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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
You guessed it - the beer poured a dark and solid black. The head was a few fingers thick and brown - similar to chocolate milk though not as smooth. Head retention was impressively long and ample lacing was deposited in icicles around the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts up front with a sweetness in the finish. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses in the nose. The taste elaborates on the the aroma with a good and strong dark roasted malt flavor with some hints of burnt - but not in a bad way. This would be from the black malts which are used as coloring more than strictly flavor. In the middle of the taste you get some coffee, chocolate, and molasses as well. The beer finishes bitter with a wave of hops that balances the beer out beautifully and clears your palate for the next sip. There is a lingering finish that seems to be split between the bitter hops and roasted malts. Dirtoir is medium to full bodied and the carbonation is moderate. It drinks very smooth and doesn’t taste like an ABV of 6.2%. I was extremely impressed with this beer because it delivered on the flavors I love in dark beer but kept the overall impression "light". This was not a "meal in a glass" as some would say but a light and refreshing black beer. This has put schwarzbier on the map for me - in a big way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weharvie (40) - USA - FEB 26, 2011
roasty almost licorice aroma. dark black appearance, with very dark tan head. Light on the tongue. heavy roast flavor, but a light lager palate. drinkable all night long

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
The best black lager I have ever tried. Pouring this, I really thought it was a stout. Had the head and body of any stout I’ve tried. Pours thick dark black with a nice tan head. Smells of hardwood smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Tastes of smoke, wood, coffee, mocha, and some chocolate ice cream in the background. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GnarlyGnome (815) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle: pours a beautiful black, a dark brown head that fades after a minute to a pure tan color. Coffee is the overwhelming smell, but once I tasted it, i see it’s well balanced by a malty sweetness and lively carbonation... Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1965) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Picked up a case of this at the Rogue Garage Sale this morning - Black, big brown head. The nose is smokey coffee with some burnt sugar sweetness but not too much, and some fluffy breadiness. It is full of tobacco flavours in the mouth, earthy and rich. There is some spiky carbonation which mellows to a milky smooth finish which drifts away leaving a hint of bitter malt and soy sauce residue on the tongue. It is a wonderful progression. Very refined and seemingly well thought out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3615) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAY 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2012 Supremely rich, deep brown pour with a dark khaki head. Nose is a blast of pumpernickel toast, stewed prunes, cocoa mole, a touch of licorice, a hint of smoked/grilled meat, and a whisper of green olive. Taste is only very lightly sweet, lightly bitter, with a bit of old fashioned molasses showing up to add even more complexity. Medium-full body, lightly creamy, soft carb, and the lingering finish is roasty but mellow. This is certainly not a traditional schwarz, but this is a fantastic beer. I have come to the conclusion that this has many qualities in common with an imperial stout; but it is balanced, drinkable, and only 5% ... thank you, Rogue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bomber from GM Liquors. Nose is coffee, roast, smoke, chocolate, and more roast. Black with a thick tan head. Flavor is slightly smoky, roasty coffee with a peppery note.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (1235) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Dark brown near black with tan head. Aroma is chalky chocolate and coffee. Taste is like eating an unsweet dark chocolate bar. Nice black ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boekanier (57) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2013
Exceptional beer. Beautiful appearance: pitch black with a beautiful light brown head. A smooth roastiness in the aroma, complex for such a light beer. The hops create a gentle bitterness which lingers for quite a while. Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to attain beers like this one nearby (got this one from someone who visited Oregon), beautiful beer!

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