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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 50
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 606 | Reviews: 289
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.02/5  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
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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

A- Poured into a... looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. A nice finger thick brown head erupts and slowly disappates leaving some clumps of brown lacing behind. As I said, beer is black in color and shows little if any light coming through when held up to the ceiling

S- Actually, the guy that reviewed it before me nailed it on the head... strong of coffee with a hint of leather

T- Starts with a burnt coffee and malt taste with a bit of hop bitterness coming through in the finish

M- Somewhat lighter in body then you'd expect from the color with light/medium carbonation

D- I know it was very limitted in my area, but if it were more available I would more than likely be inclined to buy it again


Photo of dcajero
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black. Ain't nothing shining through held to the light. Head comes up with tight, tiny bubbles like a spray on insulation.

S - Coffee with a hint of leather.

T - More coffee with a hint of...beef? There's an almost sour saltiness in the after taste. Almost like a soy sauce.

M - Really lays across the tongue, not oily but definitely viscous. Not a big carbonation but what's there has a little bite.

D - A nice drinking beer here in the cold snowy night. I can't say I've tried many black lagers but I'm afraid my plebeian palate can't taste a big difference between this and porters in general.

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

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?

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jdmcel
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

Photo of titustheking
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bdupree
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cdpike
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.