Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales
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3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
05-02-2010 04:09:33 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours black with a nice dark brown head and a very nice amount of lacing. Nose is very nice--plenty malty with a good amount of roast. Some dark chocolate and coffee come through along with some hops. Taste is quite similar with a bit more hoppiness coming out. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with good carbonation. Quite tasty and went down easily.
09-17-2010 20:13:28 | More by Thorpe429
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of mocha.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and notes of dark chocolate. There is a slight amount of accompanying bitterness, which is most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is packed with interesting flavors and is very easy to drink because it isn’t very filling or high in alcohol content. This is a fine example of the style if you are looking for a sessionable dark lager.
07-22-2011 01:36:56 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
Licorice black with no highlights whatsoever. This stuff is more black hole-like than most big stouts, and the three finger crown is incredibly dark brown as well. As usual per this brewery, the foam looks good and is getting well acquainted with the pint glass as it deflates.
The nose is amazingly black malty too. It's also musky and spicy, which is probably due to the Independent and Revolution hops. Never has organic beer smelled so good. After all is said and done, it's about the quality of the ingredients.
Dirtoir Black Lager is a quality schwarzbier, there's no doubt about it. Despite (somewhat valid) complaints about packaging and pricing, Rouge almost always gives us delicious beer. $5.99 for this bomber wasn't bad at all.
Beer of this style needs to lead with the distinctive flavor of black patent malt... and this one does. Dark chocolate and black coffee make appearances, and the hops contribute exactly the right amount of earthy spiciness. The citrus fruit quality of C-hops wouldn't have worked at all.
This is the only Rogue beer in recent (or even distant) memory that doesn't use Pacman yeast. The silk-screened label reads 'German yeast' and the website reads 'Oktoberfest yeast'. Hmmm... I wasn't aware that such a thing as Oktoberfest yeast exists.
The mouthfeel is no surprise if you've had a lot of Rogue beer. It's plenty big enough for the style/ABV and is pleasingly smooth and supple. Perfect carbonation is a major reason why.
Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager is yet another wonderful brew from one of America's best breweries and is one of the finest schwarzbiers that I've consumed in many a moon. Drink it now while the hops still have some kick.
07-15-2010 11:55:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
A very un-Rogue-ish type beer that wants to be something between a Foreign Extra Stout and a Schwarzbier.
A very froathy, very dark brown beer pours with a sturdy and persistant head of mocha colored foam. Lots of lacing. This is one sharp looking beer.
Very roasty with espresso, coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, and sharp woodiness. Hops give an equally sharp grassy, piney, earthy bitterness and taste. A lightly astringent and tin-ey flavor also amplifies the bitterness and causes more of a distraction than a benefit.
Very full and creamy up front but when the texture of the beer fades from the initial Stout-like feel to more of a Schwarzbier feel the beer leaves an empty, powdery, ashy sensation that conflicts with the larger-than-life flavors.
Quite an enigma with the high level of roast, sour-bitter finish, and full-to-fleeting procession, it's hard to know what to make of it. Where are all the fruity notes and English-type sweet maltiness for which Rogue is known? Those could really have helped out here.
01-14-2010 02:58:46 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -0.5%
black, and nearly opaque liquid presented in front of me. This was looking big for a session lager already. A nice two-inch high head of tan lace formed on the top
Rich roasted malts and a smoky sort of peat like smell coming through off of this one right way. Very rich with a touch of bitterness-hidden way in the back, I had a feeling this was going to be good now. Very nice earthy and grassy touches throughout as well, with a touch of molasses maybe as it warms up. Rich chocolate like flavor almost coming through in the beginning and then turning over to a more roasted and smoke like flavor. Lots of different earthy tones here were coming together rather nicely. A touch of caramel or molasses like sweetness in the middle and some of the bittering effects in it towards the end. The finish was quick and clean with a nice smoke flavor in the finish, albeit lighter then what you would typically think of a smoked flavor being.
08-07-2011 15:56:58 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev +4%
A: just a tinge of light getting through otherwise very black.
S: surprisingly light on the nose considering the strong flavors in the taste.
T: lots of coffee/java and roasted nut. chocolate and vanilla notes.
M: semi dry. Full and thick bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: not too bad. More of a stout than a lager. Not getting the lager yeast.
09-21-2011 02:50:47 | More by kylehay2004
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
22 ounce bottle - $5.39 at Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out the ebony body one would expect crowned with a well-sized, substantial tan-colored head.
Smell: The aroma is absorbed in rich roasty, toasty scents and a full notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and charred nuts with lesser, lighter hints of earthy, piny hops.
Taste: Starts roasty with some sweetened coffee and bittersweet chocolate tastes with a touch of smokiness and eventually tones down to a well-toasted quality. Small amount of burnt almonds. A slight fruitiness transitions into a faint spicy, piney hop character with a modest amount of bitterness paired with the minor black malt astringency. Hint of German yeastiness in the background. Drying finish that's both roasty and bit bitter.
Mouthfeel: A skosh above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: While I would say it's a tad more bolder than a standard Schwarzbier, it is by no means overblown and is actually a very enjoyable beer (or at least I thought so). Go on, friends, give it a try!
01-28-2010 05:36:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.53/5 rDev +12.7%
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!
01-21-2010 23:12:49 | More by oberon
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
Served in a Budweiser pokal.
Pours a surprisingly opaque black with the darkest tan head I've yet seen, which lingers for quite some time. The nose is chocolate, soil, coffee, and a bit of florality. The taste is pretty similar, with the chocolate and coffee really coming through, along with a slight bit of bitterness. The body is a very light medium, with a nice kiss of carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a surprisingly great schwarz that stands as very highly drinkable.
03-23-2010 00:15:40 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
04-09-2010 22:48:47 | More by biboergosum
3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
11-20-2012 04:05:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev +2%
A - Two fingers of dark brownish-black head on top of a completely opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace. This is the darkest lager that I have ever seen.
S - Dark, roasted malt aroma with lots of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. A hint of spicy hops in the background and a clean fermentation profile. Simple, but very nice.
T - Sweet toffee malt up front with a hint of caramel. Cola and roasted malt notes emerge in the middle with a little bit of acidic, black coffee flavor. Finishes with mild coffee character and some toasted malt that is balanced by moderate hop bitterness and light, spicy hop flavor. Malt bitterness kicks in during the aftertaste with lots of acidic char and a hint of smoke.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Quite drinkable and a somewhat darker than normal malt character for the style. There is significant roast character in the aroma, both coffee and chocolate. The flavor is roasty as well, though a bit more mild in terms of roast and with a total lack of the chocolate character from the aroma. A nice beer overall, it comes a little closer to being a lagered stout than a true Schwarzbier, but it is well made and very enjoyable.
03-20-2010 06:18:29 | More by nickfl
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-24-2010 19:21:55 | More by WVbeergeek
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
One of my recent pick ups from Mid-Town in Tulsa, good looking bottle art...
Pours an effervescent mahogany with 4+ fingers of walnut colored head, man that's a good looking beer on the pour! Above average head retention & lacing
S: Chocolate, brown bread, some herbal hops
T: Roasty malt, a touch of brown bread & licorice, plus faint figgyness up front. Roastyness dominates as this warms, plus dryness & baker's chocolate. Finishes roasty with brown bread & a kiss of licorice
MF: Medium bodied, slightly oily with restrained carbonation & nice balance
Drinks fairly easy, roastyness slows me down a bit. Started reminded me more of a stout as time went on, so I believe this strays a touch too much for me style-wise, but a easily sessionable none the less. A nice stab at the style that only had some minor flaws
03-16-2010 04:08:39 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours black with a couple of thick foamy fingers of dark brown colored head. Man, this doesn't look unlike the foam that sits on top of a glass of chocolate milk when you rapidly pour into a glass. Retains with a smooth creamy layer of froth that leaves some strong patchy swathes of foam behind. Delish look! The aroma is all about those smooth smoky chocolate malts, which are very nicely complimented by some spicy smelling hop character. This has a pleasant feeling dark assertiveness in the nose.
The hops take control up front in the taste, with a sharp spiciness and a green earthy feel before a flush of dark chocolate roast across the back of the throat. Lots of lingering toastiness and dryness hangs on the lips after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp sharpness to it from the hop presence but those malts help retains a silky smoothness in the mouth. I had no problem polishing this bomber off by myself.
Nice! I love a good Schwarzbier and this one brought the goods with a deep mix of roast and hops and a super smooth feel that kept the drinkibility of this way up. A good entry for sure here from Rogue.
01-26-2010 17:17:59 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
Beer is dark brown / black with a big dark brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated.
Aroma is a little smoky, really roasty. Kind of like a strong stout. Some mild sweetness.
Beer is medium bodied and has a lot of roast in the back. There is a strong aftertaste / late taste of coffee that comes in after the swallow like an avalanche. Its creamy and nice, its got some really nice flavors in there, no real sweetness. Its a good beer.
09-23-2010 01:01:06 | More by drabmuh
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
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