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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales

Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%

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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011)
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Photo of isualum12


2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the start let me say I am a rogue lover and apart of rogue nation.

That said I did not care for this beer at all.

Pours black with very little head.
Hardly any smell at all. Some hops but nothing like the beer. It is an understatement to say the smell did not prepare me for the taste.

Taste BITTER. Holly hop and bitter. You do taste some malt in there also but it is burnt malt. This is not smooth.

Mouthfeel is strong with carbonized.

Overall I am not a fan. I wouldn't reach for this again. All well. Rogue still brews my personal fav..

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:16:53 | More by isualum12
Photo of Jparker37


2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into sam adams perfect pint.

A - Dark hazy brown. Big tan pillowy head. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Some delicate pine and earthy hops, a noticeable amount of chocolate. You can smell a little bit of yeast. Belgian candi sugar reminiscent of a dubbel.

T - The bitterness hits you immediately right up front. There is little chance to savor any malt but the little there is has a nice toastiness. The hops come through as a very sharp bitterness with an unpleasant hop flavor that lasts well after its dry finish. Very much unbalanced.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin. That light to medium-light body is very dry. Moderate carbonation.

O - Disappointed, I believe a good interpretation of the style to be darker in color, more american in hop smell, cleaner in flavor and thicker in body. All that said, there was a complexity to its smell that was enjoyable and it seemed to have good presentation in terms of head retention and size.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:52:44 | More by Jparker37
Photo of mdaschaf


2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black, hard to tell really, with a one finger, foamy tan head. Nice retention and moderate lacing.

S: Lots of dark roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. No hops (pine or citrus) at all.

T: More roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, but again no hop flavor. Slightly dry and bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, with somewhat lively carbonation.

O: Had I been drinking this blind, there is no way I would have ever guessed it a American Black Ale, there was no evidence of hops in either the aroma or flavor profile. The smell and taste aren't bad...just not to style.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 20:10:40 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of output01x


2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly recedes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a dark chocolate color with an orange brown coloration at the edges. Thin lacing is noticable throughout consumption.

Sweet, dark malts give no room for any hops aromas to come through. Notes of roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, and caramel make for a pleasent nose for a stout. The lack of hops scents is rather disappointing.

A sugary, nearly sour sweetness strikes the tip of the tongue at the beginning of each sip. A sweet, citrus and honey flavor then takes over momentarily. This is quickly overtaken by a dominating dry coffee grounds flavor that slowly transforms into a bitter coffee aftertaste. Just like the nose, hops are nowhere to be found.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is rather sippable and close to thirst-quenching. The carbonation helps to move the beer along, but also allows the flavors to persist just a bit too long.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 06:31:45 | More by output01x
Photo of estlinska


2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, poured into a tulip. Poured very dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque with 4cm of off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. The nose is hard to coax out, but does eventual develop a dark roasted malt, char, and piney, grassy hops hiding underneath. Taste is that of stale coffe, bittersweet chocolate with some grapefruit that just do not play well together. The finish is very long with an unsettling hop bitterness and roasted malt that just sits there on your tongue. The flavors in this beer just seem to bash against each other. Not my favorite black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 23:30:18 | More by estlinska
Photo of MasterSki


2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this unintentionally at Burger Bar when I attempted to retrieve my CCBW bottlecap. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with minimal foam. There's a collar of bubbles and some patchy haze on top, but no lacework. Dark mahogany brown body.

S - Molasses, earthy dark roasted malts, caramel and lightly toasted grains. Pretty understated with a strange vegetal aroma.

T - Taste is pretty bland, with some light chocolate and earthy malt character. Where is the hop flavor and aroma? Basically just bitterness in the finish.

M - Somewhat active carbonation, sticky medium body, some hop resins in the finish.

D - This is pretty bad - it was a struggle to work through my pint even for the discounted price of $4. My liver has better things to do.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 14:30:30 | More by MasterSki
Photo of EgadBananas


2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at the Avenue for the ACBW finale.

A - This poured like mud. Cloudy brown, chocolate colored. Head was a light tan.

S - Aroma was fairly malty, and chocolaty with a fairly pronounced coffee profile.

T - Stark bitterness. Deviation from that was minimal. Light roasted, chocolate, and coffee notes, but you had to fight to recognize them. I love me some bitterness, but the balance was just skewed. Had the aroma played more of a part in the taste, It'd have been great.

M - The feel was pretty good; creamy and smooth, upper medium in body.

O - In the bottle, this is a great ABA, but the cask was largely unbalanced and off. I wish it had melded more completely...

Serving type: cask

05-23-2011 03:24:11 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of THECPJ


2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, black patent,

taste: all roast, no hop presence

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this really wasn't a good representation of the style, was really disappointed in this one.


Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:24:50 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Bitterbill


2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours black with a 1 finger head of tannish foam leaving some decent lacing behind.

It smells kind of roasty, kind of hoppy, kind of balanced between the 2. I don't find the aroma very assertive.

The taste is more than just roasty, more like burnt. The hop presence is fairly non descript; basically just bitter. Add the burnt maltiness to the hop bitterness and you get bitter and dry. Like a fair example of a Foreign Export Stout.

The body feels like on the low end of medium with good carbonation.

I have to say that my palate is tiring quickly with this brew. Too one dimensional of a bitterness factor. I'm a bit pleased that I don't have more bottles...

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 22:38:57 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of mactrail


2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

An attractive black brew with a persistent foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Smells like burnt molasses. Fairly watery body.

Very burnt barley taste. Slight malt with a faint sweetness. Some people say this isn't an IPA. It is certainly extremely bitter and rated at 70 IBU. But it does seem to lack that fruity and aromatic character that a good IPA has. I think it's correctly categorized as a Black Ale, but an off-the-scale imbalance between hops and malt.

This just tastes like charred grain and utterly bitter hops. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:53:05 | More by mactrail
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, part of Amanti Vino's June Beer of the Month club. I split it with a buddy and poured my half in my Dogfish Head signature glass.

Dad's Little Helper pours an intimidating black. The light cream colored head maxes out at about three fingers in height before slowly creeping down the glass. Lacing is left in a web pattern along the glass. The nose is burnt, roasty grains first, and some earthy and piney hops second. I'd really prefer to see the two switch places in terms of relative potency. The flavor maintains that same (unfortunte) balance, and the roasty malt character crosses the line a little bit into an acrid, burnt flavor. That's only accentuated by the mid palate bitterness. The earthy-herbal and pine hop notes do their best to soften everything that came before, but it's not enough. Body is about as mid-sized as I'd expect for a 7% beer, and carbonation is a little bit less than I'd expect, but still works well. To me, Black IPAs are a tough style to get right, the specialty grain to hops balance can be very sensitive, and ultimately Dad's Little Helper doesn't quite work out.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:50:58 | More by axeman9182
Photo of longbongsilver


3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Made a request at a local liquor store expecting to get the malt liquor version, ended up getting this in instead. Was more curious about the malt liquor version, but what the hell, lemme try this anyway.

Brownish, frothy finger wide head quickly dwindles to nothin but stray bubble on outside. Scents are cocoa, pine, faint whiff sour fruit. About what's standard for the style, though the dark malts come up more than usual.

On taste, the chocolate-like character the smell suggested plays background, a bit too far background IMO. The hops are forward as usual, though they could use more counterpoint. Must say my favorite characteristic here is how it *feels*, as it's richer than appearances would give.

I'd say this is one of Rogue's lazier efforts thus far. Kinda one of those where you're not quite sure what the brewer is getting at. Not outright bad, just...muddled. Kinda makes me wonder if this was a rush replacement for the original for sales reasons. Not buying again, but your mileage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 07:01:38 | More by longbongsilver
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint on tap @ Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA.

Dark brown body, near nothing of a head but I didn't see how it was poured, so who knows. Nothing too special. Moderate lacing, sandy tan in color.

S- Lots of herbal and vegetal hop aromas and some dark roasty malt.

T- Kind of ashy bitterness followed by a hint of citrus. A good amount of coffee- really burnt though. Bitterness lingers and lingers. Not really on an even keel.

M- Robust, hoppy. Full and heavy on the tongue.

O- Meh. Kinda wish I ordered something else. It's not bad- but my mind kept drifting towards stone's sublimely self-righteous while I had this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 01:33:20 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of phishgator


3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice four finger head with a dark, almost black color to the body. Not quite black like a stout, but more like a porter. Some roasted notes in the nose along with spicy hops. Piney bitterness up front with the chinook hops. The roasted malt flavor goes through in the middle and then that piney bitterness shows up in the end. The body is medium and there is a slight astrigency from the roasted malt. IMO, this is an over-hopped porter. i guess it's worth a try, but not a plus.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 14:47:28 | More by phishgator
Photo of jculler82


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reluctant to review this because I'm not sure of its age, but I will anyway.

Review is to style.

Looks great, black in the center with tobacco burst edges. Nice head, which is the shade between off-white and tan, and good lacing.

Smells great, but there are no hops. Chocolate all the way in the nose. I realize hops aren't a must in the American Black Ale style, but they called this one a Black IPA. There may be some faint fruity hops in the back.

Tastes great too, but no hops at all. Would make a really nice porter. Loads of chocolate along with the standard Rogue house flavor. There is a nice lingering bitterness after the swallow, but that's the only thing remotely IPA about this one.

Nice medium full mouthfeel.

Overall, great beer, I'd order another pint. That said, it's more porter than IPA, and if you're calling it a Black IPA, I expect some hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 22:49:30 | More by jculler82
Photo of RockyRaku


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so much of an IPA….poured form a bomber into a glass. Thin head…lasted, but thinned out. Very little lacing. Black appearance…in the direct light it has a root beerish like look..opaque rather than translucent. Sweet aromas with some light caramel and chocolate...some fruitiness. taste is again sweet chocolate is what I got right off...and brief tart pine like taste again accentuated by what seems herbals. Aroma was more malty than hoppy....this is not an IPA. Mouthful was creamy and smooth...easy at the beginning and lasted a while in the back part of the tongue...it was not at all offensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 01:14:26 | More by RockyRaku
Photo of djoprahwinfrey

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A : poured very dark with a red tinge, almost opaque, 1 finger of dense, light brown, big bubbled head which lasted the entire tasting leaving a very nice coating

S : scents of chocolate and coffee, malty

T : cocoa powder, black/dark coffee, nutty, pretty bitter

M : well carbonated and creamy into a dry bitter finish

O : I have had some delicious beers from Rouge, this was enjoyable but nothing besides the appearance really stood out for me. I found the smell to be mild, the taste to not be all that complex and it had a fairly strong bitter and dry aftertaste which i wasn't a fan of.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 13:02:37 | More by djoprahwinfrey
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black body with nearly 2-finger foamy tan head. Leaves good foamy lace.

S: Roasted barley and that's about it. Not too strong in the nose either.

T: First impression: finishes with drying bitterness. Roasted coffee bean bitterness. Earthy. Thin malt foundation underneath - more roast, this time grains and husks, some charcoal as well. Bitterness becomes minerally/metallic as I get used to it. No sign of juicy, citrusy hops - until an ever-so-faint touch of lemon as it warms.

M: Slightly thin, call it slightly heavier than light-bodied.

O: Not a winner. It looks good, smells OK, but goes downhill from there. Could use more balance: some sweet malt to offset that harsh roasted bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:16:25 | More by Kendo
Photo of russpowell


3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, brown bread, where are the hops??? Some wooody notes once warm

T: Herbal bitterness, charred grain, & astrigency up front. Dark fruit as this warms, some woody hops as well. Finishes with charred grain & astrigent notes

MF: Medium body, creamy carbonation, okay balance

Very disappointing as many Rogue beers are. If still lived in Colorado I doubt I buy any ever again, but still a somewhat viable option where I live...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:41:47 | More by russpowell
Photo of HoppyBastard


3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: dark brown with one finger tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of small bubbles, lightly carbonated with a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: chocolate, coffee, smoky, roasted malt.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, chocolate and coffee with a lingering hop bitterness.

PALATE: thick and full bodied with light to medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a fine beer for the style, this style is just not appealing to me personally. I've had some beers brewed with chocolate and that worked but the coffee taste and roasted malt taste does not work for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:12:13 | More by HoppyBastard
Photo of JNewbs


3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, deep brown/black. Nice fluffy toffee colored head. Light lacing for the first half of the glass until the head dissipated. Smell was roasty and interesting. Taste didn't hit the "IPA" hoppy note for me. The bitterness seemed to be coming from the roasted malts, and less from any sort of hopping. Coffee notes, roasted malt, and bitterness dominated the flavor. Mouthfeel was standard. Overall not bad, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 22:02:08 | More by JNewbs
Photo of beergoot


3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish, chestnut brown body topped with a thick, creamy off-white head. Lightly charred grains and spicy hop aroma greet the nose. Hints of chocolate and kind of earthy...Immediate "bite" to the beer -- a combination hop bitterness and dry graininess...Pretty noticeable medicinal/alcohol-tinged aftertaste. Dry finish, light bodied and spongy.

A rather disappointing beer. Rather disjointed as far as everything pulling together; the appearance is the best thing, but the taste, especially, doesn't live up to the promise. A bit more malt presence to tone-down the alcohol notes would be nice. Some decent hop aroma also would be a plus...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 22:03:58 | More by beergoot
Photo of clayrock81


3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body with one-finger head that dies quick and left a little lace patch or two. A sturdy, malty aroma of roasted, some coffee or toffee maybe, touch of caramel sweentess and only a hint of citric hop. Taste is more of the same and while alright, this is like an OK stout more than a black IPA. I get dry, roasted, bready malts and some sweetness as well in a fuller than regular IPA body, but I'm not getting much hop action at all. The carbonation and touch of hops lead to some semblance of balance and a little crisp finish, but the minor citric fruit flavors and sweet malt are overpowered. A decent beer but not my first choice if I want this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 16:26:21 | More by clayrock81
Photo of buyBinboaVodka

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me say how anxious I was to try this beer out. I have been really into black IPA's lately.

I poured this out of 22oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Initial thoughts of apperance was a nice dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thiok cascading dark tan head that receded slowly revealing a nice layer of lacing around the glass.

The smell revealed hops and more hops. I got some faint pine smell along with a mild grapefruit acidic aroma.

The taste is pure hops followed by a bitter aftertaste of metalic dust. Being a black IPA, I really can not taste a malty presence in this beer.

The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but has a good feel to it.

Overall, a good beer that I will try again but I won't go out of my way to have it. I feel that Back In Black and Alpine Black IPA are better choices.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 15:55:03 | More by buyBinboaVodka
Photo of KidsDoc


3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Father's Day beer picked out and purchased by my wonderful wife for my first Father's Day (5 month old at home)

The appearance of this beer was its greatest quality. Very dark/cola-colored with a medium, soft tan head. Decent lacing. Looks inviting

Aroma was weak - not much to note here. Some distant pine and chocolate malt

Taste was malt heavy (not something I mind) but missing the IPA backbone. The hops were noticeable in the feel more than the taste (sticky/bitter coating on the tongue). Some might say balanced but the black/cascade IPAs I've had have still impressed upon me the hops character more than this Rogue attempt

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light. Slightly more carbonation than I would prefer

Overall: I am a proud Rogue fan. There is not much I do not like from Rogue. Unfortunately, this was not one that impressed me, and when looking again for this particular style I will go steer away from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:31:00 | More by KidsDoc
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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.