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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.
15ļ PLATO, 35 IBU, 130 AA, 75ļ Lovibond

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (767) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours a thick, opaque dark espresso brown with thick tan-tinged head. Aroma is very earthy, a mix of rich soil with chocolate coffee. Flavor is roasted malts, cacao beans and bready. Body is fairly light with quite a bit of carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (2990) - Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours an opaque sable, nearly black, with a very thick chocolaty-tan head that hangs around for a while. Rich, smoky aroma is like a fine roast coffee with a firm undertone of unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of molasses - very tempting! Flavor is smoky and oily, slightly sweet, rather like a high-grade mocha. Texture is very smooth, somewhat fizzy, with a subtle fine graininess to it. Definitely worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Sampled at The Bayou, thanks Brian
Appearance: It looks black but up against the light you can see a slight red tint, a very nice amount of dark tan head and lots of lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee
Taste: Smokey (malts), coffee, hops in the finish
This is a very good beer, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Tasting - The Wine Source. Thanks, Brian! Earthed smoke and roasty cocoa aromas ride a soft yeasty undercurrent throughout. Nice balance of earthed roasty choco-like tones over light swirls of salty smoke and cream. Just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish rounds this off well. Medium bodied with soft carboantion. Not expecting much, but was certainly a nice suprise here. I would re-visit this in a heartbeat...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2010
650 ml. Opaque ebony with a lasting 1/4 inch of cream. Nose of cocoa, caramel, cappuccino and cream. Drippy, sticky lace everywhere. Flavors of semi sweet chocolate, espresso, nutty caramel, and hints of salty hickory smoke. Medium-heavy body is well-balanced, smooth and creamy with just a little too much frothiness. Great brew, the lagering really smooths the rough edges of the roast very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Bomber pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, loads of dark roasted coffee, dark cocoa. Smoky flavor with roasted coffee, balanced by muted dry hops. Finishes mocha and quite rich for the abv. Frothy mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation level and medium body. Different, interesting brew, especially for a relatively low abv lager. Very drinkable and sessionable. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 22 ounce bottle - $5.39 at Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out the ebony body one would expect crowned with a well-sized, substantial tan-colored head. Smell: The aroma is absorbed in rich roasty, toasty scents and a full notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and charred nuts with lesser, lighter hints of earthy, piny hops. Taste: Starts roasty with some sweetened coffee and bittersweet chocolate tastes with a touch of smokiness and eventually tones down to a well-toasted quality. Small amount of burnt almonds. A slight fruitiness transitions into a faint spicy, piney hop character with a modest amount of bitterness paired with the minor black malt astringency. Hint of German yeastiness in the background. Drying finish thatís both roasty and bit bitter. Mouthfeel: A skosh above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: While I would say itís a tad more bolder than a standard Schwarzbier, it is by no means overblown and is actually a very enjoyable beer (or at least I thought so). Go on, friends, give it a try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, slight bitter coffee, black bread, and a hint of smoke. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of burnt malt, roasted malt, light milk chocolate, slight bitter coffee, slight smoke, and a hint of cream. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Burnt and roasted malt, and slight chocolate finish is lightly dry. Quite good for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3180) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick cocoa head. Lacy speckles coat the glass. Nose is coffee, mild chocolate, hay and a touch of smokiness. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Taste is burnt sugar, Bakerís chocolate and lime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2647) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Bomber from Hop City. This is the darkest lager I have ever seen. Itís darker than even most Baltic porters Iíve had. The body is nearly jet black and the head is basically brown. The aroma is super roasty, lots of espresso is noted with sharp hops which donít really stand out but rather provide balance. Iím trying to believe this is a lager. Iíve always said that you canít judge a beer by its appearance and this is reinforcing my opinion to the point where even I canít believe whatís going on with this beer. A sip provides a lot of chocolate, almond, and coffee flavor. The palate is dense. The finish finally hints at some lager character, something I could associate with a schwarz. Itís kind of like seaweed. I am highly impressed with this offering from Rogue. Itís a departure from the norm and itís a departure from what Rogue generally brews e.g. no Pac-Man yeast and no ridiculous hops character. Mad props.

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