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Long John Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Long John AleLong John Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

35 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 11-12-2010)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mrshoes:
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

mrshoes, Jan 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle w/ a freshness date.

Crackling head drops to a thin lacing, deep burgundy color has some haze. Big ripe banana, medicinal, clove and brown sugar nose. Thick and slick medium body, just enough crispness with a lush smoothness. Vague spice in the middle. Bready doughy malt is coated with toasted bits and cocoa powder. Banana is the forefront of the tropical movement with bandaid medicinal flavors and a warming alcohol in tow. Spicy drying finish with a dash of unsweetened chocolate and dried grass.

Spice, alcohol and fruit is talking holiday all over. A bit boisterous and lopsided by still enjoyable to drink.

Jason, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as part of a generous trade on my end. . . brown pour, no head. Kind of a brown sugar and light cinnamon aroma to it.

Taste, boozy, slightly sweet, bready, a touch of cocoa powder to it. Toffee. Looks like it would have some dark fruit going for it, but nothing appreciable on the tongue could I find. Got a little more complex along the way, alternating between a creamy feel and smooth Laramie cigarettes.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle had at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin layer of tan bubbles on top. The head recedes quickly to a thin ring around the glass leaving no lacing.

Smells of bananas and bubblegum with hints of roasted malts and subtler hints of bread.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The banana/bubblegum flavors rule throughout, with bready undertones and a nondescript ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side and doesn't seem to have as much body as it should.

Drinkability is good. I finished one without a problem, but I'm not sure I'd want another one.

Overall I didn't think this beer was a bad as most others that have reviewed it. That being said, it didn't do much to further ABC's cause (or Atlanta's for that matter) as a solid brewery (or brewing town).

glid02, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of fairdinkum2
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've been a big fan of ABC brewing products since I discovered that the brewery was around the corner from where I work. They have a happy hour three times a week with four beers for eight bucks and live music on occasion. What's not to like right?

I've tried the Winter brew on tap and it's not what I remember in this bottled version.

The beer pours well with a nice finger thick, creamy tan head and a deep red brown color.

That's where the comparison with "Belgian Style Ale" ends. Where most of these styles are warm, rich and smooth, this effort demonstrates lifted, volatile notes.

Almost perfumey nose followed by a rather coarse flavors of hops, spice and weak coffee. Definitely not the richness of Belgian ales. Just a little shy of the mark.

fairdinkum2, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +29%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near black color with an off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Aroma of toasted malts with a slight note of dried fruits.

T: Toasted malts dominate the flavor with a decent amount of candied fruits coming through especially a prominent raisin flavor.

D: This is a decent beer but without a doubt does not taste like a dark Belgian. Kind of a strange beer but not bad.

rebel1771, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another new one, they had cases of this sitting at total wine, literally like 20 cases so i grabbed a single and decided to try it out, served in a pint glass,

pour is a nice dark brown with an even head of light tan that just keep building until reaching about two fingers and settling down with a decent lace. aroma is sweet, lots of fruit notes, fig, banana, hints of dark cherries and a very sweet malt nose. the flavor is even sweeter, almost too sweet at times with a huge malt bill and nothing at all to balance it. some slight touch of fruit in the finish but that was it and it was over,

overall not sure what they were trying for here but it did not work. not the best effort.

mikesgroove, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Despite the higher ABV, this beer tended toward a bit more reserved Belgian Strong Dark Ale interpretation. Some candy sugar notes up front, but mostly caramel malt. Not as spicy as one would expect, but some pepper bite from the ABV. Overall, a respectable but not impressive stab at the style.

Brent, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of baconsausage
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to crookedsill for the extra.
Pours a murky dark brown with little head. smells of ripe apple and dark sugar. Taste is more of the same, but I also get a hint of strawberry. Weird. Carbonation is good for the style, but the mouth-fell is a little bit viscous and slightly off putting. I wouldn't buy more of this, but probably wouldn't turn it down if offered one. Probably.

baconsausage, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of FLBeerGuy
1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a mahogany color with a thin white head that leaves very little lacing.

Nose is sweet dried fruit and malts.

Taste is awful! I don't have many drain pours, but this one became one. I had high hopes for this one too, sounded good...a Belgian winter ale, but was sadly disappointed.

FLBeerGuy, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this beer up at a little wine shop in North Carolina...had never heard of the brewery, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

So, the bottle reads "Belgian-Style Ale." Mostly, I agree. It is in that style, but not an excellent representation of it. The appearance is brown/dark amber with a decent head that quickly fades. There is a little sediment floating around in the glass, as well.

The smell seems pretty close...a little funky, caramel, some chocolate notes, maybe some dark candy sugar, figs, dried fruit.

As for the taste, there isn't much body here...it's tasting a bit watered down. There is some good bitterness up front, and then again on the back of the tongue, but where the weight of the beer should be, it is lacking. I'm not sure what it is...the best way I can describe it is to say it tasted like a slightly watery/less flavorful spiced brown ale.

Overall, a decent beer...not undrinkable, but probably not one I would pick up again if I saw it. I'm glad I tried it, but this isn't one to really write home about.

movingtrain, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev -3.2%

animal69, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Stoutsman
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Long John pours a rather murky brown with some ruby highlights and a fizzy head that falls quickly with little to no lacing.

The aroma is mostly of soft fruity malts but little else.

The flavor is predominantly sweet softly dark malts, fruity in character with a touch of banana, bubblegum and just a touch of bitterness on the tongue after the finish. Warming enhances the yeasty esters, but not entirely in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium, a touch chalky and perhaps a tad harsh from the carbonation.

I'm a bit on the fence with Long John, it's not a bad beer by any description, just a bit odd. I might even develop a taste for it but I doubt I'd want more than one in a sitting.

BlackBearForge, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of StarSAELS
4.33/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd heard that ABC had switched the winter brew to a Belgian and couldn't wait to try it. ABCs brews aren't typically the greatest on the market, but they're a solid choice when the pickins are slim.

The 2008 Belgian pours a deep brown color, slightly cloudy from the sediment in the bottle. Light head, no lacing (and I know the glass is clean).

First sniff and I think, "Belgian ale," but we need to explore this more. Definitely alcohol in there, but I'd expect that from a dark Belgian. Fruits, bananas... reminiscent of Leffe. Nice.

First taste (cold) and I think, "I rather do like this." A bit astringent, but as I let the brew dance over my tongue and warm a bit, I get the banana flavor, maybe some toffee(?), and a bouquet that reminds me of a tasty, spicy raisiney fruit mincemeat pie. Again, much of what I'd expect from a dark Belgian ale.

The brew is dry from start to finish, leaving behind a peppery banana finish. Interesting.

This would be a great dessert or nightcap brew. One should be enough, but I'm already on my second... ;-)

StarSAELS, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with some reddish highlights and not much of a head. Lots of belgian yeast in the nose, with banana and some vinous notes, as well as a touch of cocoa. Similar flavor profile with a spice top note as well, but unfortunately the flavor fades quickly on the finish, leaving a watery vegemite character. Relatively smooth, but there is an undercurrent of tea-like tannic bitterness. Not terrible, but seems a bit disjointed.

Georgiabeer, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of obireidkenobi
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Formerly known as Red Brick "Winter" Ale. Apparently this is supposed to be the same recipe as "Winter" but there is a slight taste difference.

Appearance: Deep amber, 1 finger white head on the pour.

Smell- Belgian for days. Yeast, dried fruit. Sweet.

Taste- Sweet Belgian candi sugar, dark fruits, subtle touch of roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy, tart. Slightly tongue curling.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, the sweetness mixed with the dark fruit notes doesn't linger long. Keeps you going for another taste.

obireidkenobi, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown hue with 1 and a half fingers of a creamy golden brown head that dissapates very quickly. Slight lacing left on the glass.

S: Pleasant chocolate smell accentuated by a malted scotch flavor.

T: A nice balance of smooth roasted coffee flavors, combined with chocolate and scotch with a hint of scotch whisky in the finish. Very interesting combination of flavors.

M: Smooth medium bodied beer. Good carbonation balance.

D: Good drinkability for a winter brew. Really warms up the body after a couple of these.

Crazy4LegMoose, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of carolinahophead
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the Flying Saucer Charlotte for getting this beer out out ATL Ga.
A nice brown color with dark fruit & a big booze aroma. The alcohol is there and upfront.The beer has a nice beginning then a warm finish. A medium mouthfeel with some good taste of dark fruit and a good hop finish.
This beer is way over the top. 8% is trouble waiting to happen . The brick knocked me out !

carolinahophead, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Pours hazy brown with a two finger tan head that leaves some lacing and holds a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is toffee, caramel, candi sugar, spice, cinnamon, strong fruity esters of figs, raisins, apples, banana, some grassy and herbal quality, bread and yeast. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, brown/candi sugar, some light citrus hops, fairly sweet and spicy lingering finish. A touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, medium carbonation.

A tasty wintertime brew from this local brewery.

elgiacomo, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, brought to Portland by Cyberkedi (thanks, Freya) and poured first to a standard pint...then re-poured to a teardrop goblet, once I realized the error of my ways - that this is a Strong Belgian Dark (nothing on the label ever goes beyond vague hints at this).

On the label: "Weep for your northern brethren. Long winters. Suspect college football. And perhaps worst of all, no Red Brick beer." and so it continues... good stuff to read for an ex-Southerner like me...

A: Mahogany or a lighter garnet shade, but it's deep and brown at the end of the day. Pretty strong head, a full finger of toasted marshmallow/ivory. Lilting lace in jaunty bands.

S: Decent from the bottle but improves considerably as it warms. fruit and caramelized brown sugar. Good strength.

T: Nutty maltiness, good spice, fairly fruity - a mash of raisins and plums. A bit smoky/ashy, somewhat of a surprise.

M: Creamy feel and a good, fairly hearty carbonation. Medium-bodied, but a bit muddled and chewy in the end. Booziness is pretty well concealed.

O: Pretty likeable, a bit better than average... but 'Belgian' styles are a tough thing to brew here in the US. 'A' for effort, 'B/B-' for execution. Wouldn't mind trying it again, but, knowing the competition, I'd probably go for the real Belgians instead.

msubulldog25, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of RossCain
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on tap into a tulip glass:

A: Dark amber coloring. Poured with a very small, white head which left virtually no lacing.

S: Overly sweet and yeasty. Almost what you would expect from a decent Belgian gone bad.

T: Hits you up front with moderate notes of Belgian yeast and fruits (raisins, bananas) which turns into slight malty middle with a smokey finish reminiscent of overly toasted bread and burnt sugars. All around OK in the beginning but certainly not what I was expecting.

M: A little too much carbonation with a thin-medium body. The alcohol was masked by the lingering taste of burnt sugar which just kept making its presence known in the aftertaste.

D: I thought that the first 2-3 sips were *OK* but the more I drank, the more and more I was wishing for the beer to be finished with. Certainly not anything that I would recommend as a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale to anyone.

Overall, the Long John Ale left way too much to be desired. From the appearance alone, I was led to believe that I was in for something much better than I was actually left to taste. The beer experience started out relatively weak for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and continued downhill with each consecutive sip. The typical sweet, creamy, and fruity notes you expect would dominate for such a type were masked too much by an almost astringent taste of burnt sugars and burnt bread.

RossCain, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Rogsterman
4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a nice smoked porter. Other reviews labeled it a Belgian because of the malts used. Not, the case here. I can't see why the beer is getting such bad reviews unless they are basing it on the type of beer it is classified to be. Overall, it's a great beer to have with smoked meat and I would recommend it to dark beer enthusiasts.

Rogsterman, Dec 09, 2010
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Long John Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.