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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 45
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Cresant on 12-22-2009)
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1/5  rDev -75.1%

twincano, Dec 19, 2012
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freduardo, Dec 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: black, but there were hues around the glass. good head

S: roasty, fruity, over all not bad

T: garbage.

M: fine

D: I drain poured this beer a couple of sips in and I decided to open something else. I seem to not like the style, for some reason.

fastsrt, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of BarBEERian
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just cracking the top of the bottle made me reconsider what I was about to get myself into. When I read on the label that this fancy Dirtoir Black Lager was indeed, well, a black lager, I was expecting a tame and slightly dark water to pour out. But the smell was strong with coffee notes, and after falling into the glass, this beer was clearly not what I expected. This sucker was muddy and reasonably thick with a head that's darker than most stouts I dive into. The smell was sweeter than the initial wafts of bitter coffee, with touches of sweet chocolate tickling the olfactory sense. The first sip left a sour taste, though. Literally. The front notes of this beer were just off from the beginning. A slightly off-kilter, clunky, watered-down bitter beer taste scraped against the tongue for the first few seconds before finally getting pounced on by a dry and roasted malt profile. Not exactly the kind of beer that begs for more sips. Throughout the remainder of the glass, the flavor didn't really change all that much, with maybe the sour taste and awkward hop notes disappearing just a bit, but in general, this beer wasn't the most desirable to get through.

This is certainly a beer where the bite was worse than the bark. Based on the color and smell alone, I was expecting a truly astounding schwarzbier. However, what I got was a slightly ill-conceived rendition of the European style that still has some obvious rounding-out to do. It might be highly drinkable if you're a fan of the style and can stomach the weirder sour-bitter flavor near the front but for me, this just didn't quite work. Sometimes, a special edition beer is a good thing-you won't have to see it around for very long.

BarBEERian, Apr 13, 2010
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2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, split and shared with my wife, poured my allotment into a mug. This is crazy thick! Slowly glugs out of the bottle. This is like used motor oil. Not what I would expect from a lager, albeit dark. No light penetrates at all. Frothy mocha head on top. I would swear this is big stout. Notes of chocolate, dirty greens, baker’s yeast.

The mouth is creamy smooth and heavier than I’d like. This is really odd for a Schwarzbier. Not as easy-drinking as expected. Really big flavors of chocolate, roasted malts. These flavors are usually nice and mellow with this style, but this is just way too ‘big.’ Imperial Schwarz? Glad I tried this, but this isn’t what I’d reach for when in the mood for this, one of my favorite styles. A miss for me.

Onenote81, Sep 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

AWS2111, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

joex444, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

NvMyBeer, Dec 23, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes you look at the scores of others on this site, and just sort of say "huh?" And that is my reaction in this particular case. Schwarzbier is not necessarily the most dynamic of styles, but this particular example is full of flavor. I'm just not sure that all that flavor really belongs in a beer of this style and if I really like the flavor that's there.

It pours a pretty thick black - much more like Imperial Stout than Scharzbier. Color is there, but viscosity is off. Aroma was to me less roasty than it was smokey. This was confirmed to me upon my first few sips, which were decidedly smokey and to my mind a bit on the earthy/peaty side. Not light on the tongue like Sprecher Bavarian Black or Kostritzer, which I think of as sort of the American and international standards for the style. The flavor was pungent and not unpleasant, but not really delicious nor appropriate IMO either.

Still, not a bad beer. I bought 2 bottles of this at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus.

BeerBelcher, Feb 22, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one of those reviews that isn't going to make sense. The number scores are higher than they should be, because this beer doesn't really fit it's style. I would have liked to give it higher scores because I liked the beer.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black, with a thick, dark brown head that very good retention and lacing. In fact, this beer looked like a porter.

A very rich, roasty, slightly chocolatey aroma greets the nose, and has a satisfying presence. The flavors are very similar to the scents, deep, rich roasted malts and very little hop presence. Again, both of these categories were more like a porter than a lager.

Body and drinkability were both very good, different from what is expected for the style. Overall, a very good beer that would have scored if called a different style, like maybe a Baltic Porter. Worth trying.

beertunes, Feb 06, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

C: Black. Coffee colored head about 1/2 inch.

S: Coffee. Chocolate. Little else. No hoppy scent.

T: Taste lacks flavor. The coffee flavor w/ malty combination dominates the beer but lacks character.

M: Low carbonation. Watery flat texure. Low carbonation.

D: Gets boring quickly.


negroobserver, Apr 12, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager

Pours a very dark brown with off white khaki colored head and lace. Aroma of roasted, smokey malts and a coffee like presence. In the taste, upfront are roasted malts and a twang from the hops and smoke. Mild citrus notes beneath some coffee, cocoa and smoke. A small alcohol presence is noted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation. Overall, a half decent schwarz but next year would probably be better.

Stinkypuss, Jan 11, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This black lager comes dangerously close to looking, smelling, and tasting like a stout. Pours black with dark tan head. Two finger head with little retention and no lacing.
Aroma of coffee beans, dark roasted malts, wood smoke, and light hops.
Taste is dominated by dark roasted malts lightly charred with a smokey flavor. Coffee, cocoa, and a small amount of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is thinner and more carbonated than expected. Finished kind of dry.
Drinkability is decent, but i found this beer to be a bit boring.
Rogue is a great brewery but I haven't been impressed with their First Growth series.

MURF0320, Apr 15, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up today at the COOP by the wife.. I'm probably only having one beer after this shitty day at work.. and the praise goes out to Brenda. Poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger deep brown head.. fantastic reverse leopard spot lacing.. the brew is definitely black.

Nose is cold coffee.. verging on char, but never quite reaches burnt notes.. much more black malt arises as it warms.. alot more... too much smoke.

Just took a quick sip and was hoping my idea of the aroma was right on.. but the flavor has way too much char.. a bit of bacon actually.. chocolate and smoke.. the smoke should be no where in this brew... coffee dominated the finish.. pretty clean with a bit of dark malt astringency.. again.. too much smoke.

Lighter side of medium for the body.. the carbonation is everpresent and expected.

I don't know what to make of this one.... It reminds me of a Schwarzbier crossed with a lesser Rauchbier with a lite Baltic Porter thrown in just for cleanliness and mouthfeel.

I doubt I will buy this one again except for trading or for maybe a cellar experiment.. It is plenty good, but I am just not digging it... but really, I am damn glad we got this one in.


JohnGalt1, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of BetterWatching
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Jet black like a stout with a brown head that quickly disappears.

S- Toffee and dark malts.

T- Astringent and slightly acidic. Not much upfront, then a big toffee/espresso flavor fading quickly back to nothingness.

M- Slightly heavy on the tounge.

O- Somewhat disappointing although I do commend them for the GYO dedication on this brew. This bottle could have been a little old as well adding to the lack of hops in the flavor.

BetterWatching, Jul 05, 2011
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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.