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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: 405
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 Rizalini


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown color, with a finger of creamy light brown head. Nice lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Aromas of chocolate, smokiness, butterscotch, and a slight note of hops.

T/M - Dry, dark semi-sweet chocolate notes, and a dry bittersweer chocolate/hop finish.Nothing is really overpowering in this one, making it pretty easy to drink. Smooth, creamy medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - As I sip on it, I'm torn. I wanted it to be more, but it's not bad. I've had a couple better black IPAs, but I've had more that weren't as good as this. Definately a must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 06:00:10 | More by Rizalini
Photo of Reson

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very black appearance. Not an overwhelming head to it, but a decent amount of off-white head that disappeared quickly.
S - Not a whole lot of nose to this. Small amounts of roasted malt and coffee tones.
T - Very balanced between malts and the hops. Chocolatey and lite tones of coffee lead the taste with a hint of citrusy hops on the backend.
M - Very soft carbonation makes for an easily drinkable beer. Medium amounts of body.
O - A very enjoyable beer that I'd pick up again. Nothing out of this world, but something a little out of the ordinary that works pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 13:59:25 | More by Reson
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

front notes quite a while ago
A - Pitch black, decent mocha head with very respectable lacing down the glass
S - Cold press coffee and bitter chocolate, grassy, some citrus, a touch of smoky woodiness
T - Roasty, chocolatey, coffee, and leafy and slight citrus hop compliments, very well balanced flavours
M - medium body and smooth on the way down, an easy sipper
O - Haters gonna Hate on the surge in this style, but I am a fan and this is a fine example of the style, its strikes a great bold balance of hops and malt, Rogue seldom dissapoints

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:24:40 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Euston tap and served into a UK half pint glass.

Mid black akin to 'cola' in colouration with a thin off-white head that soon thinned to a small puddle in the middle of the glass.

Not a big nose to this beer, faint hop smells and a little roasted malt and caramel, a little underwhelming in this aspect!

Flavours outweighed the smell and I got pine, more hop than on the nose, roasted malt, a little sugar, raisen and a touch of cocoa.

Medium in body with a little soft carbonation about right for the style.

Overall an OK beer, entirely drinkable, but not setting 'my' beer world alight!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 13:21:57 | More by Ruds
Photo of rogueleonardi


4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might be a little Rogue Bias (just because they've sent me a couple of free bottles that I cant get in ohio) but I was extremely impressed with this beer. I don't usually like Black IPA's but this was almost a combination of a smoked porter and an IPA. Had a smooth smokey taste, with a slightly bitter finish. Color was a deep black. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone with a passion for porter's or ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 20:58:55 | More by rogueleonardi
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 11:32:38 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:45:45 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mrfrancis


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 13:38:16 | More by mrfrancis
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 Durge


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/mohogany color with a very healthy off-white head that settles down quickly and surrenders a very thorough lacing throughout. The aroma says chocolate malt with a tasteful touch of herbal hops. Full and beautiful. The flavor follows with a fairly aggressive herbal grass hop, sort of a seaweed bite over a pleasant malt with subtle milk chocolate pleasantries. It’s medium bodied with a somewhat thin but chalky feel that goes down easily with subtle carbonation. The flavors blend so nicely with plenty of hops to bring an easy smile of satisfaction for yet another Rogue success!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:40:08 | More by Durge
Photo of Slatetank


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub & Brewery during the Rogue tap takeover. Served chilled in an imperial pint.

The color is standard very dark with medium brown showing at the base of the glass. The creamy cap holds well and is light beige with average sized bead. The smell is a mix of spice and slight coffee with perhaps a subtle pine and caramel component. The feel is good with nice balance, however more bitter than anything with slight roasted malt textures. The finish is spicy and dry.

The flavor has more of a coffee accent with the type of acidity you associate with a dark roast, the malt has light caramel backing while the hops come off as bitter but don't really add any flavor to speak of besides a spicy accent to the mild roast component. The finish is dry and it seems to increase in bitterness as it warms if that is possible. The drinkability overall is just above average, I prefer a fruitier more ipa in this style with less roasted grain, but your mileage may vary.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 16:51:39 | More by Slatetank
Photo of mkotsayfan


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark black (with a little bit of red mixed in) with about a finger of head. The aroma is typical for the style, piney hops mixed with roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate. The taste also has the malts, but doesn't taste as "chewy" or thick as other black IPAs that I've had. It finishes off with some bitterness and chocolate notes, but not an overwhelming amount. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation, and is pleasantly creamy.

Overall this is a nice black IPA but nothing special. Worth checking out though if you can get it for a good price.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 05:25:15 | More by mkotsayfan
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 18oz bottle into goblet glass.

Appearance: Black with red hints and tan finger and a half thick head. great lacing and head retention as I drink it.

Smells: a light roasted malt smell with a mild floral hop and even lighter yeast smell that smells quite yummy.

Tastes: the unique yeast makes a great break through with a chocolate hint that blends with roasted malt and bitter hops make this an extremely well balance ale.

Mouthfeel: little burn from the 7% but more in the beginning. the carbonation and roasted character are the main focus when I drink it and enjoy how much flavor it has with a lighter crisp finish and the full body.

Overall: a good session beer with a lot of flavor in my opinion. I wish it was available in 12oz six packs, but that's just a wish. I like this brew, and will definitely pick up some more in the near future and like the tribute to Fathers. Good Job again Rogue!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 22:12:28 | More by kennylopez
Photo of Bighuge


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red. Clear. Thin beige head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is chocolatey, roasty, yeasty and hoppy. Taste is solid all around. Roasted malt bitterness mingles with hop bitterness in a nice way. Bitterness is nice and clean. Chocolatey notes add some depth. Moderately carbonated. Good drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:01:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of HoosierInOhio


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from my notes about 3 weeks ago.

A - Black with tan head, about 2 fingers worth. Great lacing

S - Chocolate notes, malty

T - Reminds of a porter, but with some bitter hops. Some citrus but taste 0 alcohol.

O - Pretty solid offering, would have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 15:20:48 | More by HoosierInOhio
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark mahogany color from a 22 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date.
Nice two finger light tan colored head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind some excellent lace. Good head retention.
Aroma is all malty with hints of cocoa and milk chocolate. Didn't get any hops in the nose.
Taste, similar to the aroma is also very malty, roasted malts evident upfront with the bitterness taking over in the finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste which stays for a long time, but is surprisingly not too overwhelming.
Even though the name says IPA, this ale was more malty than hoppy. The bitterness was the only evidence of any hops present in the ale. This is definitely an interesting take on the black IPA's.
A good solid beer, but not for a weak palate or a palate that does not like a good experimental ale.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:17:10 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 15/9/11

A dark cola with a long lasting two finger head that leaves partial rings of lace well down the glass

S milk chocolate, actual milk, faint coffee and booze, with some piny, citric hops

T what I smell but with a burnt wood flavor that leaves something to be desired, tastes like burnt malt that I often love but its not working here.

M medium bodied and fairly creamy but the burnt malty aftertaste lingers much longer then I'd like in this case

O flavors holding this one back a little, not a bad beer but nothing worth bragging about

looked great, smelled good but couldn't keep up the pace in the end, at 8$ a bottle I doubt I'll be drinking another anytime soon

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:52:33 | More by wordemupg
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 IronLover


4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Deep brown, almost black in color. Poured with a big frosty beige head that stuck around for the duration, leaving lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Combination of light herbal, pine and citrus hop aromas along with dark roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation and a light resinuous feel Flavors constantly change from beginning to end. Starts off with a light milk chocolate flavor that carries through to the end but takes a backseat to all of the other dominant malts and hops. Dark roasted malt flavors come next that transition to coffee into the middle. Then the hops take over. Pine hops with a hint of citrus with the pine slowly intensifying to the finish. Malt flavor transitions from a dark roast flavor to a to burnt malt flavor at the finish as well. Hoppy pine bitter aftertaste but it does linger for long. Lots of great aromas and flavors. This was a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:05:09 | More by IronLover
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with some strong pine notes. Some nice citrus notes, too.

T - It tasted of pine, citrus and a strong burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a nice black ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:23:56 | More by zeff80
Photo of AgentMunky


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a one quart screw-top growler into a cervoise glass. Filled at Jimmy's twenty minutes ago.

A: Acceptable, creamy head tops a very black beer. Dark red and clear in direct lighting.

S: Chocolate malts and subversive hops. Creamy-sweet and pleasant.

T: Initially waterier than expected, with odd hops forming on the end...mayhap this is pine resin butting heads with the creamy milk chocolate that otherwise dominates the maintaste? Not great, but not bad. Certainly interesting.

M: Creamy, solid, bitter-dry on the aftertaste.

O: 4.0 for effort. Care clearly went into crafting this beer even if the outcome is not entirely to my liking. I would recommend trying it, even if I wouldn't have another.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2011 04:08:29 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This immediately develops a mondo thick, mocha-colored, rocky head that rises tall. The beer is dark brown with an inner red glow.

The smell comes off as a nice balance between the roasted malts and the pine and citrus hops. That continues into the taste and the bitterness that both the malts and hops bring is multiplied. There are hints of chocolate and coffee, making this taste like one seriously overhopped stout.

But it doesn't have the body of a stout, it's more of a medium body which is in keeping with the style. The excessive bitterness doesn't carry deeply into the aftertaste.

I liked this one. I've had stouts that were overhopped and it didn't work (see Hoppin Frog Black and Tan). This managed to get a nice taste balance between the two, yet it is a black IPA. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 14:29:18 | More by Naugros
Photo of fdkayti


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark (it almost looks purple) with a thin beige head. Fades into a ring around the rim of the pint glass. Looks pretty solid.

S- Berry-like fruitiness with a dark roasted malt scent. The appearance is almost misleading - the hops are a surprise as well as the floral aroma.

T- No hops right up front but sure there in the finish. Roasty goodness paired with the distinct bitterness of most IPAs. Some milk chocolate flavors come through, an unusual blend of flavors in general. Pretty much most of my favorite things all at once.

MF - All parts of my tongue taste and feel something different. Pretty intense to drink, creamy but not necessarily thick. Good carbonation.

OD- The intensity of all of these flavors would make it hard to drink more than one, but I can still enjoy it. No hint of booziness. Nothing too spectacular, but a solid and satisfying beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:02:08 | More by fdkayti
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I chose this as my 100th review because I newly became a father this year. It seems appropriate to have the Father's Day beer as my milestone review.

The Helper looks like a porter with a pretty decent head. The coloring is like a darker porter. This is a good look for a black IPA. Off the top I get a nice dose of hoppiness. I get the pineyness and citrus in the aroma.

In the flavoring I pick up some light coffee, citrus, and pine. None of it seemed to balance out very well. The bitterness invades after each taste and sits on the tongue.

The beer was a decent experience, but not really one I will be repeating.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:05:52 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of wondermoose


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark IPA that was unique to my palette. Like most of Rogue's stuff, it's just a really great beer. Nothing ground-breaking, but thoroughly enjoyable. Left a little to be desired in the hop department, but the darker color and taste gave it a different experience. Had it with a pork chop and the two made music together, and would definitely pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:37:54 | More by wondermoose
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