RATINGS: 402   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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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.

PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Nice coffee/malt aroma. Complex chocolate, coffee, caramel, malt and toffee flavor. Creamy taste with light carbonation.

crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
a light chocolate presence in both aroma and flavor. A smooth feel over all very easy to drink. It wasn’t really watered down, but seemed that way becasue of its smoothness. Brown in color not much of an off white head. nice.

VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle - Pours a dark reddish brown in color with very little carbonation or head. Aroma is not strong, but offers hints of malt and coffee. Flavor is malty and sweet, but has a "tang" to it. Hops are not evident in either the aroma or flavor. Finish is clean wih the same malty sweetness. An interesting beer, but nothing too remarkable about it.

Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Very simple beer--malty, with a bit of chocolate and caramel popping through in moments of the aroma and flavor. Clinging head on a clear brown body. Normal, unremarkable palate. Plain and simple beer, though not unsatisfying.

PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours dark reddish brown with a nice head. I didn’t think much of the aroma, kind of like moldy gym socks soaking in coffee. Fortunately the flavor was better. Flavor is roasted coffed, with hints of chocolate and a little fruitiness. The hop character is barely noticeable and I would have liked to have seen more.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours a dark amber. Strong coffee aroma with sweet malty undertones. Small head, moderate carbonation. Flavor slightly tangy, one of the better dunkels I’ve had.

Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 This pours a dark, earthy brown with a slight tan head. The aroma is full of toffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, it tastes of dark malts, toffee, perhaps some chocolate, and a dusting of hops. Crisp finish. Nice, refreshing drink.

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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.

raymow (1650) - 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.

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