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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) - Obolon Brewery

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77
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.77%
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 Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Rudgers73, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Blakaeris, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

bashiba, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Amalak, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of geokills
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

geokills, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of sbe1
1.9/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

sbe1, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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!!

wl0307, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of ernie
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

ernie, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of scottum
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

scottum, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Globetrotter, Oct 19, 2003
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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
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