Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager) | Roslyn Brewing

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Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager)Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager)
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Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager)Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager)

Brewed by:
Roslyn Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2003

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by Tupperwolf:
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a porter-brown with very little head to speak of - As much as I try to force, the beer fights back, refusing to give up head or lacing.

The smell is rich coffee and cocoa with a very light hop twinge - way, way more like a porter than I expected, and a comforting thing to smell, even from a lager.

Flavor is raw cocoa and pungent, somewhat metallic coconut milk, with just a little coffee; Hops are low, and the flavor is interesting, not very complex, and quaffable.

Smooth mouthfeel, almost completely devoid of carbonation. It suits the flavor, so an average score is awarded.

Overall - average. An interesting beer to try, and I like to support the local little guys when I can.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Not black, but very dark with a nice, lacing head.

Smell – The deeply toasted malts are present, soaked in molasses with balancing hop bitterness. There’s some deep, ripe fruit hidden in there, but mostly the burnt malt dominates.

Taste – The balancing hops come out more in the flavor. The dark toasted malt is there as well, bitter and burnt. The tinge of sweetness at the nose is mostly absent.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and thirst-quenching. Full-bodied but without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – I thought this one was overly hopped to go down as a smooth dunkel lager. It was enjoyable though, and I’d love to taste it on tap.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HugePlume
2.01/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

A- Looks OK at first glance, very dark coffee brown color. 2nd glance reveals no head and no lacing.

S- there is absolutely no nose to this beer.

T- Not much in way of taste either. Tastes like a mouthful of roasted grain-water. Husk-like aftertaste.

M- Extremely watery. Chalky residue.

O- Avoid this, a macro would be a better choice were there nothing else available. Poorly executed.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of scootpolute
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap into a Mac & Jack's cone pint [email protected] 192 Brewing (taproom), Kenmore WA

Appearance: Dark brown with nice tan lacing!

Smell: Mildly sweet in the nose with hints of charcoal, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

Taste: Silky smooth with a nice medium bodied mouth feel. After the luscious mouth feel come the flavour which is quite malty ... light acidic twang from the roasted malts, a little dark roasted coffee flavour and an underlying toasted biscuit taste are balanced with a perfect combo of hop and roasted malt bitterness. The lingering after taste is of faded burnt sugar, drying grain and a slightly warming alcohol. A wonderful yet delicate hop character helps to round this brew also.

Notes: Oh baby! There are good porters and then there are great porters ... this one goes down as a great one, no doubt!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin, but persistant tan head. Aroma of dark, lightly toasted malt, cocoa and a hint of chocolate. Flavor follows aroma with dark biscuit and toasted malt, cocoa, nuts, nicely balanced and full. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A very nice, rich dunkel lager, very robust for an ABV of 4.0! Full enough flavor to be approaching porter territory. Quite a flavor achievement for a session ale. I'll be trying Roslyn's other beer as soon as possible.

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Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BrewnZ
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a nice pint at the brewery's taproom. A very drinkable Munich dukles and much truer to style than many Northwest craft lagers. I like what these guys are doing and with some new stainless in the back it looks like they might be growing.

A: Light mahogany, very clear with nice tightly beaded head that lingers.

S: Medium-low malt aroma, that is rich and not roasty, but a little lacking. No hop aroma, clean lager notes.

T: Nice clean malt comes through as flavorful and slightly chocolatey not roasted (as per style). Low-no hop flavor with low-medium bitterness to balance the malt nicely. Finishes clean leaving you wanting another sip. Could be a bit bigger, but that may reduce drinkability.

M: Medium-light bodied, with good creamy texture that comes from long cold conditioning. The one improvement I would like to see is a bit more body.

D: A highly drinkable beer. The flavor is not so forceful as to be overwhelming, but not so minimal as to be boring. Yea, I could drink a lot of this! Well done.

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Photo of v2theRad
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of demcorhip
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My BMC brother in law picked this up for me on a trip to visit family in washington. We were enjoying brews around the fire and as was offered i had to drink this out of the 22oz bomber bottle.

Im just randomly guessing at the appearance.

Nice malty aroma, somewhat deep and complex toasty nuttiness as well as a richness hinting at dark fruits from the decoction process. Nice floral and citrusy Yakima valley hops, somewhat out of place, but very inviting nonetheless.

Nice and malty with pronounced toasted and nutty character. Some melanoidin produced or added gives an additional layer of malt complexity. Damn tasty hops, while somewhat out of place stylisticly, with very clean flavour of red grapefruit.

A solid, almost medium bodied lager. Nice and malty, yet assertive hops make their presence felt with a decent level of bitterness.

A very drinkable dark lager with an interesting west coast twist. I would have really appreciated another bomber or two of this instead of the king sized can of tecate that followed. Was a nice sessionable brew on a warm almost fall night. I'd gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome coppery amber color in the tall chalice. Clear with a nicer than average foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Very light body. A slight whiff of caramel.

Malty with some slight sweetness and not as dry as a Schwartzbier. A grainy taste with hints of scorched cereal. Some dark notes, woody, brambly, a charred bit of barley. Hops emerge from the background with some bitter pine and a modest bitter aftertaste.

Another decent entry in the Utah supermarket beer sweepstakes (4.0% max). Quite a pleasant big glassful for thirst quenching rather than savoring. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice Chocolate and roast aroma. No hops and very clean fermentation (lager) so good.

Deep brown but clear when held up to the light. Started with a big head when set in front of me but faded quickly to a very thin layer but it leaves good lacing.

Flavor is a lot of roast malt with a hint of chocolate. Hop bitterness is moderate but apparent. Aftertaste is a little base malt and more roast. Nice clean lager fermentation.

A little thin but with good lively carbonation level.

Pretty nice within its' style but not a real winner for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown hue with hints of amber. Head is a finger of frothy light-tan foam. Looks good to me.

Smell: lightly chocolatey malt aroma with some yeastiness and vegetal hops coming through as well. Not super clean, but the base character is quite nice.

Taste: lightly chocolatey character, just like in the aroma. Some of that yeasty, bready character remains. Hops are mild in intensity and noble in character, but bitterness is balanced. It's decent, but like the aroma I feel like it could be cleaned up a little.

Mouthfeel: light body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: between its characterful flavor and low ABV, this is a serious session beer. I liken it very much to an English dark mild ale.

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Photo of bodybyadam
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried in a 6oz pilsner sampler for better or worse. The result was an alright very dark appearing like a porter with a ¼” head.
Nose- had a nice nutty aroma.
Taste- a woody taste, probably the roasted hop, that later gave a charcoal flavor.
Mouthfeel- was smooth
I would say this is drinkable but the woody, charcoal flavor needs to be complimented with the right food pairing.

Elbows Up,

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Photo of tozerm
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried it on tap at the brewery. Definitely a nice, fresh keg. I love the subtle hint of chocolate in this darker lager. It's bold without being overly malty or hoppy. Rich is a very appropriate word to describe this beer. Viscous mouthfeel with a nice, medium creamy head. This is an excellent beer with a nice pot roast with the little tiny roasted onions and potatoes. Also good with dessert.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at a local grocer. Hadn't heard of Roslyn before it; interesting that this was their flagship.

Looks great - a big mug of cola-colored lager.

Not much happening in the nose - some toasty malts but otherwise a balanced aroma.

It's flavor starts somewhat toasty-malt but quickly crosses over into a dark chocolate, probably in conjunction with Noble hops.

There's a little bit of a lingering stickiness which isn't may favorite yet not a deal breaker.

This is a good Dunkel, a style I rarely have a hankering for, for what it's worth.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes thanks from my brother.

A- Dark cherry read with a very thin creamy head.

S- The smell of smoky roasted malts. Caramel and fruits.

T- Didn't see the coffee coming, but its there. The malts are toasty roasty. The coffee in the aftertaste is slightly bitter but in a good way.

M- Good mouthfeel, slightly oily and thick, yet it works.

D- Very easy to drink, almost too easy.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served by the bomber at the cafe across from the brewery, this is decent dunkel with all the right malty notes to make it extremely food friendly. Pours a Mahogany colour with a thick head,the nose is malty and smells of toffee. The finish is solid with a roasty smooth mouthfeel. These guys make few styles but it seems they have a good grasp on what makes a good beer. Hope they expand and make their beers more widely distributed.

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Photo of sockeye101
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I may just not be a fan of this style of beer, but I was not overly impressed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was expecting a little bit more. I found this beer at a fruit/vegetable stand off of I-90 in eastern Washington and figured I'd give it a shot. The color reminded me of a Coke, dark with hues of red/amber shining through. There was very little head and lacing was minimal. The aroma was pleasant, light and floral. Flavors of bitterness up front, small hints of nutty tones and a slight burnt flavor as well. The combinations of flavors just didn't do it for me, again it may be the style, or it may be this brew. The mouthfeel was light, crisp and dry. I would definitely drink another if given the chance, but I'd look elsewhere if I had a choice. Overall, not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of MikeH210
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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