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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 46
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of wmtxbb
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 OnThenIn
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirtoir black lager
A: two fingers of incredibly dark tan head like the color of coffee with a bit of milk. The body is rather dark.

S: the aroma is subtle. It is biscuity. There is slight chocolate aromas.

T: it is malty with slight roasted notes but their is a slight hop bitterness around the middle of the taste. It is a very interesting lager with various layers of complexity. A touch of caramel.

M: it is medium body with good carbonation.

D:  there is a slight astringent quality from the roasted malt that hurts the drinkability but overall this is a solid beer. In fact it has made me rethink trying rogue's other offerings, which I have typically been avoiding.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepist blackest beer I've had to date.
Pours thick like an imperal stoudt with a deep brown foam cap, dense and long lasting.
Smells nicely of complex rich malts, toffee and maybe pumpkin spice. Hops provide just enought earthiness and woodiness.
Very nice tasting with of course a complex malt base. Hints of chocolate and espresso.
Hops provide a nice earthy flavor but are not promident.
A very nice beer thats smooth and full bodied.
A roasted dry bitter ending that lingers in the back of the mouth for a while.
I think this would be a good beer to cellar for a while to see how it would mellow out.
This is a rich and complex tasting beer good for one or two at a time to savor.

Photo of yeoldeale
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

VERY dark in color...almost surprisingly so. A "Schwarz" bier through and through. A good looking thin brown head that does not stick around as I hoped it would... instead it dissipates rather quickly. A faint smell of roasted barley. A delicious black rye bread taste with the slightest trace of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thicker than I expected for the schwarzbier style. Overall a very drinkable schwarzbier but a bit heavier than most.

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a samll head of brown foam. Small residual layer on top.

Smells malty. Light chocolate smell.

Burnt coffee taste with mild hop back. Bittering throughout. Earthy. Long finish. Full body with smooth mouthfeel - but filling.

Tasty, drinkable, and a great concept.

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 mynie
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a Schwarz, this pours really dark and really thick. Normally these are thinner than stouts and more dark red than black, but this is so dense, dark, and opaque that I could have mistaken it for Shakespeare.

The biggest, baddest thing you taste is the chocolate malt, and it's thick like a mlikshake. The sweetness is very light and shortlived, and it moves into a malty middle that's like burnt shortbread, and then that sticks around for forever, grows lightly sour, and finally in the very end of the aftertaste it gives way to bitter hops. No pacman. The yeast is hardly noticeable.

This is one hell of a fantastic Schwarz, but that might just be because it tastes a lot more like a porter than your traditional black lager, and I (and most people) seem to like porters more than blacks. But whatever. It's traditionally brewed, reasonably priced, and delicious.

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Poured a delightfully dense black, perhaps the darkest schwarzbier I've had. Nicely roasted malt and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Hops were lively and well integrated. Overall, quite well done.

As to the hype about "grow your own" malt and hops, I suppose someone crass, such as myself, might wonder if a byproduct of this would be cutting out the supplier and keeping production cost down? Just a thought.

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

An interesting brew. I was surprised by it.

22 oz bottle into a Rochefort challis.

Apprearance is as the label suggests, black. It has a nice an head that migrated to the edge of my glass.

Aroma is as black as the color. Coffee and Chocolate. Sweet malt and alcohol mixed with faint hops.

Taste is smokey. Rich malt, good balance. Some hops comes through but only as a balance against some pretty big malt.

mouthfeel is a little light for my taste but drinkability as pretty nice. I could put a few of these back real easy.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into imperial pint

A: dark black with sooty brown head with very fine carbonation and excellent lacing

S: sweet with dark cherry, cocoa bitterness, and a bit of malted characteristics

T: cocoa, bbq smoke sweetness, charcoal, very clean bitterness that finishes slightly sour - very nice

M: medium body with a light bite from the carbonation

D: this is an excellent beer with a very diverse flavor profile that is heavy but not overbearing, get some.

Photo of ryanmac06
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark black with a tan/cola head. Moderate lacing. One of the beers best attributes

S - Has a slightly smokey aroma that is dominated by sweet coffee. Nice complex smell

T - Taste just like it smells. Espresso that is balanced with a mild bitterness. Chocolate is also heavy. Drinks and tastes like a stout.

M - A bit thinner than you would think by the smell and appearance. Carbonation is moderate.

D - Not hard to drink but I won't have another. Not close to a session brew for me.

Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Robust, chocolate, coffee and roast aroma. Very dark and earthy for a Schwartzbier.

Chocolatey and roasty with a nice subtle sweetness. Mild hops. Balanced and nicely dry.

Dark black colour with a big, fluffy brown head. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A tasty drop but it comes across a little harsh in places.

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pour from bottle into snifter. Nose is heavy coffee and malt, taste is the same. Thin, rust-colored head that recedes into some lacing; a more aggressive pour is needed for head. Completely opaque body. Very little carbonation for a smooth but almost blank mouthfeel. The flavor itself is smooth; bitter but not overpoweringly so, even on the hoppier aftertaste. Quite drinkable for something this dark and thick/heavy tasting.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of several beer birthday gifts from my wife a from May. Poured it into a Duvel Tulip glass. This was by far the best looking schwartzbiers I've ever had. It pours out pitch black, much like a heavy looking Russian Imperial Stout or Double Stout. The darkness consumes the glass, no highlights can be seen. The beer produces an insanely big dark brown colored head, initially it looks like some pretty good lacing, but it doesn't really stick around that much, it leaves a ring around the top. The initial pour comes up big and almost produces like a nitro type effect. The smell is good, much of it smells like dark malts, slight hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Not as much of a hop presence as I expected, but present and accounted for, earthy/spicy. The taste is good, I feel as if it is a little more complex than the smell. Big dark malts again, dark chocolate and black coffee. Hops are a bit stronger, they blend nicely, still a bit earthy. Call me crazy, but I detect a smokey flavor that I didn't notice in the smell, maybe some peat or a German smoke malt. The mouthfeel is incredibly excellent. It's a full bodied big feel, yet at the time it's both soft and smooth. Slight bitter finish at the end, I'm digging it. Drinkability is good. I'm liking this beer more and more as I drink it. I thought I read somewhere that the ABV was around 9 but it's only 6. I might have had it sooner if I had known that. When it was cold the hops weren't as noticeable so I'm wondering if they dulled out at all over the last 3 months. Nevertheless I really liked it, very good beer clearly quality ingredients

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 fingers of tan cola colored head. Good retention. Thick lacing. Color is pure black.

S. Smell is roasted and chocolate malt. Coffee. Some hop aroma. A little smokiness.

T. Tastes of coffee, chocolate. Roasted and chocolate mal. Tastes almost like a stout. Some of the smokiness from the aroma. Some bitterness, but more sweet.

M. Full bodied. Lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

D. Easy drinking. Is more stout like for me than black lager. Must be the only thing that distinguishes it is the lager yeast. This is a good easy drinking beer.

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

a chocolate earth molasses coffee lean feel with a nice creamy body. this beer looks like a porter and feels one but doesn't have the heaviness. nose is all that with a mild citrus pine that broadness to an nice apple as it warms to room temp. palate is a nice balance and a floral palate cleanser that mixes very well. a great feel that has a body that replenishes itself.

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

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A viscose oily black pour produces a dark colored cinnamon head of modest statue with good retention (3-4 min.). Minimal lacing was to be had on the glass. Unlike their Single malt ale, this really didn't leave me a lot to go on, but it was hard to argue that the coloring lived up to its name, the deepest of black, which was topped off by a respectable head which slowly melted to a thin film coating which persisted for the remainder of the drink.

S: A fresh black roasty coffee aroma, moderate in strength, is displayed upfront on the nose. Hints of dark bitter bakers chocolate also intertwine.

T: The initial flavor was rich, with a black roastiness of freshly kilned coffee beans, a bit thin at first, but muscles up quickly turning bitter with some chalky notes and scorched remains of barley grains and coffee grounds. The tongue quickly gets coated and rewarded with a smothering, but smooth mineral lacing of burnt wood ash and fine moist coffee grounds that was earthy and finished out with traces of burnt sweet chocolate thrown in for good measure. Overall a good depth of dark roastiness per style, certainly ranks up their with the most I've experienced.

M: Light bodied with a silky feel. A decent show of carbonation presents itself upfront but quickly fizzles out. Upon the swallow a roasty bitterness presents itself of warm moist coffee grounds and earthy soil notes.

D: A rich roasty treat that was still surprisingly smooth and silky going down. Big flavor with a bomber that will leave you satisfied. Worthy of a purchase.

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours darkest brown with a nice-sized tan head that fades to a ring and some swirls.

Aroma is very full and nice with lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and earth.

Flavor is also great and very earthy. Intense roastiness and coffee along with some dark chocolate and hop bitterness. This really tastes more like a porter, although I know it's a lager.

Smooth and rather hoppy on the palate with medium-full body.

Very good for the style, if you want to call it a schwarzbier.

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a tannish foamy head that subsides quickly. Overall pretty beer. Looks very stout-like.

S- Roasted Malts, Some chocolate undertones, coffee like finish.

T- See smell...Its the same

M- A little to light of a mouthfeel, but overall pretty legit.

D- Great to drink all night. Not overpowering, yet full enough to satisfy

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supremo! Poured with a lovely large foamy frothy brown head that subsides quickly and a little lace. Nose is quite roasty malt nutmeats licorice leather tree bark. Color is opaque black with very slight brown highlights. Flavor is like aroma but with a bit of acid. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and lasts for a while. Easy drinking session beer.

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

Poured into a tulip pint: Black body with no highlights that I can tell. Massive head like chocolate mousse, rich & creamy, rising over the rim of the glass. Good-looking brew. Head drops & leaves strands of lacing.

Smell is roasted malts, slight cocoa powder. There's a smell here I've noticed in other schwarzbiers that's a funky, organic, sweet & fruit barnyard kind of smell: wet hay, earth, & a little manure or mushrooms. Not unpleasant in the context of a beer, but it's only been with schwarzbiers so far. Huh.

Taste has a lightly fruity lead that gives way quickly to moderate dark chocolate & very roasty malt, coffee-like. Finishes with that sweet funky note, roasty bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, acidic, pretty strong on the palate.

Good stuff -- I always find that barnyard character intriguing, & find it here in force. May have something to do with the "dirtoir" thing & the freshness of the ingredients, who knows? One or two is fine.

Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a shade of brown that is somewhere between cola and deep mahogany. No light is getting through this pour. The head is beautiful. Two fingers or more depending on your strength of pour, the color is a super-dark tan. This basically looks just like Ten FIDY; an uncanny resemblance, really.

Some bitter chocolate and black licorice in the nose. Clean bittering hops follow up along with a nutty sort of coffee scent. Not a lot going on - pretty clean - but nice.

A clean, darn good schwarzbier. Flourishes of smoke and tobacco leaf surround light chocolate/coffee tastes. Earthy bittering hops - Rogue's proprietary hops, mind you - reinforce the tobacco flavor and round out the whole drink. I've never had a better black lager.

The mouthfeel doesn't draw attention to itself. It is perhaps too harsh up front with carbonation but otherwise isn't offensive or exemplary. This, mostly by virtue of its flavor, is darn drinkable. This would make a good six-pack beer.

This is a very tasty schwarzbier with reassuring, feel-good politics behind it (sustainable, estate-grown hops and malts). This beer is worth buying not only for the statement but for its deliciousness.

Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.