Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager
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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #5
Ranked #5,572
4.03 | pDev: 10.42%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black LagerRogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager
Notes: 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
Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 634 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to goblet.

A gorgeous looking beer. I'd give it a 6 for appearance if it let me as I don't think i've. Ever seen a beer behave this way upon pouring. Almost like it is creaming bubbling up in the bottle. Dark black, big big big tan head. Mighty bubbles. Great legs. Aroma is lots of mineral and dark chocolate. Taste is the same with some toasted barley smoothing it out. Creamy feel, with some zip. A very nice beer. Very different. Very interesting. Only ""downer"" is that I think 22 oz. is really the limit on what you can stand because of how strong the mineral flavor is.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Jul 24, 2017
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3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mixture of black srm appropriate for a schwarzier and that cherry cola head you often see from imperial porters. Aroma has some of the roast but lacks the hopping, this one seems to stress the malt.

Has a dry mouthfeel compared to expectations, even though appropriate for style, the chocolate malt really made me think the opposite of dryness. This really tows the line between schwarzbier, porter and black ipa.

I enjoyed it, but it definitely was malt forward taste and mouthfeel wise. Plenty of dark chocolate and coffee comes out from the malt like almost no other in this genre. One of Rogue's better beers. Bomber format sucks though.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled in August 2016 from 22oz (650ml) bottle in pint glass. No Bottled on date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thin dark tan head. The head lasted a little time, and left a little lacing on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong chocolate and a little spice and hops bitterness aromas. Interesting combination and balance between the various aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with nice balance of malts, chocolate, coffee, and hops. There is a hint of sweetness like a dark chocolate flavor that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced with strong coffee flavor, and a little bitterness from hops. Overall it has a good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Moderate alcohol which matches with the 6.0% on the label.

Overall: Overall, this is a very good Schwarzbier. It has more chocolate flavors than other Schwarzbier, but not overly so. I will buy it again.

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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania, Aug 28, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2016.

The pour is jet black with an attractive lingering and soft tan head.

The aroma has a kind of charred or burnt toasted malt character to it.

The body is medium and better but it also delicate in texture.

The taste was a bit of letdown after the build up. Yes, I get the same burnt toasted malt flavor but there is something kind of butter-like in the taste.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Jan 18, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks rather like a stout as it pours pitch black with a bubble show producing a frothy head; dots and dashes of lacing linger

Smell: Chocolate, roast and soy sauce tones

Taste: Roast, toasted black bread and chocolate forward, with ashy tones building; after the swallow; the soy sauce makes an entrance, and grows into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a hybrid beer here with a big, American take on the Schwarzbier style; but for the soy sauce finish I would like this a lot but I still found it rather enjoyable

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Dec 01, 2015
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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. gorgeous 2 inch tall rocky tan head that breaks into big bubble sinkholes. You can smell it 3 feet away. Awesome smell. Dark chocolate mabey a hint of maple in the nose. Coffee toffee roasty then light on the backend. Wow cool. I'm gonna enjoy this brew

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303beer from Colorado, Jun 18, 2015
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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This fine black lager pours a thick black with a fantastic brown head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, light smoke, sweet malts, and black raisins. Flavors are strong sweet up front, a raisin note come through on the rear blending in nicely with the chocolate notes. This is a seriously slick brew with light carbonation for a lager with a smooth mouth feel that finishes lightly bitter from the malts and lightly bitter hops. Nice.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - 4.5/5
Totally pitch black, with no light coming through, even near the edges of the glass. An excellent chocolate-milkshake-brown head. About two fingers upoin initial pour. This is certainly a beautifully looking beer.

Smell - 4.25/5
Chocolate roastiness, hints of smokiness. Some lightly sweet malts. Smell has a milky/creamy feel, if that's even possible for a smell. There is a small but detectable lager aroma as well. Hmm...a roasty chocolate lager. This should be interesting and exciting.

Taste - 2.5/5
The taste is kind of a let down. It's pretty strange. There are the roasty smoky flavors (the smokiness is much more prominent here than in the smell). But then the main flavor of the beer is kind of a strange lager-y ness. Really, I think it's just that the classic lager taste mixed with roasty/smoky malts leads to not a good result. I could see how some people could possibly like this. I just don't think the combination does it for me. It does kinda taste like tastey dirt (as in "Dirtoir"). So I guess it lives up to it's name. Just not to my tastebuds.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Fairly full-bodied. A medium amount of medium intensity carbonation. Quite crisp and bitter. It's hard rate the mouthfeel fairly, given the fact that I dislike the taste. But I'd say the mouthfield would be good is the taste wasn't so bitter and strange.

Overall - 2.75/5
I was highly disappointed by this beer. I didn't really have a lot of expectations, but I didn't expect this. I had the Guinness Black Lager recently, and loved that. So I thought, "hey, a black lager, this should be good". But this was way worse. Again, a lot of this is just personal preference, but I just don't like the flavor profile and/or balance of this beer. It's far from terrible. But I think the smokiness is just really out of place in a lager.

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michiganmatt from California, Mar 22, 2015
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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirtoir Black Lager pours a pitch black body—no highlights are visible against the light—and a dense, deep tan head which leaves lacing all over the glass. The aroma is a little smoky and savory. Rich, yeasty bread crust comes through, along with brown sugar and coffee. In the flavor, there is considerable bite from the roasting, like burnt coffee. It’s bitter and woody but rich and flavorful. The earthy, herbal hops are considerable but still overshadowed by the malt. The body is on the full side, and the carbonation is restrained but crisp. The hops and roasted malt leave a little bite in the finish. A rich, bread-like aftertaste also lingers.

Overall rich, flavorful, and clean—loads of roasted malt and hops. The fairly full texture helps to smooth out the otherwise sharp bite of the roasted malt and hop acidity, though the roastiness is still a bit much. The aroma is wonderfully appetizing. Very tasty and bold on the whole.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, fudge, and slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but the soy sauce characteristics diminish the drinkability in this one a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jan 13, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with a brown/tan foamy one inch head. Not much lacing along the glass as you finish. Smell: dark chocolate, roasted barley, malt, caramel. Taste is very bitter -- this is not for the faint of heart. Solid, crisp chocolate bite heavy on the malt. With all organic ingredients, this is a very complex, interesting beer. There was a slight sourness in the finish, but I would definitely pick this up again for a great Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

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4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a creamy, lingering tan head.

S: Aromas of vanilla bean, leather, dark chocolate, cream, roasted grain, grass, herbs, caramel, and lemon take a little while to express themselves on the nose.

T: Smooth, integrated notes of caramel, cream, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, leather, vanilla bean, kola nut, minerals, herbs, grass, and lemon wash across the palate. The finish is moderately hoppy and roasty, offering notes of leather, roasted grain, lemon, and grass.

M: Full-bodied and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: Obviously, this is not an orthodox schwarzbier, but it is a pretty much exceptional New World take on the style. This lager is proof that Rogue still pumps out worthwhile beers with regularity.

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mrfrancis from Kentucky, Aug 04, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Amazing in its opacity, pitch black with no light getting through the murk, capped by a rich cafe latte-colored head. Nose features some very pleasing malt acrobatics, prunes, raisins, dark roast coffee, a whiff of caramel, and some earthy herbal hops. Palate includes all these elements plus some dry chocolate flakes and light ash for good measure, starts sweet and roasty, almost stout-like before going very crisp and dry for the finish, as per the style. Nice creamy mouthfeel adds to the stout-like vibe, as does the low key carbonation. Some noble-type hops add a little pepper and vanilla perhaps. Great stuff and manages to deliver more robust flavors than maybe one would expect from a lager of this ilk. Is is TOO sweet? Perhaps. Here's where I channel my Micheal Jackson-like disregard for uber-rigid style guidelines in favor of just enjoying the show.

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CalgaryFMC from Alberta (Canada), Jul 31, 2014
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3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle to tulip half pint glass.

Very very dark black. No light penetration at all. Small head not much lacing.

Dark malt nose. No much alcohol. Medium hops.

Nice slight fizziness. Thick mouthfeel but with a nice balanced flavour.

Stout like but different mouthfeel

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Kenee from United Kingdom (England), May 04, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Rudy's Liquors - Lasalle, IL

Rogue's schwarzbier pours darker than most. As a matter of fact it's bordering on black hole with no light entering much less escaping. There aren't even highlights around the glass. The milk chocolate head is instantly creamy, like the froth of espresso, and leaves puffy, patched lacing as I drink. This is one of the better looking schwarzbiers I have ever seen.

The smell of this beer treads into stout territory. Roastier than expected malt kicks things off while a solid backbone of coffee and anise compliment nicely. There's a nice soft earthen maltiness flashing through here and there that's reminiscent of leather at times. Earthy hoppiness, a little herbal, wraps up the mouthwatering nose. Very nicely done!

This is a damn good beer! The roast is smooth and inviting before segueing into coffee and cream. The black licorice is soft and adds good depth. The earthiness from both the malt and hops pick up a bit toward the finish and leave an easy bitterness. This is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I've had in a long time and while being balanced it's also very flavorful.

Decadence! The mouthfeel is pure bliss. The body weighs in at medium with a body that's so silky smooth it's ridiculous. The finish slowly dries out and leaves an easy lingering bitterness after each drink. The balance is such that this beer is extremely satisfying while being incredibly drinkable.

Now, I'll start off by saying I'm not the biggest Rogue fan around, as a matter of fact this is the first beer I've drank of theirs in a few years. With that said, Dirtoir Black Lager is one of the best schwarzbiers I have ever had. It's up there with the likes of Monschof, Black Bavarian, and Duck Rabbit. It drinks more like Duck Rabbit's than the previous two with the weight and boldness. A great beer. Toss this into six packs and I'll be a happy camper.

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joe1510 from Illinois, Feb 08, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer, with a very nearly black body, tinged just slightly with deep, rusty red, and a very dense, latte-colored head. Kalamata olives are the first thing I notice on the nose, all briny and savory. It could pass as an oyster stout, for sure, at least by the smell. A bit of chocolate, a little molasses, and a slightly bourbon-ish maple character all come through. Reminds me a bit of my beloved Mr Squirrel.

The flavor is a balance of savory and sweet that seems to punch slightly above its weight – like an imperial stout, but a little lighter and less boozy. Walnut liqueur, prunes, well-pulled espresso, chewy licorice – but in spite of all the rich flavors (and fairly thick mouthfeel) it's bone dry and has the most perfect carbonation, a slight fizz that dissipates into a soft froth. This is exquisite – to be fair, this is exactly what I'm in the mood for at this particular moment. It's been a long day and I wanted something with a lot of depth, but also something refreshing. That's a tall order to fill and this does so perfectly. It's a very versatile beer: great on its own, obviously, whatever the season, whatever the weather; but also a potentially excellent 'go-to' beer for food. I can see it working with anything from steak and mash to raw oysters to Thai curries.

What a beer! Well done, Rogue. You still got it.

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soulgrowl from United Kingdom (England), Jan 31, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was well made and great for those enjoying the doppelbock or even stout styles. The color was intense; motor oil with a deep brown rim. The aromas were malty, bitter cocoa powder, pumpernickel and dark spices. The flavors were similar to the nose (with accentuated rye bread/pumpernickel, and bitter chocolate tones), with a touch more astringency on the finish than I anticipated. This was truly bread in a glass, and is great for someone looking for a well made, malty and thick doppelbock style beer without the intense price tag.

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4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into .5l Cyclinder marked Spaten.

A; Opaque black. Without highlights whatsoever. Dark brown large 3 finger head, with hills and valleys, Good lacing, Fair retention, leaves a arc of foam as you enjoy it. Lots of carbonation.

S; The nose is dark malt. It's dark forest, earthy, under boardwalk, musky and spicy, as I imagine a permaculture farm.

T: Black Beer. Not too filling or alcoholic. Not a summer brew, but not heavy. Malts trending toward chocolate, licorice, toffee, spice, and with a nice hop after zing. Completely original and more brooding and earthy than other I have tried. Great style, plenty of aroma and flavor, particularly for an organic, GYO beer (Grow your own). Hops have their say in nice finishing kick.

Uses 'Oktoberfest yeast'.

Mouth feel is good weight, nice tingle, great finish. Would be great after dinner or with cigars. Great matched with beef, stews, hearty dishes, tomato sauces.

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager is a must try if you can find it.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Jul 09, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black, this held on a touch of head and a few specks of lace.

I enjoyed the flavors of the smell but it was a little muted. Cocoa hides behind dark malt. The taste in the mouth has no such shortcoming, with strong and well balanced flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, and I could use another.

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watermelonman from California, Jun 13, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly viscous jet black pour with cocoa head that settles to film fast but speckles.
Ash, pumpernickel, and raisin nose - dark.
Blackberry, fruit scone, treacle, a roasty hit, and a caraway, earth and chive hop hit. Lightens as it warms.
Blueberry end and cut grass linger.
Medium, oily, fizzy.

Way heavier than lager suggests. Too oily for schwarz-, only the body is lagery. I do have to wonder, as always in Ireland, if some hops are gone; it's a strange aroma character and something more assertive would balance this out.

A bit too black, confusing, but nice and drinkable in the end.

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StJamesGate from New York, May 29, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thick and abundant brown head with good retention.
Strong aroma of dark chocolate, waffles, mocha, and grainy malts.
Bold flavor, very malty, mostly roasted. Some notes of earth, dark chocolate, charcoal and espresso. A bit smoked or even with ash notes.
Dry and malty aftertaste, lingering roasted malts.
Full body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Interesting that roasted malts won the battle against hops, well, otherwise it would be an imperial stout. This is much heavier than a Schwarzbier, still pleasant to drink. Nice that they could get all that flavor out of a lager. Recommendable.

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FLima from Brazil, Apr 28, 2013
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4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a nice mount of mocha brown head. A ring lingers. Some of it lacing.

Black coffee and dark chocolate leads the way. Nice burnt grain aroma with a hint of smoke. A ridiculous nose for a black lager.

Super-roasty and robust. More of the coffee with bitter chocolate, chicory root, and earthy hops. You can barely tell it's a lager. Malts are rather dry, which is nice. Very good.

Beefed up with carbonation. Medium-to-light in body. Really, a great feel for the style. So approachable and so flavorful.

Kickass schwarzbier. Best I've had.

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thecheapies from Pennsylvania, Apr 18, 2013
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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a black colored brew with a tiny tan head. The head fades almost instantly leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is strongest of a roasted coffee aroma. Mixed with this is a nice dark chocolate/cocoa smell. A light sweet vanilla and caramel smell are mixed with these roasted and dark aromas balancing them nicely and creating a great smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some slightly sweeter chocolate and roasted malt notes up front. As the flavors advance further a bit of caramel and some smoky and coffee flavors come to the tongue. These flavors last to the end of the taste where the coffee flavors get stronger and espresso like with the brew also bittering more in nature. These are accompanied by an emergence of some earthy hop flavors. When mixed with the bitter coffee, and roasted malts it creates a very pleasing slightly bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The chewier body is fantastic for the roasted and darker flavors of the beer giving is a big and thick feel on the tongue; well matching the coffee and chocolate flavors of the brew.

Overall- This was one tasty brew. It had the right level of bitter hop and sweetness to complement the darker and roastier chocolate and coffee/espresso flavors of the brew. Well done.

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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark and rich, what you would expect from Rogue a tad bit more, a little over the top. Very pleasent beer great hop flavor, you just feel the freshness comeing out of this one. All of the brews in this series are wonderfull hope John comes up with more!

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bomber pours jet black with a healthy dark brown head in pint glass. This is seriously dark stuff. Surprising rich malty aroma, even for a schwarzbier. Flavor is fairly hoppy. Hops seems a little muddled...I'm not really familar with Independent and Revelolution. Flavor through the middle is roasty, with more of a burnt aftertaste. Carbonation is relatively light, barely cutting through the (compartively) heavy grain bill. Seriously, I feel like I can taste little particles of nearly ashen roasted barley on my tongue. Of course the beer is too opaque to see if there's actual grain or any other sediment suspended in it. Compared to this, other schwarzbiers are lagers with food coloring added. This is an enjoyable expression of the style.

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hreb from Washington, Jan 26, 2013
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 634 ratings