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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) - Obolon Brewery

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 68
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 68
Photo of IronDjinn
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Grunewald
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy ruddy brown with a cream head.

S - malty raisin (raisin bran?), copper and caramel

T - sweet malt then a skunky transition into an astringent grape/prune finish

M - medium carbonation, thin body and semi dry finish

D - there are some nice flavors here though it would be better if it loses the macro lager skunk and mouthfeel (396 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of MeadMardigan
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 (465 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of DavidBart
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (283 characters)

Photo of atis
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.29/5  rDev +27.7%
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 (441 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
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) (465 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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). (283 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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. (716 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich red brown with a mild tan head head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma dark grain, caramel malt, metallic, and mildly sour dark fruit.

Taste is caramel maltiness, sour dark fruit, metallic, dry chocolate, with a strong musty quality.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied (294 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +19%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of geokills
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired at a JONS supermarket in Hollywood, California, the Obolon Oksamytove is presented in an eye appealing green bottle, with gold and red labeling. A "best before" box on the back label remains undated but the bottle and labels are in mint condition. Pouring a deep mahogany brown and featuring a rich 'n tan head accompanied by a dank and slightly sour smell. Upon tasting, the light-to-moderately carbonated smooth mouthfeel is appreciated alongside subtle notes of chocolate. However, as I progress through the glass a tangy bitterness builds, and there is nothing too terribly exciting about this beer that would motivate me to actively seek it or recommend it to friends. (682 characters)

Photo of sbe1
1.94/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked this up at a place called Brighton Bazaar in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (1007 Brighton Beach Ave. @ Coney Island Ave.), which is a Russian/Polish (general Eastern Euro and Baltic region) grocery store. I purchased this and two other beers that I have reviewed.

There is a field for a freshness date, but the field is blank on my bottle.

This is basically a not particularly good dark larger. The appearance is one of the best things about it--nice amber color, decent brown head, but from first looks it just goes downhill.

The smell is at best a pedestrian larger smell, nothing at all to write home about.

The taste is at first (again) merely nothing to write home about, but then comes the surprise of a musty and vaguely metallic aftertaste.

The mouth feel is like a million other dark largers.

Drinkability? Well, I'll never drink this stuff again, so draw your own conclusions from that. (906 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -35.4%
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. (2,008 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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!! (1,201 characters)

Photo of ernie
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
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! (262 characters)

Photo of scottum
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (776 characters)

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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.