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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) - Obolon Brewery

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 01-30-2007)
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Photo of tjd112
4.4/5  rDev +32.9%
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 loren01
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bubbly dark amber color, small head, slight bit of lace down the glass
S: Smell is sweet and malty little bit of apple sourness
T: Sweet and malty tasting brew, i can taste a sligh bit of apple or pear flavor in there as well
M: Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and overcarbonated
D: Really a pretty good tasting beer, could be a little bit overcarbonated leading to a somewhat harsh moutfeel but overall pretty darn tasty in my opinion

Photo of Zraly
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
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 tvv375ia
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
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 Amalak
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ernie
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of cgise22
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent malty dark lager with a mid to dark colour and a good head. The nose is subtle but grows as the beer warms.The beer is smooth drinking with a nice malty finish. Not the hugest body of a dark lager but food friendly and well balanced. I prefer the pils but would buy this again.

Photo of scottum
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red brown with a short lived bubbbly tan head. There is a very pleasing malty chew to start things off, followed by some nice hop balance. Not sweet and a good mouthfeel means I enjoy this brew. Tastes keeps with the front of the mouth long after a sip making mouth want more. A decent beer; I'd drink another.

Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mytireisfat
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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 watchnerd
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Dark color colored with a beige, decent head that quickly dissipated, leaving a fair amount of jagged lacing.

S - All caramel and alcohol esters.

T - Strongly dominated by caramel, malt and coffee flavors. A tiny tiny bit of hoppy bitterness, but not much. Well balanced overall, though.

M - Light and bubbly like a dark lager should be.

D - Pretty drinkable for the first 500 ml, but with the strong caramel and toffee/coffee notes, food pairing is narrow, working best with smokey foods like barbecue or chocolate cake.

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of MechMessiah
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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 mrfrancis
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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 yesyouam
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obolon Oksamytove is a very sparkling, dark red-brown lager with a soft, dense, mocha-colored head. It leaves nice lacing. The aroma is sweet, like caramel, and there almost seems to be a hint of coconut about it. It is medium-light bodied and reasonably smooth. The finish is slightly alkaline. It is sweet and slightly resiny with no bitterness, save a little instant coffee kick at the finish. It is very mellow and chuggable. I'm impressed.
(rated Oct 11, 2008)

Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a reddish/orange tinge to it. A small head drops to a slight ring.
Smell is sweet malt, vanilla, light smoke, wheat.
Taste is malt, wheat, hops, caramel.
Medium effervescence was a bit more than expected. Medium body. Good beer but not great (it ain't no Aventinus).

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Criscoh88
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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 wl0307
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a Baltic food shop in SE London. The front label has the English translation instead of the original name in Ukrainian: "Deep Velvet" it is. 5.3%abv., BB 16/06/2007, served chilled in a pint glass.

A: mahogany to reddish brown, coming with a phenomenal rocky and frothy beige hill, that sustains extremely well and gradually settles to a 0.5cm layer staying throughout the drink. Very lively carbonation stays underneath.
S: upfront there're plenty of boiled Chinese red beans, red date jam and a touch of raisins, burned sugary sweetness of amber malts, on top of a mild touch of ashy smell coming from the thick foam. Quite pleasant.
T: plenty of burned sugary maltiness upfront, smoothly-textured... more caramely sweetness as of Munich Dunkel and an oaty taste like Chinese red-bean paste gradually prevail, backed by a delicately sour touch of lager malts on a par with mildly bitter-sweet hoppyness manifesting in the very end.
M&D: unlike the fiercely fizzy outlook, the mouthfeel is really very smooth, standing up to the beer's name. All's well, very enjoyable, but the flavour profile is slightly too simplistic to make it a real impressive beer. Still, well worth a try!!

Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.