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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 26.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

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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Photo of crossovert
2.16/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz clear twist off bottle (why oh why?)

Pours reddish brown with a small immediately dissipating white head.

Skunky smell. Other than that some light fruity dark malts.

It is ultra carbonated. The flavor is metallic and crappy. If Budweiser were dark.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Like most EDLs, the color stands as a highly translucent dark amber-brown, with a minor white froth standing in for a beefier head. The smell here is very musty, with a strong malt character coming through, though drier than usual. There's a hint of smoke, but the darker, more foreboding style of smoke, rather than the peated variety commonly found in rauchs and schwarzes. There is also a slight, inexplicable sourness hanging in the background like a traitor of old. The taste follows the nose, with more must and more sourness, with the malts thrust into the background with some force. This is unfortunately the extent of the complexity here. Luckily, it has a very light body and does not coat the mouth, allowing the strange sour must to leave rather quickly. I'm not impressed here.

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Photo of adammills
1.59/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a brilliantly clear dark brown with a surprisingly large rocky head that fades rather quickly. The bubbles are tan and smallish. Aroma wise I get a faint graininess and stinky cabbage along with a touch of roast. The beer is thin and lifeless with a slight toasted note but it finishes very dry in the back of the palate, not a pleasing dry but borderline astringent. No hop aroma, flavor, and just the slightest hint of bittering. Not an appealing beer at all. I would not recommend it.

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Photo of Brettster
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in Turkey. Though I would revisit it. Well, I think it was better in Turkey, maybe it was more fresh. This pours dark but not not thick at all. Doesn't have much nose at all, maybe a hint of coffee. The taste is somewhat lacking but is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Travlr
2.14/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was dark maroon in color, very little head, not much lacing.
Smell was of simple sugars and caramel.
Taste was on the sweet side, not very complex, not well balanced. Little finish.
Body was a bit lacking for a dark beer. Not a good effort, just a sweet and syrupy beverage that misses the mark.

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Photo of astout
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really not much going on here

Ruby black translucent colour promises to be a lighter but hopefully well roasted beer

Nothing, like almost nothing at all on the nose here, maybe the faintest hint of roasted malt coffee type thing going on

Much more coffee character here but not very good, more instant coffee than good espresso.

Insanely light, and very easy to drink but not good enough that I would like to drink that much.

I guess I can say I've tried it but I won't be going back

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Photo of wordemupg
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass sept7 2009

A deep ruby red wen held too light, one finger tan head's gone instantly and leaves no lace

S dark malt, raisins and some molasses

T I expected more considering the color, not bland but not much more then you smell

M thin and over carbonated

D not bad but nothing worth bragging about

don't go out of your way for this one

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Photo of lstokes
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a pretty nut brown, actually, with minimal head, and it smells a little bit like candy with all the caramel.

The taste has some complexity with tangy malts over darker malts, even a little bit of a porter taste, but over half a liter it starts to feel sloppy and I've never found myself wanting a second one.

The mouthfeel is pretty light, zingy carbonation, very refreshing, so points for that. A nice Efes option for beer geeks in Turkey who want something maltier.

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Photo of tpd975
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer another Efes. Does anyone else make beer in Turkey?

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue. Very light cream colored head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas are malt laden. Mostly caramel malt with light notes of chocolate and brown sugar.

T: Nice sweet malty flavor as well. Mostly caramel, with hints of dark molasses. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate hide beneath.

M: On the lighter side, okay carbonation.

D: Not bad. Lots of pretty good flavors, they don't seem to come together to create a good beer though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with minimal head and lacing.

S: A hint of coffee to go with dark malt.

T: Slightly bitter with some hops and a bit of coffee. Perhaps some caramel.

M: Light-to-medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: Not too bad; pretty good for the style.

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Photo of nick76
2.24/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The aroma is sweet like maple syrup and brown sugar combined with some toasted gains throw in. The appearance is dark brown with a super small head. The flavor is like the aroma with medicinal, bitter, and cardboard elements. The palate is thin. Overall it's bad.

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Photo of TLove
3.5/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer.

Tastes of a generic dark beer. Lots of malts, good mix with spices. Smokey flavor with a lot of caramel mixed in. Reminded me of another beer that I had, couldnt put my finger on it. I would recommend it to try, I was happy with one. Wouldnt go as far as a six pack..

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Photo of toolbrew
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Natural510
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark ruddy-brown color with little head but a nice ring of lacing to coat the glass.
Smell was...interesting. Like roasted malts with a cola backing. Fairly sweet, with a twinge of something else, like wood.
Sweet & sour flavors...dark roasted malt sweetness with a sour hop backing. Again, the flavors of cola and woodiness come through. Buttery aftertaste; noticeable alcohol kicks around in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but the bitterness from the hops (and cola-like malts) do give it a bit of kick.

This was a different experience from a country I generally don't associate with beer, which is why I tried it. I like some of the ideas going into it, but the variety of components are a bit too much and it feels unbalanced and a bit unpleasant.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was pretty average all the way around, with hthe exception of taste. I was really surprised. Poured up a clear dark brown and almost looked like a furniture varnish. Smell was like most any other lager with a tiny bit of toasted malt way down inside. You really have to be looking for it. Mouthfeel is pretty average being neither unpleasant nor note worthy. The taste, though, really caught me off guard. This actually had a fair hop bitterness to it and a lovely, dry, dark malt flavour on the finish. Nice indeed. Still not an amazing beer, but somewhat better than I was anticipating.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with some light passing through. Nose is dirty. Seems almost rotten in a way. Flavor is pretty decent. Smooth sweet tone with a minor earthy edge (that is kind of like dirtier water). Feel is kind of thin on liquid with a decent carbonation. Easy to drink, but not as smooth as you'd want really. Nice to try. Nice to move on.

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Photo of scoobybrew
1.87/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - deep, dark, transparent amber color with a decent head that settles quickly into a lacing

S - diacetyl and green apple; roasted grain in the background

T - mellow roasted character with yeast off-flavors on the finish

M - light to medium body with moderately high carbonation

D - very disappointing, their pilsner is quite nice, this is a let down

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tall 50cl Black and Red can, with a picture of a stalking panther, or other big cat. Serve cold, it says... Ingredients listed as (watch out!): Water, Barley Malt, Rice, Glucose Syrup, Malt Extract, CO2, Selected Hops, Yeast... Hmm...

Very opaque dark amber red, which is only apparent at the edges. Light bubbled off-white head which fizzles and collapses to a pretty tame ring.

Very little on the nose, no fragrance, no richness, no toastiness. Maybe only a hint of carbonated water smell.

Taste is actually a fair bit better. Initial sweetness, organic, then a decent but not overpowering toasty malt finish. Feels a bit thin in the mouth though, and the lingering sweetness gets a bit cloying.

It's not bad. It's ok to drink, but it's pretty mediocre overall.

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Photo of Shadman
3.82/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of theopholis
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark walnut that becomes dark crimson when held up to even a meager light source. The buff colored cap looks respectable enough and helps its cause by persisting for a good bit, as thin, smeary lace covers enough of the glass to solidify the slightly above average appearance.

I didn't know that it was possible for beer this dark (and presumably, this underhopped) to smell like skunk. It all made a little more sense when I discovered that the bottle is actually clear glass. In any event, most of the badness has faded. I'm left with an uninspiring nose of dark caramel and musty grain.

Efes Dark isn't much better than Efes Pilsener, the only other beer from this Turkish brewery that I've had. On a good note, it has a fair amount of flavor. More, at any rate, than most Euro dark lagers. It's also a bit on the sweet side, which helps. Dark caramel and watery molasses dominate the flavor profile.

It doesn't hang together all that well though. It's simple and tastes like it was brewed with a series of extracts rather than malt and hops. In addition, the flavor fades away before it really gets a toe-hold on the taste buds. A light, lacklusterly carbonated mouthfeel doesn't help either.

Efes Dark isn't one of the more stellar members of a style that struggles to be relevant in my eyes. It's a more faithful version of its style than its German pilsener wannabe brother, but that's about as much praise as I can muster.

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