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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Original Rating 2/19/2004:Pours very dark with a thin but lasting head. Very malty with hints of chocolate. There is a very sour aftertaste that ruined it for me. Not a bad beer, but the sour will keep me away from it. 6/4/5/2/12 Re-rate 3/27/2008: I finally get to re-rate a beer that I know I have enjoyed, but the original poor rating has stood. Dark copper color with a medium head. Sweet barley aroma and some Noble hops. Dry malt taste, a little bit of floral hop bitterness for the finish. Just an absolute pinch of chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark brown with golden edges. Malty with a round mouth feel. Some roasty chocolate present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 Very dark amber color with a large creamy head. Dissipates quickly, but not completely. Good lacing. Aroma contains roasted scents with toasty chocolate, overripe cherries, and I thought I caught some hoisin sauce. Texture seems a bit oily in the finish. To me, this tastes like a toasted version of their bock. Slight resin hop aspect in the finish. I previously mentioned salty sourness in the taste of this beer. I don’t see a lot of that right now. But I’d keep an eye on the age of these bottles... drink it young! (7 / 3 / 6 / 3 / 13) Update 1/19/2006: Had a batch bottled a month ago and it was very flavorful. Roasty sweet and silky chocolate. Mmmm...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Terrific thirst-cutter without being bitter. Fantastic with a sandwich. Creamy and solid. Pretty good! Thanks, David P., for another nice pick!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Yum! A deliciously malty, rich, chocolatey, brew with a noticeable coffee twang! Hops are alluded to but not delivered. They're hinted at but don't cameo. They're like Godot - they never show. The head is also a no-show, but if you like malty brews like I do, just think of this as a hearty 80 shilling/scottish ale and enjoy. To be savored!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Aroma - very sweet chocolate with a hint of licorice (sp) and coffee - dark brown color as the name suggests - small head diminishes to nothing quickly (even poured it semi-warm) - medium to low carbonation (12 oz bottle) - taste follows aroma - nothing objectionable yet not particularly impressive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Perfect balance? I don't think so. There is only a faint suggestion of hops in Eastside Dark. It does have a rich roasted malt aroma with milk chocolate notes. It also features a dark, reddish brown body with particles and an avg.-sized tan head that is mostly eroding. Somewhat sour flavor that is bodiless in the initial mouthfeel. A plain, blah dark. Overly sour and salty and a little overly carbonated. Doesn't improve as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Very dark amber out of the bottle with a fluffy off white head. Almost smokey grain nose. Burnt roast grain astringency with some stale coffee in the finish. This beer had an almost rotten lemon tang to it. Well balanced but I found it just a little off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
I really enjoyed this Dunkel as it was very drinkable and it had a good flavor to it. It poured a very small sized lght brown head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was carbonated and opaque with a dark brown hue. The nose was malty, chocolate and caramel with a sweet flavor from start to finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth which is much to my liking and it is medium bodied. There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This brew poured a small had of fine to large sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a hazy dark brown colored uncarbonated body. The aroma was mild and malty. THe mouthfeel was smooth throughout and the flavor was a crispy caramel malt. This was a very nice drinkable brew. I's like to try it again especially on draft!

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