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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 henrysunset
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap 4oz sampler at issaquah brewhouse.

Black like a stout, but much ligher in flavor. Pored with a great looking fine tan head of a stout.

scent is all roast, all the time.

taste is great. black roasted toasted burnt malt, but not overwelming. flavor subsides to a nice smooth slightly nutty toast flavor. Like well toasted whole grain bread. Very smooth as well, and exceptionally drinkable. I will have this again if an opportunity arises.

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

22 oz bottle

A: Deep black with a medium dark brown head. Pours thick. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nutty, roasted, toasted, hint of chocolate. Nothing huge, but good.

T: Roasted and toasted maltiness. Bit of cream like sweetness, very subtle. Bitterness is in the medium range. Very balanced.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is pretty high. Drinkability is nice. Smooth beer. Very good beer.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black with a big creamy mocha head. Very stout like looking with bigger bubbles.

S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate, cocoa, a hint of smoke and some herbal hops.

T - Roasted, maybe even charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, herbal hops and a bitterness that is probably some type of astringency from the heavily roasted malt.

M - Medium body but as light as you could probably get for all the roasty flavors. This is where all the stout qualities turn more towards a schwarzbier.

D - Obviously a more "stout like" take on a schwarzbier but I find it enjoyable.

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

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a two inch creamy head that lasts a while.

Smell: roasted malts and a bit of chocolate are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, mild chocolate, some prunes sweetness, and a hint of liquid smoke. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish, with a long roasted malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was nicely quaffable. Decent version of the style.

Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Even with a fairly careful pout you get three fingers of dark microfoam, craters as much as dimples, takes a long time to dissolve down to the surface, leaving noticeably thick streaks of lacing behind. Indeed, the nose is super-smoky, yet at the same time, there's a counter-balancing sweet milk chocolate side as well, followed on by licorice, caramel, banana compote, charred driftwood, mixes in cookie dough and uncooked oats, admirable complexity. Full-bodied with little heaviness, the smokiness creates enough perfume that maybe you just ignore the weight. Along with the burning kindling you get pork rinds and general grill fat notes. Bitter coffee grinds, dark chocolate, cocoa, anise seed play big roles. Hard to find any real fruit or citrus flavors in there. It's almost like a dessert created on an open pit fire. Lasts for a good while at the end. Can't say it's a "classic" Schwarzbier but it is a very good domestic take on the style.

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

From a 22 oz. brown bomber, abv listed at 6.2%. Pours out pitch used motor oil black, tall tight creamy beige head, good retention.

Clean intense roasted malt at first in the aroma, dry espresso. Not complex, but it's still good.

Intense roasted malt in the flavour, some char, very clean finish, espresso grounds kick in on the aftertaste. Once again, not overly complex but executed very well, a real souped up interpretation of a schwarzbier. As it warms it mellows out and softens up a bit. Very faint leafy, grassy hops also become apparent, but remain well in the background.

Medium-full body, mouthfeel gets thicker towards the finish, a bit grainy, good kick of carbonation on the finish.

Enjoyable, but halfway through the bottle I already got the point and was losing a bit of interest. Still, it's pretty solid.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is BEAUTIFUL. These schwarzbier's pour jet black with a big fluffy brown/tan head that holds some great retention. The head laces the glass beautifully.

I got some weird smells off this guy. First I got an almost caper smell with lots of exquisite toasted malts on top. Not a very strong nose to it but pretty unique.

The taste on this leaves me a little to be desired but it's still an excellent schwarzbier. The fire-roasted malts hit the pallet first followed by a nice smoky and brassy taste. The mouth feel is really good in my opinion. Contains the perfect amount of carbonation and it is not nearly as thick as it looks. I could see drinking this with a grilled game dinner or maybe a big turkey dinner. Definitely some good food pairings here.

I think the schwarzbier is a really developed taste (I've only had the Duck-Rabbit schwarzbier before this) and I don't think I quite have it yet but I can't say I've seen a more beautiful beer. Pick up some good smokey cheese and quaff a bit of this and you'll be extremely satisfied.

Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, so let's try this here....ummm....schwarzbier. Funny, because it looks more like a stout. Deep dark color with a crapload of coffee-colored foam. No lacing, but other than that they don't look too much better.

Bright acidic coffee in the aroma and bitter chocolate, fair bit of roastiness.

It does taste quite coffee-like to me even though this was brewed with no coffee. The charred malts and bitter hops are probably conspiring to create a general "coffee" sensation on my palate. Not terribly complicated, but what it does, it does well.

Doesn't come across as quite as creamy as you'd expect, but that's OK as this is supposed to kind of approximate a schwarzbier rather than a big American Stout. Stout flavors, with a bit of a lager feel.

Whatever the ABV is on this, I can't say I'm tasting it. Drinkable, could roll with a bunch of foods. I'd class this as very good, but falls short of greatness.

Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, beautiful cap of dark to middle cocoa foam at a 3 finger level, this beer's hue is ray charles, the head settles at a modest pace leaving behind gobs of beer batter along the glass... doesn't get much better than this.

deep (dry/powder) cocoa notes with a hint of smoke, milk chocolate with a slight chemical linger, the smell dissipates pretty quickly and there is more of a wood-y tone present... very nice.

taste etc...
the carbonation seems oddly prickly and distracting, the toasty malt flavors are there and really coat the tongue, super easy drinking, nice malty flavors, when the carbonation calms down this is much more enjoyable.

nice, thick tasting but lighter than the flavor punch

Photo of HardTarget
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as Dick Cheny's soul and sports a rocky dark brown head that clumps and holds the side of the glass.

Smells fantastic! Dark roasted coffee, burnt nibs, and a fresh green hop stank that promises grapefruit rind.

Taste, well... where'd all the flavors go? Mild dark lager that goes quickly to a burnt grain dry finish. There's a flash of chocolate and hops, but it's only microseconds long.

Mouthfeel is a bit light as well, which goes a touch frothy.

Drinkable, most definitely. I think I wanted this beer to be more than it is, which left me feeling "All hat and no cattle". I think it just smells much better than it tastes, which isn't all bad. Glad to see the GYO philosophy at work.

Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has to be in the top 5 darkest beers I have ever poured. Light is actually leaving the room and entering the glass. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen on a beer. Nice 1-finger head with mild retention. Laces well.

Extreme roast malt nose. Chocolate, cocoa, bitter Jamaican coffee, and anise round things out. Very nice.

Hits thick and bitter. There is a hint of cream to the texture and an ever so slight fizziness, but what is there is an overwhelming bitterness that overpowers everything else, especially in the finish. Bitter chocolate, intense roast malt all combine in with a hop bite to really bring out a dry finish.

For a beer so intense, this is really easy to drink.

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

I can't say I've seen a beer look this dark and thick, while pouring it was opaque before hitting the glass. A large foamy chocolate malt coloured head forms and lasts a long time.

Smells all roasted and toasted with plenty of dark chocolate and bitter coffee in the aroma. Smokiness seems to be present, just a touch of campfire in the mix.

Doesn't feel as thick as it looked, and the flavours seem like there are a slightly dulled version of the aroma. More coffee than chocolate, and smokiness isn't so apparent. Bit of a cola sweetness up front, finish is bitter roasted flavour. Carbonation active, but not very aggressive. Good, but didn't quite live up to expectation. I'd like to see just a bit more body or a bit more carbonation (but not both).

I got quite excited on the pour, this is one of the best looking beers I've poured myself to date. The drinking is solid, but not quite exceptional. Worth checking out.

Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a standard pint glass
Deep, dark, inky black in color, with a chocolate milk-like head of foam
Aroma-Roasted malts and coffee
Taste-roasted coffee,baker's chocolate, a nice hop backbone throughout.
Overall, very drinkable and flavorful-A bit lighter alternative to a stout or porter but with all the flavor.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes you look at the scores of others on this site, and just sort of say "huh?" And that is my reaction in this particular case. Schwarzbier is not necessarily the most dynamic of styles, but this particular example is full of flavor. I'm just not sure that all that flavor really belongs in a beer of this style and if I really like the flavor that's there.

It pours a pretty thick black - much more like Imperial Stout than Scharzbier. Color is there, but viscosity is off. Aroma was to me less roasty than it was smokey. This was confirmed to me upon my first few sips, which were decidedly smokey and to my mind a bit on the earthy/peaty side. Not light on the tongue like Sprecher Bavarian Black or Kostritzer, which I think of as sort of the American and international standards for the style. The flavor was pungent and not unpleasant, but not really delicious nor appropriate IMO either.

Still, not a bad beer. I bought 2 bottles of this at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus.

Photo of deereless
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Absolutely pitch black without the slightest hint of light passing through, head is dark brown and tightly packed, as the head drops it shows some spots sticking to the side of the glass - 4.50, S: Massive amounts of coffee and chocolate on the nose as well as some burnt molasses or caramelized brown sugar which gives the beer a defined sweetness - 4.00, T: Hops are quite noticeable on the palate and provide a distinct bitterness, the flavor profile includes a hefty dose of ash, coffee and dark chocolate, definitely a lager yeast but otherwise the beer edges towards that of a stout - 3.50, Faintly creamy -3.50, D: A fine beer and one I would happily drink again - 3.50

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

Poured from bottle into Stella glass.

A: Wow, pitch black with nice off tan head. Nice creamy lacing. Really nice looking brew. Darkest schwarzbier that I have encountered.

S: Very strong nose, malt dominant dry chocolate roasty tones. Really nice, gotta rate a 5.

T & M: Taste did not quite match up with the greatness of the appearance or nose but still quite nice. Mouthfeel just slightly thin with a touch of creaminess. Taste corresponds with the nose with hop notes coming through on the finish.

D: Quite drinkable, due to typical Rogue high price don't think I'll be seeking out again but very glad I had this fine brew.

Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! My lord, what a dry, earthy, black malt scent. It's bitter with a light hint of chocolate malt. The taste is great as well. It has a stiff, black malt flavor along with a just a touch of chocolate malt sweetness in the finish. It's like a double stout lager. It's incredibly dark and full bodied; more than any other black lager I've had. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is a damn good lager. It's in your face with the black malts.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into an Allagsh tulip glass in two parts. Served slightly chilled at around 40 degrees.

Appearance: Deep motor oil black. Completely opaque. The head is a deep dark brown and measures about one finger. Very little retention. Resembles more of a heavy stout or a imperial porter at first glance.

Aroma: Sweet milk chocolate is the first note that really hits the nose. A touch of earthy smoke appears near the end.

Taste: The first note to hit is bitter dark chocolate beans and espresso notes. Some smoke notes come in toward the end. I sensed some almost unnoticable citrus from the hops that cut this brew and helped make it less heavy. Clean aftertaste. Balanced yet complex flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little chewy. Crisp, yet a little dry after each sip.

Drinkability: Balanced flavor, a crisp mouthfeel, and moderate ABV make this highly drinkable.

Overall, a really good beer. Not really a traditional schwarzbier is my option. More like a porter or a stout in my opinion. Either way, a flavorful and balanced beer. One of Rogue's better seletions and certainly worth trying.

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

Poured from the bottle an opaque black with a single finger of creamy mocha head.

An aroma of dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate and smoke.

Aroma, meet taste. Full flavor of dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, smoke and a touch of black licorice. The espresso and smoke carries thru the finish with a bitter bite.

Medium bodied and a tad sticky with a moderate carbonation.

An interesting beer and an interesting concept from the folks at Rogue. Definitely worth a try.

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

After a vigorous pour with beer is black with a half inch head that sticks around long. The aroma is of roasted malt, some graham cracker, hints of baker's chocolate. This smells like a stout....a nice stout, but a stout nonetheless. The taste isn't same burly as the aroma, but it is still very stout like. In fact it reminds me a lot of a good Irish Dry Stout. There is some nice, light roasted malt with some light graham cracker too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer is certainly not a Schwarzbier. There is nothing about it that indicates it was brewed with a lager yeast. The front of the bottle calls it a lager, but the back simply says it is brewed with "German yeast." The thing is German yeast isn't a lager yeast. Germans brew ales too. And if memory serves me right Rogue considers its pacman yeast a german yeast. Thus, I consider this to be a good stout brewer with Rogue's signature yeast. Whatever it is, though, I think it is very good, and would like to see it in six packs.

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours viscous and jet black with a chunky brown head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. A very roasty nose with some earthy hops. Smooth, chocolately and highly roasty, but not burnt or toasted. Fairly chewy mouthfeel but very smooth and fairly clean. Hops are barely discernible other than providing a fresh, minty bitterness to support the roasty malt. Finishes pretty long and roasty but clean. Drinks more like a milk stout than any style of lager, although it shows lager smoothness and clarity of flavor. A supple, round, stout-like lager; very tasty.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mughugger for sharing this w/ HombreWing, BitterBeerFace, abru17, and myself

Poured chilled from the bomber into a tumbler

A - Pours an opaque dark brown that borders on black w/ thick med tan cap that creates lots of lace, the beer has a tight bead

S - A very roasted aroma, creamy w/ coffee like scents and earthy notes like mild burnt biscuit

M - A very roasted feel, creamy malt and mild sweetness and slight chewiness with full texture that seems smoky at times but still suitably carbonation - pretty well balanced

T - A rich roastiness is apparent right off with slightly char or smokiness in the malt w/ bitter and slightly peaty quality. There is smooth caramel undercurrent under the intense roasted flavor w/ mild toasted notes. The beer has a biscuity taste, but roasted and black malt is bordering on heavy handed in the taste for me

D - A tasty black lager I would certainly not hesitate to try it again if I saw it on tap, but the price of bombers doesn't make this seem like a good value -up near $10 from what I am told which comes out to around .45 cents an ounce - I understand the terroir involved tends to increase the price, though

Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a big frothy head. Good sustain and tons of lacing.

S: Rich mocha aroma with a touch of anise.

T: A strong taste of anise - more than in any other beer that I've had. Plenty of roasted character with a perfect harmony of malt and hops.

M: Medium-light bodied and highly carbonated. Crisp and clean.

D: Although the pac-man yeast puts that good 'ol Rogue stamp on this one, it's as good as any German schwarz out there. Another great beer by Rogue.

Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever Schwarzbier. I would have guessed it was a stout.

Rich black color with deep brown head of fluff with lots of lacing.

A rather unappealing smell. The nose is dominated by a funky, earthy compost scent. It improves with time. There are large notes of chocolate and coffee malt as well.

The taste is a marked improvement over the nose. Very earthy. Loads of chocolate malt, coffee and a nice amount of hop bitterness.

Fluffy and creamy suds feel. Clean and extremely dry finish. Not full bodied, but approaches it.

A very drinkable stout, I mean, schwarzbier. Honestly it's hard to find much of a difference between the two with this beer. Very drinkable. The nose is a big downer for me though. Everything else about this beer is right on, but their is something going on with the scent. This beer would still appeal to a lot of people.

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more like an imperial stout than any sort of lager, black or otherwise. Black and oily with a dark brown head and good lacing.

Very nice roasty nose (coffee bean), cookie, dark chocolate. I would never guess this could be anything other than a stout.

The taste isn't as intense as the nose, but still pretty dark and roasty, bitter more from the malt than the hops, chocolaty fade. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than it looks from the pour. Very easy to drink.

This has to be one of the best examples of the style, if not the best.

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