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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004)
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Reviews by Gattopardo:
Photo of Gattopardo
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had intended to try this Turkish beer while in Istanbul a few months ago as I had tasted the passable Efes Pilsener and was told the dark version was superior, yet I never quite got around to sampling it. I suspect the omission was due to the ready availability of cheap and tasty Rakı, the Turkish national liquor, though I hesitate to theorize. Recently, I found it at a Turkish grocery store in my neighborhood in Queens and decided to purchase a bottle.

The brew has a rich, dark color a bit like dark chocolate and lots of visible carbonation. A decent head dissipated quickly. The aroma is malty and a bit floral. I can’t say much for the taste; the malty sweetness hits immediatly, followed by the bitterness of hops. It could use a lot more complexity, balance, and flavor besides simple sweet and bitter, and it feels rather thin in the mouth. I wouldn’t necessarily say I like it better than Efes Pilsener, which I think is an honest Pils. I freqently find that baseline indigenous beers like this one find their place mated with regional food (like Indian lagers with spicy curries), so I drank the Efes Dark with a selection of Turkish vegetable appetizers and flat bread (again from the Turkish store, natch). The pairing didn’t yield the greatest results, but perhaps one would have better luck drinking it with something more meat-based like a good spicy kebab. To anyone who would choose to go this route, I would only say: Afiyet olsun!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the malt with some toffee and a little bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is equally malty. I get some cocoa and toasted malt, as well as some toffee and a little bit of grass. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Twist cap 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Just purchased but way past best by date stamped on back. With a clear bottle, this doesn't bode well. The slightly skunky aroma and moderately skunky flavor confirm that the beer is not at its best. I try to compensate for this in my evaluation.

Pours clear, dark, red-brown with a thin, weak head.

Aroma: toffee; medium roast malts; not bad.

Flavor: skunky but with an appealing

Feel: smooth; medium-light body.

O: Looking past the aging effects I see a solid dunkel worth revisiting.

Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, 6.1% ABV, with a nasty-looking, I'm gonna say, ocelot, poised to strike on the label.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish cola hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which settles at pace, leaving a decent layered wall of lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted, grainy, and bready malt, a touch of toffee, some general black fruitiness, over-steeped tea, a metallic flintiness, and some soft weedy, dead floral hops. The taste is more sweet bready malt, mild bittersweet chocolate, a bit of oily nuttiness, middling, somewhat sour dark fruit - in the form of children's cough syrup - some persistent wet steeliness, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, in a thinly frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight, a bit watery, and yet generally smooth. It finishes still mostly sweet, but tempered well enough by an adequate drying alcohol and toasted grainy malt offset.

A surprisingly quaffable, if not particularly memorable strong-ish dark lager, reminiscent at times of a low-grade dunkel. On the sweet side overall, but balanced to the point where my palate essentially just doesn't give a flying fuck, despite what my brain is telling it.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cola dark brown with a prodigious three finger khaki head of rocky and pitted foam. Lots of really nice sticky lace is left on the glass. This is clear and dark nut-brown...the color of chestnut wood varnish. Head retention is nice; it stays at a good 1/2 inch cap for the duration.

S - Musty, mineral laden, and funky. Like a dirty nickle soaked in Heineken. This smells like a beer bottle cap off of a brown ale. definitely has that cheapo Euro dark lager note.

T - Slightly tangy notes over a slightly nutty and roasted base. Nowhere near as bad I I expected from the nose. Light maple syrup and almond.

M - Light, semi-dry, and lightly carbonated but prickly on the tongue. Seems far too thin for the relatively high ABV.

D - Pretty much average. Good? No. But it's not bad either. Bland I would call it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Efes dark pours a clear, ruby-accented, very dark mahogany body beneath a short head of frothy tan foam. The head retention is limited, and it only leaves minor lacing about the glass.
The nose offers a welcoming combination of caramel-soaked malt and floral hops. Once its smooth, medium body has crossed the lips, its lightly fruity and superbly caramelish, cocoa-ish, and lightly cola-like flavor appears and widens as it warms. A firm bitterness becomes apparent, and its floral and spicy hop flavors appear in the finish along with some lingering, residual bittersweet chocolate. As you progress through the glass, its alcohol starts to show, but it never becomes more than an attractive, additional asset to the beer. It's not real complex, or even that rich, but it is a very nicely done dark beer with an interesting maltiness. Kudos!

Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a can of this beer that I shared with others at a beer tasting. I borought this back from Turkey. The can is quite cool...black with a red panther. The appearance was a darker amber, almost a caramel color. Decent carbonation lent to a nice head that did not lace. There really was nothing on the nose....perhaps some malt, but that was it. The taste did have some malt and sweetness to it, but mostly grain. This beer wasn't too bad, but I probably just pefer to drink the standard Efes.

Photo of awesomo
3.72/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A thin head on a brown colored body.
The aroma had a hint of roasted malt and a lot of dry grain.
The taste starts okay with a little roasted malt and then descends into super malty sweet hell.
The texture was sticky with moderate carbonation.
Stay away until it's the only game in town... then find another town.

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, brown in hue with some influences of red and black; beige foam, at the apex the bubbles were merely a half finger tall. Head retention was unimpressive, the foam collapsed to a soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was spotty and not all that widespread. Overall, the appearance is fair.

The nose was faintly skunky, moronic clear bottles. I smell roasted walnuts soaked in cola spiked with caramel. Honestly, this doesn’t smell very beery to me. No true maltiness, no clear hoppiness, no real alcohol aroma either… is this some kind of Malta Goya of Turkey? At least the nose makes me curious to take a sip. Here I go…

The palate isn’t too bad. Caramel, cola, nuts with a trace of dark fruits, hints of earth, and smattering of flowers. Hell, this is a very good Euro Dark Lager. Okay, maybe it is a tad boring and “flat” tasting. There isn’t much going on. It does taste good but it isn’t very balanced. Some sort of bitterness would be nice, maybe some alcohol too. 6.5% abv, fooled me. This is the Malta Goya of Turkey.

Medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is fairly filling but a tad sluggish. Long, sweet cola-nutty aftertaste… it is nice actually.

I found it surprisingly drinkable considering the sweetness, lack of carbonation, and the lack of balance. To me this is sort of a dessert lager. Who would have thought that? Not me. Even though I thought this beer was kind of interesting I don’t really think I’d go back to it. It was worth trying… once. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA as part of a mix six-pack.

Photo of Backer2004
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in my final selections from the Beer of the Month club. Not too sure it's been off the shelf, but it did not taste fresh. it did pour a great head and nice lacing with decent carbonation. No accents of caramel or chocolate that is mentioned with the accompanied newsletter. A bit on the hoppy side. Served at a nice temperature and the alcohol is slightly noticeable. Cool to try a Turkish beer.

Photo of dgallina
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark and somewhat clear brown with chestnut highlights. Small fragile white head which quickly resolves into an insignificant film and slight lace. Smells quite sweet; predominantly grainy and bready, with toasted malts in the background and light hop aromatics. Very weak initial flavor, but develops some roasted bitter coffee malts with a nice sharp and drying hop finish. Light and well-carbonated in the mouth. Clean and easy to drink. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of DKHNOVA
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Trent
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Cafe Istanbul in Dublin, OH (where else to drink a Turkish brew than in a town named Dublin, eh?).

Pours a dark yet opaque, alluding to a crisp taste. The little amount of foam that develops quickly disperses, leaving only a white foam ring around the perimeter.

The smell is mild, but has hints of malt.

The taste is surprising. Expecting a dull or bitter flavor, so the flavor of sweetness, malts, caramel and chocolate surprise and delight the senses. No one aspect stands above the rest.
Carbonation helps keep the taste profile light and crisp. A very refreshing beer for an arid climate.

Overall: Good brew, especially if you are looking to try offerings from around the globe. Put this Turkish beer on your list.

Photo of tjd112
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Black with slightly off-white head, very cola-like

Smell/Taste - A lot like a Schwartzbier, with very toasty malts and faint hops, a little bit of smokiness as well

Mouthfeel - Medium, with a dry finish

Drinkability - Average

Overall - A respectable entry out of Turkey, but nothing I'd go out of the way for.

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, toffee. Taste is good, malts, smoke, some caramel, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Photo of iloveanarchy
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of shamrok
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ebrupessoa
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of TLove
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Brickskeller a few days ago and it brought me back to the first time I tried this in Istanbul two years ago in a bar in the small neighborhood of Galatasaray Lisesi near Beyoglu. It was better than the regular Efes and mildly more drinkable, but the smell and first few sips were crisp and went down really well.

After a while, the beer gets a bit generic, perhaps even a little sloppy, with a musty head and grainy body. Pours a solid brown with no special features. The mouthfeel is more comforting, with a little bit of spice and a little bit of cocoa and a whole lot more of porter feel than a typical knockoff dark. All in all, though, because of its crispness, it is quite refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.