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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 42
Gots: 26 | 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 nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

nickd717, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of GoalieRon33
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

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

GoalieRon33, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

drpimento, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

OneDropSoup, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Reaper16, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Purchased a bottle on Friday night to drink with a friend. Poured into two stemmed glasses. Probably the blackest colored beer outside of a stout that I have seen in a long time. Big thick tan formed. Smell was intense and inviting. Had the smell of roasted coffee, campfire embers, peaty malt scotch, and potting soil. We both couldn't stop smelling it and rattling off something else we each smelled. Taste was just as delicious. Very intense bitter dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, and brown sugar were flavors that I detected. Mouthfeel was much more thicker than I was expecting. It left lager territory and was borderline porter. Thick and creamy on the palate. This was a great beer to drink with a friend, and I could have easily drank this myself. I really like what Rogue created here.

morebeergood, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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 . . .

Beerandraiderfan, May 23, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

A-dark brown/black with a really nice tan one-finger head

S-chocolate, malty, espresso

T-very similar to aroma, but not very bitter at all; almost like drinking a dark chocolate milk with just the slightest amount of hops at the end

M-really nice and smooth, perfect carbonation

D-quite nice; it really is a nice alternative for winter beers as in the style description, but its nice anytime of the year

scottyb88, May 21, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

cokes, May 20, 2010
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.3/5  rDev +7%

A- Very dark beer, as expected. Mocha colored foam sits atop very thick and creamy. Absolutely enticing...

S- Has a sweet vanilla toffee and roasted malt smell. Some coffee also comes through the nose but everything settles with an interesting smokey aroma that took me a bit offguard, but was very much appreciated.

T/M- The smoke comes through more in the flavor than the nose, but balances out and ends very smooth. Slight hop bitterness is evident and balanced with a roasted malt flavor. Very smooth feel with light carbonation. The only way to explain this is to say this has a very typical schwarzbier-esque feel and flavor; but with some added flavors that do the taste buds well!

D- Pretty drinkable, but then again- schwarzbier is my favorite type of beer. I could put this down all night long and not think twice.

Loved this beer overall. I think the GYO aspect was really awesome and Rogue did a great job. One of my favorites from this brewery and this beer was very reasonably priced. This is up there and possibly tied with their Mocha Porter offering (which was my favorite Rogue beer prior to this experience)

TheGordianKnot, May 19, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Served from 22 oz bottle into Ommegang Flute. Pours as black as can be with a two finger tan head. The aroma is comprised of malts and a slight hint of coffee. The flavor of this brew has a nice malty flavor with subtle hints of coffee and with a slightly bitter aftertaste when swallowing. This brew has a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. There is minimal lacing throughout. Overall this is a very nice low intensity flavor for a black lager. It is easy to drink and very enjoyable. This is a very nice brew by Rogue. Definitely worth a shot if you have the opportunity.

thagr81us, May 13, 2010
Photo of Rupertlikesbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

i dont know if it was the label that drew me to this beer but when i saw it i had to have it.

i wasn't disappointed.

poured into 22oz mug

upon pouring it was dark. very dark. it blocked almost all light from a 60 watt bulb. awesome. it had a thin beige head that didnt hang around long.

i might be crazy...but among the notes of hops, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, i detected the smell of olives.

tasted great. sweet, malty, smokey, again...hint of olives. (to me anyway) and hops start out slight in the beginning but really came through in the finish and lasted a little while.

mouth feel is nice. just let it linger in my mouth a bit before each swallow. not too carbonated, had velvety characteristics but at the same time was crisp and surprisingly refreshing for such a dark beer. i immediately wished i had bought more. i could drink a few of these..but at 6.0 percent abv i think id have to nurse them a little better than i did with this one.

next time i drink this beer it will be around a fire with some grilled meat. mmm

i recommend it.

Rupertlikesbeer, May 11, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

wesbrownyeah, May 09, 2010
Photo of magnj
4.22/5  rDev +5%

A - Deep chocolatey brown body, nice 1 finger charred brown head. Carbonation seems to be moderate-high.

S - Fresh chocolate and coffee as well as somewhat sweet

T - Clean up front then comes in the chocolate and coffee. Strong flavor yet somehow still seems light and thin, lager like. Ends slightly sweet stopping short of a milk stout but reminiscent of one. I really like the style, this is a fine example, maybe a little big.

M/D - Thin mouthfeel but appropriate. Slight residual sweetness but again nice. Ends strong with coffee and leaves a nice taste on the tongue. Easy to drink, slightly sneaky considering mouthfeel vs. abv.

magnj, May 05, 2010
Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a pokal glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger foamy creamy head that is dark brown in color and has a good retention. The color of beer is dark brown. The clarity of the beer is opaque. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich dark roasted malt, espresso, yeast, and toffee.

Taste: A very deep rich roasted malt, dark coffee, light chocolate, toffee and a hint of caramel.

The mouth feel is carbonated and rich.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is medium full. This beer is deep, rich and full of flavor. This beer is wonderful and very tasty. I am very glad I got to drink it. This is my second favorite Rouge beer.

colts9016, May 04, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Split a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer with a couple friends. All agree this was a thoroughly tasty beer. For the most part, it reminded me more of a porter, but a great one at that. The flavor, in addition, to the bready cocoa notes also had an unusual earthy spice that I really enjoyed and set this apart. I just wish the body was a touch light to make this more drinkable.

tempest, May 02, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, May 02, 2010
Photo of jbsteiny
3.9/5  rDev -3%

When I first poured this beer into two glasses, it looked about as perfect as a dark beer could -- opaque near-black, with a fluffy milk-chocolate colored head -- sadly little retention and the head soon dissipated into a thin ring.

Smells great -- chocolate dominates and some hop characteristics come through, as does coffee, caramel, and molasses. Tastes nearly as good, with the bitterness of dark roast coffee and hops mixing well with the sweetness of the malt. But I'm not such a fan of the finish -- lingering bitterness and acidity; for the style I'd like it to be drier.

Another great Rogue stout made with a lager yeast -- will probably drink it again, especially as I'd like to support the Grow Your Own cause, but I wish it was even a little bigger up front and a little cleaner in the finish.

jbsteiny, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Vengeance526
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a dark black color with a small tan head that turns to a light ring quickly and leaves a lot of fine lacing.

Inviting aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee upfront with caramel, smoke and maybe even a hint of hops in the background.

Taste reveals notes of roasted malt and coffee at first, followed by caramel and more nutty flavors. The finish is a little smoky and a mild degree of hop bitterness is present. Some bitter chocolate also shows up toward the end.

Medium body with light carbonation. Pretty decent all around, but probably not something I'd be looking for again. Still was worth trying at least once.

Vengeance526, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours out an opaque black with about a 1.5" medium brown head that has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lace,
The smell includes roasted malt, light amount of chocolate, a bit more aroma of coffee and one of the first smells I got was of the shore area.
The taste has a stronger dose of coffee, then roasted malt and I still get a bit of the bay/shore in the taste (weird but not unpleasant). Near the end a bitterness finishes it off,
Mouthfeel is definitely light and dry.
This isn't a beer I could drink a lot of or often but it is an interesting and enjoyable beer. Worth a try.

meatyard, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

22oz bomber into a pilsner glass. Jet black, no light getting through this one. Dark tan, fluffy head that was at least 3 fingers thick.

Smell was very earthy, a little coffee; mild chocolate; toasty, nutty malts.

Taste is very close to the nose. The toasted malts and coffee come through first, but now I start to get a little of the hop bitterness. Slightly sour on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, with a mild, slick-like coating of the mouth.

Drinkability is good. Most dark beers just come on heavier than this one. A lot of flavors for such an easy drinking beer. Thanks to all the BA's who advised me to go with this one based on my food pairing--grilled chicken shish-ka-bobs with onions, peppers, pineapples, tomatoes.

bigbluebeerguy, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Poured from the bomber into a pilsner glass. Body is black with a 2-finger tan head. No lace left behind.

S: Roasted barley, charcoal and a hint of chocolate as it warms.

T: First impression: smoke and char and roasted barley malt. Some chocolate malt underneath it all. Earthy bitterness at the finish, coats the palate and lingers. Flavors don't quite come together, it seems.

M: About medium in weight; overall feel is good.

D: OK. Like I said, I didn't think the flavors melded all that well, and there was too much smoke and char. Glad I had the chance to try it (a friend brought over the bottle), but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Kendo, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured jet black. This is about as dark as any beer I have ever had. Had nice fluffy brown head that lasted a long time. Very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. Has an earthy, smoky flavor to it. Nice aroma as well. This is a well-crafted beer that I enjoyed. Drinkability is pretty high.

biggmike, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Jet black with thick, dark brown head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Nice roasty malt aroma, dark chocolate, and fresh hoppiness. Flavor of smooth roasted malt. Not so much chocolate, replaced instead with a straight malt character. Slight hoppy bitterness with a smooth, crisp lager-like finish.

Medium body with crisp, airy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall an easy-drinking beer with lots of flavor and complexity going on. Basically the drinkability of a lighter lager with the complexity and robustness of a stout.

goldbot, Apr 21, 2010
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
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