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Long Beach Crude - Belmont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belmont Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-11-2003)
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Reviews by Brewsmith:
Photo of Brewsmith
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA. Poured an opaque black with a little tan head. Aroma is fruity with figs and chocolate. Fruit flavors come through. Plum, fig and some brown sugar. Hops balance, bitterness is even and not too overwhelming. Full bodied but not cloying, even though there is a little sweetness. Roast, chocolate and bitterness linger in the finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cwier
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a two-finger head; reduced to a half-finger with great lacing. Definite roasty malt nose - chicory, dark chocolate, with a little hop in the background. Taste is very good - variety of coffee mostly, little chocolate, roasted malt, and a decent hop bite to finish it off. Not too bitter, but stronger than the typical porter. Mouthfeel is about right for a Baltic - slightly creamy, but full-bodied. Pretty drinkable - won't take too long to finish this one.

A very good porter imo and worth the try, especially for the hopheads who aren't into the super-malty darker beers.

Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an onyx color, the head creamy and light chocolate in color, modest in size with the lace a sticky sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a nice aroma of burnt grain, coffee, sweet chocolate, fresh and pleasing. Start is ambrosial, fair to middling malt presence, medium to full top. Finish is stern in its acidity, hops are potent and pleasant on the palate, sweet and dry aftertaste, a fine stout in its own right, and the beer to have as you watch the ships pull in and out of the harbor.

Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at brewery, consumed on 11/12/07.

Color is dark brown (think cola) with good carbonation and head retention. The aroma is roasty, almost burned. Roasted, grainy malt flavor with slightly creamy mouthfeel. No hop flavor I could detect. Mildly bitter aftertaste. The best of this brewer's beers.

By the way, the beer is described at the brewery as a stout, not a porter.

Photo of brethartt
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Belmont Brewing Co.

A: Hazy, dark brown color--due to suspended yeast--with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted barley is assertive, with faint but appealing coffee and milk chocolate. There is a quality of yeasty softness in the smell that enhances the roasty but otherwise simplistic character.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined roasted malt that is potently nutty and tastes of well-brewed coffee. A burst of acidity distracts from the developing dark roasted flavor profile, then declines in the middle as quickly as it peaked, making way once more for the persistent roasted malt. After the acidity passes, softness similar to that in the smell is detected. Trace drying charcoal adds an earthy cleanness in the finish where flavors otherwise remain roasty and malty.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, early acidity is felt on the palate as well as tasted, with low carbonation.

D/O: Despite some front-end acidity issues and a service temperature that was way too low, this beer (described as a stout by the brewer) is a pleasant malt-bomb that ends favorably enough to leave a good impression. While not mild in flavor, it yields a gentle approachability in its smell--and eventually in its flavor--that soothes the palate and drives anticipation for another sip. Although the grain bill includes no oatmeal, it drinks like an oatmeal stout--bringing back memories of that same style once brewed by the now-defunct Humboldt Brewing Company of Arcata, CA.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've lived in Long Beach all my life, and have eaten at the BBC a few times but have never tried the Crude, so I decided to drop in and have a pint today. Pours a very very very dark brown, revealing its brunette qualities only upon holding up the glass closely to light. Smells of deep roasted malts, more espressoish coffee than chocolate aroma, and some hints of maybe a Werther's cararmel in there. Overall, however, the aroma was not overpowering or jaw-dropping, so I proceeded to taste. Tastes of deep malts; espresso, some cocoa, with a slight hop bitterness upon swallowing as well as a present but not unpleasant alcoholic bite. WOW this is a very well balanced beer, the tastes were easily discernable and yet blended together superbly. Mouthfeel was not too fizzy, and fairly pleasant. Good drinkability, but not a session brew by any means. Overall a wonderful offering - I'll have to borrow my father's growler and get it re-filled with the stuff for only 8 bucks. :D

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A leisurely 15 minute stroll the Beach from my Apartment lays the Belmont Brewery. A nice place that has been visited by BA’s on at least two So.Cal. BA Pub Crawls - including the first ever one. Surprisingly, even though I live near the BBC, I have never reviewed any of their beers until now. A recent quiet Sunday afternoon session with some friends from England, gave me some beer time to actually take some notes and review the beers after two years of coming here!!

Long Beach Crude arrives in a straight sided glass, lightly chilled on a cool day it was the perfect beer to finish the evening with. Impenetrable even to laser light – it is exceptionally dark and moody. Lots of deeply roasted malts soaked in a strong alcohol emulsion, some dark roasted coffee licks in the mouthfeel and immense bitterness. Creamy, very strong, bold and intensely flavorsome, this beer is not for the feint of heart and most certainly will not accompany your Salad!!!

The Long Beach Crude is the highlight of the range of beers available at the Belmont Brewery for me.

This is not a beer to start the night with though, mainly because it’ll probably kick yer ass later. I think that it is fair to say that most Brewpub beers do tend to be somewhat “formulae” in their character at times, and it is probably true to say that this offering alone from the BBC can stand shoulder-to-shoulder against many others in its class, which may not be true of the other styles on sale here. This beer most certainly does not fall into the usual “dark beer” Category of Brewpub offerings - that’s for sure.

An excellent, high quality Porter that is only available (sadly) in the Brewpub as far as I am aware. So it is well worth seeking out on its own merits if you are in the Long Beach / Belmont Shore area. Don’t miss this one!

It’s like giving your Liver a Crude Oil shower. Make sure that you fill your tank up with a Gallon, or two, of this beauty if you stop by to fill up!!!

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Brewing Company in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that fades to nothing. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some off plastic-like aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa beans, coffee beans, and a slight alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's a bit unrefined (haha, oil joke).

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the soruce itself while watching lit up oil drills at night. On to the beer:

Closer to dark muddy brown than black, which is a little dissapointing, the head retention is okay and leaves only a little bit on the glass. The nose makes me forget about what I see with lactose, brown sugar, hazelnut, and roasted coffee aromas. In the mouth, it is a sensation of coffee and cream, or so one might think. Roasted coffee, lots of lactose...it tastes closer to a sweet stout to me. Carbonation has a little pep to it, I'd prefer just a little less, but that's a minor concern to the deliciouness of this beer.

Surprising. Delicious. Oh yeah!

Photo of Sicem99
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours as the name would suggest - solid black. Beautiful milk chocolate colored head that faded slowly.

Smell: Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Slightly sweet hints of toffee as well.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells - rich coffee and chocolate flavors. Finish is nicely bitter, but like a strong coffee. Creamy, slightly thick mouthfeel.

Overall impression: Wow - very tasty beer. Very drinkable and full of flavor. Stands up well on its own, and was more than capable against the cigar I enjoyed the second half of the bomber with. Definitely the best of the batch from Belmont, and note-worthy in the style.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap while at the brewery...sitting on the patio overseeing the beach.

A: A deeep dark chestnut brown with auburn highlights when held to the light. Head is small but present, with a flax colored ring around the glass.

S: Massive roasted French press coffee, charred oak, minor vanilla with just a touch of grape juice.

T: Roasted barley is the key to this beer and it’s the first thing that you taste. Aggressive fresh ground espresso come next with licks of cola along for the ride. Smooth vanilla and milk chocolate lurk in between the roasted qualities, adding balance and a sweet presence. Finishes bitter, roasted and simply massive.

M: Medium bodied and slightly fluffy in the carbonation department.

D: This beer is jam packed with flavor and anything but weak. A very enjoyable porter.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA, having this for the 2nd time ever.

A: Pours a dark brown/black out of the tap, medium tan head, minimal lacing.

S: Nice full roasty smell, BBQ lightly, coffee and chocolate.

T: Straight up coffee and baker's chocolate, very malty, slight hint of molasses, a tasty porter beer. Not fruity or acidic lactic-wise, like some of the Continental versions are.

M: Smooth, pretty light for a Baltic, medium-bodied, needs more richness for this style of beer.

D: My first beer from the local BBC, I enjoyed it, need to head up to 2nd street to try their other stuff.

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of diverite
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Long Beach Crude from Belmont Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.