DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 11, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.29 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) Hmm, after drinking several imported German dunkels, Roslyn Beer is a huge dropoff in terms of malty flavor and pure enjoyment. If you like your dark beers clean, crisp, lightly malty, and somewhat hoppy, then this is a good beer for you. Personaly, I don’t, so this beer stumbles right out of the gate, causing me to immediately wrinkle my nose. Dark, lightly roasty malts are certainly present, but this beer clearly lack any punch. The beer is minimally sweet and somewhat hoppy and bitter. There is also a bit of sourness in the background, and maybe that’s what’s turning me off more than anything. Well, that and the fact that the body is on the watery side, somewhere in the light-medium range. The palate is dry, crisp, clean and well carbonated. Light roast and modest sourness present a mediocre aroma. Dark brown color is pushing into mahogany range. Unfortunately, despite the normal carbonation release when opening the bottle, the beer was barely able to muster a filmy layer during the pour, quickly subsiding to a very tiny ring and of course leaving no lacing on the glass. Basically just a hoppy, lightly roasty lager, so this beer totally fails to grab me.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany appearance. Chocolaty fruity aroma. Fairly distinctive cocoa/chocolaty flavor almost as strong as a porter albeit in its lighter lager body. Pretty tastey in a style I usually don’t care for too much.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from DA. Rich, deep brown colore with bits of red. Moderate tan head leaves great lacing. Nicely roasty in aroma. Light in body. Clean, roasted malt flavors with nut and coffee being dominant. A bit drying?? Decent.
Crit (3642) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Fest:Brown, beige head. Nothing much here the antiseptic taste is all that is noticeable
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy dark amber-brown appearance. Light crystal malt aroma with some fruitiness. Fairly light flavour profile - maybe some cocoa accents. Mild, sweetish finish. Despite its lightness, it’s a fairly successful beer due to smooth palate and rounded flavours.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Dark brown color, tan head, some lacing. Nose of light chalky roast with some tart fruit. The flavor is mellow in richness, almost like a dunkel with no body. I’ve had better. Thanks Josh!
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe I just can’t appreciate a lager properly but I was disappointed. As far as lagers go I enjoyed this more than most but I still felt that there was a lack of complexity I could just not get over. It was very crisp and clean and did avoid some of things that most lagers don’t as far as flavor goes. Whan I lived in MN and had yet to be exposed to craft brews I would have raved about this but what can I say I’ve been spoiled since.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is totally standard for the style. Fairly drinkable, slightly bitter, some smokiness, just very by-the-book. One good aspect this beer has is the complete lack of a generic lager bite, making it very drinkable, just nothing to write home about.
lumberbroker (4) - Kalispell, Montana, UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS - DEC 14, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a true handcrafted beer, that every person who does not drink dark beer....should drink.
I really enjoyed this.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Medium sized tannish head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and toffee. A medium bodied dark lager. Malts are roasty, chocolately and fruity. Hops are slightly grapefruity. Nicely balanced. Lighter mouthfeel, but it has a lot of roasty maltyness to it. Nice beer. Simple, yet unassuming. Nice flavors. Mouthfeel is light. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and toasty.