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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 48
Gots: 27 | 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.

35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond
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Photo of morebeergood
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 . . .

Photo of scottyb88
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of magnj
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of goldbot
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours very dark, almost black, with a thick tan head that deflates as it disappears.

This beer has a coffee and roasted malt aroma, with some barley notes. While it has the look of a stout, it does not have that deep full smell you get from a good stout.

The taste is more thin and light than you'd expect from such a dark beer. Barley and malt hit you up front, with a very slight sour taste followed by burnt peat. This one grows on you as you drink your way through the bottle, so be patient.

All in all, a decent beer that I'm glad to have tried. I appreciate brewers like Rogue that have the guts to experiment like this!

Photo of DrewHodges
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/29/10 tasting. 22-oz bomber poured to tall glass krug.

A-Inky jet black, thick and syrupy, with huge light & airy dark brown head--very unique appearance

S-bitter espresso, toffee, and roasted malts

T-powerful roast malts up front, espresso beans, with a bitter hop aftertaste

M-thick and creamy of the tongue, medium carbonation, balanced alcohol impact

D-highly drinkable in one of my favorite styles

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly opaque black. A big frothy, tan head rises to over two inches with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, and bread. Kind of a mineral sea-salt aroma as well that is kind of odd. Some yeast is noticeable.
T: Toasted malt, brown sugar, and chocolate. Some coffee flavors as well. That mineral flavor is still present. A leafy and herbal hop bitterness lingers.
M/D: The body is a little lighter than I would like. Good carbonation, but a little watery. Not hard to drink. I am having no problems finishing the bomber.

Not bad at all. Certain aspects just don't come together all that well for me though. Like the odd mineral character. Though worth a try if you see it.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nearly opaque black color - surprising. The dark brown head is tall, thick, and foamy. Retention is good, and a sticky web of lacing clings to the glass.

S: Dark, earthy and roasty malts in the nose. Some sweet brown sugary notes, fresh coffee, and some light semisweet chocolate. Herbal and leafy hop aromas are also present.

T: Firm, flavorful dark malts provide fresh notes of espresso, brown sugar, and chocolate. Perhaps some milky sweetness as well. Earthy, leafy hops provide a measured dose of balancing bitterness. Somewhat spicy into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is on the gentle side, lending a pleasant creaminess. Smooth and appealing, with a pleasantly lingering aftertaste.

D: A boldly roasty, flavorful schwarzbier from Rogue. Color me impressed. Despite the firm flavors, this drinks very well and is quite smooth. I was skeptical since I'm not typically a huge fan of Rogue beers, but this is worth picking up.

Photo of Ghenna
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours in inky black with a cocoa colored 2.5 finger head.

Nose of malt and coffee

Taste: definitely coffee, along with a bit of coffee bitterness. Dark chocolate and roasted malt as well.

MF: surprisingly light for a dark beer. I was honestly, given the big head and dark color, expecting a more chewy beer, though am slightly surprised to find that it is fairly easy drinking.

A very interesting beer- my first schwarzbier. From a beer drinking perspective, its light body and drinkability are surprising. From a coffee drinker's perspective. it is exactly as black coffee flavored and slightly bitter as I would expect.

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