Dad's Little Helper Black IPA
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Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
3.69 | pDev: 13.01%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
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Reviews by ikidunot:
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ikidunot from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 23, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the LCBO in Waterloo this past summer.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 92
Bottled on 17 April 2014

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Clear bistre brown with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick creamy cap with lots of lacing down the glass. A good wisp remains until the end and coats the glass on the way down.

SMELL: Roasted malts, light chocolate, caramel, with lots of floral and piney hops on the nose. Very aromatic. More pine comes out as it warms.

TASTE: Roasted and light chocolate notes up front with caramel sweetness and some floral hops at the swallow. Big, bitter chocolate burst before a bold and lingering finish of roasted grain, more bitter chocolate, floral and citrus hops, bitter pine and light lemon notes. Very flavorful and plenty of bitterness lingers. More pine comes out as it warms as well. Really nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Enough weight. Good feel here.

OVERALL: This is a really, really good black IPA with a solid, almost stout base beer. Actually, this is pretty much a very, very hoppy stout with more than enough bitterness to satisfy any craving. Something I was very happy to drink and would gladly drink again if the LCBO gets more next year. Recommended.

Oct 06, 2014
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Devon_ from Canada (ON)

1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

I'll start by emphasizing that my distaste for this beer stems directly from my hatred of anything and everything that tastes like black licorice.

L - Dark brown with a nice off-white head that sticks around and laces the glass nicely. Nice and creamy looking head.

S - roasted notes, a little bit of dark chocolate, and some fairly substantial woody and floral bitterness.

T - roasted and a bit of chocolate at the forefront. Finishes fairly bitter with some floral notes. I get a lot of black licorice like taste in this beer which makes it very hard for me to analyze and appreciate the other tastes. This licorice taste was likely more prominent for me as I absolutely hate the taste of black licorice. If not for this taste I think I would have enjoyed the beer.

M: Fairly medium bodied with a slight creamy feel. Slight bitterness sticks around on the back of the palate.

O: I will never drink this beer again. There are lots of nice flavours present, but the licorice like bitterness ruins this beer for me. I am barely able to taste anything in the beer but this licorice taste. This is without a doubt due to my absolute hate for black licorice. Otherwise, I think this could be a good beer. It's a shame I wasn't able to enjoy the other flavours. Worth a try for sure if you think you'll enjoy that taste.

Nov 02, 2014
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50wolves from Australia

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured into a tulip glass, pours toffee coloured developed a bubbly head that retains well, lacing retains. Aroma - malty with vanilla? Taste - oaky, nice mouthful, of foamy head that added character. Happiness that lingers and is appreciated. Mouthfeel - interesting to have a foamy / creamy head that is offset by an astringent element in the beer. Cool. Overall - I really appreciate this beer, it is well balanced. I really like the lingering hoppiness. Would recommend.

Oct 15, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 18, 2011
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HarmonMW from Missouri

4/5  rDev +8.4%

May 15, 2013
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Zylod from West Virginia

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

Dec 28, 2015
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muletrane from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

Jun 25, 2013
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Cramerican from North Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 05, 2012
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Jodio from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jul 06, 2016
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Dec 15, 2011
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Jsmitty1967 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 24, 2012
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bobhits from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feared that this might not be fresh but with only one other review, I suppose I’m pretty good.

More of a deep amber that looks black when not back light than black. Great head, good lacing, good retention, seems to have pretty good clarity for the style and given the black nature. I’d want it a high darker, but that’s me.

The roasted and charged aroma is dominating the nose. Citrus hops at the finish. A good swirl of this tulip brings out the hops and citrus notes a bit more.

A very light body to this beer. I’m really not noticing much malt characteristics and somewhat surprised given their presence in the smell. Piney great fruit, sharp citrus flavors are on full display here. They bite every bit of the roasted caramel flavors and hold them ransom.

Clean, smooth, and pretty refreshing.

I am guessing but this alcohol here couldn’t be very high. As a result this beer doesn’t really seem to be a substituted for something like Avery’s 17th or Stone Sublimely Self Righteous. It also seems to be needing that extra push to have a thicker body and perhaps a bit more malt flavor to work here. A decent beer, but not one I’d seek out again.

Apr 20, 2011
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cjac from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Jun 22, 2012
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a tan, medium, thick head that lasts a while

Smells mostly of roasted malts and light pine. Maybe a hint of raisin

Tastes mildly sweet roasted malts that fades quickly to nice balance of malt and pine. Finishes dry with a light bit of bitter coffee lingers for a short while. Medium body with a regular amount of carbonation.

Jan 08, 2017
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pin from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Jun 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Mar 03, 2012
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. She pours a gentle black and leaves the same colored body with a foamy white half finger head that lasts for a good minute. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen and some light lacing shows around the sides of the glass. The smell has the hops up front, pretty powerful, but not overbearing. Some roasty coffee notes are there as well. The taste centers around the hops with the same roasty coffee notes coming back. Malts come out a bit more in the taste. There is a slight dry aftertaste too. On the palate, she sits about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, and comes across fairly sessionable. Overall, this is a good black ale that I could have again.

Jun 25, 2017
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barls from Australia

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Sep 16, 2013
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Aug 06, 2014
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1971bernat from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jan 03, 2018
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

2.73/5  rDev -26%
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.

May 23, 2011
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Mullinger1980 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Jan 16, 2014
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t0rin0 from California

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Dec 25, 2012
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t2thebro from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Oct 19, 2012
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