Another Cascadian Dark Ale, this time from Rogue and their new Chatoe Rogue GYO (Grow Your Own) line, Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager. The philosophy is simple... grow your own ingredient, let the people taste the difference in the ale.
Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager poured a thick, lumpy head the color of chocolate mousse over a chalky, black body that didn't pass any light though. The nose was predominately coffee, with hints of hazelnut and oregano.
Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager opened clean and crisp, with lemongrass and some floral notes, but quickly thickened into a dark chocolate center that sweetened and became more milky as the ale lingered in my mouth. The ale ended either the creamy taste of milk chocolate and espresso.
Another stellar Cascadian Dark Ale, Rogue's Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager comes off a bit cleaner and lighter than others in the same style, being possibly a bit more thirst quenching than its thicker counter parts.