Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales
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2.25/5 rDev -38.9%
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..
06-21-2011 00:16:53 | More by isualum12
2.38/5 rDev -35.3%
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.
07-19-2012 00:52:44 | More by Jparker37
2.4/5 rDev -34.8%
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.
05-23-2011 20:10:40 | More by mdaschaf
District of Columbia
2.41/5 rDev -34.5%
A gift from my daughter for Father’s Day. Poured into a chalice.
A drain pour! An odd combination of flavors that tastes like a bitter rye bock. 2.5
A – Pours a dark brown, not completely opaque, unexpectedly thin, with a two-finger beige head and some lacing. 3.25
S - Very malty with a very little hop profile to describe. 1.5
T – Herbal hop bitterness from start to finish. Roasty. A bock-like maltiness. Definite pepperiness.
Bitter with some rye brew characteristics. 2.5
MF – Creamy with a dry finish. Medium-bodied. A bit thin on the palate. 3.25
06-21-2014 02:23:32 | More by Sludgeman
2.58/5 rDev -29.9%
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.
05-25-2011 06:31:45 | More by output01x
2.58/5 rDev -29.9%
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.
06-18-2012 23:30:18 | More by estlinska
2.7/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
05-23-2011 14:30:30 | More by MasterSki
2.78/5 rDev -24.5%
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...
05-23-2011 03:24:11 | More by EgadBananas
2.8/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
05-24-2011 23:24:50 | More by THECPJ
2.88/5 rDev -21.7%
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...
07-23-2012 22:38:57 | More by Bitterbill
2.91/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
02-16-2013 05:53:05 | More by mactrail
2.93/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
06-20-2011 04:50:58 | More by axeman9182
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
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