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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet) | Obolon Brewery

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Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet)Obolon Oksamytove (Deep Velvet)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Obolon Brewery
Ukraine
obolon.ua

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 10-19-2003

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#42,228
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
72
pDev:
16.92%
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent malty dark lager with a mid to dark colour and a good head. The nose is subtle but grows as the beer warms.The beer is smooth drinking with a nice malty finish. Not the hugest body of a dark lager but food friendly and well balanced. I prefer the pils but would buy this again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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).

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Photo of Dentist666
3.31/5  rDev 0%
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 misternebbie
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Oidmoe
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IronDjinn
3.11/5  rDev -6%
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 MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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 thekevlarkid
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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 bashiba
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
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 Globetrotter
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev +10%
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 NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dwoolley1
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blakaeris
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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 BamfBacon
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Zraly
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
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 Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +1.5%
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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