Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery
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Reviews by Shadman:
3.85/5 rDev +25.8%
From the aft-forementioned 'beers of the world' section of a local 'Hat liquor store. Asked the cashier if anyone had tried this beer..."no sir, you are the first". Alrighty then...
Marketed as a dark beer and in appearance it lives up to that billing as it was a very rich, cherry-hued brown. Managed a 2.5 finger head that was tan, bubbly, and receded somewhat quickly to a ring. Minimal lacing for you lacing fans out there.
Caramel malt is one of the ingredients and lo-and-behold you can easily pick that up in the aroma. Almost a sweet raisin smell with the floral hop was also noted.
Certainly has a strong malt backbone with the caramel malt taking it's rightful place in the lead with some nice hop providing interest in the background. A hint of metallicness keeps me from scoring it higher. Great malt aftertaste with a hint of choclate and raisins.
Smoother than I would have guessed given the ABV...fairly light in body, maybe a touch on the watery side..still very smooth and easy drinking here.
Will have to tell the cashier Lady to keep stocking this one.
05-31-2007 02:13:39 | More by Shadman
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 doesnt 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 isnt 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 isnt much going on. It does taste good but it isnt 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 dont really think Id 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.