Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by doktorhops:
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Rogue Ales are a fine bunch of scallywags. One thing I've noticed from the few of their brews that I've tried is that you're always in for an interesting ride, and it was with that in mind that I purchased the Black IPA, what you say? IPA and Stout flavours, together? Madness... madness indeed [insert blatantly evil laugh here].
Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Deep dark bottomless brown murky depths in the body, with a sticky 1cm khaki cappuccino foam head. Looks like a delightfully tasty brew.
S: Damn this is one fine smelling brew. The combination of Stout aromas; dark chocolate, espresso and roasted chicory, with IPA aromas; pine/earthy/herbal hops and an unmistakable tobacco notes put this ale in a class of its own.
T: The taste is where it begins to lose the plot a little - when you have all of the above (in a quick recap: dark chocolate, espresso, roasted chicory, pine/earthy/herbal hops and tobacco) combined there is bound to a hodgepodge happening, and guess what? Bingo! Checkmate sir. Well it starts out with bitter chocolate/espresso and in between has that array of flavours battling for supremacy, and it ends with a bludgeon of medicinal herb bitterness. The only victor being that fantastic aroma.
M: Medium bodied with a bit of hop resin oil slickness and light carbonation.
D: As I got to the bottom of the bottle I began to understand, dare I say it; laud the heavy-handed taste of this brew. And I enjoyed the quirkiness, as I always do with any ale that thinks outside the box, but in this case I really wanted the flavour to match the quality of the aroma... alas perhaps it needs reworking scallywags.
Food match: This is definitely an ale for the next cigar society meeting, which I am not affiliated with, nor do I acknowledge the existence of.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2013 22:27:26 | More by doktorhops
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4/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a balloon glass.
Cloudy, dark brown in color, with a nice frothy head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt, piney hop notes
Taste-Herbal, earthy hops, roasted malt, coffee and pine. Well-balanced, and nicely suited to a grilled burger or BBQ pork.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 16:11:15 | More by hosehead83
3.8/5 rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dad's Little Helper is a Black IPA that's not quite black; these chestnut brown highlights illuminate the beer almost enough to make clarity possible, the overall darkish complexion notwithstanding. Head affixes to the surface and glass like scotch tape. It's everlasting and leaves decorative lacing.
Both hops and roasted malts are distinctly aromatic. A beer utilizing both, it stands to reason, is doubly aromatic. And this one is pretty fragrant. The bouquet offers coffee-and-cream bittersweet alongside tropical fruitiness and piny resins, all at an easy to appreciate volume.
Black IPAs really do have it all: bitterness, sweetness, citrus, resins, earthiness, and roast. Even relatively modest examples such as this manage all the above elements in appreciable quantities. This mouthfeel seamlessly switches gears between sooty dark chocolate and sticky forest pine and pithy tropical fruit skins. It's got a little of everything.
And this is also reflected in the flavour. There are tastes of cocoa, coffee, tree sap, tree bark, flowers, and an array of fruits that include pineapple, grapefruit, lychee, and orange. It's this multifaceted profile that makes immediate and repetitive sips so desired and necessary; one can go back again and again and constantly find different flavours.
That being said, Dad's Little Helper offers more of a superficial glimpse than it does a master class on the style; while thoroughly enjoyable there are, to be sure, more formidable examples out there. Those new to the style, however, are encouraged to cut their teeth on this. Rogue rarely does any wrong, and this offering is up to their usual solid, serviceable standards.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 02:19:19 | More by biegaman
3.96/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bomber picked up at the LCBO; packaged April 17 2014. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a deep ruby-brown colour, topped with over two fingers of billowing, frothy beige head. It recedes gradually but steadily over the next period of minutes, resulting in a lumpy cap and collar with multiple rings of lacing. A beautiful-looking ale for sure, with an approachable, interesting aroma that includes roasted malts, molasses and espresso. There is an earthy, herbal quality to the bouquet as well, with a suggestion of tobacco.
Very balanced for the style. Roasted malts, black coffee and milk chocolate notes are easily detectable initially, along with some molasses sweetness. Finishes with an earthy, herbal bitterness, and a lingering resiny aftertaste. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively low carbonation levels that give this brew a supremely soft, smooth, luxurious mouthfeel. The hop bill could use a bit of a kick in the pants, but otherwise this is a very good black ale.
Final Grade: 3.96, a respectable B+. Dad's Little Helper Black IPA is a solid brew, with a yummy malt backbone that should sit well with most stout/porter fans. Despite being quite bitter, the hops don't really seem to contribute many other flavours to this one, which is a little disappointing for a black IPA from the West coast. This would make a good introduction to the style, and there's no disputing that it's a well-made beer, but aspects of this one still leave me wanting. Worth a shot, but not a world-beater.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 06:15:10 | More by thehyperduck
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
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