davidm (2057) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Dan Murphyís. Aromas of caramel and grass; with vanilla and hints of chocolate. Mostly sweet, with bitter notes.
Ellery (29) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is every thing I expect from a black ipa, big roast coffee aroma and flavour and a big punch in the mouth of hops..oh yeah!
Hop_Hedonist (442) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toffee malt brew backed up with enough herbal hops to make it interesting - almost stout and still a millions times more satisfying than Guinness
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rogue Dadís Little Helper Black IPA is an opaque black beer with brown highlights. Itís topped with a generous, lumpy, light khaki foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a very grassy aroma with a hint of malt and maybe caramel. It has a smooth medium body with a soft, dry finish. It leaves the tongue a little ashy. The flavor is well balanced between charred roastiness, grassy bitterness and a touch of melanoid. There isnít really any sweetness and the flavor is quite smooth. The aftertaste is charred. This is very smooth and sessionable. The flavor isnít extreme, but it kept my interest the whole time I was drinking it.
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany with big, foamy, tan head / Nose of roast barley and brown sugar / Light to medium body, somewhat chewy, hops partly masked by the roast, with good balance and dry, lightly bitter, finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate, brown sugar, grass, and dry hops / A delicous ale, best not compared to an IPA but on its own or as a porter.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a fizzy white head, Chocolate, roasted cereal grain, citrus, and bread aroma and taste with a nice crisp dark earthy and woody finish that has hints of spruce. Slick oily palate that works with the rest of the elements of this brew. A damn tasty black IPA.
drewish9882 (24) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the most tame ipa Iíve had to date. Personally, I like a "kick in the balls" ipa, but this is very nice for a mellower brew. A great finishing brew with an excellent palate.
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee aroma. Black black color. Beige pillowy head. Coffee and nut taste. Strong and black. Chocolate. Fuck. This is good. Thanks again Rogue.
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at The Euston Tap, London on 10 Mar 2012. Poured a really dark brown, near black, with a dense beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine and burnt sugar. Massive grassy and pine hop flavours, with molasses, coffee and earth. Finish was burnt malt, resin and ash.
chinchill (4001) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
An all around excellent Blac IPA, with fine looks including an ample and durable head, an inviting aroma, exceptional mix of dark roasted grain and hop flavors, and a soft and smooth but lively mouthfeel.
Great balance and blending of the hop and malt components - a trait that is all too rare in this style.
Overall: I certainly seem to like Rogue beers, on average, more than the typical beer geek. Two reasons, at least, I would guess. One is that Rogue suffers from some of the negative attitude cast towards some large, established craft brewers. Second, it seems I am a big fan of their proprietary yeast.