Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) - Obolon Brewery

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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet)Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet)

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Globetrotter on 10-19-2003

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 49
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

better than its ratings, but still an underwhelming offering. i have never seen this for sale in colorado before i found it at stockade, which has a crazy selection of eastern european brews worth checking out if you arent worries about freshness. deep ruby red color, almost brown, with a solid head on the initial pour, but it fades out really fast and looks almost still after a few minutes. the body is large for the style, and i kind of like that, it makes me slow down and think about it a little more. the grain, despite being green bottle funked a bit, is rich and layered, with caramel and toffee notes, and a dried fruit, maybe plum or raisin thing going on. yeast is irrelevant, i wanted more of a biscuity light lager thing, but its absent here. the hops are also nothing special, balancing bitterness at best. interesting beer though, its unlike other euro dark lagers, and has a regal quality to it that i really like. i bet its a lot better at the brewery when its fresh, and this bottle does it no justice, but i enjoyed the experience just the same. anthropological in some satisfying way.

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a ruby colored gem. Taste, alas, is not as powerful. Nothing particularly stands out - flavor wise in this beer, but it tastes ok and I noticed no bad aftertaste. It would probably be fabulous at a restaurant in the Ukraine listening to the local music.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.57/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a rusty looking reddish brown, with a small half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells kind of musty, stale, and a little metallic, with a slight bit of toasted bread poking through.

This has got to be one of the most flavorless dark lagers I've ever had. It's a bit musty and stale feeling, with some raisin, caramel, and toasted bread flavors in the smallest amounts to remain noticeable. This is watery, bland, and just plain boring. As meh as it gets.

This is light bodied, with a watery, think mouthfeel. It's should be drinkable, with how light it is, but it's not, given how meh it tastes.

This is a big fail. I don't know if the beer is always bad, or I just got a bad/old bottle, but I will not be revisiting either way.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bomber. No bottle on date, but there was a spot for it. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

I don’t know how to evaluate a euro dark lager, but basically it is a malty Budweiser with a beautiful color and a poor head. 3.25

A – Pours a clear very dark amber with a one-finger rocky beige head that dissipates quickly. 3.75

S – Bright, fresh, slightly sweet, malty. 3.5

T – Malty, slight dark fruit. 3

MF – Medium-light body, medium-dry finish, slight sweetness, well carbonated. 3.25

Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500mL bottle, no date.

appearance is true to the bottle label - "deep velvet" deep red color, little head. smell is sweet. taste is smooth, even, slightly caramel malt. slightly earthy. no hop flavors detected at all. medium body and carbonation, average body.

overall, cool to try a beer from the Ukraine, but not that great.

Photo of emerge077
2.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

No date stamp on the green bottle.

Loose clumps of bubbles on the surface, caramel color in the light, good clarity. Head breaks apart quickly, no lace to speak of.

Metallic and grainy aroma, slight sweetness, vague old coffee, no roast.

Astringent, husky toasted grains, dry finish. Not overly sweet thankfully. However it's pretty bland and one-note flavor wise. Not much body, pretty coarse and lacking finesse. Overall not something i'd pick up again.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy ruby red in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer jas a thin layer of soapy light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Fair amounts of dark fruit sweetness (raisin) as well as some caramel malt sweetness. Some slight hints of earthiness.

T: Lots of sweetness with some underlying earthiness - dark fruits (raisin) and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry with a light amount of thickness that is exhibited by coating the inside of your mouth.

O: More of a sipping beer than a sessionable one, a little too sweet to be easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy garnet in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head with large bubbles that died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: There are sweet aromas of malts in the nose along with some notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some additional hints of caramel in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and has a bit of thickness and coats your mouth. A moderate amount of carbonation is present.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some nice flavors. The taste isn’t very complex, but it would pair well with a meal.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle.
Deep amber color. Great clarity. Khaki tinted white head. Holds just so-so at first and then depletes to nothing. Appears to have no sediment, most likely filtered. Average carbonation. Smells of clean lager yeast, mixed with some caramel malty tones. Smells well fermented.

Tastes of toast, caramel malt, a bit of roasty maybe. Light sweet adjunct flavor happening... Smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation gives a pleasant bite/acidity. Not huge off flavors. After taste is dark malt and slightly sweet. Bitterness and hop presence are minimal but suiting. Pretty good, nothing crazy awesome.

Photo of Dentist666
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with maltose treacle.
Pours clear copper-brown beer with moderate tan head, leaving some laces. Smell of caramel malts and dark fruits. Good taste of caramel malts, slightly smoky and roasted, chocolate and fruits. Medium-bodied beerwith high carbonation. Pleasant, but not so well-balanced beer.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper color with one finger of khaki colored head. The retention was so-so and it left spots of lacing. The aroma was of cereal grains, a bit of toasted malt and a bit of sweet malt. The flavors were not as appealing however. It tasted a bit skunky with notes of cereal, booze, sweet malt, caramel malt and an underlying flavor of h that seemed to spoil the rest. The mouthfeel was frothy, the body medium and the carbonation a touch too high. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one and even after trying it I wasn’t really sure what to think. Personally, it just didn’t appeal to my palate.

Photo of tvv375ia
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 500ml bottle into imperial pint glass

A-fairly opaque firebrick color with about a 2 finger head that faded away leaving a small cap

S-almost a dark fruit type smell to go along with some carmel malts

T-carmel to start then a little plum/raisin type then a slightly sweet finish without much flavor

M-good carbonation with a medium creamy body and since it says velvet on the label I will go with that - medium body with creamy velvet finish

O-I saw this a Cyclone Liquors the other day so I decided to pick it up for 2.49 and was pleasantly suprised for the price considering it is from the Ukraine very good value and really tasty

Photo of mrfrancis
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby with a tight, lingering khaki head.

S: Fruity aromas reminiscent of raisins, prunes, and Medjool dates are immediately evident. As the beer settles a bit, the fruit aromas are joined by a pleasant smokiness and hints of milk chocolate.

T: Compared to most lagers, this one is rather sweet and fruity with notes of raisins, prunes, figs, and Medjool dates up front. Milk chocolate, caramel, heavy cream, earthy hop, and light woodsmoke notes emerge around mid-palate. The finish is sweet and malty with notes of woodsmoke, caramel, chocolate, raisins, and dates being most pronounced.

M: Light to medium bodied, velvety, and a bit malt-forward. Carbonation is initially very active, but settles down a little before the finish. If the carbonation weren't so forceful and obnoxious when the beer hits the palate, it would be much easier to enjoy.

O: As far as European dark lagers go, this one is very enjoyable. If it displayed a more pronounced hop flavor and a little less carbonation, it would be a stellar example of the style. Overall, this is a very solid dark lager, though there is room for improvement.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a red ruby brown color leaving a quickly dissapating head. Smell of mellow malts and hops. Taste of lightly roasted malts with a balanced mellow hop that finishes clean and slightly dry. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Nothing complex, just an easy drinker.

Photo of Criscoh88
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a 1pt. 0.9oz bottle

Appearance: A dark beautiful red. Not cloudy but thick. Small head with minor lacing.

Smell: fruity almost wine like. Rich scents of caramel and malt.

Taste: A bitter sweet flavor. I would say its fruity but not to the point where it is overwhelmingly sweet. A smooth bitter aftertaste pulls you away from the fruit flavors. An enjoyable end note.

Feel: Smooth, not much of a carbonation bite. A bit much syrup-ish for my liking.

Overall: A beautiful beer in color. Disappointing head. Great aroma and good flavor. Goes down smooth but leaves you with too much syrup flavor. I would prefer to try this in the Fall/Winter seasons. I may get this again.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle for a Sunday night cap. There were hint of oxidation and prolonged aging, but this was still a fine beer. Sure, I'll say it had a "velvety" feel as the label suggests. It's a moderately thick, somewhat sweet (not too sweet) lager that's heavy with dried fruit flavors, notes of roast and caramel, and a hint of leather and cider - from age, I presume. There's a mild balancing bitterness. This really is not a bad beer at all. In the end I'd call it a tasty dessert beer that's not cloying or filling.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this having been prompted by a forum thread by GoalieRon33.

Can't fit the entire contents of the bottle into my trumpet pils glass. Foam rises high and fizzy. Reddish-brown - a shade reminiscent of a doppelbock maybe. Looks alright to me.

Real fruity-malty aroma. Staling cherry? Getting no hops. Definitely some cookie-ish and darker malt. Hmm, it's nice. Fairly bold.

Taste begins with a firm smack of that malt. An almost sour cherry (flemish red?) flavor takes hold (just lacking the depth and quality of) in the middle before its substance on the tongue all but vanishes leaving behind some residual fruitiness and a touch of sweetness for a moment or two.

Feels nice n smooth right off the bat - kind of what I would assume they mean by "velvet" - but something creepy happens maybe 7/8 the way through the oral liquid transfer and doesn't seem to go away. The pleasant flavors drop out, the smooth moves on, and you're left with the flavor of old dusty furniture or lace drapes and a feeling (and/or essence) a little like sucking on a shoe insole. Shit, or maybe even that of sucking on some velvet, huh?! I have some odd tastes - none of this is bothering me all that much. Pretty dry though. Oxidation?

$2.19 or whatever? Hell, there's some flavor there for sure. I'll go in again.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" head which pretty quickly dissipated to 1/8". Dark in color but with a reddish tint when held to the light, no wonder they call it velvet. Smell and taste of barley malt and rye. A very mild beer, easy to drink, in fact the mildness is a surprise considering the darkness. There's also a zingy acidity which is refreshing. Very drinkable. Not a whole lot above a good pilsner but still a fine beer I'd enjoy any time.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear very dark cola colour, with two fingers of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some random streaks of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild caramel malt, and subtle dark, somewhat boozy fruit. The taste is dry bready caramel malt, tending towards treacly molasses as it warms, and earthy, dry fruity hops. The carbonation is average in strength, the body medium in weight, generally smooth, and clean. It finishes on a drying trend - the softly bittering hops trumping the diminishing malt.

A decent dark lager, nothing eliciting strong oohs or aahs, but still rather balanced and drinkable.

Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came into this review with low expectations given the country of origin.

Has the look of a munich down. Nice amber brown, good tan head and lacing.

Raisin sweetness, sweet breads. Not offensive by any means.

Sweet raisin malts with the light toasted munich
Malts. Chalky dry finish. Bit to sweet and cloying to move up a notch

Decent feel. Tends to flatten out after a short time.

Not bad. As a decendant of Uke immigrants, I'm somewhat relieved it doesn't suck

Photo of Zraly
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Euro Deli in Williamsburg, VA, which sells an assortment of tasty goods from Poland and its neighbors (e.g., Ukraine).

Reddish-brown with a light mocha head. The head didn't retain very well, lacing was minimal. Nice smell of fruit and malt.

For the most part this is quite smooth, although the carbonation is just a tad too harsh to fully appreciate some of the nuanced flavors. It's a sessionable brew for malt lovers; I can drink sans food. There is a slightly creamy, smokey, almost chocolatey presence in the taste profile. It reminds me ever-so briefly of brownie batter. There is also a hint of cherry cola and plums. Hops are merely hinted at for balance on the palate. Very interesting and for me, extremely drinkable.

This would be great with grilled kielbasa, if you want to pay homage to Ukraine. As mentioned, I can drink this by itself. I could see it going well with a big slice of black forest cake -- the hint of cherry and chocolate would pair beautifully with this neat, Euro lager find.

Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is of malts, some caramel sweetness, a bit of hops, good flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of tjd112
4.36/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this into a Sam Smith nonic. The appearance looked very good, a mahogany red body, an off-white head with good retention, some lacing on the bottle. Smell is of plums and dark fruit and the taste was just that with a little bit of malts added in. Mouthfeel was medium and smoooth, and I found myself gulping this down

Photo of mytireisfat
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: one pint 9 oz green bottle, has place for best by date, but no date.

A: One finger white head with a tint of brown, that dissipates quick. Red color. well carbonated.

S: Sweet malt. Fruit, herbs, maybe a bit of a garden smell.

T: Same as the smell. maybe a bit bitter.

M: Medium body, well carbonated.

D: Having one of these every once and a while would be nice. but not to many...

Photo of wordemupg
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into pint glass mar13 2010

A a clear reddish amber with lots of carbonation both floating up and stuck to the side of the glass, and a beige head that has decent retention and leaves a couple rings of lace

S some sweet grains, mild chocolate and some molasses

T not far from the smell but it has something working against it that I just can't place, nothing overly offensive just not helping it's cause, fermented fruit perhaps?

M thick enough to prevent a watery feel and it's well carbonated

D I don't see myself drinking this again, looks better then it is. I'm not saying this is a bad beer It's just nothing special

I'm about to read other reviews on this one because the flavor I can't place is bugging me a fair bit. I'm not going to give you a reason not to try this beer, but I'm not going to give you a reason to look for it either.

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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.