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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black LagerRogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 50
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cresant on 12-22-2009

Malts: Melanoidin, Carafe Special II, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro-Barley Farm first growth Risk malts.
Hops: Rogue Micro-Hop Yard first growth Independent and Revolution.
Yeast & Water: Oktoberfest Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond
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Ratings: 607 | Reviews: 289
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colby2283
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This fine black lager pours a thick black with a fantastic brown head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, light smoke, sweet malts, and black raisins. Flavors are strong sweet up front, a raisin note come through on the rear blending in nicely with the chocolate notes. This is a seriously slick brew with light carbonation for a lager with a smooth mouth feel that finishes lightly bitter from the malts and lightly bitter hops. Nice.

Photo of mchegash
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - 4.5/5
Totally pitch black, with no light coming through, even near the edges of the glass. An excellent chocolate-milkshake-brown head. About two fingers upoin initial pour. This is certainly a beautifully looking beer.

Smell - 4.25/5
Chocolate roastiness, hints of smokiness. Some lightly sweet malts. Smell has a milky/creamy feel, if that's even possible for a smell. There is a small but detectable lager aroma as well. Hmm...a roasty chocolate lager. This should be interesting and exciting.

Taste - 2.5/5
The taste is kind of a let down. It's pretty strange. There are the roasty smoky flavors (the smokiness is much more prominent here than in the smell). But then the main flavor of the beer is kind of a strange lager-y ness. Really, I think it's just that the classic lager taste mixed with roasty/smoky malts leads to not a good result. I could see how some people could possibly like this. I just don't think the combination does it for me. It does kinda taste like tastey dirt (as in "Dirtoir"). So I guess it lives up to it's name. Just not to my tastebuds.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Fairly full-bodied. A medium amount of medium intensity carbonation. Quite crisp and bitter. It's hard rate the mouthfeel fairly, given the fact that I dislike the taste. But I'd say the mouthfield would be good is the taste wasn't so bitter and strange.

Overall - 2.75/5
I was highly disappointed by this beer. I didn't really have a lot of expectations, but I didn't expect this. I had the Guinness Black Lager recently, and loved that. So I thought, "hey, a black lager, this should be good". But this was way worse. Again, a lot of this is just personal preference, but I just don't like the flavor profile and/or balance of this beer. It's far from terrible. But I think the smokiness is just really out of place in a lager.

Photo of juicebox
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirtoir Black Lager pours a pitch black body—no highlights are visible against the light—and a dense, deep tan head which leaves lacing all over the glass. The aroma is a little smoky and savory. Rich, yeasty bread crust comes through, along with brown sugar and coffee. In the flavor, there is considerable bite from the roasting, like burnt coffee. It’s bitter and woody but rich and flavorful. The earthy, herbal hops are considerable but still overshadowed by the malt. The body is on the full side, and the carbonation is restrained but crisp. The hops and roasted malt leave a little bite in the finish. A rich, bread-like aftertaste also lingers.

Overall rich, flavorful, and clean—loads of roasted malt and hops. The fairly full texture helps to smooth out the otherwise sharp bite of the roasted malt and hop acidity, though the roastiness is still a bit much. The aroma is wonderfully appetizing. Very tasty and bold on the whole.

Photo of Jerryodell
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoppy91
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, fudge, and slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but the soy sauce characteristics diminish the drinkability in this one a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with a brown/tan foamy one inch head. Not much lacing along the glass as you finish. Smell: dark chocolate, roasted barley, malt, caramel. Taste is very bitter -- this is not for the faint of heart. Solid, crisp chocolate bite heavy on the malt. With all organic ingredients, this is a very complex, interesting beer. There was a slight sourness in the finish, but I would definitely pick this up again for a great Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
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