Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet)
Obolon Brewery

Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet)Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet)
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Style:
European Dark Lager
Ranked #88
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
77
Ranked #45,087
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 16.37%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
76
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Obolon Brewery
 
Ukraine
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Year-round
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 76
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4/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
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 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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
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 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.

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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.

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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)

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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 tjd112
4.36/5  rDev +29.8%
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

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Photo of wordemupg
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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 NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some sweetness.Taste is of roasted malts, some caramel sweetness, a bit of dark fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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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

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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.

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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) from Obolon Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 76 ratings