingdom
sabrain.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
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Photo of richeykb
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.36/5  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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
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

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Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Jenno10
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Jetulio
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of Spike
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bob6518
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of 5EKF
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Xaldos
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of rbloomberg3
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cypressbob
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of Ppin
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of charlatan
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of Hanglow
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cask, new bottles, old bottles (holds up well tbf to it) and cans

Rating for cask, best version

Nice malty bitter, worth drinking on form if you like that type of beer. The bottles and cans are ok at a pinch - bottles are clear though.

I'd call it a brown bitter rather than old ale though.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of vinicole
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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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