Efes Dark | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Anadolu Efes Brewery

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PorterPounder on 01-09-2004

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -13%
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%
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 -7.5%
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 +6.5%
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 -7.1%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon decanting into the glass, the beer released an exremely Peppy-le-pue aroma tha that detered me instantly. Just because you brew a Euro-Lager doesn't give permission to release a brew that smells badly. Nevertheless, after time, the beer does out-gass and reveals a, much improved, ordinary beer. A mildly toasty brew that houses a very Amber Bock-ish flavor, falls short of the beer that I wanted it to be. Moderate in every sense at the textrue though nothing obtrusive. Finishes short of clean or crisp. Just not the ideal brew...a simple attempt at a German Dunkel that needs help.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color with a thick tan head and spotty lacing. Nose is of sweet malts and some fruity, yeasty characteristics. Palate is a smooth, moderately sweet malty dominance with only a faint hop balance. Finish is surprisingly dry. Body is light-medium and has moderate carbonation. I find this beer easy to drink, but a bit unmemorable. Wouldn't go out of my way for it, but wouldn't turn it down if offered either ... it's okay.

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Photo of ernie
2.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark but transparent, the color is not SO deep. Ephemere head.

Smells nice - malts and all thing aromatic, can be described as 'perfumed beer'.

Taste is not bad, but rather thin for a brew with relatively high alcohol content. Bitterness seems artificial, malty tones are generally OK. Aftertaste - bitter.

Not a bad try, but needs improvement.

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Photo of Gattopardo
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had intended to try this Turkish beer while in Istanbul a few months ago as I had tasted the passable Efes Pilsener and was told the dark version was superior, yet I never quite got around to sampling it. I suspect the omission was due to the ready availability of cheap and tasty Rakı, the Turkish national liquor, though I hesitate to theorize. Recently, I found it at a Turkish grocery store in my neighborhood in Queens and decided to purchase a bottle.

The brew has a rich, dark color a bit like dark chocolate and lots of visible carbonation. A decent head dissipated quickly. The aroma is malty and a bit floral. I can’t say much for the taste; the malty sweetness hits immediatly, followed by the bitterness of hops. It could use a lot more complexity, balance, and flavor besides simple sweet and bitter, and it feels rather thin in the mouth. I wouldn’t necessarily say I like it better than Efes Pilsener, which I think is an honest Pils. I freqently find that baseline indigenous beers like this one find their place mated with regional food (like Indian lagers with spicy curries), so I drank the Efes Dark with a selection of Turkish vegetable appetizers and flat bread (again from the Turkish store, natch). The pairing didn’t yield the greatest results, but perhaps one would have better luck drinking it with something more meat-based like a good spicy kebab. To anyone who would choose to go this route, I would only say: Afiyet olsun!

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Photo of clvand0
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear reddish nut-brown color that had a small 1/8" head at first pour. I thought that the head was going to be around for a little while, but this didn't turn out to be true. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the super thin layer on top of the beer. There is some lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Some caramel and toasty malts are the only things that I notice initially. There is a little bit of a roasty aroma in there somewhere that smells like kettle carmelizations or some such. It smells a little like a Scottish beer. As the beer warms, there is a much more dry and roasty aroma becoming more of a player.

Taste: The flavor is really dry and grainy. I didn't see this coming at all from the aroma. There is a definite papery component that I would guess is from oxidation, but I didn't get it in the nose...it is also lacking the Sherry notes that so often accompany this flavor. The finish is dry and pretty bitter.

Opinion: I am pretty disappointed in this beer. The aroma was a lot more pleasant than the flavor. This dry grainy thing is really distracting. I don't think that the bitterness in the finish is made up as much of hops as it is from the base malts and the roast.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.77/5  rDev +22.4%
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 RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
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)

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Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +32.1%
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 WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.02/5  rDev +30.5%
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 Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of dgallina
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark and somewhat clear brown with chestnut highlights. Small fragile white head which quickly resolves into an insignificant film and slight lace. Smells quite sweet; predominantly grainy and bready, with toasted malts in the background and light hop aromatics. Very weak initial flavor, but develops some roasted bitter coffee malts with a nice sharp and drying hop finish. Light and well-carbonated in the mouth. Clean and easy to drink. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger light brown head that leaves some lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow, not syrupy. Bought this for my 58th country and it isn't a bad dark. $1.75 for a 330ml bottle (mislabeled at 11.6oz) from Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, Va.

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Photo of tjd25
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ehh, not too bad. Poured kind of a caramel dyed with red food colouring. Reminded me of Werther's candy a little. Decent, 1 finger head that actually lasted, surprisingly. Sweet smell. Malt, caramel, sugar and butter. Kind of a bland taste. The butter seems dominant. Which is too bad, as I was hoping for something with a bigger malt backbone. Bit if a cloying sweetness, like candied sugar or... Lollipops? Bit of a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. It's nothing to bitch about, but it certainly deserves no praise either.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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 Globetrotter
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed at the Efes brewery in Moscow, mine came in a brown 33cl bottle with the Efes logo imprinted on the glass. The label is plain, with DARK in huge letters, while a pretty unhappy looking golden panther links out from under the lettering. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Brewed on 11/1/03, I opened it on 1/9/04.

Pours clear dark amber, almost caramel color under a thin off-white head that fades quickly to collar and film. No lace. The nose has a touch of caramel to it. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste is not unpleasant, but I expect more from a dark. There's some caramel and malty sweetness in the opening, and a very slight hint of hops in the finish. No bite, though. The aftertaste is sweet. This is the best beer I've had today, but I'm not having a good day...

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