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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 mater
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first craft beers I tried and liked was SA Black Lager, so when I saw this bomber for $5 I thought I'd give it a try.

A-Pitch Black with a 1.5 finger coffee colored head that hung around for a little bit, but no lacing. Still looks pretty good though.

S-I smell some chocolate and roasty malts.

T-Malts, chocolate, some coffee and a tad of hops.

M-Mouthfeel was medium to light. I was a little disappointed in this.

Overall this was a decent brew.

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

This is a style that, on occasion, I've struggled to fully appreciate. Curious to see what Rogue's interpretation is like.

A - Pours pitch black, finger of mocha head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a touch of espresso, albeit subdued by some sweet corn and grassy hops.

T - Much like the scent with the roasted notes taking a back seat to some traditional lager flavours including sweet corn, sugar pops and biscuit.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Overall a little disappointing. Nothing spectacular or overly memorable, though not to be interpreted as offensive. Some more bold flavours could enhance this offering, though given the style, I would suspect it captures the the flavours well.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yummy! Black, cafe au lait head. I actually thought this was a stout or porter at first!

Creamy, brown sugar malt smell with a bit of hop sourness. Very smooth in the nose. Light espresso hints.

Big burst of coffee, almost a mocha taste. A light fruitiness from the hops. Very rich, creamy and smooth.

Hard to believe I'm drinking a lager...very smooth, low carbonation. Its not malty enough to be a baltic porter, but this has rich coffee flavours and a nice, thick body.

By far my favourite "Chatoe."

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Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick foamy mocha colored head over a pretty darn black beer

S - A little nutty and malty, but not a ton else

T - Roasted malts, coffee and bitter. Really not much else to say. Good, but not overly complex.

M - Dry, thin, surprisingly crisp. Well carbonated. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

O - Good taste and pretty drinkable with a relatively low ABV. Not too filling either.

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

Dirtoire pours a nice cola-black with a tall tan head composed of large, light bubbles.

The smell was very clean, with only roasted grains and a hint of sweetness coming through.

Very clean taste. The grains were well balanced between malty sweetness, and a gently roasted flavor. The hops play a subtle support role in rounding this delicious brew. Mouthfeel is on the medium/thin side, with assertive carbonic sharpness.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

C: Black. Coffee colored head about 1/2 inch.

S: Coffee. Chocolate. Little else. No hoppy scent.

T: Taste lacks flavor. The coffee flavor w/ malty combination dominates the beer but lacks character.

M: Low carbonation. Watery flat texure. Low carbonation.

D: Gets boring quickly.


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

Pours out an oily black with a crazy charcoal/brown head which is thick and bubbly. Chocolate nose with a dark fruitiness some figs and raisins along with a lot of earthy hops. Some dirt with a good amount of roast.A lot of dry dark roast. Chocolate and roasted barley. A fruity and roasted middle with an extremely dry finish. For how it pours out the body is extremely light. It is an interesting combination of heavy chocolate and roasted malt characteristics with such a light body. More of the dry and roasted notes pop out and the hops are less subdued than with a heavier body.

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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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Photo of stimulus
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 3/29.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a 1 1/2 finger brown head.
S: Hops, chocolate, toffee, and a little bit of smoke.
T: The smoky flavor is a little bit more prevalent here, followed by some lightly bitter hops, and finally, toffee, caramel, and chocolate.
M: Light bodied, high carbonation, and a somewhat smooth finish.
O: Pretty good for the style, and I really like that Rogue finally has some beer that I know is fresh, despite the fact that this doesn't have a bottling date anywhere except that I know my local store just got it in in 2011.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a darker shade of brown that boarders on being black...the head was khaki in color and showed nice retention which in part left to some decent lacing

S - The first few sniffs brought to mind that of a milk had that milk twang with some the flavors warmed chocolate malts came out

T - The flavors were rushed with was dark, bitter chocolate leading the the middle there were notes of the vanilla to sweeten things up...also some dark fruits (dates mostly) that also added some sweetness...the ending was full of hops and they provided a different bitterness from the dark chocolate

M - Medium bodied...had a bit of creaminess to it with a nice hop finish

O - I would not have pinned this as a Schwarzbier but anywho it was pretty good...this bottle was shared with two people and we all seemed to enjoy it...I liked the addition of the hops because they made for an enjoyable finish...the chocolate was a strong characteristic

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Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent black lager from rogue that leans closer to a porter than a lager, but i get the idea, it's a schwarzbier - a black beer. so no quibbling over the style. nice hop bitterness on the back of the tongue, not as roasty-toasty tasting as a porter or stout.

pours a true black with a little one finger tan head, doesn't stick to the glass, but it smells good and fresh and malty, mellow bitterness, bright malty taste with black licorice overtones. this is not a sweet beer. this is a satisfying hearty brew that could easily be an everyday winter time drink.

this would be great during a transatlantic journey on a steamship. or if you hunt.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a khaki colored two finger head that stays and leaves very nice lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate and bread along with a hint of fruits. The taste has a roasted malt backbone along with a toasty backbone, on the top are hints of chocolate, coffee, and the marzen yeast, while at the very end their is a hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly creamy. Overall it is very solid, the nose is just slightly weak, but the flavors are very complex and well balanced. The beer is also a very easy drink, this is one to recommend.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at MiKro Beer Bar in Hamden, Conn.

A: Jet black color with a dark, espresso colored head that left decent, resinous lacing. The head hung around for most of the brew, leaving a thin ring towards the bottom of the glass.

S: Oddly enough, smells like black olives. Sort of an herbal, leafy and vegetative hop aroma and some roasted black malts.

T: Great, bittersweet roasted black and specialty malts that thrown flavors of coffee grounds, licorice and dark chocolate. Has a nice, earthy hop flavor that dries the rich malts and lends some of that German lager smoothness. Finishes bittersweet with slight lingering spiciness.

M: Full-bodied but very smooth brew. Has a slight weak-spot around mid-palate before the bittersweet finish.

D: Reminiscent of a German lager and American porter fused together, Dirtoir is a nice hybrid brew that satisfies both parties at a robust 6% ABV. Not your typical scwartzbier, but still a very nice black lager.

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Photo of fastsrt
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: black, but there were hues around the glass. good head

S: roasty, fruity, over all not bad

T: garbage.

M: fine

D: I drain poured this beer a couple of sips in and I decided to open something else. I seem to not like the style, for some reason.

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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 washburnkid
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two fingers of incredibly dark head. Jet black about 98% of the brew's volume. Thick appearance, if that makes sense. Great lacing, and the dark brown head retains as a thick cap and ring.

S: Aromas are chocolate and smoke. Espresso and roasted whatnots. Smells like an oatmeal stout.

T/M: Oh my, delicious roasted smoky chocolate and espresso bean goodness. Very intense on these roasty malt flavors. Wonderful finish with residuals clinging to all parts. Mouth is heavily bodied for a lager. High carbonation. Drying just a tad with each sip.

D: This beer reminds me that I need to pay more attention to dark lagers. I forget how much I enjoy them!

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Photo of StoutCream
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's winter's last gasp here in 'Bleaksburg': 60s to 20s, warm rain to freezing wind. Today was an especially blustery, frigid transition from low pressure to high. Time to throw on some blankets, tuck into a great swartz and watch the fire crackle. Ok, it's a virtual fire, but the beer is beyond real.

I poured a bomber into a quart mason jar (my favorite chalice) and it was compost colored: brown on the verge of black. A healthy head lingered a bit and then stuck to the sides of my jar. There was something Märzen-y about the nose: must be the yeast. What a wonderful smell, though not much of it (again, the Jar, man). I usually drink a bunch then swirl what's left in the bottom all the way up the sides of the glass. That way my palate is familiar and I can recognize scents. To me it smelled like sweet iced mocha and toast.

It tastes like a chocolate, coffee Märzen on the front, bitter hop on the back, but a smoked hop. Not smoked like Lapsang, but more like chipotle. That's a lot of smoking: a leaf, a flower, and a fruit. All you need now is some pig. This beer would go great with BBQ and not the crap slathered in sauce, but the kind that is smoked all night while you're killing Rouge bombers and ready for breakfast when all you want to eat is bread and meat. Forget the coffee - throw me one of these instead. It's so juicy while reminding me of the fond at the bottom of cast iron skillet. Somewhat green tasting as well, the more you drink it, like over cooked collards, which are delicious while, unfortunately, having lost most of their nutritional value.

This beer has all of it's nutritional value. The perfect carbonation and barely-bitter aftertaste makes this a season (session) to remember. Can't wait to delve into all the Chatoe Rouge-s.

Easy to drink, doesn't make you think, goes down in a wink, wish it had more stink.

(That's the sound of a bent Rouge bottle cap sailing into an empty jar, flicked from my fingertips. Nothin' but glass.)

Grow Your Own, bitches!

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Photo of Wattsox
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Solid black body with chocolate brown head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Chocolate and coffee malts are the dominant aromas.

T - Very malty tastes lead, with plenty of chocolate and coffee and some bitterness for balance.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - Quite a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Rizalini
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black, with a nice foamy 2 finger brown head, that disipates rather quickly, leaving no head.

S - BIG roasty, chocolatey amoma as soon as I pop this one open. Upon further smells, I'm picking up some faint smokey notes too.

T - Coffee hits the taste buds first, with hints of caramel, and finishes with dark chocolate that stays on your tongue.

M - Has a light mouthfeel, with an average amount of carbonation.

D - This beer is light and very drinkable. Good taste, not too heavy, not too strong. I could definately see myself buying another one of these in the future.

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Photo of claspada
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin with roasted malts as expected; highlighted by coffee, some lesser sweetness and licorice.
The tastes are quite different than I expected. It begins quite roasty, almost smoky which was quite nice actually. Full dark chocolate and full roasiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, creamy and smokey finish. There is also some nice underlying bitterness to balance the light sweetness.
Overall this is a good beer, a lot different than I remember it being in the bottle, but still enjoyable. This is by far one of the most flavorful schwartzbiers I have ever had; totally dominates any German variety out there. Definitely the highlight of the Chatoe series.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ghetto growler to go from Liquor Express in HSV Alabama.

A: Black, with a milky appearance. Big finger or two dark brown head. Quite nice and inviting looking.

S: Sweet sugar, chocolate notes all over.

T: Big malty base of chocolate, light coffee. Some slight bitterness from the hops, but it's very minimal. Not a burnt malt bitter commonly seen in darker beers.

M: Medium body, very slick.

D: Fantastically sessionable. Went through the 4 pint without any trouble what so ever. My first of this beer style, and I must say i'm impressed as a "lightweight" stout.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer just a week or so ago. I have been pretty happy with their Grow Your Own series and German Styles are some of my let's give this one a shot.

Appearance: Pours a very dark black color that didn't show light when held to the side...during the pour...anything. This beer is dark! There is a solid 1" head of creamy tan foam that was more than half its original height over a minute after the pour.

Aroma: Just from popping the top, I could pick up chocolate malt. Getting deeper into it, there are dark malts showcased in here that seem a little rich for this style. I get espresso to go with the chocolate. I don't get a whole lot of hops, but they are there adding a very soft floral note that is quite nice.

Taste: The flavor is also led by the dark malts as the aroma was, but they aren't so overpowering that they leave your palate acidic. There is some toasty notes in here, but they are reserved compared to the dark malts. I am getting a little bit of sweet toffee in here also that is, again, nice but quite odd for this style. The body is medium with high carbonation, so it comes across quite drinkable for the amount of dark malt presence that it has.

Opinion: Well, this is a really nice tasting beer, but it doesn't really come close to a Schwarzbier. Typically this style will be clear with a reddish tint and an almost white head and tons of toasty Munich notes. This beer is really clean, but the dark malt profile is more reminiscent of a Porter than a Schwarzbier. It is a GOOD porter and probably too clean for that actual style with the Lager yeast that was used in this beer. I don't know. Try it for yourself and see what you think. It is a good drinker, but not very German.

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Photo of budgood1
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the 22oz bomber an opaque motor oil colour with a thin dark tan head. minimal lace. espresso, anise and yeast in the nose. the look and nose on this one was certainly not what i expected! dark roasted black malt flavour...hints of yeast, dark roasted coffee, caramel and dark chocolate all appear and meld well within the confines of whatever style this may be. slightly bitter from both the malts used and the kiss of bittering hops on the back end. tastes extemely good. sturdy body with a lighter mouthfeel from the lager yeast. still the feel is semi-smooth and a bit silky even though some pricklyness tries to assert itself. love it. outstanding drinkability. wonderful taste and texture. character really comes through as it warms a bit.

i agree with a previous reviewer that this crosses into porter territory with it's abundance of characteristics screaming thus. very tasty brew nonetheless and definitley recommended!!

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
4.03 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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