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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004)
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Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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.

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Cross off another country from the list which I've tried a beer from. Efes Dark comes in a clear 330 ml bottle and has a twist-off top. On to the beer:

No false advertising, as this beer is dark colored. Cherrywood brown and topped with a thin head which has okay retention, but it leaves a checkerboard of dotted lace around the glass. Oooo, that has a stinky aroma. The base malt is pleasantly sweet, but is ruined by herbal skunked hops.

With some luck, the taste is decent. It starts reasonably sweet like a dunkel lager and for a moment, I thought that it could climb higher. Those hops, agghh, they're not exactly in good form. It gives the beer a sulfur note, along with the added skunkiness. Adding to injury is the beer's slick feel in the mouth which sticks around.

Efes could have been on the verge of being a surprise if it were in prime condition. Clear glass is usually not a beer's friend, more so in the sunny climate of Turkey.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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