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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black LagerRogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond

Added by Cresant on 12-22-2009

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Photo of bdupree
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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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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Photo of ppoitras
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Maybe the darkest Schwarz I've seen. Pillowy head dwindles slowly, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is rich dark grains.

Taste begins with the same dark maltiness, a slight acrid flavor in the middle, and closes with some coffee character. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is oh-so easy. One of my favorite of the style so far.

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Photo of kindacold
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black. No light gets through at all. Thick, tan head that stays for a while.

The first sip of this beer blew my mind. I was expecting a much heavier beer, but this was sweet with chocolate and coffee notes, and very light.

This beer was so easy to drink, I'd prefer it to water. Everything about this beer was light and sweet. It was very clean with a crisp aftertaste.

Outstanding beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours fully black, the darkest lager I think I've seen. Deep dark mocha head doesn't disappoint either. Pretty good retention and some light lacing.

Aroma - lots of dark roasted malts, a touch earthy at first and then just plain malty and roasty and good.

Taste - it's all about the roasted malts here, and this one's got it going on. Delicious level of roast without the bitter ashy char. Some earthiness in there, too, complements the grain quite well. The swallow has a note of bitter drying, though more for balance than taste, I'm not getting much hop flavor. The finish has a note of dark chocolate and some lingering roastiness.

Mouthfeel - some noticeable smoothness. Carbonation level is not too gassy but certainly makes its presence known. Pretty much right on for a schwarz, heavy enough to fit the 'dark beer' bill but light enough to enjoy without filling up.

Drinkability - excellent session beer for cooler temps, I'd imagine. I love a roasty malty beer like this that isn't overly sweet or high in abv.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a surprisingly viscous black color with a deep, dark brown head. Decent retention and spotty lace.

Nose is roasty and lightly fruity with some cocoa and light licorice and bread notes. Nose is very big for a schwarzbier and quite good.

Taste is quite a bit more delicate than expected after the robust appearance and smell. Brilliant blend of malty flavors ranging from roasty to toasty to chocolate. Maybe I like it because it is a Rogue beer without the signature Pacman yeast? Just enough bitterness to clean up the finish nicely. I have thoroughly enjoyed both of the First Growth beers I have had from a brewery I typically am not a big fan of. Kudos!

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/29/10 tasting. 22-oz bomber poured to tall glass krug.

A-Inky jet black, thick and syrupy, with huge light & airy dark brown head--very unique appearance

S-bitter espresso, toffee, and roasted malts

T-powerful roast malts up front, espresso beans, with a bitter hop aftertaste

M-thick and creamy of the tongue, medium carbonation, balanced alcohol impact

D-highly drinkable in one of my favorite styles

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my notes I wrote “blacklight safe,” but I think this refers to something on the tap handle perhaps? Although it did pour a solid, roasty black with some light showing through so maybe that’s what I meant. Anyways, there’s a great roasty malt aroma on this with some chocolate notes. Flavor is all about the dark chocolate and roast. There’s a sharp hop bite with a malty roundedness and a smooth finish that ends sweet. It warms well, and remains pleasing throughout. You know what? I liked it.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber picked up at bestway in gboro,NC. Pitch black, nice looking tan head forms up quickly, then recedes to a frothy, intermittent covering. Leaves excellent lacing on the glass after each sip.

Aroma consists of fresh coffee beans, slight smokiness, milk chocolate, the sweetness of caramel, and an earthy presence of tobacco leaves.

Taste is smokey at first, blending bakers chocolate with smoked tenderloin. Then the roasted malts make their way into the picture, accenting the smoked chocolate/meat flavor. Coffee is present mid-palate, nice dark roasted coffee beans that seem to provide an abundance of flavor with a mild astringency. A nice bitterness is noted towards the end of the sip, not too severe, a calming and smooth hop bitterness that rounds out the intense flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and medium bodied with a moderately dry aftertaste. From the looks of this beer, you prepare your palate for a thick, full bodied brew, but the senses are fooled. There is a light chalky consistency that lingers on the roof of the mouth, though it's not off putting whatsoever. The moderate carbonation goes nicely with the mouthfeel.

Overall, the drinkability of this beer is outstanding. Nice balance and overall feel to the beer. Lots of character and flavor that seems to be blended together just right. ABV is moderate, so no need to split a bomber with this one. 2 thumbs up.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured, was so dark, it really could pass a black. But, it was a very dark brown, with a fair amount of tight medium tan foam and lace from to of glass to finish. The smell was of chocolate and roasted malts. But, the taste had loads of roasted malts, simi-sweet chocolate, kona coffee, with the slight bitterness of hops. A nicely balanced black lager. I could say this is my favorite black lager since I can't remember when!

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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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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22fl oz bottle. Mahou Pokal glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Pours dark mahogany, dark copper to the light. Beige .medium size bubbled,creamy foam. Thick layer crown.Lasting with copious rings. Toasted,not burnt,malts, hints of black chocolate to the nose. Dry malts at first sip.Slightly smoked in the middle. Gentle dry & malty palate.Very soft bitterness.Medium body, flavorful. Medium carbonation. Refreshing & pleasant drinkability.An incredible malty beer with an outstanding malty balance.

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Photo of Duckmancgy
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to glass.

Poured a wonderful black with a finger and a half of tan foam. I see why this style is called "Black Beer". Looks like a nice stout and smells very similar. On the nose is nice chocolate, and a roasty malt.

First sip with a bit of the head and it was really nice. Creamy with strong notes of chocolate and nutty flavours. Slight bitterness of coffee comes in the middle and the sip ends with a sweeter slightly dried fruit flavour.

Nice on the mouth, the carbonation isn't overly strong and helps carry the flavours around your mouth. Alcohol isn't up front which makes this fairly easy to drink. However, it may not be best for a session beer in my opinion. The sweetness would make this a good beer to pair with a nice chocolate desert.

All in all a very nice beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of northaustin
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a thick black with a fat finger of even brown head. long retention and a spotted stringy lacing.

smell has a nice presence of roasted malts. smells like a very good stout is hidden somewhere in there. the smell reaches farther than many other beers and i can honestly smell its goodness from the other side of the room. im getting some coffee and lots of black malts.

taste has a smooth shot of coffee, good phenol, and other roasted malts blended with very earthy yet bitter hops. the first black lager i have ever enjoyed.

mouthfeel: nothing in a good way.

drinkability: i absolutely love the concept of estate ales. massive props to the people at rogue for making this beer from scratch and providing me and others with a product that is all natural and affordable as well as great tasting. i bought two bombers tonight and i am feelin great.

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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 waldoiverson
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into imperial pint

A: dark black with sooty brown head with very fine carbonation and excellent lacing

S: sweet with dark cherry, cocoa bitterness, and a bit of malted characteristics

T: cocoa, bbq smoke sweetness, charcoal, very clean bitterness that finishes slightly sour - very nice

M: medium body with a light bite from the carbonation

D: this is an excellent beer with a very diverse flavor profile that is heavy but not overbearing, get some.

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Photo of soulgrowl
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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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly robust aroma of chocolate, coffee and malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste was dominated by the coffee and chocolate, with some malt as well. Definitely not your classic schwarzbier flavor - it plays more like a stout or a porter - but definitely tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better American versions of a schwarzbier, even though it doesn't really taste like one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Lager pours a black color, with a very small tan head. There is a nice strong malty and coffee aroma. The taste has a nice coffee bite, very full bodied, good malty backbone. Good full flavor, very easy to drink, and would want more. Overall a fantastic example of this style, a must try.

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Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sports probably my favorite color combo in beerdom. Intense, glintless black stacked tall with dark brown cream. Darker than expected, but it looks great.
Potently smoky right away in the nostrils. It eases off a bit as caramel seeps in. Coffee and chocolate fill the in between spaces.
It hits the mouth with that same powerful smokiness and espresso roastiness. Sweetness arrives shortly with milk chocolate and caramel. Roasty, smoky semi-acrid bitterness lingers on, and keeps it from growing oversweet. Hopping is hard to note, but a small grassy, wintergreen flare dots the close.
Medium bodied, seeming nearly full with the concentration of its flavors, but the steady, moderate carbonation and lager sleekness makes this gulper.
I love the concept, but love the beer even more.

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Photo of Merkur
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Beer pours an almost pitch black with a great amount of brown head. Beer laces throughout with likely the most lacing I have ever had on a beer.

Beer smells strongly of roasty dark chocolate and a bit of smoke and charcoal.

The beer tasts intiailly of a woody, smokey taste, followed by a good amount of roasty flavor. Finishes very well.

Moutfeel was a bit on the chalky side, but very drinkable.

Great, complex black lager

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Photo of beer2day
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has to be in the top 5 darkest beers I have ever poured. Light is actually leaving the room and entering the glass. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen on a beer. Nice 1-finger head with mild retention. Laces well.

Extreme roast malt nose. Chocolate, cocoa, bitter Jamaican coffee, and anise round things out. Very nice.

Hits thick and bitter. There is a hint of cream to the texture and an ever so slight fizziness, but what is there is an overwhelming bitterness that overpowers everything else, especially in the finish. Bitter chocolate, intense roast malt all combine in with a hop bite to really bring out a dry finish.

For a beer so intense, this is really easy to drink.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supremo! Poured with a lovely large foamy frothy brown head that subsides quickly and a little lace. Nose is quite roasty malt nutmeats licorice leather tree bark. Color is opaque black with very slight brown highlights. Flavor is like aroma but with a bit of acid. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and lasts for a while. Easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz from "Habits" in S.Salem. $4.89 I am going to ggive this a perfect "5" for is a thing of beauty , a work of art. Deepest obsidian body with a largeish frothy,thick,bubby tan head. Aroma is nice a deep and malty,dark chocolate,toffee,toasty, very nice. Taste very smooth yet great esspresso coffee bitterness, slightly nutty with a touch of cream, then a little buzz from piney hops.More roast than the aroma. Delicious. Excellent palate to this one..thick but smooth, the hops break it up a bit at the end and prevent too much "coating". One of the best beers I have had from Rogue in years.

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