RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Slightly tart, but also toasty aroma with a hint of fresh grains. The body is a muddy red/brown with a diminishing tan head. Fairly tangy, tart fore with some mild chocolate notes. Some sour citrus notes int he finish. Seems pretty off and my bottle was fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Deep red, thin off-white head. Nice nose, chocolate, cocoa, a bit bitter. Very creamy and rich, sweet and thinly roasty, a bit of smoke. Some bitterness. A mite thin at the end, but starts with excellent roasts. Good stuff, but a bit heftier than I’d expect for a dunkel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2005
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a creamy head. Nice, rich aromas of chocolate and roasted grains. Taste is sweet with a bit of grittiness in the mouthfeel. I wish the flavor was as righ as the aroma though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
A bit skunky scent but I can pick up some tart fruits in there. Appearance is deep redish brown with a thin off-white head which dissapears quickly. Slight carbonation. Taste is sweet and malty with the tart fruit blending in nicely. A strong bitter finish but little to no after taste. Pretty good but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Dark crimson, clear. Roasted malts, some chocolate in the aroma. Rich malty base, slightly nutty. Buttery taste with some brown sugar as well. Finish gets bitter, slight hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2005
Murky reddish-brown. Somewhat stale nose, with a hint of dusty chocolate (crumbled), a touch of roast and a hint of brown sugar and fruit. Flavor is heavily sweet, malt accented, full of Munich malts, caramel, chocolate and light hops on the finish. Pretty agressive, well extracted malt flavor with a nice balance between the malt and hops, but it’s so thin and watery in the mouth, which effects its score.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2005
Dark with a thin head. Looks like a thin porter, but this dunkel hits you with a combination of malts that works well together. Nothing super special here, but it delivers what it says it does.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Head peeks, goes bye-bye. Smells like clean plastic diaper, mouthfeel blasting right into an unrelenting supersour battery-chemical burn on the finish--no middle ground, no mercy. Down the drain, you go! Do I have a bad batch here?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6167) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to joeybgood for this one! Pours brown with a small tan head. Nose is malty, with light coffee and spice (hint of cinnamon), and watery cocoa. Taste is semi-sweet with more maltiness, light caramel, more spice, and light bitterness. Body has medium carbonation, and light creaminess and bitterness. Finish is light coffee, sweet, dark malts and light spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2005
I am very surprised to see that this beer has such high ratings, I thought it sucked Donkey Balls! Amber brown body, small whispy tan head. An aroma and flavor of lemon, apple, caramel and toffee. Some toasty, bready malts but the body was thin and there just wasn’t anything even remotely exciting going on here, IMO! I was like a watery brown ale with a lemony bite in the finish.

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