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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) - Obolon Brewery

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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
Brewed by:
Obolon Brewery visit their website
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 PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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).

PorterLambic, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

paulish, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Sludgeman, Friday at 03:48 AM
Photo of MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

MacStinson, May 01, 2013
Photo of yesyouam
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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)

yesyouam, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Bouleboubier, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

SLeffler27, Jul 26, 2009
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 NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +13%

NightINgale, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" head which pretty quickly dissipated to 1/8". Dark in color but with a reddish tint when held to the light, no wonder they call it velvet. Smell and taste of barley malt and rye. A very mild beer, easy to drink, in fact the mildness is a surprise considering the darkness. There's also a zingy acidity which is refreshing. Very drinkable. Not a whole lot above a good pilsner but still a fine beer I'd enjoy any time.

MoreThanWine, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a red ruby brown color leaving a quickly dissapating head. Smell of mellow malts and hops. Taste of lightly roasted malts with a balanced mellow hop that finishes clean and slightly dry. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Nothing complex, just an easy drinker.

Bookseeb, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

atis, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Shadman
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came into this review with low expectations given the country of origin.

Has the look of a munich down. Nice amber brown, good tan head and lacing.

Raisin sweetness, sweet breads. Not offensive by any means.

Sweet raisin malts with the light toasted munich
Malts. Chalky dry finish. Bit to sweet and cloying to move up a notch

Decent feel. Tends to flatten out after a short time.

Not bad. As a decendant of Uke immigrants, I'm somewhat relieved it doesn't suck

Shadman, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BamfBacon
2/5  rDev -39.8%

BamfBacon, Apr 22, 2013
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 loren01
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
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

loren01, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Zraly
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Zraly, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Dentist666
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with maltose treacle.
Pours clear copper-brown beer with moderate tan head, leaving some laces. Smell of caramel malts and dark fruits. Good taste of caramel malts, slightly smoky and roasted, chocolate and fruits. Medium-bodied beerwith high carbonation. Pleasant, but not so well-balanced beer.

Dentist666, Mar 29, 2012
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 BILF
2/5  rDev -39.8%

BILF, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of mlazzaro
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle.
Deep amber color. Great clarity. Khaki tinted white head. Holds just so-so at first and then depletes to nothing. Appears to have no sediment, most likely filtered. Average carbonation. Smells of clean lager yeast, mixed with some caramel malty tones. Smells well fermented.

Tastes of toast, caramel malt, a bit of roasty maybe. Light sweet adjunct flavor happening... Smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation gives a pleasant bite/acidity. Not huge off flavors. After taste is dark malt and slightly sweet. Bitterness and hop presence are minimal but suiting. Pretty good, nothing crazy awesome.

mlazzaro, May 19, 2012
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 tvv375ia
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
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

tvv375ia, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of tjd112
4.4/5  rDev +32.5%
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

tjd112, Aug 16, 2010
Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.