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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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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 294
Photo of budgood1
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of Avagadro
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, this is not a Schwartzbier, and, since it is a good brew, I am going to review it as what it really is: a Baltic porter.

A: Pitch black, with a gorgeous chocolate head. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long.

S: heavy chocolate, coffee, and a touch of licorice. Bouquet is well presented.

T: slightly fruity, heavy chocolate, and coffee meld together nicely.

M: full body, chewy, and well carbonated.

D: a good brew overall, but hardly a Schwartzbier.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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 scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a dark brownie head. The foam lasts for a couple of sips. This is the darkest Schwarzbier I've ever had. Looks like an RIS.

Lots of roasted malts, espresso coffee, and dark chocolate in the aroma of what is supposed to be a black "LAGER"!!!! I don't know what to think, but I like it.

The taste is that of a well made American stout, but the body is that of a stouty dry lager. The flavors has loads of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. The palate has a soft bubbly feel with the dryness of an Irish stout. Very drinkable and very flavorful.

This beer definetly crosses style borders a couple of times. The yeast almost seems to be the only reason this beer could be considered a lager.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly impressive, showcasing burnt toast, coffee grounds, vanilla and some sweet malt. As good as this beer smells, it's every bit as good on the palate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with a roasty, smokey flavor that I really like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, smokey finish. There is also some nice underlying bitterness to buoy the light sweetness. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol nicely integrated into the flavor profile.

Over the years, my fondness for Rogue beers has slowly been eroded by a lot of mediocre products. However, it's a beer like this that reminds me that there is still a very capable brewer at Rogue, and that they know how to make good beer. This is pretty impressive.

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Photo of meeekyh
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is one helluva beer! As is my way, I opted to pour the thing as I opened this page and the aromas and color made a swift, strong impression.

Fin Du Monde glass, 22oz bottle, not in that order.

The beer is blacker than any I can recall seeing in my considerable experience and boasts a deep brown head as tall as the glass will support plus about two millimeters. Lacing is thick and dissipation is moderate.

Banana bread is a strong component of the nose. A combination of coffee smells and chocolate present at more of a distance. Burnt smells are present but subtle and supporting as opposed to harsh and repugnant.

There is a lot to be said for the color of a beer being an indicator of the tastes one is likely to encounter when trying it. Here I note a sweetness that is subtle and a bitterness that is not so much. The nuttiness of the nose is present in the finish of the beer but the initial flavors are of the very dark malts, almost burnt even. I am liking this beer but would pair it with very bold cuisine as opposed to drinking it on the porch mid-summer's-day.

Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is light and clean. The carbonation is light but I don't miss it.

Drinkability is good but would be greatly improved by pairing with the aforementioned bold foods.

I will say I have had nothing quite like this in my life, though I have never quested for the schwarzbiers before. That will change after this enjoyable experience. Thank you once again Rogue!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
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 airheadmtrcycle
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
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 JRed
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in body with everlasting coffee head. Roast, dirt, and hops in the nose. Tastes of milk chocolate, earth, hop dryness and tang towards the end. Remarkably smooth in mouthfeel with light carbonation. A tasty black lager that is light in body and easy drinking.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! If you are one of those people who knows others who shy away from "dark beers", this may be a nice introduction to help them to rethink that strategy.

I got a foamy two fingers' worth of deep-tan head off of my pour that slowly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Nose was chocolaty with some smoke and charcoal, also. Color was an inky black, I do not think even dark-brown fits into this equation with ZERO light penetration. None, not even on the sides or at the edges. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a taste like dark chocolate, very roasty, lightly smoky on the tongue. Finish was likewise chocolaty, slightly smoky. Now, I want one of those fudgy brownies that I passed up at the Holiday luncheon on Wednesday ...

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Photo of Durge
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A jet black brew with a decent light chocolate colored head and good lacing. The aroma is decidedly coffee and chocolate malt, sweet and bitter, nicely blended. The flavor gets into the same idea as the aroma with a little less chocolate and more into the coffee bitterness. It's medium bodied with subtle carbonation, tingly and a bit of a charcoal dryness, almost a smokey overtone. It has a sort of "green" quality, a sharpness that bites a little. Medium drinkability. A quality brew for sure.

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Photo of SykDoc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours darker than the ace of spades with a dark brown 1/2 inch head forming and quickly reducing, leaving a very minimal lacing.

The aroma is also quite good with a nice dark malty/fruity scent with some maple and milk component.

The taste is reasonable, again with a dark fruity/malty sweetness and perhaps a hit of chocolate with roasted/caramel notes.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, a bit of a disappointment, given the pour. Carbonation also detracts from the flavor, as it is a bit fizzy. Medium bodied.

Overall, this is a solid beer but has some room for improvements in a few key areas. Quite drinkable and worth the purchase, but I don't know how many more of these I would have.

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Photo of thekoz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour pitch black with a nice blackish-brown head. I found the color of the head not so appealing, hence the 4 rating.

The smell is roasted and burnt malty. A touch of molasses as well.

The taste is good. Roasted. Burnt. Chocolate. are the words that come to mind. Almost like a porter really. Lots of other flavors as well, maybe a little fruity ester. Little coffee as well. moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Minimal carbonation. Fairly smooth and dry, but not thin. Full bodied. Enough there to stand up to the favors.

Overall decent beer. Porters and stouts are not really my thing and this beer reminds me of them. Nice light beer for the winter months though if you like these sorts of beer.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: syrup black. Even the head is a nice dark color.

Smell: Sweet dark malts, rich syrup that's maple like.

Taste: Light burnt aftertaste that you'd expect from dark malts. Sweet and bitter all mixed into one with a little bit of smokey flavor. There is also a nice coffee flavor.

Drinkability: This is heaven in a bottle. Nice combination of flavors. Typically I don't like lagers, but this is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirtoir black lager
A: two fingers of incredibly dark tan head like the color of coffee with a bit of milk. The body is rather dark.

S: the aroma is subtle. It is biscuity. There is slight chocolate aromas.

T: it is malty with slight roasted notes but their is a slight hop bitterness around the middle of the taste. It is a very interesting lager with various layers of complexity. A touch of caramel.

M: it is medium body with good carbonation.

D:  there is a slight astringent quality from the roasted malt that hurts the drinkability but overall this is a solid beer. In fact it has made me rethink trying rogue's other offerings, which I have typically been avoiding.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepist blackest beer I've had to date.
Pours thick like an imperal stoudt with a deep brown foam cap, dense and long lasting.
Smells nicely of complex rich malts, toffee and maybe pumpkin spice. Hops provide just enought earthiness and woodiness.
Very nice tasting with of course a complex malt base. Hints of chocolate and espresso.
Hops provide a nice earthy flavor but are not promident.
A very nice beer thats smooth and full bodied.
A roasted dry bitter ending that lingers in the back of the mouth for a while.
I think this would be a good beer to cellar for a while to see how it would mellow out.
This is a rich and complex tasting beer good for one or two at a time to savor.

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Photo of yeoldeale
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

VERY dark in color...almost surprisingly so. A "Schwarz" bier through and through. A good looking thin brown head that does not stick around as I hoped it would... instead it dissipates rather quickly. A faint smell of roasted barley. A delicious black rye bread taste with the slightest trace of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thicker than I expected for the schwarzbier style. Overall a very drinkable schwarzbier but a bit heavier than most.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a samll head of brown foam. Small residual layer on top.

Smells malty. Light chocolate smell.

Burnt coffee taste with mild hop back. Bittering throughout. Earthy. Long finish. Full body with smooth mouthfeel - but filling.

Tasty, drinkable, and a great concept.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial nonic)
A- This beer has a body as dark as midnight and a head as dark as later that night. The head boils a bit and the body is too dense to see any carbonation. The head fades after a bit.
S- The nice lagered aroma of roasted black malt has some melanoidin dark nougat malt support. There is a note of cream that comes through and a coffee malt finish that grows. There is also some graham cracker note to the black malt.
T- The tartness in the first sip turns to more of a sourness as the beer warms with a bit of a band-aid flavor for the last half glass. There is a full roasted black malt and dark chocolate malt flavor that finishes with a full roasted bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is big and grows even more as the beer opens up turning inky for the last half of the bottle.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a tight fizz in the finish with no real alcohol heat noticed.
D- The big layered stout is a nice hardy beer but it has a bit to much roasted bitterness and sour notes to drink this as a session beer. It is not your typical schwarzbier but it has some nice black roast qualities. I actually think some age might help the beer mellow but I'm a bit worried that the sour band-aid flavor might get worse.

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Photo of mynie
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a Schwarz, this pours really dark and really thick. Normally these are thinner than stouts and more dark red than black, but this is so dense, dark, and opaque that I could have mistaken it for Shakespeare.

The biggest, baddest thing you taste is the chocolate malt, and it's thick like a mlikshake. The sweetness is very light and shortlived, and it moves into a malty middle that's like burnt shortbread, and then that sticks around for forever, grows lightly sour, and finally in the very end of the aftertaste it gives way to bitter hops. No pacman. The yeast is hardly noticeable.

This is one hell of a fantastic Schwarz, but that might just be because it tastes a lot more like a porter than your traditional black lager, and I (and most people) seem to like porters more than blacks. But whatever. It's traditionally brewed, reasonably priced, and delicious.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown / black with a big dark brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated.

Aroma is a little smoky, really roasty. Kind of like a strong stout. Some mild sweetness.

Beer is medium bodied and has a lot of roast in the back. There is a strong aftertaste / late taste of coffee that comes in after the swallow like an avalanche. Its creamy and nice, its got some really nice flavors in there, no real sweetness. Its a good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice dark brown head and a very nice amount of lacing. Nose is very nice--plenty malty with a good amount of roast. Some dark chocolate and coffee come through along with some hops. Taste is quite similar with a bit more hoppiness coming out. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with good carbonation. Quite tasty and went down easily.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a delightfully dense black, perhaps the darkest schwarzbier I've had. Nicely roasted malt and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Hops were lively and well integrated. Overall, quite well done.

As to the hype about "grow your own" malt and hops, I suppose someone crass, such as myself, might wonder if a byproduct of this would be cutting out the supplier and keeping production cost down? Just a thought.

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Photo of Lakes
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting brew. I was surprised by it.

22 oz bottle into a Rochefort challis.

Apprearance is as the label suggests, black. It has a nice an head that migrated to the edge of my glass.

Aroma is as black as the color. Coffee and Chocolate. Sweet malt and alcohol mixed with faint hops.

Taste is smokey. Rich malt, good balance. Some hops comes through but only as a balance against some pretty big malt.

mouthfeel is a little light for my taste but drinkability as pretty nice. I could put a few of these back real easy.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 634 ratings
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