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Brewed by:
Obolon Brewery
Ukraine | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 10-19-2003

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48
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70
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
20.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 70
Photo of sbe1
1.94/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
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 SLeffler27
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
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 MeadMardigan
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
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 thekevlarkid
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
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 emerge077
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
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 jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
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 geokills
2.89/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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 IronDjinn
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.12/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of DavidBart
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a ruby colored gem. Taste, alas, is not as powerful. Nothing particularly stands out - flavor wise in this beer, but it tastes ok and I noticed no bad aftertaste. It would probably be fabulous at a restaurant in the Ukraine listening to the local music.

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Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Sludgeman
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Grunewald
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Blakaeris
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Dentist666
3.31/5  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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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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