Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black LagerRogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager

Brewed by:
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 yeahnatenelson
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours nearly black with a tuft of sudsy mocha head. Surprisingly handsome!

Smell -- Chocolate malts, mild roast char, licorice, and earthy yeast.

Taste -- Lots of chocolate malt flavor, even more so than in the aroma, with mild malt sweetness tempered with roast char and earthy hops. Mild fruity esters also present. Finish is earthy hops, cocoa, and char.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body, crisp carbonation. Pretty good.

Overall -- Solid American Schwarzbier. Leans toward the chocolate malt spectrum, which I prefer. Surprisingly good for how old this bottle probably is.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost pitch black color with a tiny brown head that doesn't last for too long

S: Nice roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, maybe even vanilla. Overall very stout-like, even though it is a lager

T: Same as the smell. Dark, roasted malts with burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Some nice hops in there to round off the sweetness and give a nice bite as well. The aftertaste is what gives this away as a lager and not an ale, though

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth all the way through

O: This is a damn fine schwarzbier if I do say so myself. Enough characteristics to show that it's a dark lager and not a stout or porter yet enough taste and flavor to make it great. I'd recommend this one for sure

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 8/15/11, on tap: pours pitch black with a small creamy brown head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing clinging to the glass; a fine looking beer.

Smells of roasted coffee, cocoa, burnt malt, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, light citrus hops, lemon zest and chocolate; wow, this smells like a stout, with rich roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and chocolate that has the burnt wood aroma.

Tastes like burnt coffee, cocoa, burnt malt, toasted grains, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, citrus hops, lemon zest, piney hops and chocolate; very tasty, with a rich roasted cocoa flavor that was robust and full of flavor. Light, crisp and easy to drink.

Note: Until I read the BA reviews for this beer, I was pretty sure that the bar mixed up the taps and this was the Rogue Chocolate Stout; I'm glad it was not, but boy are those 2 beers similar. Luckily both are quite tasty even though they are completely different styles. A very good beer that I was glad to stumble upon.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: just a tinge of light getting through otherwise very black.

S: surprisingly light on the nose considering the strong flavors in the taste.

T: lots of coffee/java and roasted nut. chocolate and vanilla notes.

M: semi dry. Full and thick bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. More of a stout than a lager. Not getting the lager yeast.

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Photo of gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap in a pint glass

A- pours a black color with a tan head and nice lacing looks good in the glass

S- was chocolate,coffee,vanilla bean,roasted malts,some earthy funk

T- it smelled better than it tasted ..very thin on all aspects of smells..the taste of chocolate and roasted malts were missing,hops were light porter taste were thin for a black ale

M- medium carbonation,light on tastes

O-one and done on this one,just was not impressed was very thin

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, slowly dissipating beige head. Leaves some spots on the glass as the blanket of bubbles slides down the glass. Dark enough to prevent any light from passing, yet the color is definitively brown, not black.

Strong, strong milk chocolate nose. There's a touch of mocha and powdered cocoa. Do you get the idea?

Far more bitter (from black patent malt!) than the smell would indicate. The body is surprisingly thin for the look but necessarily the style. The finish is of burnt toast and roasted chestnuts.

Tastes like a watery stout, smells like chocolatey porter.

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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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black, and nearly opaque liquid presented in front of me. This was looking big for a session lager already. A nice two-inch high head of tan lace formed on the top

Rich roasted malts and a smoky sort of peat like smell coming through off of this one right way. Very rich with a touch of bitterness-hidden way in the back, I had a feeling this was going to be good now. Very nice earthy and grassy touches throughout as well, with a touch of molasses maybe as it warms up. Rich chocolate like flavor almost coming through in the beginning and then turning over to a more roasted and smoke like flavor. Lots of different earthy tones here were coming together rather nicely. A touch of caramel or molasses like sweetness in the middle and some of the bittering effects in it towards the end. The finish was quick and clean with a nice smoke flavor in the finish, albeit lighter then what you would typically think of a smoked flavor being.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Sal and Mookie's in Jackson, MS during Rogue Night.

Appearance: Ink black, half a finger head that recedes very quickly; light, lingering foam

Smell: chocolate, mesquite and coffee

Taste: same as smell. Very toasty, almost a stout in drinkability

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy

Overall: A slow drinker, but very hearty. Several people around me agreed that this one would go great with a steak.

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Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from the CBX “Treasure Chest” awhile back...

A: Pours thick and black with a massive, mocha head that recedes fast leaving no cap or lace; looks pretty thick and opaque.

S: Charred malts and caramel dominate.

T: Chocolate malts; coffee; some smoke; salt; very clean finish.

M: Thick; higher carbonation; lots of texture and some milky-ness; pretty full mouthfeel.

O: An interesting brew, especially considering the “Grow Your Own” theme; I’d definitely have it again, although I wouldn’t have more than a couple in one sitting.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of mocha.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and notes of dark chocolate. There is a slight amount of accompanying bitterness, which is most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is packed with interesting flavors and is very easy to drink because it isn’t very filling or high in alcohol content. This is a fine example of the style if you are looking for a sessionable dark lager.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick, bubbly, coffee-colored head into a pub glass that left a thin ring and decent lacing but both disappeared 1/4 of the way through. the body was dark black.
s - roasted chocolate and other malts.
t - caramel, roasted chocolate and other grains, with a hint of smokiness and cherry.
m - crisp and sharp at first but gets very thick and chewy. best feature of this beer.
o - good beer overall and one i'd go to again. kudos to rogue for gyo.

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Photo of BetterWatching
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Jet black like a stout with a brown head that quickly disappears.

S- Toffee and dark malts.

T- Astringent and slightly acidic. Not much upfront, then a big toffee/espresso flavor fading quickly back to nothingness.

M- Slightly heavy on the tounge.

O- Somewhat disappointing although I do commend them for the GYO dedication on this brew. This bottle could have been a little old as well adding to the lack of hops in the flavor.

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Photo of teromous
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's coal black, with about 1/3 a thumbs thickness of creamy brown head. It has an impressive cocoa brown head color. It slowly fades to a ring. Pretty good lacing around the sides.

S: The scent is of a rich dark coffee laced with caramel.

T: I taste a lot more bitterness than I would have expected from the smell of the beer. It has a lot of roasted grain flavor. I don't really get any hop bitterness, despite the picture of hops on the label.

M: Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, with a strong body of roasted bitterness. Not overwhelming at all.

O: Overall it's a good beer, but I felt it could have used a unique character to identify itself. With the body and flavor as strong as it was, I'm surprised it's only 6% ABV. I would drink it again, but I probably wouldn't buy it. It's just to average of a beer to crave.

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Photo of shambeano
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pretty much jet black with about 1cm of dark brown head which quickly subsides to a whisper. looks pretty damn good.

S- malts up front, a touch of roastiness and sweetness. finish is a little savoury. not too bad.

T- a bunch of roasted malts up front, some sweetness as well, a touch of yeast. Finishes with a nice roasty bitterness. tasty.

M- this one is creamy, but with a tingly cabonation, very nice, has a pretty damn good length too.

O- I like this beer, creamy body with nice roasted malts. pretty good alround.

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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 jettjon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber with no date into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). This one is engine oil black with a thin, dark brown cap that fades at a moderate pace to a thin ring. Very nice looking dark brew. Nose is sweet to very sweet, with lots of chocolate/smoky notes. Toasted malt and burnt toast, powdery cocoa, hints of coffee. In the mouth, it’s not nearly as sweet as the nose advertises. There’s a definite burnt character, and flavor is surprisingly dry compared to nose. Hints of mild coffee with dark chocolate bitterness. Firm but not overwhelming; enjoyable. Mouth is a bit thin and watery, bubbly, and quenching. Overall, looks and smells great, though a bit underwhelming taste. Overall good for style. Tasty and quenching, traditional. Not an “extreme” beer by any stretch, but good overall.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes
A - pitch black, barely transparent on the bottom, short head with nice lacing
S - chocolatey sweet and musty with leafy greens and some ground corn
T - corn like graininess combined with very roasty malt, some sweet chocolate and leafy hops
M - chewy smooth with a coffee bitterness, generally light
O - another great brew from Rogue, the richness of flavour really drives this one home

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Photo of clickpush
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a surprisingly thick, dark brown liquid and produces a two finger cap of brown head. Head is sticky and thick, reducing to a nice brown cap upon a black trophy. This could be a RIS judging by the look. Inviting!

Nose: Quite roasty. Nutty, coffee, crumbs burning at the bottom of the oven. Also a sweeter side, more nuttiness, like roast chestnuts.

Mouth: Flavor is as it smell, though with a fore-flavor of a medicinal sort that is a bit off-putting. Later flavors include the heavy roast and burnt toast. Chewy mouthfeel, without being heavy. A hint of warm milk & caramel.

One of the better beers of this style that I've had.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my River Horse glass.

A: Deep black with a dark tan head. Permits no light to pass through.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, tiny tinge of burnt wood, and a delicate hop sharpness hiding at the back.

T: Smooth and malty out front, with just a bit of sweetness. The back, however, is another story. The roasted malts shine in the finish, with a deep coffee and roast flavor, and a long, slightly bitter, dry aftertaste.

M: Feels sharply carbonated and on the thin side, nothing special or spectacular here.

Good, but not stunning. Perhaps I expected something different.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like a thick baltic porter, Black, tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Floral, tar, steelie, blackstrap molasses and licorice.

T: Fairly well-hopped: floral & steelie; molasses, bakers chocolate, dark rye bread, espresso, licorice, solid bitterness. It's hard to believe this is only 15 Plato with this body & flavour. Great stuff.

M: Fully body is thick & chewy with a hint of roasted acidity.

D/O: Hell of a beer.

I think the style is more inline with a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of sccala
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer review from the new beer bar in downtown Westerly, RI "The Malted Barley". Poured beer from a 22oz. bottle into a small hourglass shaped glass...almost like a fancy juice glass. I was taken aside by the glassware that I was served with this beer. Anyway, here we go....

A- black as night with a tannish, thin head that didn't last long. Other reviews of this beer made mention of thick, lasting head, but I didn't get this. Maybe improperly cleaned glassware? I don't know. Also, minimal lacing with this beer. Probaly a byproduct of having to head.

S- Strong coffee malt smell. I was suprised to smell this, as pretty much every schwarzbier I've ever had is on the sweeter, smoother, lightly hopped side of the smell spectrum...despite the dark color.

T- Again, deeply roasted coffee malts. Hops are hard to recognize. Not what I would expect from this style at all, but style aside, it tastes quite good.

M- Leaves a long lasting aftertaste in the mouth and throat. I can almost smell the coffee on my own breath!

O- If you are expecting a traditional schwarzbier, you'll be dissapointed. But if you can adjust your mindset on the fly, and perhaps pretend that you are drinking a coffee porter or imperial stout, you'll like it more. Above average beer.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very easy drinking beer, it's definitely thin, but I feel like I could have had six or seven glasses at the bar, it pours with limited carbonation and is dark as the style would indicate. I had it next to the Left Hand TNT, which was outrageous in style and smell, making this beer seem quite bland, but, again it was pretty good for the style. I wouldn't go out my way to have it again.

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

Paid $6.99 for a bomber of this.

The label said it was jet black with a tan head. It was certainly jet black, but the head was much darker, one of the darkest heads I've seen - more like an imperial stout (like Yeti).

It had a nice foamy thick head.

It gave off fragrances of coffee, malts, and sweet chocolate mousse. The flavors mirrored the smell with more intensity.

The alcohol seemed low and would have benefited from 8-9%.

It carried a rich mouthfeel - very nice with ample carbonation.

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Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely black, no other shade of anything resembling pitch black, with an almost brown head. It's almost perfect in appearance, I just like a little thicker head with a bit more retention.

Has a thick malty scent to it, with chocolate, coffee and wood prevalent.

Unfortunately, this is a lager and it lacks as much taste as it looks and smells like it would have. There are NOTES of chocolate and coffee and smoke, but nothing stands out.

There's just not much character in this beer. It starts off kind of bland and finishes with a slightly bitter feel. There's nothing in between.

This is a better than average beer, it just doesn't blow me away like I expected based on its look and smell.

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