1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

499 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 499
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 499 | Reviews: 140 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BrewtalAlement
4/5  rDev +8.7%

BrewtalAlement, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of ConorThomas
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ConorThomas, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of 11millsown113
4/5  rDev +8.7%

11millsown113, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of McLaughlin5350
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

McLaughlin5350, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Crazy dark black with reddish hues on the edges. 3 finger pale khaki head with tight bubbles, good retention.
S- Big malt variety up front. Caramel, some coffee, toffee and milk chocolate. Little bitterness from whatever hops they used but its a balanced smell.
T- Good amounts of hop bitterness up front, the hop flavoring is excellent though I cant quite put a finger on what they are. A lot of roasted coffee and caramel grains. Excellent roasted malt flavors. Flavors are perfectly balanced.
M- Goes down rather easy, no alcohol burn going down but i can feel it in the stomach. A nice creamy feel, thanks carbonation! Pretty dry aftertaste. Some sticky aftertaste.
O- My first Rogue beer and im now embarrassed to admit it. After having a few beers lately that were just meh, this made my day. This is very similar to the Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter by three floyds that I tried and loved recently. Get this if you cant get that or don't want to pay the 4-5$ difference. Cant wait to try more Rogue.

TwelveOunces, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of NvMyBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

NvMyBeer, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of pgofman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

pgofman, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +8.7%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

freduardo, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of ineedafirkin
5/5  rDev +35.9%

ineedafirkin, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops

mikesgroove, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a puffy khaki head that sticks around for quite some time.

S: Aromas of pine, citrus, coffee, and chocolate are most noticeable on the nose. The smell of this beer is fascinating, though the individual scents do not really complement one another. Things could be a little better integrated and more refined here.

T: Notes of pine, mint, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, lemon, blood orange, and grapefruit emerge after a grainy, tart entry. The finish is tart and toasty with an awkward combination of citrus, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Is this thing a stout or an IPA? It really needs to make up its mind.

M: Medium bodied and drier than expected. Carbonation is fairly firm. Like many other Rogue beers, this one gets stickier toward the finish.

O: Not bad. I've had other American black ales I like better, but this one is not bad. I would have liked to see the roasty, toasty dark malt flavors toned down a bit so the hops could have come across more clearly, but otherwise I have no real complaints with this one. Worth a try.

mrfrancis, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.7%

djrn2, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

deapokid, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jenray, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Dizbro21
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Dizbro21, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of cjdoerr
5/5  rDev +35.9%

cjdoerr, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +35.9%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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...

russpowell, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev +8.7%

wpreynolds, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +35.9%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of UncleWesticles
5/5  rDev +35.9%

UncleWesticles, Nov 18, 2011
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.