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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 40
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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.

15º PLATO
35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cresant on 12-22-2009)
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black color with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is smoke, dar, bitter cocoa. hops. Taste is immediate smoke, and very subtle smoke, with cocoa, big dose of hops and very tasty. Mouthfeel id hearty with hops, smoke, cocoa and some coffee weighing in. Very good indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 00:22:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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Lerxst

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours jet black with a nice sized mocha colored head that has fair retention and leaves nice lacing. Looks really good.

S-Roasted malt and coffee, a nice earthy aroma I can't quite put my finger on but it smells nice, a bit of dark chocolate.

T-Very similar to the nose with roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, a earthy/woody flavor.

M-Medium bodied, slightly slick and oily, coats the palate nicely.

D-This one goes down easy and the bomber was easily consumed.

I hadn't had a Rogue beer in a while, but when I saw this I knew I had to try it. And I'm glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 00:47:41 | More by Lerxst
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with almost four fingers of dark brown colored head; the head even leaves some lacing patternes on the side of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is quite black in color, almost perfectly so and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma is a richly roasted mix of deeply toasted whole grain notes, French Roast coffee, burnt grain and toasted, almost burnt crackers. As the beer warms some dark chocolate notes become noticeable as does some burnt, caramelized malt character. The aroma smells quite appetizing and really has a wholesome grain / bread quality to it.

This has a light acidity to it as I take my first sip. The roast character definitely plays the dominant role here. The finish has a dark roast coffee bitterness, some clean hop bitterness and a toasted grain huskiness that gives this a rustic grain quality. There is a charred smokiness to this beer brought on by a charcoal like roasted character. This beer is actually quite savory in character as the malt base is quite rich. There is perhaps a hint of molasses flavor here from the sweet malt that is just barely noticeable under all of the roast character. This hint of sweetness also brings out a dark cocoa flavor. While rich and satisfying this is still a beer that I find easy to finish my 22oz bottle of. It is a bit over-carbonated, which contributes a sharp carbonic acidity, but luckily this is easily gotten rid of. There seems to be a hint of mint character here that is likely derived from a touch of herbal hop notes.

This is a deeply satisfying and rich Stout made with Lager yeast. This is quite enjoyable and better than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:50:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a jet black and viscous body with a large, tightknit and creamy cocoa head. Retention is good and there is abundant sticky lacing. Looks more like a stout than anything else.

Aroma is full of dark roasty notes of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Hints of roasted almonds and earthy hops underneath.

Medium full body is creamy and coating.

Taste has a dominant dark roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes are prominent throughout. Spicy and earthy hops emerge midway through. A smoked nuttiness adds a nice touch. Finishes dry and roasty.

Unusual dark roastiness for a schwarzbier. Actually, this is more like a stout brewed with lager yeast. Strange, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 20:39:01 | More by merlin48
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 06:18:29 | More by nickfl
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selecter70

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to grab one for rainy day, relaxing in the man-cave-keller-record library...and it definitely did not disappoint! A viscous black pour into a nonic pint glass resulting in a solid black appearance with thin reddish dark tan head that stuck as lace in a minimal way. The aroma lent towards a smoked or rauchbier style, as well as dark coffee and a hint of lemon hop. The flavor was a near-burnt smoky malt with black coffee, dark chocolate and bit of hop to round it out. Not on the sweeter end of schwarzbiers/black lagers. Nice body & mouthfeel with presence of alcohol, but not overwhelming or distracting. Hearty sipper that did not push any extreme...nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 19:26:52 | More by selecter70
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Pencible

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque black with moderate dark tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and smoke and burnt coffee and dark chocolate, with a little lemon. It tasted like burnt barley and smoke and charred mocha, with a little copper hops. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter smoky aftertaste. Overall this was the perfect schwarzbier, for my tastes. It had a great smoky profile that was bold but not overwhelming (like rauchbiers). It had a very nice full body too, and was pretty easy to drink. Maybe a little harsh for some drinkers, or maybe not entirely true to the history of the style, but I loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 15:46:01 | More by Pencible
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david131

California

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

A- A very dark, creamy, inky black with a dense brown head that dimples the surface of the liquid. Looks serious.

S- Coffee, black chocolate, and smoke. Smells like a very strong chocolate shake.

T- Coffee, bitter black chocolate, smoke. Very flavorful.

M- Creamy with a nice carbonation bite. Lasting roastiness at the end.

D- Slightly rich, but very enjoyable. For the ABV, this is a bit of a sipper. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 04:10:09 | More by david131
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jbowers56

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta be honest here, I havent really had a whole lot of experience with this style.

Jet black colour. Cant see highlights even held up to light. Brown nearly purpleish? 1 finger head fades pretty quickly to a fairly unimpressive layer. Looks pretty inviting.

A very dry smell. Earthy, black patent malts make themselves apparent. Almost salty in its dryness. Very bold.

Taste is not as robust as the nose, that being said its still very good. Some roastiness is there and some more sweetness than I expected from the nose. A little sharpness from the hops comes in at the end to clean it up. Really well done in that regard. To be honest, I am glad the taste is not exactly as the nose would let on. Plenty going on but very drinkable too.

Enjoyable take on the style for a newcomer!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 11:55:27 | More by jbowers56
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a coal black, deep...dark. Huge tan head that sticks a while. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing.
Smells very smooth...chocolately mixed with vanilla. Reminds me of a bowl of ice cream of both flavors all mixed together.
taste great...roasty, ashy...chocolate. Very smooth without the bitter finish, but well balanced.
Like this one...very stout like less some hops

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:25:07 | More by dmamiano
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark, almost black, brew with a big a mocha head. The dark roasted malt exudes a bitter, chocolate aroma.

The beer moves deftly and smoothly across the palate. The flavors are that of dusty cocoa moving into a light touch of bitterness at the end. This beer is somewhat reminiscent of a porter.

Solid and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 17:31:10 | More by BeardedBoffin
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 04:08:39 | More by russpowell
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ADZA

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting brew from Rogue that ive been looking forwards to trying,it pours a jet cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves a chocolate/mocha coloured one finger head and some subtle lacing,the aroma is unbelievable almost like you have walked into a coffee shop it is that strong just a roasty expresso smell that oozes fresh coffee and one of the strongest i have encountered very impressive,it has a nice easy mouthfeel which is very sessionable and just slides down with beautiful hints of mocha,cappicino and dark,dark expresso and finishes nice with that touch of bitterness that makes you reach for another taste straight away,overall this brew is almost like a coffee beer that i really rate and if you havnt tried it,like coffee and see it i definately recommend you give it a shot as it is a top quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 06:11:11 | More by ADZA
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northaustin

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a thick black with a fat finger of even brown head. long retention and a spotted stringy lacing.

smell has a nice presence of roasted malts. smells like a very good stout is hidden somewhere in there. the smell reaches farther than many other beers and i can honestly smell its goodness from the other side of the room. im getting some coffee and lots of black malts.

taste has a smooth shot of coffee, good phenol, and other roasted malts blended with very earthy yet bitter hops. the first black lager i have ever enjoyed.

mouthfeel: nothing in a good way.

drinkability: i absolutely love the concept of estate ales. massive props to the people at rogue for making this beer from scratch and providing me and others with a product that is all natural and affordable as well as great tasting. i bought two bombers tonight and i am feelin great.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 06:47:53 | More by northaustin
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Inky black body. Deep, dark brown head. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma: Great roasted malt center. Chocolate and cocoa make their fingerprints all over this aroma as well. A little java even.

Flavor: Chalky and dusty cocoa powder right up front. Smooth caramel malts as well. Pistachio and corn nuts mix in .

MF/DK: Quite dry. Some ghostly acidity. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lingering roasted bitterness. A little acrid I might add as well. Maybe at titch much of the black patent?? Solid overall though.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 05:59:45 | More by Bighuge
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tim28

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a plain old Rogue beer glass.
A-Very black. Almost no head. No lacing around the glass
S-Roasted malts, coffee, a little chocolate.
T-Very good. I was not sure what to expect, but I am pleased. Coffee and chocolate obviously, but also a roasted, burnt finish. Very good.
M-You would think that by how it looks, it would be very thick, but it is isn't. Light and crisp
D-High. I definitely didn't have a problem finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 22:26:07 | More by tim28
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into Duvel tulip

A: pours black, deep brown around the edges when held to a lamp. finger thick brown head that fell to a thin layer.
S: earthy roasted malt. some coffee and chocolate notes as well.
T: light sweetness, again with very mild coffee and chocolate, not overly bitter. more of an earthy hop rather than bitter.
M: for the first ive had of this style, i was caught off gaurd expecting it to be thick, its not. Its light in mouth and carbonated well.
D: very easy to drink, especially since its not thick like i was thinking it might be.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 08:46:42 | More by rootbeerman
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Royal black, opaque in fact, with dark brown head. Nose is a whollop of lovely roasted malts. On the palate this beer comes across more like a true dark & bittersweet chocolate than any other in recent memory. Loads of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finish isn't too sweet, yet plenty of roasty bitter dark chocolate to take away with you.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 03:05:29 | More by yemenmocha
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: chocolate malt and coffee

Taste: chocolate malt and coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium/heavy bodied for the style, moderately sweet, smooth

Drinkability: I am usually left a bit disappointed from Rogue, but this one is a big winner. Very good for the style and super drinkable. I had no idea this was six abv and could have several. Nice, good, and clean. Not the most complex beer but one that is executed excellently.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 14:26:49 | More by tigg924
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droomyster

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a thick and beautiful chocolate milk colored head. Powerful aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. The concentration and intensity of these two notes is remarkable, but not overwhelming. A strong black coffee flavors lingers long after swallowing, practically penetrating my pores. One of the very best schwarzbiers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 05:36:33 | More by droomyster
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pilsner glass.
A: A rich, dark black. No light getting through here. Looks thick. Great looking billowing, tan head.
S: Nothing is overwhelming. Faint roasted malts and perhaps some burnt coffee notes, but kind of lacking. There is a bit of some citrus notes as well.
T: Anything missing in the smell was present here. A great balance between the roasty malts and the hops. Some coffee notes accompanied by a little burnt flavor. Almost stout like.
M: Not as thick as it looks but medium bodied and nicely done. Creamy and Smooth.
D: Off the charts. Finishes a little dry like a stout but not as filling and extremely quaffable. A great example of a schwarzbeer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 15:02:58 | More by Infamous7100
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NewGeneric

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fred from Beverages 4 Less for hookin me up.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque black with the ever-so-smallest touch of brown around the edges. Fair amount of head fades quickly leaving a few traces of lacing and a thin layer on top.

S: Big roasty boldness followed by smidgens of fruity aromas. Pretty nice for a dark lager.

T: Kinda stoutish. Very nice flavors of roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate blend very well. Hints of dark fruits play around ever so gently to round it out.

M: Wow! Two beers in a row that leave my mouth feeling that I've had the perfect drink. Smooth on every count. Beautiful.

D: A bit extra roasty for my taste, considering the lager characteristics allow for much less esters and such. Other than that though, a very refreshing beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 21:03:32 | More by NewGeneric
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely black with a mocha brown head. If I didn't know better I'd say this is either an American or Imperial Stout.

Nutty chocolate abounds with accents of high-end coffee. Overall, the roasty character is complex and deep, yet very smooth. Really, not much else shines through the roasted malts, which is fine as they carry this beer quite well.

From the appearance to the taste this isn't your typical Schwarzbier. Bolder and roastier, this is definitely an American, and Rogue, interpretation of the style.

Post script: I appreciate Rogue's attempt at a Terroir take on beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 22:19:00 | More by bump8628
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saccro

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark. black. Tan creamy head that lasts.

S - clean. not a lot of hops. roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. no lager characteristics

T - haha. funny for BA to call this a Schwarzbier. This is a stout. So much coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. delicious.

M - moderate carbonation. "chewy"

D - a roasty delight. Close to Shakespeare stout -- another Rogue favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 19:33:32 | More by saccro
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allengarvin

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magnificently pouring beer: I decanted the bottle into a tall pint glass... at first, the surface was milky smooth during the pour, but then a colossal inch and half thick head formed on top of tannish-brown foam. It's fading now but leaving excellent lacing. The aroma is good but not very assertive, with a sweet, bready, very lightly toasted scent. Excellent flavor, offering a bready taste of sharp, bitter dark chocolate, some notes of coffee, and bitterness on the high side of moderate. Lingering malt after the finish. Tasty. The body is a bit thin and watery, but otherwise, a quite decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 19:09:59 | More by allengarvin
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.