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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor | Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Malt LiquorDad's Little Helper Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
6 Ingredients:
Malts: Harrington & Klages.
Hops: Crystal.
Specialty: Flaked Corn.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

17º PLATO
25 IBU
77 AA
10º Lovibond

Added by aforbes10 on 05-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 335
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill,
She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper"

--The Rolling Stones

Rogue knows that dads need a little shelter too. What better way to get there than with a kick ass malt liquor? I've decided not to review this beer as part of my Malt Likkapalooza series because I expect it to be in a different league than most, if not all, versions of the style that are currently available. Is that special treatment justified? Let's find out.

I was hoping for sweet corn yellow, but the beer is actually a beautiful shade of rich amber that is as bright and as clear as the morning sunshine outside my front window. The cap is bone white rather than cotton white and has at least some of the usual Rogue magic. As expected, it lays down quite a bit of lace.

The nose's good point is that it doesn't smell like ethanol. Its bad points are that it smells like nothing other than weak pale malt and lightly musky hops. It may be refined compared to the usual malt liquor rabble, but give me something to work with guys.

Dad's Little Helper is pretty good beer... considering. It tastes like sugar cookie dough with a dash of corn meal to add a bit of flavor interest. Of course I've never had cookies that tasted like alcohol, but they could be good. Thankfully, the flaked corn adds a modest amount of sweetness without making the beer taste overwhelming corny.

What tastes like a generous Crystal hop addition gives this malt liquor much more bitterness and more hop flavor than most versions can manage. That isn't surprising since hops are probably the most expensive ingredient used in a batch of the typical 'vagrant's choice'.

Most malt liquor makes me want to grunt like an ape. This one makes me want to hold out my pinkie when I drink. Actually, with the use of a quality Belgian yeast strain, Dad's Little Helper would make a pretty fair BSPA. Don't laugh, I'm being serious.

Thankfully, the mouthfeel isn't too plush. There are limits to this refinement crap, after all. It has a perfect about of 'smack you upside the head' firmness and is well-carbonated without being overly buzzy. Do these guys know their beer or what?

I don't remember much about my bomber of Imperial Gold Malt Liquor from the now-defunct Hawks Brewing, but I do know that it's the best malt liquor that has ever graced my glass. Even though the scores are almost identical, I think I preferred that beer to this one. As far as currently available versions, Dad's Little Helper is my clear favorite... at least until I manage to acquire a bottle of Dogfish Head Liquor De Malt.

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Photo of oline73
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, yes, I drank it out of a snifter. I got this bottle on sale for $1.99 in Athens, GA.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a small amount of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Sweet with strong hints of banana.

Taste: Just like the smell. Sweet with a lot of banana. A bit watery and light on flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was alright. I didn't expect the banana notes, but I'm not sure what I was expecting. Probably wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a very clear dull golden amber, almost a straw or hay like color. Initially a big fizzy white head formed on top, but quickly evaporated leaving behind nothing but a pale yellow fizzy liquid. About what I expected it would look like.

S – Grainey and musty would be the best way to describe it. Like wet old grass cuttings, or moldy bread. There a slight note of a hoppy touch in there, but the smell was rather unremarkable.’

T – Wow, tastes like a forty, dull grainy malts and that’s about it. Not much of a flavor profile here, but that is not really the style anyway. It was crisp, with a clean finish, and had a touch of some kinda different back to it, but that was about it.

M – Smooth and clean, nothing really lingering at all. Decent carbonation, helped it go down smooth and keep it feeling crisp.

D – Great, at least for me it was. This was designed I am sure to be downed quickly and cold, which it was and there were no problems at all since it was. I could have probably done two or three of these.

Overall from my comments you may actually think I was not that fond of it, but I actually kinda liked it. It brought me back to my younger days of drinking things like this, and it was a cool novelty. I could see myself having one every once in a while on a hot night or just for fun. But this really wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be, actually it was a pretty cool throwback to the old days..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.91/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear yellow body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Aroma of cooked corn with a single pat of butter. There's some faint, nearly indiscernible hops in the scent, but you gotta sniff past alot of corn to find them.

Taste: Sweet and grainy, with a heaping ladle of cafeteria corn niblets and a dash of 99 Bananas. Light hop bitterness on the altogether weak finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Softly carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer's a gag in every sense of the word! ... This IS a gag beer, right?

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little apple juice. I can't see much resemblance to malt liquor but it does have a fruity, malty weight. This version lists Willamette hops on the label. Pleasantly drinkable with a touch of wood instead of bitterness. Slightly hazed light amber color in the snifter. Quite nice creamy mouthfeel even after sitting for a few minutes. Aroma is so much of green apples. Just a touch of acidity. This would have been great with the four kinds of moles and the chipotle sauce we had with dinner at Epazote in Santa Fe.

Picked up at Kokoman Liquors in Unpronounceable, New Mexico from several cases of deep discount Rogue beers. Tastes clean and fresh enough, but it must be a 2010 batch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a refreshing change! And here I thought all malt-liquors had to contain fusel alcohols and an extra label warning you not to light up a smoke while drinking one! ;) Kidding...

Dad's Little Helper is hazy and deep golden in color with a creamy but fairly short-lived head. It does leaves some very nice lace at the outset, however, and continues with some wide splotchy streaks as you go.

The nose is mainly malty, mostly cereal-like, with a very light touch of hops in the background. Clean and pleasant with no noticeable alcohols.

The flavor follows suit, and it's malty with an edge of both acohol and hops. As a fan of crystal hops, I really enjoy them here, and find it has a refreshing edge that's just lightly floral and works well with the sweetness of the malt. It's not overly sweet though, and there's some distinct graininess going on. Adjunct is, however, obvious - but you need it in a beer that's this big with so little hops hops! Bitterness is just balancing given the girth of the malt. Still, it's not out of bounds in any way, and it finishes pretty clean and dry with just some mild residual ceral-like maltiness in the mouth.

Not unlike most American malt liquors, it's sweetish, and tasty, and somewhat rounded at first, but as you progress it warms to reveal it's true nature. But this is cleaner, and fuller in maltiness and flavor. It's actually not unlike some of the better-made strong eastern European lagers on the market (from Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, etc.). Interesting and enjoyable!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a soapy white head that recedes quickly.

S: This smells like a cheap white/sparkling wine. Very dry and cidery with lots of grape juice, peaches, apple juice, and definitely some significant alcohol contributions.

T: The flavor is pretty much the same as the nose, but sweeter. Apple cider with some white grape juice flavor. There's still that same cheap wine thing going on and a fair amount of alcohol.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being a bit high at first before dying down.

D: For a "craft" malt liquor, this is pretty bad. I'd rather have any number of mass produced industrial malt liquors.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey. There's a thin malt character but enough to provide a little substance. The hops presence is mild and there's not much trace of alcohol as you usually get in a malt liquor. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style while not seeming as cheaply made as most in the style, it's definitely one of the best Malt Liquors that I've had but my choices overall would have to be limited for me to drink it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy deep golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation with some hints of copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy off-white head that reduces rather quickly a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet grainy malts and fruity (white grape, peach, and apple) yeasts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with a light amount corn adjunct sweetness. There are some moderate flavors of fruity yeast including white grape, peach, and apple cider.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: For the style (Malt Liquor), this beer is fairly easy to drink an better than most others that are available. Unfortunately, I think that Rogue stopped making this one and there are just not many craft Malt Liquors available in the areas I have lived.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a deep clear honey golden tone really clear quick dwindling white head leaves uneven lacing around my 12oz pour. Aroma has sweet maltiness with a touch of honey sweetness evident cooked veggies and corn sweetness mild fruit tart apple note light herbal hop finish. Flavor is a bit rough alcohol wave crashes syrupy honey malt notes rough malt liquor edge with cooked veggies and more tart apple in the finish an interesting beer from Rogue ales to produce. Mouthfeel thin to light bodied brew, carbonation not enough to carry the heavy offtones found here. Drinkability not so much I wouldn't comeback to this especially with Rogue Integrity on tap at the same bar.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was even and not overpowering at all and I found it to be very easy drink. I enjoy my taste buds to be pushed a bit farther, so I probably wouldn't go for it again. Nothing exciting at all, but it was worth trying just to check out another Rogue production.

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Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head that fades.

The smell is of a fruitiness that is quite different (and better) than your typical malt liquor. Closer to a macro lager, maybe, but there's certainly a "craft" beer touch to it.

The taste is of a candyish sweetness with a crackery biscuity balance. Some corn and rawish alcohol lets you know that they were going for a malt liquor. A tough one to rate, because I wonder what malt liquor drinkers would think of it. (Put it in a bag, drink it straight out of bottle...)Still, on it's own, it has a nice sweetness if you're in the mood for that, with a controlled alcohol bite. Sweetish, abrupt finish.

Smoother, and with more of a body, than your typical malt liquor.

Drinks pretty quickly - gimmicky, and this wouldn't be a staple in my fridge, but I enjoyed it for what it is. Would have been interesting to compare it to DFH's interpretation (which I had awhile ago). In a different class than the typical of style, for sure. Try pairing the second half with some fatty pork. The sweet malt will cut through the greasy fat and not interfere with the pork taste. An interesting, and drinkable for the 22 ounces, brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Clear and yellow. There is a moderately sized head of white bubbles that leaves a small amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles emanating from the depths of the glass indicate a healthy level of carbonation.

S: Weak aroma overall with some subtle sweet malts.

T: Surprisingly, this is a decent beer. It's not that I don't have a healthy respect for Rogue Brewery, I just didn't expect a malt liquor to not be repulsive. Dad's Little Helper has helped me to adjust my paradigm. It's sweet, but not nearly so much as many of the infamous, cheap malt liquors out there.

M: Overall, a decent feel. Fun to drink and ok on the palate.

D: Easily the best malt liquor I've had to date.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bryant-Lake Bowl, $6 the pint.

Came to rest on my coaster without a head upon it, a muddy golden tone...

Grainy nose...not much else...

Slick, malty mouthfeel, corn syrup-y...starchy...

....lasts long on the palate, but not very unpleasant...can't say much more for it, though, taste-wise...and then I hear a thunder in the distance...hoofprints in the hall...they're coming, they're coming...

this is what happens anytime I try a malt liquor..don't know the abv on this, but I can feel the alcoholic content advancing like the horsemen of the apocolypse...okay, so I exaggerate...

Not bad a thing to do once in a while, but not a brew I can particularly enjoy...so it goes...

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Annual(?) Chicago Malt Liquor Tasting. Thanks to stowehop for this one.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind a few splotches of lace and some wisps on top. Hazed apricot body. One of the best looking malt liquors I've encountered.

S - Honey, sweet malts, some fruity notes. Somehow manages to avoid being cloying - just nice clean sugar, corn, and alcohol.

T - Honey water and cereal grains. Fairly bland, with a clean finish.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, that is simultaneously chewy, sticky and grainy.

D - This is one of the better ones we had - probably only surpassed by Liquor de Malt an Headbanger. Actually, it may be one of my favorite Rogue offerings - too bad they replaced it with that awful Black IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle but that's OK. Served in a Rogue shaker pint glass (why not). Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a big white head of small and medium bubbles that falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate with tiny bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and grainy. Not much going on there. Smells OK.

Nice, medium body clean. Very nice. Sweetness up front, great feeling on the palate. I really like this beer. I have a soft spot for big lagers. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good. I would recommend it for either the pedestrian or serious beer drinker.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt liquor HUH?! From Rogue?!! Why not! Let's see what sort of uh.. fancy glass I can throw this in, sure a simple nonic pint will do.

A real nice body color that seems to be a faint orange with yellow hues, some large cola bubbles also. Very cloudy appearance. Head barely manages to produce a finger of off white foam, very soapy and large. Clumpy yeast at the bottom, frozen beer almost suspended in appearance, also flakes which don't exactly look appetizing.

This nose is real surprising. Fruity lemon and apple, with some nice grain dry malt behind it. No giant rush of heat expected either. For just malt liquor this is quite a surprise.

Taste brings more of that fruit character. Some rolling lemon but mostly apple on the tongue, mixes with a real nice malt character. Crisp and effervescent but also real strong and chewy grain feeling, with some nice apple flesh and bite. A real nice mix of carbonation in the mid palate too. No sense of boozyness either.

Overall this is shockingly good.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/19/06- Purchased at Booze Bros. in Reno, NV.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium brown colored pour. A bit clouded and murky. Is this bottle conditioned like Liquor de Malt? Very minor head with iltra light lacing.

Smell- A tad on the musty side. Alcohol is detected outright. Super malty with a light corn nose. About the standard for a malt liquor.

Taste- Mirrors the nose pretty much. Extremely malty, light corn flavor with alcohol being the first and last thing you taste and pretty much everything in between. Malt is very bready as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick and slick on the tongue. Boozelike aftertaste with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Better than the run of the mill 40oz, but Dogfish it is not. If you need to go ghetto, this would be a decent choice though.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean malty aroma with no hops and a bit of sweetness. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt and adjunct flavor that goes down easy and finishes crisp and clean. There is little complexity, but the overall flavor is pretty good. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting malt liquor. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but if I had to choose one, this would be it.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, so this basically comes off like a strong pale Euro lager. There's a big caramel malt flavor, followed by a sweet finish. It's sort of a one-note beer, but I have to give the score a little bump considering the style. It's very easy to drink, and maybe worth trying just for being a not-nasty malt liquor. Just don't expect a rich and subtle brew.

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Photo of Gavage
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear yellow / light orange color with a thin 1/4" head that disappears immediately. No lacing.

Smell: sweetness is all that is detected.

Taste: malt, corn, honey are dominant and there is a touch of bitterness but not enough to mellow the sweetness. Some alcohol is detectable.

Mouthfeel: smooth all around. Long sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: not for me as this is just doesn't taste good. Couldn't finish the bottle either. I'll stick with the good Rogue beers.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden honey color. ~2 finger head with moderate lace.

S - Light malt, touch of apricot, peach, and almond.

T - Canned peaches, French bread, touch of hops mid profile. Light grade honey in the aftertaste.

M - Light mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable but a tad too sweet for my personal taste.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Welcome back to the Brown Paper Bag Invitational! Two beers are down, two more remaining in this invite, where tonight, Rogue's version of the style takes center stage. Wait a minute...craft brewers making malt liquor?! I know, I know, it's heresy, but let's see what they can do. On to the beer:

Pale golden straw color, the head is patchy after fizzing away from the pour. Now my beer has no head. Meh. I can't say I'm jazzed by the aroma, it's musty with faded hop character in the background, a little sweet I might add.

Without a doubt, this has a good flavor to it, regardless of how you judge it as. Melted caramel in my mouth? Who knew? Very smooth flavor with the alcohol kept behind bars. Starts to get sugary in the middle, then comes a zip of fusel hitting on the palate. The crystal hops arrive late, but not too late to delever some hop flavor.

Another beer finished in the Brown Paper Bag Invitational. The final beer will participate tomorrow night, where we award the winner of this prestigious series.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking golden color, nice carbonation, not much of a head though, lacing is skimpy at best. Scents of sweet malt, hops, yeast, and some spices. The taste is kinda sweet, slightly hoppy, there's some spicyness going on as well, nice clean finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not really into this brew though.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, bought at Lone Hill Liquors, in Glendora, CA, a Malt Liquor made by Rogue, pretty cool idea, let's try it,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a hint of orange, small white head as well, fair retention, and no lacing.

S: Smells of corn and alcohol, not as fusely as most malt liquors, similar to an average strong pilsner.

T: Tastes like your average macro malt liquor, only better. Corn is there heavily, but the beer also has some yeast character that is nice, some apple, not as drying out as some other malt liquors that I have had.

M: Very robust for a malt liquor, definitely has some body, smooth, but light and drinkable as well.

D: Probably the best malt liquor I have ever had, not the best beer in the world by any sense, but still if other macro malt liquors were as good as this one, for the price I would buy them more often. An interesting beer to say the least, somewhat of an homage to those strong lager beers out of the American '50s and '60s, similar to what my grandfather and my father in his early days was probably drinking. So it was cool to go back to a beer of this day, props to Rogue for trying this experiment, and going back to the beers of mid-century, post-war America.

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Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor from Rogue Ales
77 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.