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Formerly Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager.

Tasting Notes:
Jet black in color with a tan head, medium to full bodied, deftly balanced, seamless dark roasted malt flavors with a smooth bitterness, lingering long finish.

9 Ingredients:
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11904) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bomber from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours quite black with a huge, foamy dark tan head. Smells like chocolate. Medium body plus with smooth carbonation. Flavor starts chocolate, then goes rather gritty, and almost smoky with coffee. It is much more bitter than not, and it has a really nifty mouthfeel in the finish. Wonder if I imagined the smoke. I think it’s pretty complex for a lager, and it drinks very easily. Bitter is starting to show up on the sides of my tongue, and other things are going on too. Good job from Rogue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2010
22 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a VERY dark brown with a coffee colored head. Aroma: Roasted malt and coffee. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with hint of cinammon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bomber. Whoa! Are you sure this is a lager? It looks like a stout, and a big one at that. Thick and absolutely black with a dark brown head that really sticks for a long while. I never give a 5 for appearance, but this one earned it - there’s this awesome interplay of shades of tan and brown in the head whenever I take a sip. Very cool. The nose is packed with chocolate and earth. Very much the same notes in the flavor - deep chocolaty malts are accompanied the full way through by a pleasant earthy, smoky, coffee-like bitterness - not due to the hops, though, but definitely from all the specialty malts.The carbonation is strong, a little sharp, which helps to balance the heavier malt. I’m really digging this one. Unique and very well-balanced. I’m amazed it’s only 5%, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2010
Very nice jet black colour with tan head. Earthy, chocolate and wood notes on the nose. Chocolate and roasted malt on the tongue, very well balanced. Really good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Very cool looking beer; deep black body with a tall fluffy deep brown head leaving a cocoa creme lace along the glass. Smooth smoked chocolate malt. Slight peppery note with crisp grass and finishes a tad sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - FEB 24, 2010
Bomber into pint glass. This is by far the darkest most viscous schwarz I have ever seen--it looks like an imperial stout with a nice mocha tan head that fades a bit too quickly. Thickest lager in general that I have ever seen. The aroma is also similar to an imperial stout, but a bit frutier. Very roasty--molasses and dark bitter chocolate--with a hint of hops and a bit of a smoke character. The flavor is the same. Very roasty and a bit smokey. The normal fruit character I notice in other schwarz does seem very present. On the upper end of Medium bodied with small fine carbonation. Overall: a very impressive beer, but it just seems like a stout or porter to me, not a schwarz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black with a rocky tan head. Heavy smoke in the aroma. Some mild bitterness and roasted chocolate, but a lot of heavy smoke and meat notes. Smells like a rauchbier. Flavor definitely lends itself to that. Smoke and bacon in the front that melds into a rich and chocolaty middle with a mild hop aftertaste. The smoke notes linger for a while and leave a light touch of campfire smoke on your palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bomber. Pours a fizzy black with loads of carbonation rising up to a fizzy head that dies down before the glass moves from counter to table in the house. Aromas are roasty, earthy and dark. Rich topsoil after a rain, a little chocolate, some wood and wet leaves... nice. Flavor is even better. One of the better Rogue offerings in years. Rich and heavy bitter chocolate surfaces at several points as the plot develops. A burnt edge to it with a little bit of charcoal or something in there and a little bit of a creaminess that just peeks through at times. Really decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4975) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
This poured a dark brown almost black color with a light tan head. Aroma was lightly toased malts, some chocolate and some freshly picked hops. Flavor was very smooth, a great blend of darker and chocolatey malts balanced nicely by a good bit of citrusy hops. Very impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Sometimes you look at the scores of others on this site, and just sort of say "huh?" And that is my reaction in this particular case. Schwarzbier is not necessarily the most dynamic of styles, but this particular example is full of flavor. I’m just not sure that all that flavor really belongs in a beer of this style and if I really like the flavor that’s there. It pours a pretty thick black - much more like Imperial Stout than Scharzbier. Color is there, but viscosity is off. Aroma was to me less roasty than it was smokey. This was confirmed to me upon my first few sips, which were decidedly smokey and to my mind a bit on the earthy/peaty side. Not light on the tongue like Sprecher Bavarian Black or Kostritzer, which I think of as sort of the American and international standards for the style. The flavor was pungent and not unpleasant, but not really delicious nor appropriate IMO either. Still, not a bad beer. I bought 2 bottles of this at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus.

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