Dad's Little Helper Black IPA
Rogue Ales

Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA
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American Black 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
Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 580
Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from the bottle and the picture on the profile matches.

Appearance: Dark almost not able to see any light through it. It has a nice head about two fingers and dissipated slowly.

Taste: Its good it has a sharp taste to it that I will have to read some other reviews to see just what it is. I don't think its the hops because its not overly bitter.

Mouth feel: Its thick but not so much like a stout. This is my first black IPA so cant give a big review on the category.

Overall: I like the Fathers Day theme and this is a fine beer, I would recommend everyone try it at least once.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$6.99 bomber poured into a 24oz pint glass.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave off a thick four finger tan and creamy head. The beer is perfectly filtered and ruby black. Lots of lacing. Looks great.

Smell: Maybe this is an old bottle, but doesn't smell like black IPAs I've had in the past -- a lot of malt in this one. Heavy buttery biscuit sort of aroma with caramel. Herby and earthy hop undertones, but definitely not at the forefront. Smells great, but maybe not so much for the style.

Taste/feel: Moderate body with a pretty light carbonation -- pretty heavy for the relatively light ABV of 6.2%. The flavor is coffee and roast and chocolate with a slight herbal hop character, with a bitter hop finish. There's a roast bitterness in there as well, but a lot of it is from the hops, which is disappointing -- I feel like this is either a really old bottle, or Rogue just wanted to add hop bitterness without adding much of a flavor. There's some earthy and herbal hops throughout the sip, but it tastes more like a hopped up stout than it does a black IPA. Aftertaste is a long lingering dark chocolate and black coffee flavor with a fairly sharp hoppy bitterness and almost a slight smoke character.

Pretty tasty beer, and a bit different from other black IPAs I've had -- again, it tastes more like a hoppier-than-usual stout than a black IPA. Still, not a bad price at all, and it's a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: dark brown with one finger tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of small bubbles, lightly carbonated with a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: chocolate, coffee, smoky, roasted malt.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, chocolate and coffee with a lingering hop bitterness.

PALATE: thick and full bodied with light to medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a fine beer for the style, this style is just not appealing to me personally. I've had some beers brewed with chocolate and that worked but the coffee taste and roasted malt taste does not work for me.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Ales are a fine bunch of scallywags. One thing I've noticed from the few of their brews that I've tried is that you're always in for an interesting ride, and it was with that in mind that I purchased the Black IPA, what you say? IPA and Stout flavours, together? Madness... madness indeed [insert blatantly evil laugh here].

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep dark bottomless brown murky depths in the body, with a sticky 1cm khaki cappuccino foam head. Looks like a delightfully tasty brew.

S: Damn this is one fine smelling brew. The combination of Stout aromas; dark chocolate, espresso and roasted chicory, with IPA aromas; pine/earthy/herbal hops and an unmistakable tobacco notes put this ale in a class of its own.

T: The taste is where it begins to lose the plot a little - when you have all of the above (in a quick recap: dark chocolate, espresso, roasted chicory, pine/earthy/herbal hops and tobacco) combined there is bound to a hodgepodge happening, and guess what? Bingo! Checkmate sir. Well it starts out with bitter chocolate/espresso and in between has that array of flavours battling for supremacy, and it ends with a bludgeon of medicinal herb bitterness. The only victor being that fantastic aroma.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of hop resin oil slickness and light carbonation.

D: As I got to the bottom of the bottle I began to understand, dare I say it; laud the heavy-handed taste of this brew. And I enjoyed the quirkiness, as I always do with any ale that thinks outside the box, but in this case I really wanted the flavour to match the quality of the aroma... alas perhaps it needs reworking scallywags.

Food match: This is definitely an ale for the next cigar society meeting, which I am not affiliated with, nor do I acknowledge the existence of.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, weed, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a definite weed aspect I am getting in the aroma.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thought this beer would be a good one to try while I'm on dad duty on a Sunday afternoon.

A - 4 - Good looking beer with about 2 fingers of light tan head with different sized bubble sparsely lacing the glass as it dissipates. Leaves a thick, patchy film of loose bubbles on the top.

S - 4.25 - Chocolate, coffee, espresso and roasted dark malts. Light hint of hops.

T - 4 - Not as good as I thought it would be. A lot of roasted flavors and hop bitterness. Some coffee and chocolate. The hops are piney. Just not as complex as I was hoping for.

M - 4.25 - Good medium carbonation, alcohol well hidden, leaves a nice roasted coffee bean and hop bitterness flavor in your mouth

O - 4 - It's alright, the bottle rocks harder than the beer. Cool name. I'd love to taste it with Wookey Jack and see how the two compare.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought for Father's Day, but just opened today when I found out I was going to be a father to a daughter. Appearance is a black appearance with a slight red hint in the light. Creamy, thin layer of retention with good lacing on the side. Aromas were rich in malts with a slight chocolate, maybe coffeeish, flavor. Taste is a bitter, with a roasty malt flavor. The drink has a good, crisp, medium body with a creamy texture. Overall, a great, celebratory beverage for a great day in my family!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured some finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing from the reduced foam too. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Crazy frothy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolate, bready, and smoky malts. Citrus, pine, and earthy notes from the hops.

Taste: Pretty much getting a blend of hops and malts with lingering ashy bitterness from the barley. Somewhat extremely lingering. A few more sips and still there. It mellowed put after a while.

Mouthfeel: Ash, bitter, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and lingering bitterness.

Overall: Solid ABA here by Rogue. I feel the bitterness could be lightened up a bit and this beer could be more enjoyable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- black color, thick foamy head, nice lacing

Smell- chocolate, hops

Taste- chocolate, malts, slight bit of hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. Not my favorite style but still very good for the style.

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Photo of jerrytodd
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of watermelonman
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of RockyRaku
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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 was not at all offensive.

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Photo of Serge
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 580 ratings