Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales
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3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
22oz. bottle from the Whip-In, poured into a Löwenbräu mug.
A rich, stout-like liquid fills the glass with an opaque, jet black body and capped by an immense head the color of chocolate chip cookies. Good retention and lacing, but the appearance of Dirtoir strikes me more as a dark ale than a lager. Similar phenomenon to the aroma, as roast from black and chocolate malts, paired with an earthy hop profile, reminds me of Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. Yeasty, with hints of cookie dough and soil.
So the appearance, aroma, and NOW the flavor all suggest very little "Schwarzbier" and much more "Porter". Not saying Dirtoir is a bad beer (quite the opposite), but don't advertise a Lager and give me something that looks, smells, and tastes like an Ale. Roasted black chocolate malts add a healthy dose of perceived bitterness; hops are earthy...soil and coffee grounds in the finish. Decent mouthfeel, a bit on the thin side but nicely carbonated and smooth across the palate. All in all, a tasty entry into Rogue's catalogue. Looking forward to the "Second Growth" series...I wonder if they'll make a hop-forward beer with the first generation of their hop plants?
02-13-2010 02:39:33 | More by wagenvolks
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
This one pours a pitch black with a 2 finger creamy head of tan foam. Sheets of lacing are sticking to my glass. Well, it certainly looks the part and is a dandy to look at.
The smell is a bit weak; a dark and milk chocolate mix is all that my nose senses. Not bad in any way, just weak.
The taste is light on the chocolate when it comes to sweet and heavy on the chocolate when it comes to dark/bitter. A light roastiness lingers in the background. Hey, this is pretty darned tasty and I don't get a sense of any hop bitterness, it's all from the chocolate imho, and that's what I was hoping for.
Wow. The more I sip, the more I like! There's no abv listed on the label, the usual M.O. for Rogue, and I doubt I'd find it on their website but I'd *guess* this would be right around and about 5%abv, maybe less.
The mouthfeel, surprising for a beer of this style, is on the higher end of medium and the carbonation is medium. That makes it very smooth for me.
Drinkability? Hell this is an easy drinker. I know I'll be picking up more. Well done, Rogue.
02-12-2010 23:10:38 | More by Bitterbill
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
22 oz Bomber poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer Tulip.
A: Poured a oil black colored with a tan head about 1/4 of an inch thick.
S: Sweet roasted malts.
T: A sweet lightly smoked molasses with a hint of cream.
M: A very smooth medium bodied beer.
D: Very drinkable, sessionable brew. I really enjoyed this beer. I look forward to some more of the GYO's from Rogue
02-12-2010 01:36:18 | More by jdmcel
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
Nose is rich and roasty, dark and sweet, yet dry and woody. Smells good.
Pours jet black with very large light brown head. Looks very nice.
Tastes also rich and roasty, dark and sweet, and nicely dry and woody. Thick and malty. Significantly bitter. Dark chocolaty. Lightly grassy.
Significantly richer, thicker, and maltier than a typical Schwarzbier. Delightful.
02-12-2010 01:03:37 | More by MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5 rDev -1%
Oily and viscous on the pour, blooming to an airy, but tall, head. Smells like it looks: dark chocolate, espresso, lots of chewy malt. But the taste is a bit of a left turn. Sure, it has the dark flavors expected, but the beer is much lighter on the palate than expected and is surprisingly delicate in flavor. Would be wonderful with something like rosemary roast chicken - not too heavy, not too light. The finish is lighter and quicker than expected as well. I found myself sluggish to finish this beer, even though I enjoyed its flavors. Not terribly drinkable - as in, quaffable - but a really nice brew.
n.b. - I'll cheer to any attempt to source local ingredients in any culinary endeavor. This new(ish, but truly ancient) model that Sierra Nevada and now Rogue are trailblazing - i.e., estate beer - is a fantastic development for the industry. Salute, and may others follow your lead.
02-09-2010 03:08:14 | More by titustheking
3.73/5 rDev -7.2%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Oh wow! Very dark brown head. Jet black body. I've had imperial stouts that were less black.
Smell: Plenty of burnt roasty toastiness with some molasses sweetness.
Taste: Black coffee. That's the best way to describe the roasty taste. I was hoping the hops would play a bigger role. Just a little bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Has a thinner feel than I was expecting. The poor made me think it was more viscous, but the feel is right in line with what a schwarzbier should be.
02-08-2010 05:33:51 | More by BierFan
3.53/5 rDev -12.2%
22oz into a pint
A - Pours dark as night. Holy smokes this beer is thick. Head formation is strong, a few mm, very dark mocha.
S - The smoke of charred wood comes through strongly. It appears to be tempered by some chocolate notes. Highly roasted, to almost burnt.
T - Highly roasted malt profile. Extremely burnt notes - although I'm not sure I'd call it the smoke that drives it. A little bit of a creamy lactose like taste comes through. Finishes with a bittersweet note. Hops are light. As far as black lagers go go, the lighter smoke profile is a good thing - don't want it to be like a rauchbier.
M - Moderate beer body - can be a bit creamy. Carbonation is present, giving a little bit of a sting to the tongue. The smoky texture coats the tongue with that burnt flavor.
D - Moderately drinkable. Manageable ABV. The flavors are just a bit overwhelming for a session beer. Not filling.
Almost carries itself like a rauchbeer, but this beers use of balancing flavors makes it more appealing.
02-08-2010 02:02:59 | More by katan
4.9/5 rDev +21.9%
A: Tons of foam, very condensed and creamy caramel color. Color is jet black. Could not see light through this thing holding up in front of pendant at sink. 8-ball black. Beautiful.
S: Perfect blend of aromas with charcoal, oak, licorice.
T: Great combination. Licorice, molasses, maybe some coffee and chocolate. Roasted flavor comes in from malts. Hop flavors ride subtly around all the others.
M: Very, very smooth. Has some thickness, but that goes away a little after each mouthful.
D: One of the most drinkable dark beers in this category I have tasted, and one of the best beers ever from Rogue.
I have to admit, this one caught me by surprise. I love the Dunkels and Dark Lagers. Big fan of New Belgium 1554. This one just knocks the socks off everything, though. Such a drinkable beer... great job Rogue.
02-07-2010 16:25:40 | More by bdupree
4.18/5 rDev +4%
Pours a deep black with a thick brown head that leaves loads of lacing.
Smells of rich roasted malts. Notes of coffee an chocolate come through.
Tastes of a light stout really. The roasted notes really come through with a light, earthy hop note on the end. All of the flavors all pretty well balanced and light on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a surprisingly creamy, smooth feel to it.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. My local beer store told me Rogue called them directly and that they would only be selling these Chatoe Rogue beers to smaller mom and pop type beer stores, so I was a a little skeptical as to why they would do this, and not release it on a large scale (I guess it has to do with the whole grow your own thing). This turned out to be a good beer and I hope they make it more widely available in the future.
02-07-2010 02:42:14 | More by ocelot2500
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
22 oz. bottle. Very cool silk screen label on this bomber.
Viscous blackish body with dark brown edges. Voluptuous, tall, creamy, dark cocoa brown head with lots of glass-slathering lace. Nose of smooth, roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, earthy mushrooms, tobacco, and a hint of vanilla. Nice.
Toasted and lightly roasted malts up front. Dark chocolate bitterness and roasted barley are front and center. Earthy tobacco and peat flavors enter mid-palate. Flash of chocolate-y sweetness before a spicy, coffeeish, herbal bitterness. Lingering roasted sweetness. Medium-bodied with a sticky feel. Nice drinkability. Maybe not a prototypical schwarzbier, but whatever you want to call it, it is damn good!
02-07-2010 01:38:57 | More by alexgash
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention is good, and there's also a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like burnt/charred and roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and quite enjoyable to drink. I think this brew seems more like a robust porter than a schwarzbier, but I'm not complaining at all. I think this is a pretty good brew, it's worth a try if you come across it.
02-06-2010 23:14:13 | More by bluejacket74
3.05/5 rDev -24.1%
This one of those reviews that isn't going to make sense. The number scores are higher than they should be, because this beer doesn't really fit it's style. I would have liked to give it higher scores because I liked the beer.
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black, with a thick, dark brown head that very good retention and lacing. In fact, this beer looked like a porter.
A very rich, roasty, slightly chocolatey aroma greets the nose, and has a satisfying presence. The flavors are very similar to the scents, deep, rich roasted malts and very little hop presence. Again, both of these categories were more like a porter than a lager.
Body and drinkability were both very good, different from what is expected for the style. Overall, a very good beer that would have scored if called a different style, like maybe a Baltic Porter. Worth trying.
02-06-2010 10:27:23 | More by beertunes
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to ilovedarkbeer for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours dark brown to black with a large, mocha-colored head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is bitter chocolate, burnt malt and coffee. The aftertaste is hop bitterness and burnt malt. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer that doesn't really fit the style for schwarzbier, but I am not sure what else to call it. A nice hybrid.
02-05-2010 20:59:45 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours jet lack with tons of fine and slowly forming foam, a la nitro. Foam is quite tan and leaves a ton of lace. If you handed me a glass of this without knowing, I would thank you for the wonderful looking stout. Lots of dark roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of smoke in the nose. Lighter than it appears, the crisp effervescence makes for a nice mouthfeel. Taste is lots of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a very modest touch of fruitiness among the light smoke. The finish is a lasting smooth bitterness that is manifested in a dark chocolate sensibility. Very cool beer, and quite delicious but I think it may be a bit more toward the porter end of the style for my liking. Still very yummy though. It's also pretty cool to see Rogue grow all their own ingredients and I'm eager to see what else will come of this!
02-05-2010 02:55:57 | More by cdpike
3.98/5 rDev -1%
New Black Lager, sounds interesting.
From the bottle: Independent and Revolution hops and Risk malts. Ok.
Pours like a stout, jet black with a huge tan head that leaves much sticky lace on my glass.
Smells of chocolate and coffee, slightly earthy with a hint of bread and pine. Almost smells like a stout.
Taste is rich and smooth chocolate and roasted coffee up front. Earthy overtones midway with a hint of pine and slight astringency. Throw in some dark fruits that lead to a dry lingering roasted and hoppy bitterness.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium high level of carbonation, medium to thick body with a dry finish.
I enjoyed this one. Seems I've been trying a few black lagers as of late and enjoying the trip as well. Smooth and roasty works for me every time.
02-04-2010 23:59:03 | More by johnnnniee
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks, Christopher, for throwing this my way.
Pours a pretty dark chocolate brown with a 2 finger mocha-colored, soft, foamy head. The head fades to a skim pretty quickly and leaves behind watery lacing along the sides of the glass. It is definitely opaque through and through.
Aroma is full of roasty, smoky malts, a little dark coffee roast, and that's about that.
Taste mimics the smokiness of the smell. Very deeply roasted and dry malts are joined by just a touch of sweetness. There's really no hop presence to speak of, and the alcohol is very masked in the smooth, dry, rich-tasting beer. Feel is moderate but could use a touch more carbonation to keep it fresh. Drinkability is pretty high. This bomber went away quicker than expected.
02-03-2010 02:06:06 | More by kels
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours out really black with very small bubbles adorning the bottom of the glass and 1 finger of tan creamy suds adorn the top. Lots of nice lacing.
As the suds dissapate I smell bitter dark chocolate and creamy charred malt and a slight smokey aroma. While there is some fruit it's the yeast that burns the nose. No alcohol detected here.
Taste is coffee and bitter charred malt. No alcohol here either. While this could be a tad bit sweeter and less one-sided , it still has a great flavor.
Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing.
Drinkability is good here, Rogue did a great job here.
02-02-2010 22:29:03 | More by peabody
3.98/5 rDev -1%
22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsener glass.
A: Poured jet-black with a dark brown ring on the bottom edge of the glass. Super foamy, milk-chocolate head with tons of carbonation pitting. Lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Super earthy. Smells like dirt. Delicious, delicious dirt. Some roasted malts and an oakey scent as well.
T: Light roasted malts, coffee, and molasses. Hint of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: Starts out thick and full-bodied. Finishes slightly chalky.
D: Not too shabby. Bought this on a whim but will seek it out next time I'm at the store.
02-02-2010 03:22:21 | More by DoppleJock
4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours an opaque sable, nearly black, with a very thick chocolaty-tan head that hangs around for a while. Rich, smoky aroma is like a fine roast coffee with a firm undertone of unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of molasses - very tempting! Flavor is smoky and oily, slightly sweet, rather like a high-grade mocha. Texture is very smooth, somewhat fizzy, with a subtle fine graininess to it. Definitely worthy.
01-31-2010 00:38:23 | More by Cyberkedi
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Pours opaque black with a thick, healthy, foamy tan head. Beautiful.
Slightly sour aroma, coffee, sweet dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste is espresso, bitter chocolate and over-ripe dark fruit. Espresso taste lingers on and on. Bitterness from the dark roasted malt, not the hops, predominates. This would be fantastic after a meal.
Essentially creamy mouthfeel, if a bit on the thin side. But smooth and all around pleasurable.
i then to like black lagers (schwarzbier ... is that a proper noun?) the more I encounter them. This one has got to be near the top of my list for the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Well done.
01-30-2010 23:21:27 | More by budsboy
4/5 rDev -0.5%
650 mL bottle poured in a wide-rimmed flute. Served 40-45 F. This is my first review of a Schwarzbier
A: Dark dark brown, dirty red around edges. Reddish purple head, retains thin amount.
S: Coffee, caramel, and nuts.
T: Dark toasted malts lead into bitter body. Finishes with a chocolaty bitter linger.
M: Very very light on tongue. CO2 collects in bubbles on tongue.
D: Decent amount of flavor, but light and refreshing. Very session-able.
01-29-2010 07:22:42 | More by THORN
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
4.38/5 rDev +9%
22 ounce brown bottle:
A: Black in color with a thick tan head. Excellent retention, as well as lacing. Almost resembles an imperial stout more than it does a Schwarzbier.
S: Roasty malt character, along with some chocolate. Floral hops linger in the backround, with some fruity notes as well.
T: Roasted malts lend this brew flavors of toast, strong black coffee and chocolate. Hops are floral and somewhat fruity, giving it a dry, long finish.
M: Trademark Rogue mouthfeel. Creamy, medium to full-bodied, and has wonderful carbonation.
D: Very easy to consume. This may be the best American interpretation of this style that I have tried thus far.
01-27-2010 04:05:26 | More by WYVYRN527
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
4/5 rDev -0.5%
pours black and oil like, a medium size dark brown head, and good lacing.
smell of malt, cocoa, some hops, and beef jerky.
taste is smooth, smoke, malt, chocolate, and hops, ends dry and somewhat bitter.
overall a very nice brew, the smokiness grows as you drink.
01-25-2010 16:14:27 | More by froghop
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.