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Eastside Dark The rich, coffee-like aroma and flavor of this fine Dark Bavarian style lager beer is derived from a precise blending of three different specialty barley malts, chocolate, black patent, and Munich malt. Munich malt is also added to bring about the creamy body of this malty brew that has an original gravity of 1060. The most impressive aspect of this brew is the perfect balance between the specialty malts and coveted Mt. Hood hops. Unlike many other dark beers, East Side Dark doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste associated with it. Instead, your palate is greeted with the rich body and balanced flavor that only this beer can deliver.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bottle: Dark brown with a small to medium eggshell head. Medium bodied. Aroma: bitter chocolate, dark bitter malt, caramel, oak, smokey coffee. Taste: bitter chocolate, sour & bitter dark malts, light fruit, mild coffee, and hops towards the finish with a bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (985) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2004
I do taste a hint of coffee/chocolate and the beer is fairly drinkable, but it’s also nothing special. Pretty good - but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Very dark brown color. Little to no head. Aroma is malt, caramel, touch of smoke and oak. A medium to light bodied dunkel. Malts are fruity, chocolate and sweet. Very smooth taste, Lots of malt not a lot of hops. Nice easy drinking dark beer. Sort of reminds me of a “old style” Bavarian Dark. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2004
pours a deep brown w/ a thick tan cream head. Had a fairly mild aroma w/ hints of coffee (hard to pick up in a bar) the palate was creamy and delicious the flavor had hints of hops, malts, carmel, and maybe even a tiny bit of nutmeg.. overall I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 10, 2004
Nice rich color or deep maroon almost with thick white head. Nice nose of coffee, chocolate, nuts and goodness. Med weight with a slightly sweet mid that lingers into the finish. The flavors start out as a carmel coffee concoction and move in to more roasted nuts and dry coffee beans. Nice chocolate note and overall a well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Malt and yeast aroma, rich smooth chocolate coffee taste, stays smooth the entire trip . A brew that hs converted many to the dark side. Especially works on women who say they would never touch a dark beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle: Deep reddish brown hue with small head and little lace. The aroma has notes of smoky and caramelized malts, floral hops, pipe tobacco, coffee, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a sublime bittersweet malty nature before a light twangy fruit character sets in. The finish is mostly smoky and nutty, some bitters detected. The feel is so average, not much depth but it is lively. Okay brew, something you can drink a couple of in a setting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
My favorite Dark. What Beck’s Dark And St. Pauli Girl used to be before going Commercial. Good blended use of malt thru various stages of its taste. Nice finish from its quality hops (Mt.Hood). Dunkel’s not a style I usually drink, but this beer makes it a great place to visit!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
pours clean and dark with minimal head. smells sour/skunky, like a pale lager, and tastes much lighter than it looks. very smooth, but is not anything like a dunkel should be. maybe i need a fresher bottle?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Rerate 8-1-2005, based on new nuances I’m turning up with this one. Nice deep rose / mahogany in color and only a brief presence with the head. Aroma is chocolate, cedar panels, caramel, toffee and copper kettle. Flavor evolves, rounding out a nice, sweet caramel and chocolate malt complexion. Hints of peat and smoked malts enter at the tail end to add a slight earthiness persona, but then somewhat diffuse to a chocolatey toffee sweetness. One of Lakefront’s bests.

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