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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -2%

Metz, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Chrily
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Chrily, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of uturn
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

uturn, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +44.8%
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

RonaldTheriot, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -2%

cfalovo97, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of burri
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

burri, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown with a minimal flash head that doesn't leave behind any lacing. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes partially skunky, but there is some mild toasted bread in there in the background of the flavor and some mild floral hopping in the aroma. And that's it. A simple beer with not much going for it other than the very basics. Overall it's not very good, but not quite bad enough for me to call it terrible. It is, however, completely forgettable and most certainly not good enough to actually seek out.

WastingFreetime, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

rarbring, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, 6,1% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 06/07/13

Thanks to my buddy Jon for bringing this back from Turkey for me.

Appearance: Medium brown body (a back light shows it to in fact be deep red) topped by a large off white head. The head lasts pretty well and coats the glass in beautiful sheets of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: This actually smells half decent. Notes include: Toasted grain, some caramel, a touch of chocolate and sweet maize.

Taste: Nowhere near as good as the nose, with a lot more sweet adjunct character noted. Maize and stale grain are about it, with almost no dark malt character noted.

Mouthfeel: Light body, with a high level of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall: Efes Dark is certainly drinkable and better than some other dark lagers I have had, but I think I prefer their standard pilsner.

Thehuntmaster, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

liverpoolcanuck, Oct 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

4ster, Aug 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

jmathis, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear but a very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down very rapidly leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of dark malts with notes of burnt caramel and molasses. The latter two flavors particularly linger though the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and has a nice amount of flavors.

metter98, Jul 21, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that almost instantly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty with hints of burnt sugar, caramel, and molasses. There is almost a little hint of nuttiness.

T: The flavor of this beer is mild with some light sweet malts - there are hints of caramel and molasses.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: The flavor of this beer almost reminds me of an English mild but a little sweeter. This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink, might be a little too high ABV to be sessionable but definitely one I would have again.

dbrauneis, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Keegan, Jun 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of djura
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Turkey. It is 6.1 % alc. now.

A-Dark cola like color,with bubbles and minute lasting darker foam.

S-Almost nothing,coffee and some sweetness.

T/M-Roasted coffee is dominate,some caramel taste,bitterness in the mouth,also some sweetness.

O-Drink it cold,worth to try it.

djura, Jun 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Deatrick, Jun 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

fisherbray, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When my local trading partner, Tone77, dropped off his latest batch for me, I was anxious to make my way through everything and that feeling has not subsided. This has been just plain fun.

This really looked like cola as it was being decanted from the bottle into a glass! Well, except for the two-plus fingers of dense deep-tan head that seemed determined to hang around. Color was a deep brown with garnet highlights and good clarity for the shade. Nose gave an initial hit of molasses and I wondered how that would translate in terms of taste. Only one way I know of to find out ... Mouthfeel was medium, at best, and the taste was somewhat medicinal, like cough syrup when I was a kid, but not necessarily in a bad way. I was still getting the molasses vibe and as long as you are okay with that flavor profile, it was a drinkable beer. Finish exuded a light tartness to go with the light astringency. Not bad, not great, but definitely interesting. Perhaps if a style descriptor is ever written, I can revise my scores as needed.

woodychandler, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

canucklehead, Mar 29, 2012
Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.