Baltus O.V.S. Ale - Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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86
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-30-2002)
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Reviews by Jdiddy:
Photo of Jdiddy
2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was my introduction to Heavyweight Brewing and it was not a good one. I simply did not like this beer one bit. It was somewhere between a Belgian and a Barley Wine but came out tasting pretty bad. Smell was nice at first (apple, sweet) but become very medicinal and metallic after. The taste was very medicinal as well. Kind of like dates with cough syrup. The pour was a dark copper/amber. Like a deep apple cider. I would not drink this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chesnut brown with a creamy looking head that leaves some lacing,the aroma is definently malty with with caramel tones.The taste is slightly smokey and roasted with a nice sweetness to it.Nice body to this,a highly drinkable but complex beer.Real nice.

Photo of sponberg
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep reddish copper color with a thin head that hangs out with ya for the trip.

This is one malty sweet sonofagun, in the best way possible - all sorts of huge fruitiness (plums & coconut in particular) combining with a chocolatey undercurrent. The flavor could almost be described as being "fluffy" - no, not your neighbor's cat, just lots of sweet-yet-not-cloying malt flavors that build upon each other. As the sip continues, a nice underlying bitterness joins the chocolate & malt for a very "gimme more of this" finish. Sorta like a Belgian dubbel in ways, but definitely its own brew.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short twist off bottle with no freshness date, being bottle conditioned at boasting an 8.2% abv this brew surely has a longer shelf life than a normal brew.

Appearance: Hazed mahogany brown from some chill haze and a bit of yeast, nice foamy head that lingers into a creamy looking tan lace.

Smell: Tropical fruit, thick earthy yeast, raw toasted grain, mild solvent alcohol and a touch of malt sweetness all in the aroma.

Taste: Smoothness and crispness find that happy medium in a heavenly state, this shows a very well produced conditioning in the bottle. Lush body that leads off with a mélange of exotic fruitiness, yeast and raw toasted grain. Handful of malt sweetness in the middle. Earthiness comes from both the yeast and fermented raw sugar, hops line the underbelly with a sufficient bitterness and the flavour draws on an oily twang and herbal finish. Warmth of the alcohol finally shows the real strength of this brew in the end.

Notes: First off this is my kind of brew, in the raw and not holding back at all. Unrefined yet conditioned, strong yet modest in manner. Next time I’ll buy a case.

Photo of jakester
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at the Northeast Taproom in Reading. No date on the bottle or label, but with this beer it doesn't matter.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to a coating and a ring, with decent lacing. Slow, soft carbonation rises to the top.

Aroma is at first phenolic, then dark, fruity, rich malts. Dried plums, pears, apples. Spicy. The phenolic smell disappears quickly.

The first taste is dark malts, quickly followed by alcohol heat. Then the fruitiness comes through. Dark, dried fruits like above, dark candi sugar, spices like black pepper and cinnamon. This is a yummy beer! Aftertaste is sweet and heat, with dark fruit overtones. The phenolics are here, but really muted.

Mouthfeel is lip-smacking sweet and smooth as silk. Carbonation is soft and makes the beer feel luxurious in your mouth. Finish is sweet and heat. (duh!)

At 8.2%, this will knock your dick in the dirt. But the way this beer tastes, you won't really care after two or three. Highly recommended.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dusky brown with a vivacious off-white head. Real hard to see through this one even with it backlit. Smells of fig, toffee, and a hint of alcohol.

Very creamy up front with a nice rush of caramel smoothness. Followed up by some plum and anise. The ending becomes slightly medicinal with that alcohol poking it's head through. Goes down pretty well for a big brew. Carbonation and mouthfeel seem to be quite neutral and it's a fairly drinkable beer in spite of the ABV.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperas deep amber brown with a cream tan head, and leaves little or no lace in my snifter. A highly alcoholic tone to the aroma with shots of fruit some plum almost brandy like with the higher alcohol in the aroma. The taste is very carbonated sweet alcoholic that is like a beefed up dubbel with the spicing, yet contains the malt of a barley wine very interesting. I agree with aaronh that this beer lies in no stylistic guidelines, but overall I thought it worked for whatever reason. The only thing about these bottled heavyweight beers is the varying level of carbonation, just most of them seem really high. It makes the mouthfeel a bit cloying on the back of the throat when swallowing this stuff. I am not fully impressed by this selection from the over the top Jersey brewers. I will try it again, especially if it's on tap.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltus O.V.S by Heavyweight is the last of the several Heavyweight beers in my fridge. Having mixed reviews with the other Heavyweight beers I was unsure what to expect.

Baltus poured a murky/cloudy reddish-brown with very little head. The smell was of Plums/raisins- very fruity.
The taste was very nice. Light and sweet with a fruity smoothness that didn't bite back. A slight alcohol aftertaste but the beer has an 8.2% alcohol content so what can you expect.

Baltus was my favorite of the Heavyweight beers and I am sure I'll purchase this brew again in the future. Very good Ale!!

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much malt and some hops on top of a sourness discovered in the Heavyweight products I have had so far. Cocoa and coconut and candy sweetness.chewy yet not yeasty. An experiment yet a cross-bread. Worth having the one time. Taste average and does not disguise the alcohol.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was cellared for about one year. Hazy, brown with a reddish cast and a limited light tan head that leaves no lace. The aroma is quite bold with lots of dark fruits and cocoanut. The body is thin-medium, and the carbonation is very fine and fairly effervescent, giving a gentle zestiness in the mouth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of a chocolatey component. It starts with sharp, tart, dark fruits like prunes, plums & black cherries, and warms to reveal some of its chocolate character with a fig-like flavor, shows a little bitterness, and finishes really nicely with a lightly fruity and cocoa-ish, long lasting aftertaste. Very well balanced and drinkable. There's alot of sweetness here, but it's not cloying in the least bit. Nor is the bitterness overdone. The alcohol is also very well hidden. Extremely well done. I wasn't sure of what to expect from this based on the label, but this is clearly a Belgian-style strong ale - at the very least - if not a dubbel. Well worth seeking out. One of my new favorites.

Photo of beerluvr
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking light brown head over deep amber/red liquid. Roasted malt nose mixed with yeast fruitiness and maybe a bit of Belgian candi sugar too. Taste is sweet malts with a bit of tanginess, sweetness gives way to notes of chocolate. Nice background hoppiness stops things from becoming too sweet. Finished round and balanced, quite the drinkable ale I found it a bit hard to catagorize, Belgian? English? The end result is very passable regardless.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd. Just odd. It poured a amber brown color, odd. Nice head. Tasted somewhere between a Belgium and a wheat, odd. Good hops and malt, kinda sweet. But overall, odd. I liked this beer, but spent the whole time drinking it trying to put it into a catagory. I just couldn't, odd.

Photo of jackndan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavyweight Baltus: One must first struggle with how to characterize this beer. The label mentions English pale malts, German wheats and Belgian Candy Sugar. Well, that clears that right the freaking hell up. Well, the label contains a further hint: an OVS ale. An OVS ale, olde very silly perhaps? (Our very special ale, in fact).

The pour is a muddy brown, obviously bottle conditioned. Decent, although kind of flat but long lasting head (the foregoing sentence was brought to you by the bi-polar association of America).

The aroma begins to narrow things a bit more; it has a definite candy like smell, with bits of malt as well, mild.

The taste is a very pleasant sweet and sour mix, primarily dried fruits, but more than a little bit of banana/weiss taste as well. Fairly complex, and decently balanced. I’m calling this a Belgian Strong Ale, in honor of the trappists, but it could almost be a dark weiss as well. Weird. Not bad, but kind of weird.

Photo of bditty187
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky reddish-brown, almost no head, soapy around the edges… the lace is sporadic and unorganized. The nose is potent, sweet alcohol dominates, raisin hints too, slightly fruity (dark & tropical)… the bouquet informs there will be a healthy malt foundation. The invitation is on the table… at first the palate seems one-dimensional, the alcohol barks rather loudly and the noise drowns out much of the subtle flavors. Thankfully, the alcohol wanes just enough for chewy malty goodness to appear as does hints of fruit, raisins, brown sugar, and earthiness… the hops are most noticeable at the finish, which is pleasantly bitter and it works very hard to curb the malty/alcohol sweetness. I still found this one to be a tad too sweet, this hampers consumption. The body is medium-light, which is a “nice” surprise; the carbonation is minimal. Overall this is a worthwhile beer, you should try one folks.

PS: If you ever want to know what an “Artisanal Strong Dark Ale“ is, try this bastardized beer… is it a Doppelbock, Dubbel, Strong Ale, or “Imperial” Stout? It is all of the above.

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice offering from HBC. Deep courdoroy brown, no head very little lacing. Dried fruit and cranberries kep this beer real. This beer reminds me of a highly alcoholed beer from Delaware (no names), but better. Rasians and brown sugar make this sweet on the palate.

Considering the ABV this beer presents, I find it very drinkable. Alcohol is nicely balanced in the beers malt body.

Photo of oxmasterscream
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, iced tea color with a head that fell quickly, leaving just a ring. There were plenty of particles floating throughout. Aroma was of sweet and spicy pastries, ripe fruit, raisins and dates maybe, brown sugar, roasted pecans... very complex. Taste was sweet and spicy up front and then a whopping lemony sourness overtook my entire palate. It ended up a bit dry and just mildly bitter, but barely, just a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel was medium to full and very smooth, with a slight tongue warming. Drinkability is ok but due to the overwhelming sourness, I don't think I could do more than two of these but it's definitely a nice offering from Heavyweight.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, murk deep brown color with a smallish white head with very large bubbles. Aroma has almost a doppelbock quality to it. Very fruity/malty aroma yet some lingering hop floral notes shine through along with yeasty/bready undertones.
Taste is very Belgian like, very sweet and fruity tastes with a bit of yeast and grain. If I tasted this blind I would swear Belgium, maybe a quad. Feels wonderful in the mouth and very drinkable. Really nicely bottle conditioned beer that continues to give off interesting flavors as I finish the glass.
Heavyweight and Ommegang, separated at birth ? This beer could definitely come out of the oasis in Cooperstown.
Really nice beer, thanks to brluvr for this one.

Photo of MJR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark reddish-amber with hints of brown. Decent head retention, with a small light tan cap.

Smell: A bit weak with lots of sugary sweetness in the nose, with a touch of tropical fruit. Mainly pineapple... There's a bit of an earthy undercurrent that I would guess comes from the yeast. A bit of alcohol is just under the surface. Unique...

Taste: The flavor is quite sweet with the same touch of tropical fruits that showed itself in the aroma. A touch of maltiness, but it's faint. There's a raw sugar quality that makes up a big part of the flavor profile. The hops provide a solid base, but don't really assert themselves in the taste. I detect a bit of toasted grain, as well as a bit of earthiness. The finish has a faint peppery spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. Suggestion of leather... Hard to pin down, style-wise...

Mouthfeel: Has a somewhat medium thickness with a round mouthfeel that dries out a bit on the finish, from the alcohol.

Drinkability: While this is certainly an interesting brew, I don't think I would go out of my way to find it. Again, it's hard to pin down style-wise.

'Thanks' go out to Davo for sending me this one.

Photo of charlesw
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Came in a 120z twist-off (!!!) bottle. Poured dark brown with a largish, dense and dark cream colored head that lasted a bit longer than I thought it would. It was pretty cloudy with suspended yeasties.
Smells earthy/yeasty (know what I mean?).
And it drinks nice and smooth! Sure, there's a huge brown sugar maltiness to it - but not too sweet and nice and even. No nasty (or surprising) aftertaste. Goes down just fine!
Creamy and smooth to drink.
And yet, I'll not go out of my way for another. It's a tad strong on both the alcohol and the flavor. I did enjoy it but not enough to try to find another.

Photo of rdrummer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sample this as part of a Heavyweight Variety four-pack. It pours a dark brown, almost mahogany color with a light brown, long-lasting head with great lacing. Its aroma is one of graininess with malts vying with hops as an undertone. I think there was a bit of citrus tinge to it as well. The taste is a strong hit of the grain with a fruitiness to it, but it's not sweet due to the hoppy kicker. The alcohol is strong enough to come through as well. There is a slight oiliness in the mouth, which is not totally unpleasant but the real feel is thickness of the grain. This went down really sweet. Again, the variety pack is nice, but if you feel like another, it calls for another trip to the store.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

others have raved about this brew. i wasn't that thrilled with it overall. maybe it's my general distaste for barleywines (which, although not a true barleywine, baltus at least somewhat tasted and reminded me of one ). pours a semi-cloudy ruby/amber with a moderate head that fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice sticky effect. smells of fruits (sweet berries), malt and hints of alcohol. again, the taste reminded me too much of a barleywine, but the smell was echoed well in the taste. i hate grading beers of this nature as it's a well made brew and a good choice for a fan of the style, but it wasn't really for me.

edit 02.11.04: why i ever compared this to a barleywine is beyond me. still a bit too sweet for my liking, but the sweet flavour here is a fairly nice balance with the malt and alcohol. a better brew than i first gave it credit for, and finely crafted, but it's still one of my least favourite heavyweight brews...but at the same time i want to sample it again in the future to see if my taste for it has grown even more.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a deep, dark copper with a thin, but lasting off white head.

Smell: The nose is wonderfully sweet and malty. The hops hardly show, but the malt smell is wonderful. A joy to sniff.

Taste and Mouthfeel: As with the smell, this beer is all about the sweet and sticky malts. Very rich and powerful, with decent complexity. My only complaint is the almost complete lack of hops. It needs a tiny bit more balanced. The mouthfeel is think but quite sticky.

Drinkability and Overall: Again Heavyweight knocks 'em out with this beer. A very raw and powerful belgian style ale, that will surely please your taste buds. One of the best of this brewery's beers I've had. This is a beautiful beer that must be tried.

Photo of goz
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby, almost mahogany, medium tan head, leaving light lace. Aroma is fruity, with banana and cherry being the most noticeable, and some yeast. Flavor is sweet & fruity, lightly spiced, and hints of alcohol in the end. Body is loaded with carbonation, which may lead to the spiced taste I noticed.

Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer spews from the bottle a beclouded plum color, the head portly and creamy, the color a winsome tan, and as it dissipates a fine clinging sheet of lace is left to conceal the glass. Sweet malt, a hit of pineapple, maybe bubble gum, pleasing to the senses at any rate, start is sweet, malt laden, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a ferine acidic bite, the hops subdued, but pleasant, the aftertaste a bit tart, dry and quite long lasting, and all in all a nice drinkable brew.

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Baltus O.V.S. Ale from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.