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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
Ratings:
70
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
20.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 70
Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 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 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 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 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 Zraly
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of atis
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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 scottum
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of loren01
4.29/5  rDev +29.2%
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

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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 ernie
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

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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 watchnerd
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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 tvv375ia
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
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

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Photo of tjd112
4.36/5  rDev +31.3%
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 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 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 mytireisfat
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: one pint 9 oz green bottle, has place for best by date, but no date.

A: One finger white head with a tint of brown, that dissipates quick. Red color. well carbonated.

S: Sweet malt. Fruit, herbs, maybe a bit of a garden smell.

T: Same as the smell. maybe a bit bitter.

M: Medium body, well carbonated.

D: Having one of these every once and a while would be nice. but not to many...

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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 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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