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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 181
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 181
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Efes Dark has a thick, cream-colored head, a dark brown, tea color, and some decent lacing left down the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, brown bread, and there’s a little hop spice in the nose upon a deep inhalation. The flavor is similar, with lots sugar, some coffee, and a relatively strong alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and Efes Dark finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT (494 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +33%
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! (844 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.02/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first brew from Turkey. Very nice one at that. I was expecting something skunky and wimpy. Instead, I got a nice dark lager, with a dark malty backbone. Had a nice amount of alcohol in the brew, but was hardly detectable. A bit chocolatey up front and clean afterwards. Very nice brew, it's dark and it's light. What more could you want? I can't think of any. (371 characters)

Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm head with light lacing. The appearance is dark brown amber. The aroma is of toasted malts and a bit of spicy hop. The taste is similar to German schwartzbier with darkly toasted hops in the forground and significant hop bitterness. It has the light body of a lager and a clean finish.

This is a very refreshing, tasty, and drinkable dark lager, as good as any other European dark lager I've tried. (440 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. The label says 6.1% ABV rather than the above-listed 6.5%.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a hazeless body and two fingers of creamy tan foam. A good looking beer!

Smell: malty, slightly sweet caramel and roasty aroma. There's also a nice graininess to it; sometimes the grain can be annoying, but I find in this beer it works quite well. It reminds me of brewing grains right at dough-in.

Taste: mild and slightly sweet malt flavor. Roasted malts bring in a touch of chocolate and a hint of astringency at the end. Overall, this is an exceptionally clean beer with an enticing and fulfilling flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a damn fine level of creaminess, especially for the style. Capital!

Overall: I don't know why this beer doesn't get more love. I'm finding it very satisfying and tasty. (884 characters)

Photo of wholesaler
3.96/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Reading the review of others, I was surprised that no one called out the distinct molasses aroma. My glass has been empty for quite a while and I can still detect it. Also, it seems that the ratings are low because the reviewers expected this beer to be something it is not. It is actually a fine representation of a dark, malty lager. This is a very enjoyable beverage. Give this beer a try, ignoring the pseudo-intellectual critics who have complained. (454 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.9/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turkish label: 6.5%, described as a "strong dark beer". There's a glaring red cougar on the label.

The beer pours very still into the glass; there's nice tan head which surprised me for its lack of carbonation. The smell is a rich, sweet molassas.

The taste is a fruity coffee, with sweet molassas and apples. There's also some caramel, a little nutty...maybe snickers? The taste is heavy and full, non-aggressive without the carbonation.

Despite it's heaviness, I could drink several. It's memorable, far better than the pilsener. (540 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark mohogany with a thin head that disapears into a few stray bubbles. the aroma is clean, a little sweet, hint ofchocolate. the flavor is prune, malty, chocolate, spicy, hint of hopsack, little peppery in the finish. the mouthfeel is a little thick, i did not like that, it had the consisticy of a big stout or barleywine. great beer for a cold night. (361 characters)

Photo of burri
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the drink is orangy yellow with quick lining formed at the top gives it a unique glistening look
smell is not much flavoured. smells of citrus and alcohol
tastes dry. alcohol not really hidden. Just so you know what you're getting. There's the taste of vodka that it's been mixed with
mouthfull is heavy, and it fills your whole mouth giving you a dry taste, however i liked it in this one because it wasn't very sour. (418 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selection of beer of the month club. poured a deep brown, reddish highlites noted, with foamy tannish head. Smell is of roasted malt and sweet caramel. taste is smooth and a mixture of malt and caramel. Finishes with a dry coffee bitterness. a Decent brew. (256 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that this is available in BC in a can ,I gave it a try. Not a bad dark lager with a nice caramel note to the finish on par with many of the Euro dark lagers. I like the full mouthfeel and the slightly nutty nose. It is also very food friendly which makes it a good BBQ beer. I will be picking up some cans of this for the Summer as it is hard to find decent darker lagers in cans. (384 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good dark lagar, not great, with fairly good flavour and body and quite drinkable.

Very dark brown, almost black, with a little red, it has a medium light tan head that steadily shrinks to leave a foamy ring and a hint of lace.

The aroma is light roasty grain with hints of prunes and licorice.

It is has mostly a lightly sweet, roasted toffee flavour with hints of herbs, prunes, and nuts in the finish. It's easy to drink, smooth, and has fairly firm character. (476 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with amber hues and a full creamy light brown-tan head, decent carbonation, and sporadic lace. Strong dark malt aroma without being roasty, caramel, or chocolate. Dark malt flavors and a bit nutty. Medium-light bodied with a decent balanced finish.

Decent dark lager but not a standout considering ABV...

(330ml / 11.6 oz bottle) (341 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque dark almost black color. The short head disappeared quickly. Some sweet dark malts in the smell. In the taste, dark orasted malts, almost caramelized. Slightly smoky caramel with some fruity notes of cherries, and a sweet aftertaste, almost like soda. Hops only add some thickness. The mouthfeel may be as bit light and watery. Still a decent beer. (355 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted barley. It has a dry, fruity lager yeast aroma as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a thick and rich malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and dry. This is a pretty good brew, but it's a little too syrupy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brew despite the fact that it leaves a lot of residual sweetness in the finish. (605 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass a clear deeo amber with a head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with biscuit and a slight diacetyl. Also present was a slightly fruity and malty aroma.

The flavor was caramel with diacetyl and more fruity flavors.

The finish was just dry with a lasting caramel. The body was medium light or just a bit more.

33 cl bottle, twist off. Dating of 12.03.05, brought back from Turkey. (440 characters)

Photo of TLove
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color, but looks watery, as I can see through it. Not much head, poor retention, no lacing. The aroma is fairly malty with some caramel and hints of spicy hops. The flavor is quite smooth and there is quite a bit of caramel malt present. The finish is fairly bitter. The body is light and the drinkability is good. Fairly light, but there's really nothing special here. (383 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark chestnut colored beer. A grey tan head with some lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of molasses, dark dried fruits, somewhat floral.

Tasting of dark bread crust, fig marmalade and some grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, a sticky texture. A medium body with a somewhat dry finish.

Some character through the burned notes. (334 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of toolbrew
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown color. With a small white head that dissipated mostly. Slight head retention and some lacing on the side of the glass.

Grainy smell with a sweeter back. Almost detect a sweet, corn aroma. (not 'sweet corn').

Grainy taste, but with a hint of mild chocolate.

Tingles the back of the mouth, but goes down well with a light coating on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Not a bad beer to throw back. I do enjoy the Efes lager better. (460 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330mL bottle, best before 29/09/12. I guess the store had some old bottles.

appears very dark brown, red highlights, thin off-white head, good head retention. malty aroma, no hops. fairly sweet taste, smooth, easy drinking. mild. lingering aftertaste. thin to medium body, medium carbonation. overall - not bad, it has a good mild flavor and high drinkability. (362 characters)

Photo of Trent
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (735 characters)

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.