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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 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 (2264) - 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 (3614) - 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 (4353) - 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 (4997) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2003
One of my tob beers from one of the two best breweries in the Brew City (and no, the other top brewery is not Miller, even though they make decent beer). I have drank this beer for years, and just realized I have never rated it. A crime my drunk-a$$ is making up for right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Rich toasty malt flavor has hints of chocolate, anise, toffee and wet stone. Balance is great, with superb hoppy flavors and aromas that never attempt to take over. Chocolatey aftertaste is dry from the hops leaving a "Count Chocula" or "Cocoa Puff" cereal aftertaste which is as fun as it is tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Color is a glowing brown, fairly opaque, light And clear spotty lace, no head was produced. Smells of slight nuts and mild bread dough, very nice. Taste is openly hazy of sweet roasted malt and nuts. Medium body and feel thats pretty smooth and slightly astringant and has a very small, bittery tang, quite nice and very easy smoothness and bit of rough, oily texture to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
[draught] Easy drinking, but lacking any stand-out characteristics. The body is pretty thin, and the aroma fails to grabs attention and make you want to drink the beer at all. Slight coffee flavor at least keeps the tongue from being completely bored, otherwise this is a waste of calories.

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