Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager) | Roslyn Brewing

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2003

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark brown with a good amount of brown bubbles

S: Nose is pretty non existent. I did manage to find a light trace of cocoa

T: Taste is a hint of ococa, perhaps coffee but nothing much on this one.

M: Body is way to thin, watery

D: I would say this beer is not one I would recommend and needs more body to be complete, tasty

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of RoyalT
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +12%
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 RedDiamond
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’m not a particularly enthusiastic fan of schwartzbiers though I suppose if the right one shows up, I might come around. Roslyn Beer has a molasses aroma and a thin, red-walnut body with a slight chalkiness. The black patent taste comes across as a bit charred and coal-like – too much so for my tastes though the flavor is not overly assertive. It’s a bit like burnt cola with a particularly smoky finish akin to smoldering ash.

It’s good to see a local brewer make the effort at brewing a black lager but the taste is just too acrid for casual appreciation.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle purchased at the Super 1 in Ellensburg on the same day I tried it on-tap at The Brick. It was far too crowded and smoky to make an even halfway decent attempt at reviewing it from that example.

This poured what appeared to be a very dark brown, with a big, tan head. When held up to the light, it took on a deep garnet color. The head stuck around a while. Lots of lace.

The smell was mostly roasty malt, with a little bit of a grassy hop note. I don't know the style well enough to know if it was correct or not. To me it smelled alright, but was nothing fantastic.

The taste was pretty much like the smell: Moderately roasty malts,and a dry hoppiness that does nothing more than provide balance. There's also a mild sweetness that the hops keep from getting out of hand.

This is a somewhat medium bodied lager. Moderately carbonated, it's not a fizzy lager at all.

This is an okay beer, and would be a decent session beer. It's not terribly exciting, however. I wouldn't drive miles and miles out of my way for it. But if you happen to find yourself where it's sold, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RJLarse
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Roslyn beer while vacationing in the area. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color and is slightly hazy. Many bubbles can be seen rising in the beer. A creamy light beige head forms, and has good retention qualities.

The smell is fairly strong, sharp and distinctive. There is a bit of dairy aroma, like ice cream.

The taste is also sharp, a sweet stinging charcoal flavor, with a bitter finish. The beer has a cola quality to it.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a bit acerbic. There is a cloying feel left behind.

Average drinkability on this one. The aroma and flavor are too imposing for this brew to be sessionable.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark brown with little head and not much lace. Smell of roasted malts light molassas and caramel. Taste has a roasted smokiness with just enough balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A little to roasty in the malts for my taste, but overall not to bad.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dshansen1184
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dnichols
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was served a pint from the tap at the Brick in Roslyn, Washington on a Sunday night after attending a Seattle Seahawk victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

A: It poured a dark dark brown with orange tint body and a modest one finger head that supported a very thin lacing.

S: There was a distinct aroma of sweet roasted malts, ripe dark fruits, and floral hops.

T: The flavor of the toasted malts was muted but noticable. there was a semi-bitter back side but overall the hops provided a zip that balanced the malts and made for a nice refreshing lager.

M: It was light bodied (almost thin and watery) with a barely there sweet front and a clean and refreshing finish.

D: It was refreshing and easy to drink. The low ABV, light body and balance make it a good session brew. It would benefit from a stronger malt profile but overall it is a decent beer for a long night playing pool in a small town bar.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +12%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of demcorhip
3.82/5  rDev +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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of CWVegas
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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