Efes Dark | Anadolu Efes Brewery

Efes DarkEfes Dark
BA SCORE
3.11/5
195 Ratings
Efes DarkEfes Dark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery
Turkey
efespilsen.com.tr

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PorterPounder on 01-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,366
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
195
pDev:
18.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
Gots:
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of Eloel
4.89/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The peak of pilsener brewery, the caramel content gives a distinct flavor and feel to this high alcohol beer.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +41.5%
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

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Photo of pleyrio
4.23/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very malty

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +30.9%
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!

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Photo of JISurfer
4.02/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of ebrupessoa
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

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Photo of Garrett092112
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of wholesaler
3.96/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of beertraveler08
3.91/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donnebaby
3.9/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.82/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of liverpoolcanuck
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown in color, clear, with minimal head. Taste is chocolate, caramel, and sweet malt. Very light bodied, but flavorful. It seemed at times I was drinking a lighter schwarzbier. Yasty and one I would get again if I wanted the style.

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Photo of awesomo
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of burri
3.71/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 195 ratings
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