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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales

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

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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 552
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011

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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 552
Photo of jerrytodd
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a shoot-out between this and SingleCut 'Ol Blackie IPA...

A: Black!

S: Has that Rogue smell (love) chocolate malt mixed with citrus/floral hops

T: I like this beer. More chocolate/roast than the SingleCut and more citrus than pine but there is pine in there. A touch too much astringent/chocolate/roast aftertaste, but not a bad thing.

M: Very good. A touch of sweetness helps here.

O: I really like this beer, one of the first Black IPA's I actually enjoyed drinking back in the day. If I were to nitpick I wish the black malt was smoother. (553 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with a lot of light tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter citrus zest and copper hops, with a little cocoa powder.
T: It tasted like bitter copper and resin hops, with some citrus zest and cocoa powder. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Great big body.
D: This was an ok black IPA, but the scent and taste weren't overly delicious. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing unique or exceptional about this brew, but not bad. (545 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-30-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Dark brown beer, nearly black, with a creamy tan head. Head retention and lacing is good.

S: Sweet malts at the start, followed by floral hops. A nice semi-sweet chocolate aroma reminds me of a stout or porter.

T: Taste features some very light sweetness of chocolate malts plus a pretty strong bitter hop flavor, of earthy and piney hops.

M: High carbonation with a medium body, the beer finishes with a balance of chocolate sweetness and hop bitterness.

O: I'm not a big fan of the Black IPA style, but this one is nicely done.

Thanks to Kirk for the beer! (703 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pint arrived wearing near black, with a small but significant head and lace to match that description.

The smell brings pine hops on top a short but present dark malt background. Malt is stronger in the taste, but all the same basic flavors are there. This is is quite drinkable, and the mouthfeel is solid and pleasing. (325 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. No date on the bottle but I'll assume its from this year. Since it came out of a freshly opened box at the store.

Appearance: Black with some hints of cola brown at the edges. Tan 1/4" head upon pouring, dying back to a 1/8" persistent rocky foam with lots and lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: When first poured, almost nothing in the way of aroma. As it warmed up, I get some tobacco notes and maybe something floral. There is a brief period as it warms up that I got some hints of chlorine (my wife said it reminded her of someone smoking near a public pool in summer).

Taste: Quick hint of sweetness with some citrus, then chocolate and black coffee flavors mixed in with pine and grapefruit hop flavors at the finish. The bitterness lingers a bit - strong bitterness, but not overpowering. A bit of a dry finish with that bitterness. Every now and then briefly after the bitterness passes I get some black coffee + chocolate (Mocha) notes coming back flavor wise.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation. Some hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: While I wish there was a bit more malt backbone to counter the hops, the beer works nicely. The beer needs some stronger flavors to pair with in regards to food. I tried chicken schnitzel but it clashed a bit - I think the recommendation on the bottle of beef or lamb would have been right. The beer definitely needs to warm up a bit before drinking though. When first poured and still fairly cold, it's more bitter than anything else and the other flavors get lost. After warming up all of the flavors come out and that chlorine smell goes away. In the end, a good beer, but not sure I'd buy again. As for drinkability, I found that I drank it up fairly quickly, but I was sated after completing the whole bottle - I did not want another. (1,875 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black hue I can't believe it doesn't have black patent malt, extremely light tan head forms thick and dwindles slowly. Fat chunky lacing spans the sides of my chalice. Aroma herbal earthy with a kick of resinous pine. The Chinooks really do complement the dark Black IPA quite well it's in line with the Troeg's Porter that packs loads of Chinook. Flavors are dark bitterness from the roasted barley and massive hop additions, I get bitter dark chcocolate and loads of pine sap and other assorted hop resins at 92 IBUs this is definitely an IPA...coats the palate with the bitterness aspects of the hop. Mouthfeel finishes each sip with a lingering bitterness medium bodied smooth natural carbonation, going strong keeps each sip worthy of the next. Overall an impressive black IPA a nice transition from the malt liquor formerly known as Dad's Little Helper. (873 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into pint glass at yardhouse palm beach gardens Florida. Nice silky creamy tan head on a deep amber brown color. Nice piney hop and chocolate malt aroma. Taste is bitter pine hops and lots of roasted malts...some coffee notes but mostly roasted malt...almost burnt. Super bitter and dry. I'd say a little too bitter.
Its a good brew...its a different kind of bitter...more roasty bitter than hop bitter but still has some nice flavor. Solid brew but better black ipas are out there. (499 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown color with a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Piney hop aroma with a hint of roasted malt. and cocoa.

Taste- Similar to the smell but the hops aren't as bitter as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, velvet-like smoothness, and a dry finish. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I am not a fan of IPAs, I am developing a taste for black IPAs. This is a decent example of the style. Just enough hops to fit the style but not so much to suck all the moisture out of your face. (587 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black some brown around the edges. Light tan head is small due to bar pour, dies leave behind lots of good lace.

Aroma roasted malt lightly burnt and coco nibs aroma and some normal west coast hop aroma.

Taste is better then the nose nice roasted malts good coffee blends well with hop bitterness. Some hood grapefruit rind bitterness, some bakers chocolate notes.

Moutheel is good medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall enjoying this one sitting out on main street with my nachos. Not the best but a plenty enjoyable beer. (542 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep, brilliant ruby with a rocky 3 finger head. Great retention, leaving a strong film of bubbles atop the surface, and an amazing amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Cocoa powder, sweetness, earth, and a citrus undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweetened cocoa notes upfront and throughout, backed by faint earth and a touch of spice. Orange and grapefruit hop character hits mid-taste and takes the prominent role, with pith bitterness biting at the finish and riding through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, soft and velvety. Goes down with a remarkable smoothness.

Overall - Knowing Rogue's ability to nail complex malt profiles balanced by a strong hop presence, I had high expectations for this one. The generic cocoa flavored malt profile underwhelmed me, odd considering the use of 5 different malts, and though a bit of redemption was found in the strong citrus hop finish, the general impression I have of this beer leaves me wanting. Simply, the malt is too sweet and a roast touch non-existent. The flavor, especially that sweet cocoa, reminds me a quite bit of Moylan's Orange and Black Congrats, except this finds balance in the bitter hop back end. For the price, I think I'll pass on giving this another go. (1,282 characters)

Photo of longbongsilver
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
2 fingers of foam rise up, picture perfect head on this, the bubbles are uniform and just layered ridiculously in line, lacing is great, not quite black hue, more like black from a distance but dark amber upon further inspection, in some light you can see some real movement in the carbonation department, very nice looking beer

nose..
muddy molasses, some spicy hop notes hiding in there, maple syrup tones, some slight burnt flavor is hanging out also, pretty nice

taste etc...
this has been sitting in my cellar for some time and the flavors have developed nicely, it has that nice sharp ale bite carbonation wise but then has a great depth of flavor, you get some hops, a nice burnt mood but the burnt flavor is on the back end of malt sweetness, kind of like roasted molasses... or like good fresh italian bread, you know, you get just that hint of burnt in the crust that just makes it right, too much burnt flavor would ruin it, but this is spot on, each mouthful is full yet not heavy enough to discourage the next sip, great balance

verdict?
tasty and solid all the way around. a good punch of flavor in a great drinking package. Damn tasty, damn enjoyable. I will be looking for this one again. (1,215 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of RockyRaku
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Serge
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours mostly clear and dark brown with a large, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is of milk chocolate and caramel – no real hop craziness here. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor provides a lot of unsweetened dark cocoa and charcoal, but not much hop bitterness until the fairly bitter, dark chocolate finish. (376 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown brew with ruby hints, a tan head with little lacing, but good curtains.

Smelling of ensilage, peas and fruits, dried and tropical.

Tasting sweet, black and red berries, burned apple peel.

Little carbonation, rather fresh but with a small body, a dry finish.

Interesting combination, but did it really become a good one? Much hops, weak body! (358 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark with slight amber hues.

S- smells of black grains and a hint of smoke

T- huge dark malt profile, with bitterness to boot. This grain profile is what a dark or black ale is all about OUTSTANDING! bitterness from hops and subtle hop accents rock this beer!! Yum!!

M- medium carb, thick and a bit creamy. Good texture.

O- outstanding beer. This is a black ale with a great hop bitterness. Not an ipa! A black ale. Thats the only thing I have against this beer, the label. The ipa thing is a huge fad right now and a great moneymaker but this is no ipa. Maybe the best dark grains I have ever tasted. (609 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, chunky beige head. It leaves extensive ring lace...some chunky elements. Dark brown color but bright light does pass.

The smell is a pleasant mixture of chocolate and bitter hop. There are elements of a porter and an IPA.

Starts with some darker, but weaker, malt notes. Thin body; high carbonation. Lots of bitterness in the swallow--this finishes like an IPA. Long aftertaste.

Overall, this is not complex but it is very flavorful. (443 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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... (647 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into an 18oz pint glass, and the brew makes three finger thick brown foam, and the body is almost jet black but shows off brownish red hues on the edge of the glass when held up to natural light.

The aroma is milky, chocolate, metallic, and slight coffee.

Taste wise, it's got mostly a dry coffee flavor. Full in body, very dry to the palate and slightly warm in the end. (385 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid all-around. This version of a black IPA embraces the roasted malt aspect of the style equally with the hops. Malt was not as dense or roasted as the hoppy porters known back in the old days as "robust porter," but more malt backbone than a hoppy brown ale. Hops were appropriately assertive, but well balanced. One of the better examples of the style. (357 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thick tan colored head that leaves rings of lacing on the glass. A very floral hop aroma with some roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. More of the same in the flavor. A nice floral hop flavor mixed with a slightly grainy toasted malt. The finish is where the dark chocolate bitterness comes through and leaves a bitter roast flavor on the back of the tongue. Feel is light with peppery carbonation. Pretty good beer. Good flavors and not too heavy like some other black ales. (515 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, almost black, and true to its name. Nice head and hangs around well. IPA smell is not immediately present and is masked by the malt. Taste is pleasing with a good amount of malt balancing the beer - hops are harder to detect. Solid beer and even pleased a non-IPA companion. (286 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-brown coloring with a thin, low profile, filmy, off-white head that starts a solid half an inch and slowly settles into a filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of slight char, a malty backbone, and a subtle, resiny hops profile. Smells well blended, but light overall. Flavors are much more hop prevalent, and hop forward at that, with a resiny, bitter, very tangy hops profile followed directly by a strong roast and char characteristic with kills the bitterness, as well as highlights a subtle malt profile that is underlying on the palate. The aftertaste is tangy and bitter, with a slight drying feel in mouth after a round, robust body. Dry, bitter finish cleans the palate. Very drinkable at a solid 7% ABV...glad it's a bomber. (799 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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... (667 characters)

Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.