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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

15º PLATO
35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond

Added by Cresant on 12-22-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
629
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
46
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 291 | Ratings: 629
Reviews by airheadmtrcycle:
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm fairly new to the style. I tried the Saranac Black Lager and loved it. So I set out to try others in the style. I'm not sure if this is a true representation of the style, but I'm trying to go about this with an open mind.

The lager is about as dark as one could expect from any style. I've had Baltic porters that are not as dark as Dirtoir Black Lager. I can not see any light shining through at all. The head was about a finger thick, tan and left lacing.

The aromas and tastes are more or less parallel. Roasted malts, coffee, smoke and semi-sweet chocolate dominate. Hops? The BA Ding (whose opinions I respect) thinks Rogue has overdone the hops for the style. I'm having a hard time detecting the hops and what they do for this beer. Perhaps the bitterness on the finish. However, that tastes more like some slightly "over-roasting" of the malts to me. I love this quality in the beer wherever it comes from. The hops are there, but I'm going to need to have a few more to get a better perspective on everything. Is the taste representative of a schwarzbier? Does it have more stout or porter-like qualities? I can't say, so I'm going to judge this beer on its own merits, and I find it an absolutely delicious beer.

The mouth feel is superb. Medium on the palate with excellent, refreshing carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter and slightly dry. The drinkability is excellent. Each gulp begs another. This is not a sipper. I'm going through this 22oz. bomber in no time and I'm a slow drinker. At about the 2/3 point I can feel the 6% ABV.

After only one try this is in the running for the best beer I've ever had. Fantastic. I love it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager. 6% alcohol Schwarzbier style.

A- Pours a pitch black fluid with a heavily active dark tan head that retains a nice quarter inch froth that leaves light lacing.

S- Fresh scents of chocolate and toasted malts upfront, followed by coffee and cream.

T-M- Almost like the smell. Coffee and expresso beans upfront with a mix of very lightly toasted malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel is excellent with smooth creamy texture allowing the drinkablity to be perfect for session drinking.

D- A very drinkable lager with stout tendencies
and a ABV to work with. But for 8.99 i'll have to limit the session drinking for now.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass this beer was jet black with a thick orange/brown head. The head provided a nice contrast to the beer. There was ample lacing. The aroma was chocolate and roasted malt. Interesting taste. Definitely chocolate, but also a sweet/sour fruity taste. Some bitterness in the finish. I thought this beer was rather unique, and enjoyed it tremendously.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a jet black and viscous body with a large, tightknit and creamy cocoa head. Retention is good and there is abundant sticky lacing. Looks more like a stout than anything else.

Aroma is full of dark roasty notes of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Hints of roasted almonds and earthy hops underneath.

Medium full body is creamy and coating.

Taste has a dominant dark roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes are prominent throughout. Spicy and earthy hops emerge midway through. A smoked nuttiness adds a nice touch. Finishes dry and roasty.

Unusual dark roastiness for a schwarzbier. Actually, this is more like a stout brewed with lager yeast. Strange, but enjoyable.

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Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: chocolate malt and coffee

Taste: chocolate malt and coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium/heavy bodied for the style, moderately sweet, smooth

Drinkability: I am usually left a bit disappointed from Rogue, but this one is a big winner. Very good for the style and super drinkable. I had no idea this was six abv and could have several. Nice, good, and clean. Not the most complex beer but one that is executed excellently.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of innominat
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Bullfrogchef
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of juicebox
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wehttam
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big ol' black pour with ample cherry cola head. Carbonation on the low to average side, just right for this style. Aroma is minimal, a little bit of choco smell, very faint.

Good dry taste, very comparable to Black Butte, but maybe a little more bitter and that dry aspect big time. Good roasting. Hops play well, if you like black ipas, you'll prolly be more than down with this. Call it a winter beer, but this would seem quite enjoyable any time of year. Nice mismarked price in WY where I got this . . .

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A quote from xlperro:

"A fair assessment from the brewery. The roast comes from Carafa II so it doesnt carry some of the harsher roast qualities, but it is more roasty than a typical German Schwarzbier, and some black malts come through giving a touch of dryness near the end. Yes, this is a lager, and claims to use "German" yeast, not any sort of lagerized Pacman blend. This also uses Rogue "First Growth" Risk™ Malts, and Independent & Revolution hops. Moderately hopped to 35 ibu's. The bitterness seems reminiscent of Perle flavors. One of the more enjoyable Rogue beers I've had in awhile."

It's an Americanized flavorful roasty dark black lager, not the average Schwarzbier by an means go and seek this one. Dark bitter roasts may seem more stout/porter like than the average watery Kostritzer Schwarzbier but an awesome experience nonetheless. I enjoyed my sample with my bro, who's a dark beeradvocate at heart.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Pour looks a bit like used motor oil; this is a truly black beer. Completely opaque with an unusually dark brown head that reduces at a moderate rate to a thin ring.

Aroma: Not strong. Primary component is dark roasted malt. to very sweet, with lots of chocolate/smoky notes. Toasted malt and burnt toast, powdery cocoa, hints of coffee, and molasses.

T - Some sweetness initially, but certainly not as sweet as a typical German schwarzbier, and the finish is mildly bitter with a clear coffee note. Hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Mainly, there's plenty of rich dark roasted malt flavor that is pronounced and lasting but not challenging.

M - nice medium/full body with some crispness from carbonation and/or hops.

O - recommended for fans of schwarzbier who also like an imperial stout: This schwarzbier heads in that direction.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
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