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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

15º PLATO
35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond

Added by Cresant on 12-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
633
Reviews:
293
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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69
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47
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Photo of jjanega08
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a pitch black color with a nice two finger thick brown head on it. The head and color is really suprising for a lager. This is my first dabble with the style so it sort of shocks me. Pretty nice.

S= A clean roasty smell. Nice coffee and chocolate malts that sort of show off the power of malts despite yeast.

T= A clean stout taste. Just as I expected. Really pretty nice. Excellent roast to it. Easily the roastiest lager I've ever had. Really works for the beer. Not much for hops but the malt takes the cake on this beer.

M= Smooth and crisp just like any lager would be. Really nice.

D= Excellent beer. Really tasty and unique. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer just because it's clean flavor. Nice work Rogue.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a surprisingly opaque black with the darkest tan head I've yet seen, which lingers for quite some time. The nose is chocolate, soil, coffee, and a bit of florality. The taste is pretty similar, with the chocolate and coffee really coming through, along with a slight bit of bitterness. The body is a very light medium, with a nice kiss of carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a surprisingly great schwarz that stands as very highly drinkable.

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

Great look going in, with a superb richness to the black body, an outstanding grey-tan head, with huge retention and lacing capabilities. This is one hell of a fine looking beer.

The nose is subdued by the tight, rich foam, but offers up a spectrum of roasted notes, including biscuit, dark chocolate, even caramelized malt that's been subsequently roasted. Very bready overall, with little of the hops so far.

The flavor is once again highly roasted, with most of the bitterness derived from the malt. Coffee, leaning toward espresso, with hints of chocolate and charcoal. The carbonation is really high, so the finish betrays little of the once-aggressive beer - overly clean, somewhat ashy and dry finish, in my opinion. The hops are still way back there, with some herbal notes and a touch of anise.

Everything is great about this beer, but the way that it finishes so blandly takes a big chunk of the enjoyment away for me. Overly carbonic and acidic, taking away from a lot of really great stuff going on.

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

Poured a black color with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is smoke, dar, bitter cocoa. hops. Taste is immediate smoke, and very subtle smoke, with cocoa, big dose of hops and very tasty. Mouthfeel id hearty with hops, smoke, cocoa and some coffee weighing in. Very good indeed.

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

A-Pours jet black with a nice sized mocha colored head that has fair retention and leaves nice lacing. Looks really good.

S-Roasted malt and coffee, a nice earthy aroma I can't quite put my finger on but it smells nice, a bit of dark chocolate.

T-Very similar to the nose with roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, a earthy/woody flavor.

M-Medium bodied, slightly slick and oily, coats the palate nicely.

D-This one goes down easy and the bomber was easily consumed.

I hadn't had a Rogue beer in a while, but when I saw this I knew I had to try it. And I'm glad I did.

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

Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with almost four fingers of dark brown colored head; the head even leaves some lacing patternes on the side of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is quite black in color, almost perfectly so and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma is a richly roasted mix of deeply toasted whole grain notes, French Roast coffee, burnt grain and toasted, almost burnt crackers. As the beer warms some dark chocolate notes become noticeable as does some burnt, caramelized malt character. The aroma smells quite appetizing and really has a wholesome grain / bread quality to it.

This has a light acidity to it as I take my first sip. The roast character definitely plays the dominant role here. The finish has a dark roast coffee bitterness, some clean hop bitterness and a toasted grain huskiness that gives this a rustic grain quality. There is a charred smokiness to this beer brought on by a charcoal like roasted character. This beer is actually quite savory in character as the malt base is quite rich. There is perhaps a hint of molasses flavor here from the sweet malt that is just barely noticeable under all of the roast character. This hint of sweetness also brings out a dark cocoa flavor. While rich and satisfying this is still a beer that I find easy to finish my 22oz bottle of. It is a bit over-carbonated, which contributes a sharp carbonic acidity, but luckily this is easily gotten rid of. There seems to be a hint of mint character here that is likely derived from a touch of herbal hop notes.

This is a deeply satisfying and rich Stout made with Lager yeast. This is quite enjoyable and better than I was expecting.

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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a jet black and viscous body with a large, tightknit and creamy cocoa head. Retention is good and there is abundant sticky lacing. Looks more like a stout than anything else.

Aroma is full of dark roasty notes of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Hints of roasted almonds and earthy hops underneath.

Medium full body is creamy and coating.

Taste has a dominant dark roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes are prominent throughout. Spicy and earthy hops emerge midway through. A smoked nuttiness adds a nice touch. Finishes dry and roasty.

Unusual dark roastiness for a schwarzbier. Actually, this is more like a stout brewed with lager yeast. Strange, but enjoyable.

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

A - Two fingers of dark brownish-black head on top of a completely opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace. This is the darkest lager that I have ever seen.

S - Dark, roasted malt aroma with lots of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. A hint of spicy hops in the background and a clean fermentation profile. Simple, but very nice.

T - Sweet toffee malt up front with a hint of caramel. Cola and roasted malt notes emerge in the middle with a little bit of acidic, black coffee flavor. Finishes with mild coffee character and some toasted malt that is balanced by moderate hop bitterness and light, spicy hop flavor. Malt bitterness kicks in during the aftertaste with lots of acidic char and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and a somewhat darker than normal malt character for the style. There is significant roast character in the aroma, both coffee and chocolate. The flavor is roasty as well, though a bit more mild in terms of roast and with a total lack of the chocolate character from the aroma. A nice beer overall, it comes a little closer to being a lagered stout than a true Schwarzbier, but it is well made and very enjoyable.

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Photo of selecter70
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to grab one for rainy day, relaxing in the man-cave-keller-record library...and it definitely did not disappoint! A viscous black pour into a nonic pint glass resulting in a solid black appearance with thin reddish dark tan head that stuck as lace in a minimal way. The aroma lent towards a smoked or rauchbier style, as well as dark coffee and a hint of lemon hop. The flavor was a near-burnt smoky malt with black coffee, dark chocolate and bit of hop to round it out. Not on the sweeter end of schwarzbiers/black lagers. Nice body & mouthfeel with presence of alcohol, but not overwhelming or distracting. Hearty sipper that did not push any extreme...nicely balanced.

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

This poured a nearly opaque black with moderate dark tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and smoke and burnt coffee and dark chocolate, with a little lemon. It tasted like burnt barley and smoke and charred mocha, with a little copper hops. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter smoky aftertaste. Overall this was the perfect schwarzbier, for my tastes. It had a great smoky profile that was bold but not overwhelming (like rauchbiers). It had a very nice full body too, and was pretty easy to drink. Maybe a little harsh for some drinkers, or maybe not entirely true to the history of the style, but I loved this beer.

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

A- A very dark, creamy, inky black with a dense brown head that dimples the surface of the liquid. Looks serious.

S- Coffee, black chocolate, and smoke. Smells like a very strong chocolate shake.

T- Coffee, bitter black chocolate, smoke. Very flavorful.

M- Creamy with a nice carbonation bite. Lasting roastiness at the end.

D- Slightly rich, but very enjoyable. For the ABV, this is a bit of a sipper. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta be honest here, I havent really had a whole lot of experience with this style.

Jet black colour. Cant see highlights even held up to light. Brown nearly purpleish? 1 finger head fades pretty quickly to a fairly unimpressive layer. Looks pretty inviting.

A very dry smell. Earthy, black patent malts make themselves apparent. Almost salty in its dryness. Very bold.

Taste is not as robust as the nose, that being said its still very good. Some roastiness is there and some more sweetness than I expected from the nose. A little sharpness from the hops comes in at the end to clean it up. Really well done in that regard. To be honest, I am glad the taste is not exactly as the nose would let on. Plenty going on but very drinkable too.

Enjoyable take on the style for a newcomer!

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

pours a coal black, deep...dark. Huge tan head that sticks a while. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing.
Smells very smooth...chocolately mixed with vanilla. Reminds me of a bowl of ice cream of both flavors all mixed together.
taste great...roasty, ashy...chocolate. Very smooth without the bitter finish, but well balanced.
Like this one...very stout like less some hops

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

This is a dark, almost black, brew with a big a mocha head. The dark roasted malt exudes a bitter, chocolate aroma.

The beer moves deftly and smoothly across the palate. The flavors are that of dusty cocoa moving into a light touch of bitterness at the end. This beer is somewhat reminiscent of a porter.

Solid and drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my recent pick ups from Mid-Town in Tulsa, good looking bottle art...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 4+ fingers of walnut colored head, man that's a good looking beer on the pour! Above average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, brown bread, some herbal hops

T: Roasty malt, a touch of brown bread & licorice, plus faint figgyness up front. Roastyness dominates as this warms, plus dryness & baker's chocolate. Finishes roasty with brown bread & a kiss of licorice

MF: Medium bodied, slightly oily with restrained carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, roastyness slows me down a bit. Started reminded me more of a stout as time went on, so I believe this strays a touch too much for me style-wise, but a easily sessionable none the less. A nice stab at the style that only had some minor flaws

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

Another interesting brew from Rogue that ive been looking forwards to trying,it pours a jet cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves a chocolate/mocha coloured one finger head and some subtle lacing,the aroma is unbelievable almost like you have walked into a coffee shop it is that strong just a roasty expresso smell that oozes fresh coffee and one of the strongest i have encountered very impressive,it has a nice easy mouthfeel which is very sessionable and just slides down with beautiful hints of mocha,cappicino and dark,dark expresso and finishes nice with that touch of bitterness that makes you reach for another taste straight away,overall this brew is almost like a coffee beer that i really rate and if you havnt tried it,like coffee and see it i definately recommend you give it a shot as it is a top quality brew.

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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 Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Inky black body. Deep, dark brown head. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma: Great roasted malt center. Chocolate and cocoa make their fingerprints all over this aroma as well. A little java even.

Flavor: Chalky and dusty cocoa powder right up front. Smooth caramel malts as well. Pistachio and corn nuts mix in .

MF/DK: Quite dry. Some ghostly acidity. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lingering roasted bitterness. A little acrid I might add as well. Maybe at titch much of the black patent?? Solid overall though.

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Photo of tim28
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a plain old Rogue beer glass.
A-Very black. Almost no head. No lacing around the glass
S-Roasted malts, coffee, a little chocolate.
T-Very good. I was not sure what to expect, but I am pleased. Coffee and chocolate obviously, but also a roasted, burnt finish. Very good.
M-You would think that by how it looks, it would be very thick, but it is isn't. Light and crisp
D-High. I definitely didn't have a problem finishing the bottle.

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

poured into Duvel tulip

A: pours black, deep brown around the edges when held to a lamp. finger thick brown head that fell to a thin layer.
S: earthy roasted malt. some coffee and chocolate notes as well.
T: light sweetness, again with very mild coffee and chocolate, not overly bitter. more of an earthy hop rather than bitter.
M: for the first ive had of this style, i was caught off gaurd expecting it to be thick, its not. Its light in mouth and carbonated well.
D: very easy to drink, especially since its not thick like i was thinking it might be.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Royal black, opaque in fact, with dark brown head. Nose is a whollop of lovely roasted malts. On the palate this beer comes across more like a true dark & bittersweet chocolate than any other in recent memory. Loads of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finish isn't too sweet, yet plenty of roasty bitter dark chocolate to take away with you.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: chocolate malt and coffee

Taste: chocolate malt and coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium/heavy bodied for the style, moderately sweet, smooth

Drinkability: I am usually left a bit disappointed from Rogue, but this one is a big winner. Very good for the style and super drinkable. I had no idea this was six abv and could have several. Nice, good, and clean. Not the most complex beer but one that is executed excellently.

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

Pours a deep dark black with a thick and beautiful chocolate milk colored head. Powerful aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. The concentration and intensity of these two notes is remarkable, but not overwhelming. A strong black coffee flavors lingers long after swallowing, practically penetrating my pores. One of the very best schwarzbiers I've had.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pilsner glass.
A: A rich, dark black. No light getting through here. Looks thick. Great looking billowing, tan head.
S: Nothing is overwhelming. Faint roasted malts and perhaps some burnt coffee notes, but kind of lacking. There is a bit of some citrus notes as well.
T: Anything missing in the smell was present here. A great balance between the roasty malts and the hops. Some coffee notes accompanied by a little burnt flavor. Almost stout like.
M: Not as thick as it looks but medium bodied and nicely done. Creamy and Smooth.
D: Off the charts. Finishes a little dry like a stout but not as filling and extremely quaffable. A great example of a schwarzbeer.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fred from Beverages 4 Less for hookin me up.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque black with the ever-so-smallest touch of brown around the edges. Fair amount of head fades quickly leaving a few traces of lacing and a thin layer on top.

S: Big roasty boldness followed by smidgens of fruity aromas. Pretty nice for a dark lager.

T: Kinda stoutish. Very nice flavors of roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate blend very well. Hints of dark fruits play around ever so gently to round it out.

M: Wow! Two beers in a row that leave my mouth feeling that I've had the perfect drink. Smooth on every count. Beautiful.

D: A bit extra roasty for my taste, considering the lager characteristics allow for much less esters and such. Other than that though, a very refreshing beverage.

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Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager from Rogue Ales
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