Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) - Obolon Brewery
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
3.68/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
11-21-2011 19:46:34 | More by mrfrancis
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3.1/5 rDev -6.9%
Served at Arbat in Fitchburg, WI in a large glass stein. Bottle is dated 1-08-08.
Appearance: Prune juice purpled brown with no head and almost no carbonation.
Aroma: sweet grains, alcohol soaked prunes, caramel, and pepsi cola.
Taste: Very dunkel like. Sweet and loaded with sweet wet grain flavors, chocolate and caramel, and maybe even Munich malts. Iron.
Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, flat, sweet, actually kind of velvety in a way.
Drinkability: Not bad. If this were better carbonated I might drink two. It went well with the heavy meal of meat and potato stuff cabbage with sour cream.
The more I think about the more I would relate this too a lot of dunkels I have had. Ok but not worth seeking out.
02-25-2008 20:11:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.53/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-12-2010 00:41:38 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev +12%
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.
03-21-2011 04:16:58 | More by tempest
3.6/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured a light amber with brown highlights.
Smell is strong with hints of molasses and cedar.
Has a very light flavor with some nice woody malts and a clean grassy lager.
Mouthfeel was light and dry.
Overall its not to bad. Nothing spectacular, but I wouldn't avoid it either.
12-28-2007 00:38:13 | More by bashiba
4.4/5 rDev +32.1%
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
08-16-2010 19:36:38 | More by tjd112
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
08-23-2010 14:12:43 | More by tone77
2.69/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
02-05-2013 03:24:20 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +20.1%
I was surprised by the quality. To be honest, I figured this would be similar to a macro. Very dark red, decent head and lace. Very berry-juiceish.
Definitely has a black cherry kind of taste to it. Almost like soda and beer mixed together. Very interesting. Leaves a strange, dull cherry taste right in the back of the mouth.
It's crisp with a good kick. I am a fan.
10-30-2007 03:05:34 | More by Amalak
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
06-10-2012 05:39:00 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +21%
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
12-10-2011 02:42:41 | More by tvv375ia
3.1/5 rDev -6.9%
From a tall green 500 ml bottle. Tall spongy off-white head on it with good retention, with a deep translucent ruby brown body.
Mild aroma of raisin and caramel, some toastiness.
Grainy malt up front in the flavour, some toasted notes, ambiguous sweetness in the middle, neutral, slightly sweet dry finish. Clean aftertaste.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, healthy carbonation, dry finish.
A mediocre, unoffensive dark lager with a bit of off flavour the more it warms, although quite forgettable. I'll pass on this next time.
01-28-2010 02:55:46 | More by IronDjinn
3.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Looks a lot like pepsi when poured into my new Spaten Hefe glass. Tan head rushes to the top of the glass before it quickly runs out of steam and settles to a solid 1 inch head that is flush with the top of the glass. It then settles further to a 1/4 inch atop the dark brown beer. I really don't see any carbonation to speak of from the bottom of the glass. The smell is of toasted malt, cookie dough, candi sugar, and mild yeast. The flavor is nothing special but in no way offensive. It has a gentle wave in the flavor profile of toasted grain, sweetness upfront, then a slow and gradual bittering towards the end of the sip. Overall this is a decent session beer if you are in the mood for something similar to a German schwarzbier.
02-25-2008 01:40:39 | More by Rudgers73
3.5/5 rDev +5.1%
Comes in a tall brown half-liter bottle with a tapered neck and a pretty plain dark label featuring a coat of arms and six medals the brew was supposedly awarded. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 2/18/04, I opened it on 10/18/03.
Poured a clear reddish amber under a thin off-white head that faded quickly and left no lace. While chilled, there is only just a hint of aroma in the nose - sweet malt, if anything. As the beer warms, the malt nose gets more pronounced. The mouth a slightly prickly with a medium body. Caramel opens the taste experience, mild and even. There's a mild but sufficient hoppy bite in the finish, leaving a nice bitter and sweet (but not bittersweet) aftertaste. This beer was a bit thinner than I had hoped, but not bad at all.
10-19-2003 08:49:54 | More by Globetrotter
3.45/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Dark brown in color, pours with a fluffy off white head, decent retention and lacing
S - roasted malts, carmel, milk chocolate, buttery biscuits, a little cheap beer stank
T - carmel malts, cheap milk chocolate, roasted nuts, buttery biscuits, a little cheap beer dank
M - Light to medium bodied, full carbonation
D - Not a bad beer, still has a little ways to go with the cheap lager stank and dank.
09-10-2009 13:44:46 | More by rfgetz
3.05/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
06-11-2012 23:20:23 | More by dbrauneis
3.03/5 rDev -9%
I was most impressed by this beer's smell. It hinted cherry and smoked aromas. It was actually very pleasant. But that smell didn't translate into flavor which was quite frankly very bland. I was not impressed. With so much stuff to try out there I would not do a take 2 on this one.
07-22-2009 02:46:54 | More by DavidBart
3.78/5 rDev +13.5%
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...
08-02-2010 19:53:30 | More by mytireisfat
4/5 rDev +20.1%
Full dark Vienna Lager. Great color - dark ruby & mahogany. Intruguing aroma. Full and complex flavor with lots of roasted malts and caramelized sugar. Slightly sour finish, rich afterstaste. Obviously not designed for consummation in large volumes. Recommended!
06-08-2006 09:03:05 | More by ernie
2.4/5 rDev -27.9%
A: pours with a thick mocha head that quickly evaporates; color like root beer
S: initial smell is metallic with a faint corn syrup sweetness
T: tastes largely how it smells, but in reverse; first taste is of the sweet barley, then metal, with a weak finish of hops
M: feels very thin in the mouth; carbonation predominate character
D: I was fairly thirsty when I opened the bottle, but even after only a few sips,was already looking forward to a different beer
08-11-2009 22:02:48 | More by MeadMardigan
2.84/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
07-04-2013 03:05:08 | More by jmdrpi
3.83/5 rDev +15%
1 l PET bottle from Estonia, thanks to saintmatty
Pours dark amber with large and tan bubbly head that very slowly fades to buubly layer, downsliding lacing. Aroma is sweet bready malt, bits of roasted, caramel.
Taste is sweetish grain, caramel, very well balanced with mild bitterness that is better felt at the finish, pleasant and long lasting bittery coffee-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with not too much carbonation and smooth alcohol warming.
I never expected this beer to be so good.
07-21-2009 17:48:24 | More by atis
3.58/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-24-2011 04:45:01 | More by Bouleboubier
Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
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