Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 51
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by dmamiano:
Photo of dmamiano
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a coal black, deep...dark. Huge tan head that sticks a while. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing.
Smells very smooth...chocolately mixed with vanilla. Reminds me of a bowl of ice cream of both flavors all mixed together.
taste great...roasty, ashy...chocolate. Very smooth without the bitter finish, but well balanced.
Like this one...very stout like less some hops

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just awesome to look at,it's the blackest schwarzbier I have seen,jet black with a large fluffy deep mocha colored head that settles very slowly into a creamy froth.Big fruit aromas jump out with a tinge of coffee.A great mix of earth and smoke mixed with dark fruit on the palate,the coffee tones are great mixed with some bitter chocolate.Hands down easily the best of style I have had,I know its not nearly true to style (more big American stout),but its fantastic!

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more like an imperial stout than any sort of lager, black or otherwise. Black and oily with a dark brown head and good lacing.

Very nice roasty nose (coffee bean), cookie, dark chocolate. I would never guess this could be anything other than a stout.

The taste isn't as intense as the nose, but still pretty dark and roasty, bitter more from the malt than the hops, chocolaty fade. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than it looks from the pour. Very easy to drink.

This has to be one of the best examples of the style, if not the best.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager. 6% alcohol Schwarzbier style.

A- Pours a pitch black fluid with a heavily active dark tan head that retains a nice quarter inch froth that leaves light lacing.

S- Fresh scents of chocolate and toasted malts upfront, followed by coffee and cream.

T-M- Almost like the smell. Coffee and expresso beans upfront with a mix of very lightly toasted malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel is excellent with smooth creamy texture allowing the drinkablity to be perfect for session drinking.

D- A very drinkable lager with stout tendencies
and a ABV to work with. But for 8.99 i'll have to limit the session drinking for now.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass this beer was jet black with a thick orange/brown head. The head provided a nice contrast to the beer. There was ample lacing. The aroma was chocolate and roasted malt. Interesting taste. Definitely chocolate, but also a sweet/sour fruity taste. Some bitterness in the finish. I thought this beer was rather unique, and enjoyed it tremendously.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a jet black and viscous body with a large, tightknit and creamy cocoa head. Retention is good and there is abundant sticky lacing. Looks more like a stout than anything else.

Aroma is full of dark roasty notes of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Hints of roasted almonds and earthy hops underneath.

Medium full body is creamy and coating.

Taste has a dominant dark roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes are prominent throughout. Spicy and earthy hops emerge midway through. A smoked nuttiness adds a nice touch. Finishes dry and roasty.

Unusual dark roastiness for a schwarzbier. Actually, this is more like a stout brewed with lager yeast. Strange, but enjoyable.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: chocolate malt and coffee

Taste: chocolate malt and coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium/heavy bodied for the style, moderately sweet, smooth

Drinkability: I am usually left a bit disappointed from Rogue, but this one is a big winner. Very good for the style and super drinkable. I had no idea this was six abv and could have several. Nice, good, and clean. Not the most complex beer but one that is executed excellently.

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ilovedarkbeer for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a large, mocha-colored head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is bitter chocolate, burnt malt and coffee. The aftertaste is hop bitterness and burnt malt. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer that doesn't really fit the style for schwarzbier, but I am not sure what else to call it. A nice hybrid.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a thin dark brown head. Nose is quite smokey and bitter with lots of coffee.

Taste has a lot of coffee and chocolate as well. It's got a rich and creamy bitterness with a very light coffee bitterness.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big ol' black pour with ample cherry cola head. Carbonation on the low to average side, just right for this style. Aroma is minimal, a little bit of choco smell, very faint.

Good dry taste, very comparable to Black Butte, but maybe a little more bitter and that dry aspect big time. Good roasting. Hops play well, if you like black ipas, you'll prolly be more than down with this. Call it a winter beer, but this would seem quite enjoyable any time of year. Nice mismarked price in WY where I got this . . .

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A quote from xlperro:

"A fair assessment from the brewery. The roast comes from Carafa II so it doesnt carry some of the harsher roast qualities, but it is more roasty than a typical German Schwarzbier, and some black malts come through giving a touch of dryness near the end. Yes, this is a lager, and claims to use "German" yeast, not any sort of lagerized Pacman blend. This also uses Rogue "First Growth" Risk™ Malts, and Independent & Revolution hops. Moderately hopped to 35 ibu's. The bitterness seems reminiscent of Perle flavors. One of the more enjoyable Rogue beers I've had in awhile."

It's an Americanized flavorful roasty dark black lager, not the average Schwarzbier by an means go and seek this one. Dark bitter roasts may seem more stout/porter like than the average watery Kostritzer Schwarzbier but an awesome experience nonetheless. I enjoyed my sample with my bro, who's a dark beeradvocate at heart.

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

650 ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Pour looks a bit like used motor oil; this is a truly black beer. Completely opaque with an unusually dark brown head that reduces at a moderate rate to a thin ring.

Aroma: Not strong. Primary component is dark roasted malt. to very sweet, with lots of chocolate/smoky notes. Toasted malt and burnt toast, powdery cocoa, hints of coffee, and molasses.

T - Some sweetness initially, but certainly not as sweet as a typical German schwarzbier, and the finish is mildly bitter with a clear coffee note. Hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Mainly, there's plenty of rich dark roasted malt flavor that is pronounced and lasting but not challenging.

M - nice medium/full body with some crispness from carbonation and/or hops.

O - recommended for fans of schwarzbier who also like an imperial stout: This schwarzbier heads in that direction.

Photo of Blackwolf
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- My boss popped this one at work when I wasn't looking so I didn't catch the head on it unfortunately. There was a saturn ring of mocha hugging the side of the glass though, and some carbonation surfacing the top of the beer from what I can only assume was uniformed since I couldn't see through the charred brown body. Looked very nice in the tulip though.

S- Roasty toasty malts! Some dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Smelled very "stouty." It was an inviting aroma indeed!

T- Yummy!!! Lightly roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Nice dry hop finish. The nose and palate is not overwhelmed with complexity, however this is a very solid taste that follows a solid nose. I loved it!

MF- Smooth. Medium body and carbonation, and a nice dry finish. Interesting for a lager! Flavor really sticks too!!!

O- Great beer! Rogue has never disappointed me, not once. I would definitely recommend trying this out, and I know I am looking forward to the other two beers in their Chateau series! Worth the buy, hands down.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Mac's in Atlanta.

Pours an inky black color with a two-finger light brown head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strongly roasted malts with good amounts of coffee. As the beer warms the roastiness subsides just a bit allowing notes of dark chocolate to waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors up front are augmented with smooth coffee. Hints of leafy hops enter into things midway through the sip and carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As with the smell the beer sweetens as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could certainly have another.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer and while I wouldn't call it a quinessential schwarzbier it very well may be my favorite that I've tried. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial nonic)
A- This beer has a body as dark as midnight and a head as dark as later that night. The head boils a bit and the body is too dense to see any carbonation. The head fades after a bit.
S- The nice lagered aroma of roasted black malt has some melanoidin dark nougat malt support. There is a note of cream that comes through and a coffee malt finish that grows. There is also some graham cracker note to the black malt.
T- The tartness in the first sip turns to more of a sourness as the beer warms with a bit of a band-aid flavor for the last half glass. There is a full roasted black malt and dark chocolate malt flavor that finishes with a full roasted bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is big and grows even more as the beer opens up turning inky for the last half of the bottle.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a tight fizz in the finish with no real alcohol heat noticed.
D- The big layered stout is a nice hardy beer but it has a bit to much roasted bitterness and sour notes to drink this as a session beer. It is not your typical schwarzbier but it has some nice black roast qualities. I actually think some age might help the beer mellow but I'm a bit worried that the sour band-aid flavor might get worse.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: syrup black. Even the head is a nice dark color.

Smell: Sweet dark malts, rich syrup that's maple like.

Taste: Light burnt aftertaste that you'd expect from dark malts. Sweet and bitter all mixed into one with a little bit of smokey flavor. There is also a nice coffee flavor.

Drinkability: This is heaven in a bottle. Nice combination of flavors. Typically I don't like lagers, but this is pretty drinkable.

Photo of watermelonman
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black, this held on a touch of head and a few specks of lace.

I enjoyed the flavors of the smell but it was a little muted. Cocoa hides behind dark malt. The taste in the mouth has no such shortcoming, with strong and well balanced flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, and I could use another.

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. The pun and portmanteau on the label are kind of lame, but that never stopped me before.

This beer pours a solid black - engine oil style - with the barest of basal cola, um, highlights, and two fingers of solidly foamy mocha brown head, which leaves some broad swaths of melting iceberg lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. Looks a hell of a lot more like an RIS than a typical schwarzbier., IMHO.

It smells of roasted caramel and ashy pale grainy malt, dry coffee beans, rather bitter cocoa, licorice root, soft dark dried fruit, an indistinct spiciness, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty roasted pale bready malt, a touch of dry caramel/toffee, more bitter than sweet chocolate, a coffee grounds/cigarette tray essence, toasted chicory, green yeast, and some further earthy, woody hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and generally agreeable in its bearing, the body seemingly light, based on metrics other than the way this thing looks, and more or less smooth, that simple ashiness popping in here and there. It finishes barely off-dry, lightly malty, a touch sour, and still very roasty.

An interesting and laudable foray by Rogue's DIY, GYO, whatever it's called venture - they can be proud of another West Coast brewing effort taken to an unexpected extreme. This time, they really, really put the schwarz in schwarzbier - there's just gotta be a Spaceballs joke in there somewhere.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, deep blackness with some orange-tinted brown foam, looks like cocoa. A dark brown head dissiptes and spreads out fast.

Roastie mixed nuts, peanutbutter, sugar-coated peacans, dark-roasted wheat, bitter chocolate, leafy, dry, earthy bitterness.

A huge roastie nuts and wheat flavor hits first, nutty malt flavor's, charcoal and oats with a vanilla smoothness and gentle sweetness in the back. A full, hearty feel with lots going on. Big complexity, earthy bitter hop balance is very nice in the finish.

a fine brew.

Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with large tan foamy head. The heads alittle small
but it looks like tall glass of chocolate milk. The smell is nice with roasted malt,coffee,and some chocolate. The taste has alot of roasted malt with coffee,and very porter like. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A good beer that really is a porter.

Photo of LordHammer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my River Horse glass.

A: Deep black with a dark tan head. Permits no light to pass through.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, tiny tinge of burnt wood, and a delicate hop sharpness hiding at the back.

T: Smooth and malty out front, with just a bit of sweetness. The back, however, is another story. The roasted malts shine in the finish, with a deep coffee and roast flavor, and a long, slightly bitter, dry aftertaste.

M: Feels sharply carbonated and on the thin side, nothing special or spectacular here.

Good, but not stunning. Perhaps I expected something different.

Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sports probably my favorite color combo in beerdom. Intense, glintless black stacked tall with dark brown cream. Darker than expected, but it looks great.
Potently smoky right away in the nostrils. It eases off a bit as caramel seeps in. Coffee and chocolate fill the in between spaces.
It hits the mouth with that same powerful smokiness and espresso roastiness. Sweetness arrives shortly with milk chocolate and caramel. Roasty, smoky semi-acrid bitterness lingers on, and keeps it from growing oversweet. Hopping is hard to note, but a small grassy, wintergreen flare dots the close.
Medium bodied, seeming nearly full with the concentration of its flavors, but the steady, moderate carbonation and lager sleekness makes this gulper.
I love the concept, but love the beer even more.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful shwartzbier, sent by Presario. Pours beautiful black, looks thick, crowned by a small white head. Very roasty aroma. Slightly malty, roasted coffee-ish, chocolate taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying, good moderate maltiness that aids drinkability.

Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bomber pours jet black with a healthy dark brown head in pint glass. This is seriously dark stuff. Surprising rich malty aroma, even for a schwarzbier. Flavor is fairly hoppy. Hops seems a little muddled...I'm not really familar with Independent and Revelolution. Flavor through the middle is roasty, with more of a burnt aftertaste. Carbonation is relatively light, barely cutting through the (compartively) heavy grain bill. Seriously, I feel like I can taste little particles of nearly ashen roasted barley on my tongue. Of course the beer is too opaque to see if there's actual grain or any other sediment suspended in it. Compared to this, other schwarzbiers are lagers with food coloring added. This is an enjoyable expression of the style.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I put off getting this beer because of the price. It's not really expensive but I didn't think paying ~$8 would be worth it for a black lager. And oh...oh, was I wrong. I'll get straight into this review.

I've poured many black lagers before. They're usually black at first sight but a ruby-ish color up to a light, with an off-white or tan head. This black lager...looks like a stout. It's like pouring out a less viscous oil. No light makes its way through this. The head forms a bit slowly, about one and half fingers high, and a dark tan, like milk cocoa powder in color. Retention is moderate and it fizzes out fairly quickly until a thin layer of frothy head stays on top. There was barely any lacing on my first pour but a good amount in my later pours into my glass. It's very surprising but I found it welcoming. It made me want to know more about the beer.

I'm used to black lagers having roasted, coffee, and chocolate notes, but this brings them out like none I've ever inhaled before. Roasted coffee, chocolate, the dark fruits of figs and black cherry. There's also a graininess that can be picked up through a full inhale. A hint of hops tingles the nose while there's some woodiness in there too.

You might have guessed that this beer doesn't really taste like a black lager. It tastes like a delicious stout. Dark chocolate and intensely roasted coffee bring lengthy taste and a good bitterness that's not overpowering. Then come the dark fruits that and a bit of tartness and sweetness. Later in the finish is a nuttiness that has its own slight bitterness. As I said previously, the chocolate and roasted coffee linger for a long time, making you enjoy the flavors long after you've put the beer down. After I let it warm up there's more sweetness that comes out, like milk chocolate and caramel. There is a sort of milkiness to it as well. I could probably go on more but I'll just say this is divine.

Oh my, this is a smooth and exceptionally creamy. Medium-low carbonation keeps it smooth. It's medium body is heavier than all other black lagers I've had. It has good drinkability but not great, but really the taste is so damn good that you shouldn't care in the least.

I keep thinking I'm rating this too high but damnit, this was a surprising beer to me and one that blew my socks off. I'm a sucker for intense roasty goodness in beers and this one brings that more than most. I am oh so grateful that I decided to buy this beer. Great job, Rogue!

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
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