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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) - Obolon Brewery

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

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.72/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reddish tawny with orange peel edges. The head is at least four fingers after a spirited pour and is a wonderful shade of golden beige. I like its texture, its persistence, its lace generating powers... hell, I like everything about it. Here's hoping the appearance isn't the highlight of this experience.

Obolon products have a distinctive smell. Unfortunately, it isn't a good smell. Deep Velvet is brown malty and doesn't otherwise resemble good beer. I can't quite put my finger on the offending aromas. Metallic, stale and musty will have to do. The small gold box below the words 'best before end' is empty, but I have to believe this is a reasonably fresh bottle.

I'm still not impressed since the flavor follows the nose step for step. My first thought is cigarette ashes mixed with chocolate. It isn't nearly that bad, but that's the general direction things take on the palate. How in the world can four simple ingredients (presumably) taste like this?

Several more mouthfuls reveal the essential beerness beneath the nastiness and it's easy to see the direction the brewers were headed. Oksamytove is more bitter and dry than it is sticky sweet, a welcome change from most poor quality dark beer from Eastern Europe. The six gold medals and one silver medal that are depicted on the label have to be a joke. I'm not laughing.

I never expected it to be, not for a minute, but the mouthfeel is nowhere close to deep velvet. It isn't quite as off-putting as the rest of the beer's attributes (appearance excepted) and therefore deserves a slightly higher score.

Call me naive, but I actually thought Oksamytove had a chance to be the best Obolon beer of them all. Maybe it was the impressive label, maybe it was the intriguing 'Deep Velvet', who knows? I suspected that I was mistaken on the pour because I smelled what was entering my pint glass. These guys need to go back to the drawing board. Better yet, they need to close down and save the taste buds of a few million Ukrainians.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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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!!

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Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.57/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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).

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev +10%
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)

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Photo of SLeffler27
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one puts up a big, rocky head, almond in color that drops quickly leaving no lace over a clear, reddish-brown lager.

The aroma is slightly off, skunky and grainy, with a hint of plum in the background.

This bottle is clearly off, but only just. Obolon is well-balanced, possibly tilted toward the malts. There is no real finish, and the flavor is just slightly more full than the typical popular lagers.

This is a thin-bodied beer with a watery texture, light carbonation, and no trace of alcohol.

Sure, one can drink a bunch of these, but why? I'm not sure I'll finish the rest of this bottle, and I would question if it was brewed with reactor water from Chernobyl, but then that was a graphite cooled plant. I will be looking for a more appealing offering from the Ukraine.

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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
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