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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 44
Gots: 28 | 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 titustheking
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

titustheking, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

BierFan, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

katan, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of bdupree
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

bdupree, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

ocelot2500, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

alexgash, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

beertunes, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of cdpike
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

cdpike, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

johnnnniee, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of kels
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kels, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

peabody, Feb 02, 2010
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
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.