Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 614
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 5.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 41 | 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.

15º PLATO
35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond
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Photo of 303beer
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. gorgeous 2 inch tall rocky tan head that breaks into big bubble sinkholes. You can smell it 3 feet away. Awesome smell. Dark chocolate mabey a hint of maple in the nose. Coffee toffee roasty then light on the backend. Wow cool. I'm gonna enjoy this brew (267 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (1,834 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a creamy, lingering tan head.

S: Aromas of vanilla bean, leather, dark chocolate, cream, roasted grain, grass, herbs, caramel, and lemon take a little while to express themselves on the nose.

T: Smooth, integrated notes of caramel, cream, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, leather, vanilla bean, kola nut, minerals, herbs, grass, and lemon wash across the palate. The finish is moderately hoppy and roasty, offering notes of leather, roasted grain, lemon, and grass.

M: Full-bodied and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: Obviously, this is not an orthodox schwarzbier, but it is a pretty much exceptional New World take on the style. This lager is proof that Rogue still pumps out worthwhile beers with regularity. (764 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Amazing in its opacity, pitch black with no light getting through the murk, capped by a rich cafe latte-colored head. Nose features some very pleasing malt acrobatics, prunes, raisins, dark roast coffee, a whiff of caramel, and some earthy herbal hops. Palate includes all these elements plus some dry chocolate flakes and light ash for good measure, starts sweet and roasty, almost stout-like before going very crisp and dry for the finish, as per the style. Nice creamy mouthfeel adds to the stout-like vibe, as does the low key carbonation. Some noble-type hops add a little pepper and vanilla perhaps. Great stuff and manages to deliver more robust flavors than maybe one would expect from a lager of this ilk. Is is TOO sweet? Perhaps. Here's where I channel my Micheal Jackson-like disregard for uber-rigid style guidelines in favor of just enjoying the show. (899 characters)

Photo of Kenee
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle to tulip half pint glass.

Very very dark black. No light penetration at all. Small head not much lacing.

Dark malt nose. No much alcohol. Medium hops.

Nice slight fizziness. Thick mouthfeel but with a nice balanced flavour.

Stout like but different mouthfeel (276 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$6.49
Rudy's Liquors - Lasalle, IL

Rogue's schwarzbier pours darker than most. As a matter of fact it's bordering on black hole with no light entering much less escaping. There aren't even highlights around the glass. The milk chocolate head is instantly creamy, like the froth of espresso, and leaves puffy, patched lacing as I drink. This is one of the better looking schwarzbiers I have ever seen.

The smell of this beer treads into stout territory. Roastier than expected malt kicks things off while a solid backbone of coffee and anise compliment nicely. There's a nice soft earthen maltiness flashing through here and there that's reminiscent of leather at times. Earthy hoppiness, a little herbal, wraps up the mouthwatering nose. Very nicely done!

This is a damn good beer! The roast is smooth and inviting before segueing into coffee and cream. The black licorice is soft and adds good depth. The earthiness from both the malt and hops pick up a bit toward the finish and leave an easy bitterness. This is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I've had in a long time and while being balanced it's also very flavorful.

Decadence! The mouthfeel is pure bliss. The body weighs in at medium with a body that's so silky smooth it's ridiculous. The finish slowly dries out and leaves an easy lingering bitterness after each drink. The balance is such that this beer is extremely satisfying while being incredibly drinkable.

Now, I'll start off by saying I'm not the biggest Rogue fan around, as a matter of fact this is the first beer I've drank of theirs in a few years. With that said, Dirtoir Black Lager is one of the best schwarzbiers I have ever had. It's up there with the likes of Monschof, Black Bavarian, and Duck Rabbit. It drinks more like Duck Rabbit's than the previous two with the weight and boldness. A great beer. Toss this into six packs and I'll be a happy camper. (1,910 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer, with a very nearly black body, tinged just slightly with deep, rusty red, and a very dense, latte-colored head. Kalamata olives are the first thing I notice on the nose, all briny and savory. It could pass as an oyster stout, for sure, at least by the smell. A bit of chocolate, a little molasses, and a slightly bourbon-ish maple character all come through. Reminds me a bit of my beloved Mr Squirrel.

The flavor is a balance of savory and sweet that seems to punch slightly above its weight – like an imperial stout, but a little lighter and less boozy. Walnut liqueur, prunes, well-pulled espresso, chewy licorice – but in spite of all the rich flavors (and fairly thick mouthfeel) it's bone dry and has the most perfect carbonation, a slight fizz that dissipates into a soft froth. This is exquisite – to be fair, this is exactly what I'm in the mood for at this particular moment. It's been a long day and I wanted something with a lot of depth, but also something refreshing. That's a tall order to fill and this does so perfectly. It's a very versatile beer: great on its own, obviously, whatever the season, whatever the weather; but also a potentially excellent 'go-to' beer for food. I can see it working with anything from steak and mash to raw oysters to Thai curries.

What a beer! Well done, Rogue. You still got it. (1,357 characters)

Photo of vegassommelier
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was well made and great for those enjoying the doppelbock or even stout styles. The color was intense; motor oil with a deep brown rim. The aromas were malty, bitter cocoa powder, pumpernickel and dark spices. The flavors were similar to the nose (with accentuated rye bread/pumpernickel, and bitter chocolate tones), with a touch more astringency on the finish than I anticipated. This was truly bread in a glass, and is great for someone looking for a well made, malty and thick doppelbock style beer without the intense price tag. (543 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into .5l Cyclinder marked Spaten.

A; Opaque black. Without highlights whatsoever. Dark brown large 3 finger head, with hills and valleys, Good lacing, Fair retention, leaves a arc of foam as you enjoy it. Lots of carbonation.

S; The nose is dark malt. It's dark forest, earthy, under boardwalk, musky and spicy, as I imagine a permaculture farm.

T: Black Beer. Not too filling or alcoholic. Not a summer brew, but not heavy. Malts trending toward chocolate, licorice, toffee, spice, and with a nice hop after zing. Completely original and more brooding and earthy than other I have tried. Great style, plenty of aroma and flavor, particularly for an organic, GYO beer (Grow your own). Hops have their say in nice finishing kick.

Uses 'Oktoberfest yeast'.

Mouth feel is good weight, nice tingle, great finish. Would be great after dinner or with cigars. Great matched with beef, stews, hearty dishes, tomato sauces.

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager is a must try if you can find it. (1,029 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly viscous jet black pour with cocoa head that settles to film fast but speckles.
Ash, pumpernickel, and raisin nose - dark.
Blackberry, fruit scone, treacle, a roasty hit, and a caraway, earth and chive hop hit. Lightens as it warms.
Blueberry end and cut grass linger.
Medium, oily, fizzy.

Way heavier than lager suggests. Too oily for schwarz-, only the body is lagery. I do have to wonder, as always in Ireland, if some hops are gone; it's a strange aroma character and something more assertive would balance this out.

A bit too black, confusing, but nice and drinkable in the end. (599 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thick and abundant brown head with good retention.
Strong aroma of dark chocolate, waffles, mocha, and grainy malts.
Bold flavor, very malty, mostly roasted. Some notes of earth, dark chocolate, charcoal and espresso. A bit smoked or even with ash notes.
Dry and malty aftertaste, lingering roasted malts.
Full body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Interesting that roasted malts won the battle against hops, well, otherwise it would be an imperial stout. This is much heavier than a Schwarzbier, still pleasant to drink. Nice that they could get all that flavor out of a lager. Recommendable. (625 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a nice mount of mocha brown head. A ring lingers. Some of it lacing.

Black coffee and dark chocolate leads the way. Nice burnt grain aroma with a hint of smoke. A ridiculous nose for a black lager.

Super-roasty and robust. More of the coffee with bitter chocolate, chicory root, and earthy hops. You can barely tell it's a lager. Malts are rather dry, which is nice. Very good.

Beefed up with carbonation. Medium-to-light in body. Really, a great feel for the style. So approachable and so flavorful.

Kickass schwarzbier. Best I've had. (556 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a black colored brew with a tiny tan head. The head fades almost instantly leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is strongest of a roasted coffee aroma. Mixed with this is a nice dark chocolate/cocoa smell. A light sweet vanilla and caramel smell are mixed with these roasted and dark aromas balancing them nicely and creating a great smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some slightly sweeter chocolate and roasted malt notes up front. As the flavors advance further a bit of caramel and some smoky and coffee flavors come to the tongue. These flavors last to the end of the taste where the coffee flavors get stronger and espresso like with the brew also bittering more in nature. These are accompanied by an emergence of some earthy hop flavors. When mixed with the bitter coffee, and roasted malts it creates a very pleasing slightly bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The chewier body is fantastic for the roasted and darker flavors of the beer giving is a big and thick feel on the tongue; well matching the coffee and chocolate flavors of the brew.

Overall- This was one tasty brew. It had the right level of bitter hop and sweetness to complement the darker and roastier chocolate and coffee/espresso flavors of the brew. Well done. (1,466 characters)

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark and rich, what you would expect from Rogue a tad bit more, a little over the top. Very pleasent beer great hop flavor, you just feel the freshness comeing out of this one. All of the brews in this series are wonderfull hope John comes up with more! (253 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Manito Tap

Black with little transparancy and an etched dark mirror surface accented by slightly mocha foam. Some soapy bubbles around the perimeter and center. Smells of dry toasted malts, some coffee, some dark cocoa, some soil and a little bit of almond. Nice nose. Taste is dry and toasted with a slight sweetness and a ton of coffee ground and soil character. Medium light bodied with lower carb and an appropriately dry finish. Nice beer, I hate Rogue, but this is a good Schwarzbier. (501 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the best beers ive had in awhile. it took me totally by surprise how much i got off on this stuff. it pours jet black, dense looking for a lager, with a tall and lasting coffee colored head of tiny bubbles. the nose is really dark roasted barley, nearly burnt, with notes of coffee and raw black chocolate. its earthy and organic smelling, dank in a way, and more hoppy than i expected, but not quite in the cascadian dark ale range yet (at least as far as the nose goes). the flavor is amazing, it starts off really bitter, like espresso but not acidic, its got a touch of smoke to it, black soil, and then comes the hops, slightly citric, but more bitter than anything, adding a nice compliment to the already dry bitter malt profile. the beer then smoothly but swiftly transitions in a crisp black lager, lighter than its been until now, suddenly being at one refreshing and warming. the heavy cloud has lifted, and the beer finishes like any lager should. what a journey. mouthfeel follows suit, starting heavy as hell, like a massive stout, but it then relaxes to a lager feel, crisp and clean. there is so much flavor brilliantly packed into this beer, which starts sturdy and ends delicately. this may be the best rogue beer ive ever had, and it has inspired me to buy some of the other grow your own series beers from them, as this is simply exquisite. the first beer to blow my mind in a long time. it went expertly with spicy blackbeans and escargots over angel hair. what a gem this is! (1,512 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty roasted malt character. Then strong flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth drinking for while if you’re in the mood for the style but there are other similar beers that I would choose first. (868 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Lager pours a black color, with a very small tan head. There is a nice strong malty and coffee aroma. The taste has a nice coffee bite, very full bodied, good malty backbone. Good full flavor, very easy to drink, and would want more. Overall a fantastic example of this style, a must try. (294 characters)

Photo of Gus_13
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured jet black, can't see a thing through it. It had a solid two fingers of a dark mocha head. I was really surprised by the head on there. Tight bubbles and pretty good head lacing. As I drank it it had lacing all the way down. Very good looking schwarzbier.

Aroma: Really a big mocha aroma right at the front of the nose. Some of the chocolate from the malts comes out too. Little hints of smokiness in there as well. Not too much bitterness but there is a bit in there. Coffee in there but much like the smell of used coffee grains after the coffee has been brewed.

Taste: Roastiness right off the bat. Followed by the mocha and chocolate right behind it. Little mixes of oatmeal and coffee grains. Very smooth mouthfeel but not really heavy at all. Super easy drinker. Being a big fan of stouts I like having something easy to drink like this in between to have. Great job. (935 characters)

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.