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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | 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 DoppleJock
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DoppleJock, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of budsboy
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

budsboy, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of THORN
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

THORN, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

WYVYRN527, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of froghop
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

froghop, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another beer produced with locally grown ingredients. I would have picked something other than a black lager to show off the hops, but to each his own. Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy head that leaves some dark lacing and persists for a bit as a thin cap. Smells chocolatey and slightly roasty, with some citrusy hop aromas and a bit of creaminess. Quite bold and rich in flavor with a nice combination of creaminess, vibrant citrusy hop presence, some light roastiness, and a bit of sour graininess. Silky smooth, but the slight sourness is distracting. Nevertheless, a fine drinking beer. Kudos for the series as well.

Georgiabeer, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer took me all by storm. When your not in the mood for hops, but want to get into some hairy malt profiles American style. Aromas and flavors of big up front roasted malts - all chocolaty and warm. Big big roasted malt character. husky, grainy, like dirt for chocolate. I did it. medium full body and more roast on the finish. It felt good. This is the answer to extreme hops...extreme malts. Yet smoothed out with a lager yeast.

dedrinker, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of vkv822
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a billowy, thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. It has a strong roasted malt aroma, with a hint of caramel sweetness. The flavor is a nice malty roasted coffee taste, which blends into a well balanced hop bitterness. The mouth feel is medium bodied and pleasant, leaning towards light.
I enjoyed this beer very much. While it is richly flavored it is able to maintain a very enjoyable lightness, which makes it very, very drinkable.

vkv822, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Looks like thick motor oil as it's poured. This is one dark mofo. Opaque, pitch black, with a creamy brown head with good retention. It's the colour that makes this though.

S: Very malty with malted milk chocolate, smells a bit like Whoppers.

T: Light roasted malt, the malt bill is more porter like than stout like. Smooth lager flavours. Some burnt sugar and coffee in the finish. Raw cacao at the very end. Any fan of dark bitter chocolate would love this.

M: Smooth and creamy, but it does feel watery on the mid-palate, maybe I expected more with the thick motor oil-esque appearance, but I wish this was a little more beefed up.

D: Aside from the minor mouthfeel problems which really weren't a big deal to me, this is a very good black lager. Certainly one of the better Rogue's I've had. I'm not the biggest Rogue guy, I've had enough B beers from them, but this is really well done.

Halcyondays, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a thin dark brown head. Nose is quite smokey and bitter with lots of coffee.

Taste has a lot of coffee and chocolate as well. It's got a rich and creamy bitterness with a very light coffee bitterness.

kingcrowing, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just awesome to look at,it's the blackest schwarzbier I have seen,jet black with a large fluffy deep mocha colored head that settles very slowly into a creamy froth.Big fruit aromas jump out with a tinge of coffee.A great mix of earth and smoke mixed with dark fruit on the palate,the coffee tones are great mixed with some bitter chocolate.Hands down easily the best of style I have had,I know its not nearly true to style (more big American stout),but its fantastic!

oberon, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of juhl31
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-appearance is by far the best feature of this beer. no light at all through the blackness and a good tall brown head

-roasted malts, little coffee

-black coffee at first and then the roasted/smoked taste really takes over. then it really just hugs onto your taste buds with a firm grip. aftertaste is really hard

-little too much carb bite and a little dry from all the roastiness it seems

-the roastiness and smokiness is a little overpowering for me. it is a pretty decent beer, but i couldnt really go back for it or take in 2 in a night. so overall, it wasnt that great for me

juhl31, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber-

Pours opaque black with a nice tan/light brown head that descends a bit and stays, covering the glass with lacing.

The smell is of rich, heavily roasted coffee and chocolate with toffee/caramel, dark bread and earthy tones.

The taste is of roasted coffee (slightly tinny), milk chocolate - malty yet bitter. A bit of booze shows. Finishes with a toasty roast and hop dryness, though some maltiness lingers with strong roast/dryness in the finish.

Full-bodied and rich. There is some slight astringency.

A "desert" lager... A delicious drink that has some ties to a traditional German schwarzbier, yet has an "American" bigness. The Rogue house character isn't there much (since a German yeast is used rather than their Pac-man), but this still has a "Rogue" character - in a good way! If you're looking for a rich dessert lager...here it is!

jwc215, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours surprisingly dark, almost completely black actually, with no light passing through at all. The head is enormous and frothy, dark beige in color and shows excellent staying power and lacing.

The aroma is big and complex for the style. It's dominated by a heavily roasted black malt base but there are lots of hops in the nose as well, earthy and grassy. The malts take on an almost espresso-like character as it warms.

The taste has an initial grassy hop character that is soon overwhelmed by the heavily roasted coffee and black malts. The finish is dry and bitter, seemingly equal parts espresso and hops.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy, but with tons of carbonation and dry and pleasantly bitter in the finish. It's very roasty overall.

Well, this is one of the better Rogue beers I've had in a long, long time, and one of the top few schwarzbiers I've ever had. It's complex and unique for the style with a hefty hop presence compared to other versions I've had. Very well crafted.

gford217, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Mac's in Atlanta.

Pours an inky black color with a two-finger light brown head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strongly roasted malts with good amounts of coffee. As the beer warms the roastiness subsides just a bit allowing notes of dark chocolate to waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors up front are augmented with smooth coffee. Hints of leafy hops enter into things midway through the sip and carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As with the smell the beer sweetens as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could certainly have another.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer and while I wouldn't call it a quinessential schwarzbier it very well may be my favorite that I've tried. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-extremely dark brown in color, almost black, completely opaque with a huge and thick dark coffee colored head that lingers for well over a minute and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively big and brings a lot of roasted malts. there is also some roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate with notes of roasted nuts.

T-the taste is quite nice. it is very similar to the nose and brings big roasted malts up front, hints of coffee, maybe a touch of the dark chocolate. these malts are balanced by some nice citrus hops and some bitterness as well.

M-light body, very smooth and a fair amount of carbonation. it is slick on the back of the throat.

D-this has a nice flavor to it and brings a well done balance between the roasted flavors and some hops at the finish. very enjoyable.

cpetrone84, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of JBogan
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown, almost black colored body topped by a medium brown very thick head which leaves a good amount of sticky lacing behind. A nice looking brew.

An aroma of lightly roasted coffee and as the beer warms just a hint of licorice.

The taste was very close to the smell. I liked the fact that the coffee wasn't overpowering, and it actually felt as if I was drinking a beer and not just a coffee on steroids.

Mouthfeel was thinner than the appearance might suggest, but not overly so. Fairly smooth and slippery going down.

This is yet another fine beer from the folks at Rogue. Not my favorite style by any means, but it is well done and easily drinkable.

JBogan, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, deep blackness with some orange-tinted brown foam, looks like cocoa. A dark brown head dissiptes and spreads out fast.

Roastie mixed nuts, peanutbutter, sugar-coated peacans, dark-roasted wheat, bitter chocolate, leafy, dry, earthy bitterness.

A huge roastie nuts and wheat flavor hits first, nutty malt flavor's, charcoal and oats with a vanilla smoothness and gentle sweetness in the back. A full, hearty feel with lots going on. Big complexity, earthy bitter hop balance is very nice in the finish.

a fine brew.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very un-Rogue-ish type beer that wants to be something between a Foreign Extra Stout and a Schwarzbier.

A very froathy, very dark brown beer pours with a sturdy and persistant head of mocha colored foam. Lots of lacing. This is one sharp looking beer.

Very roasty with espresso, coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, and sharp woodiness. Hops give an equally sharp grassy, piney, earthy bitterness and taste. A lightly astringent and tin-ey flavor also amplifies the bitterness and causes more of a distraction than a benefit.

Very full and creamy up front but when the texture of the beer fades from the initial Stout-like feel to more of a Schwarzbier feel the beer leaves an empty, powdery, ashy sensation that conflicts with the larger-than-life flavors.

Quite an enigma with the high level of roast, sour-bitter finish, and full-to-fleeting procession, it's hard to know what to make of it. Where are all the fruity notes and English-type sweet maltiness for which Rogue is known? Those could really have helped out here.

BEERchitect, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pitch black with a huge mocha head.

S-light coffee. Some malt. No hop aroma.

T-Toasty. a light burnt flavor. Slight coffee. No hop flavor. moderate hop bitterness. Low level roastiness

M-Medium bodied. medium carbonation. No alcohol heat.

D-This is a nice American brewed schwartzbier. It's nice to get this style fresh.

organicbrewer, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, pitch black cola like body that gives off a tan head with minimal lacing on top of a very coffeeish, espresso aroma with some roasted malts as well. More of a stout to me, it has a chewey medium body that the hops stick out but gives off more a dry, coffee stout but not completely balanced as the backbite is extremely dry and balanced. A sipper that I could drink after dinner but definitely too much to session.

clayrock81, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. Used motor oil colored pour, darker than I expected brown foam head. Appearance would lead to believe the body is heavy, but it is anything but. Minimal lacing, light medium bodied.
Aroma has roast malt, loads of chocolate, light espresso.
Taste is heavy roast up front, dark chocolate with some coffee and anise. Creamy mouthfeel, especially as it warms. Nice long lingering dry coffee finish.
I really wish more brewers would focus on a good schwarz. Drinkability through the roof to go along with flavors a porter/stout drinker can appreciate. Could drink a lot of this, was really pleased with this Rogue offering. Been a long time since I've had a Rogue, since they were much less expensive in Michigan than in NC and there are so many more brews to try now.

Bung, Jan 11, 2010
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.