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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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72
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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Turkey

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Turkish whales. After spending a month in Turkey, not once did I come across this illusive, monster rarity. Cheers to Doopie for promising unheard of deeds to his sleazy mate if he could schmooze it up with some corrupt bar keeper in order to get a bottle of this to go while on some lame cruise in the south of Turkey. This is a tick ten years in the making.

From a bottle into a pils glass
Best before 20 May 2014
6.1% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Slowly fades to a solid creamy cap and coats the sides of the glass. Clear burgundy or maroon brown in color with medium levels of carbonation. Full wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: Dark bread, light plumbs and raisins with some grainy notes, touches of honey and some floral hops as well. A little mild, but alright.

TASTE: Dark bread again, touches of raisins and dark grapes, with some honey sweetness at the swallow. Milder flavors up front get better after the swallow, with a bolder and more lingering finish of dark fruit, dark, grainy bread, some honey sweetness, caramel sweetness and a nice dose of flora, hop bitterness as balance.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A touch watery on the palate, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes crisp and dry. A touch of bitterness lingers. Not as nice as the regular pilsner.

OVERALL: This Turkish whale definitely lives up the the (lack of) hype. A solid dark lager for sure. People will give it a rough time as this style is not as well appreciated as others, but it's definitely a good example of the style, and something I would have appreciated seeing more often, or at least 'at all,' while I was in Turkey. Thanks for sending your sketchy buddy to do all the dirty work on this one Doops. Well worth it!

02-27-2014 15:12:31 | More by Jeffo
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Mora2000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

07-04-2011 03:52:16 | More by Mora2000
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

02-15-2014 01:38:04 | More by chinchill
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Keegan

Germany

4/5  rDev +30.7%

06-28-2012 19:45:58 | More by Keegan
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2%

12-18-2012 01:24:10 | More by stereosforgeeks
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

04-14-2011 04:45:40 | More by biboergosum
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

11-22-2008 19:31:42 | More by pmcadamis
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +33.3%

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!

08-06-2005 12:24:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

07-24-2011 12:57:52 | More by WoodBrew
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-19-2013 21:21:21 | More by Ciocanelu
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.3/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

06-13-2013 00:45:41 | More by Fatehunter
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.3/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

12-08-2006 20:00:05 | More by bditty187
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

02-01-2005 02:27:02 | More by Backer2004
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dgallina

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

01-31-2005 02:01:45 | More by dgallina
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ImperatorScab

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

07-17-2013 00:44:06 | More by ImperatorScab
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DKHNOVA

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

09-17-2013 15:46:00 | More by DKHNOVA
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Trent

Michigan

3.41/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

06-14-2014 18:19:27 | More by Trent
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tjd112

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

06-21-2010 20:06:34 | More by tjd112
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +25.8%

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.

03-15-2012 13:14:29 | More by tone77
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shamrok

Germany

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

06-09-2013 00:18:46 | More by shamrok
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ebrupessoa

Turkey

4/5  rDev +30.7%

08-02-2014 20:32:19 | More by ebrupessoa
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

12-17-2008 04:57:30 | More by TLove
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -2%

06-13-2012 13:45:59 | More by LJWalker
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TexIndy

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Got in BOMC shipment. Poured from a 33cl clear glass bottle (strike one) into a pint glass. Best by date of 12/10 on back label. Was a dark reddish brown color with slight carb streams. Looks like a flat Coke. It had a barely there head that never covered more than 1/3rd of the surface. Just the barest hint of lacing.

The aroma was sweet malt, caramel and diacetyl. No hops. Normal for these Euro lagers but not much there. The taste followed the aroma with it being a pure malt show. A bit watery tasting. Mouthfeel was light with watery feel. Very little carbonation.

Overall, a weak lager that just didn't have many redeeming qualities. Standard bland macro. Not available here in TX (though we do get the Efes Pilsener which I have at Cafe Istanbul as it's best option there). Got in BOMC. Rotation - liked the Pilsener so wanted to try this one. It's on the menu there but they never have it and can't explain why on the menu. Glad I got to try it finally but one is enough. [N;N]

05-24-2010 01:29:31 | More by TexIndy
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theopholis

California

2.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance- Pours a very dark burgundy/lack. Looks like Coca Cola until held up to the lights. Then it is a dark ruby color. Head is off-white and has some staying power.

Aroma- Mostly roasted malts. Takes on a coffee nose as it warms.

Taste- Very smooth; but not much taste. Mostly, roasted malts with some bittering hops. Odd puckering in the after-taste. Not great, but not bad.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth. Medium body. Carbonation is good accent on flavor.

Drinkability- Not bad. Not great.

04-06-2007 15:09:07 | More by theopholis
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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
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