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

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with nice retention that reduces to a minimal cap eventually. Not much lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, charcoal, smoked meat, wood, coffee, caramel, dark roasted malt, vanilla, and some herbal hops. Wow, nice aromas here that threw me for a loop. I was not expecting to be hit in the face with smokiness. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, smoke, wood, caramel, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Decent bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, and caramel on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and body; with a highly creamy, lush, and smooth mouthfeel for a 6% beer. Hardly any alcohol present other than a slight warming after the finish. Very drinkable stuff; and it is also very robust in flavor for the gravity. Overall this is an outstanding schwarzbier; with a very robust flavor profile, and easy smooth drinking. Definitely surprised me with the smokey profile at first though.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark dark color, virtually black. Head is tanned, one finger, lasts pretty well and leaves good lacing. This is what I like dark lagers to look like.
S- Mild but pleasant with coffee, milk chocolate, and a touch of charred wood. Very light and barely noticable hop.
T- Quite smokey on the tongue. It definitely has a campfire like flavor to it with a bit of milk chocolate as well. Nice long smokey finish.
M- Medium body, medium-low carb and quite smooth.
O- A very tasty dark beer that I wouldn't mind having a few of. Worth a try.

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

I can't help but wonder what all the hoopla is about.
First growth, a half dozen different hops.. etc.
Don't get me wrong-- it's a nice Schwarzbier, but I'm not doing a dance over it.
The flavor is mild- hops bitterness without being overpowering.
This is a black lager beer, but it's as I expect from the German style- a light bodied beer with mild flavor.
the most discernible flavor is the hops, behind that is toasted malt and finally some yeast thrown in for good measure.

The beer produces a kind of logarithmic finish-- in that the initial hops and toasted malt dissipates leaving a much milder but clean finish that dissolves but leaving a clean ending.

Mouthfeel is cordial-- I classify this as a "light beer".

Overall-- it's probably a nice refresher beer. It's lighter falvorand body make it easier to enjoy...

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

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager

Pours a very dark brown with off white khaki colored head and lace. Aroma of roasted, smokey malts and a coffee like presence. In the taste, upfront are roasted malts and a twang from the hops and smoke. Mild citrus notes beneath some coffee, cocoa and smoke. A small alcohol presence is noted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation. Overall, a half decent schwarz but next year would probably be better.

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Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brow, almost black, nearly opaque body; thick, creamy dark tan head, long lasting but no lacing or rings.

Smell: sweet chocolate and cocoa; roasted malt

Taste: bittersweet chocolate; light bitterness

Mouthfeel: surprisingly light body, smooth

Overall: a very drinkable dark beer; the lager yeast really smooths and balances things.

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

Pours a dark black color with a smallish tan head the leaves good lacing. The taste is somewhat fruity with some coffee and chocolate overtones with additional spiciness. The sweetness is due to heavy dark roasted malts with a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full. It looks like a Stout, but tastes more like a heavy Porter. There could be some oak flavor in the background.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Head is made up of tiny bubbles, coming together at about 2.5cm high, then decreasing to a 0.5cm tall ring around the body with a few islands. Head color is deep, singed tan. Leaves some good washes of lacing along the glass' sides. Body is opaque black of dark brown, but can still see some carbonation floating along the sides.

Aroma is slightly peaty, heavily smoky (either clothes after a campfire or smoked meat would describe this) and tangy. Definite nods towards roasted malt in terms of dark chocolate, but different from the Sprecher in that it's lacking the nuttiness.

Tasting opens with caramelized malt sweetness tempered by burnt toast flavors and a bitterness from the smoked malt and hops. Slightly tangy from smoked malt. Smoked, slightly charred food, charcoal, some noticeable rich, but not bitter, coffee. Taste ends with chocolate and malt sweetness, mimicking chocolate milk for a moment. Aftertaste of campfire smoke, chocolate, and slightly old roasted coffee.

Body is medium-light, with carbonation strong enough to make itself present, but not overpowering. Would like a heftier body (in the medium-bodied range, this is a bit too light) and wouldn't mind a slight bit more carbonation. Finish is quite dry.

A very tasty schwarzbier with emphasis on the smoked and roasted malt flavors. The bitterness, tanginess, and other components blend well with the sweetness. The only thing I'd like to change would be the body's low weight and its carbonation. Regardless, one that I keep returning to when I see it.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque black, highlights not visible in a low light setting. A one finger medium brown head dissipates into a half pool of film on the surface.

Aroma is heavily roasted malts with hints of coffee and a chocolate finish. Smells sugary sweet.

Flavor is slightly tangy at the start, due to the roast malt. Fairly heavy roast malt ushers in a significant mocah presence

Body is moderate to low, with low carbonation and a smooth, fairly dry finish.

Overall a decent beer but a bit more roast flavor than I've had in other beers of this style. The tang overwhelms the flavor a bit too much for my liking

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black and nearly opaque, with the faintest ruby highlights. Clarity appears to be good. Moderate deep brown head has decent retention.

Aroma-Earthy roasted malt with smoky, nearly bacony character on top of bittersweet, dark chocolate. Green, floral, and lightly citrusy hops. No ester character. As beer warms, smoke becomes less apparent and the chocolate/roast becomes more prevalent, though there is still a light charcoal character.

Flavor-Flavor profile is dominated up front by malt character, with some sweet caramel and bread/toast followed by a fair amount of chocolate and roast. While sweet up front, the roast and moderately low hop bitterness come through to dry it up in the finish. Some slight earthy hop character in the finish. Aftertaste is a husky combo of chocolate, charcoal, and light espresso roast.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with soft, moderate carbonation, and a sort of creamy mouthfeel.

A bit chocolatey for a traditional schwarzbier, but I'm not complaining. Quite tasty and very interesting, with the smoky and earthy notes. Not something I'd go for all the time, but I would definitely buy it again-I liked this one a lot.

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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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