Chad9976 (1207) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2012 I believe Rogue ceased production of Dadís Little Helper Malt Liquor in 2010 or early 2011 - which would technically make this a vintage. I picked up a bottle at my beer store because it was half off. I was prepared for something nasty, but I was shocked when the beer was not only drinkable, but very enjoyable! Itís nothing like a "malt liquor" in the least, but goes to show that any style can be brewed to taste great.
I poured a dusty 22oz bottle into a one liter boot stein.
Appearance: Rusty/dirty honey color; fine carbonation bubbles visible around the edges. Forms a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.
Smell: Initially a generic beer smell, but a closer inspection reveals a strong sweetness - especially of honey and some confectionary/syrupy notes.
Taste: Much like the nose, the palate begins with a honey and confectionary sweetness. A distinct maltiness with flavors of toffee and caramel - similar to that of an Oktoberfest or Marzen-style brew. Iíve experienced these flavors in imperial helles bock, but nothing remotely close to this in a "malt liquor." Iím not quite sure how or why Rogue gets away with classifying this beer as such. Perhaps its due to the use of flaked corn and a Czech pilsner yeast. Still, thereís nothing about this that tastes foul, dirty or cheap like a 40oz youíd buy from the corner store.
While not the best beer Iíve ever had, I must admit that Dadís Little Helper Malt Liquor is probably the most impressive. Not only because of the style but because of the age of my bottle. I genuinely enjoyed every sip and was surprised by how sweet the palate was. Very little bitterness, no alcohol presence in the palate, and a mostly clean aftertaste.
Drinkability: Though technically a lager, Dadís Little Helper Malt Liquor has the mouthfeel, body, and overall presence of an ale. The texture is somewhat watery, but certainly doesnít taste flat or mild. Itís also not overly carbonated as it goes down remarkably smooth. I would be able to chug a beer boot of this without any problem. Thereís a slightly chalky/dry aftertaste, but itís easily tolerable. Allegedly 8% ABV, but youíd never know because thereís no booziness to the palate and it doesnít fill you up or overwhelm you either. If I had to chug 40oz of a malt liquor, Iíd make it this one for sure.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I'm getting a headache as I write this rating, it just taste like crap. Well now I can say I had the crapstyle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
thomas15 (688) - USA - MAR 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
had this forever ago. really led by malt. good for what it is, but iím not sure why rogue was making it.
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a deep golden color. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is malty, some corn, alcohol is present. Overall easy drinking and a fine example of this style.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The nose is of toasted malt, grass, and honey. The Taste starts with grass, honey, small amount of hops and toasted malt. Finishes grassy and boozy. not bad but I probably wonít be going back for it.
Sledutah (4938) - Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Doug at The Beerhive
Appearance: Clear honey color with a small white head and some lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts and honey
Taste: Sweet malts, honey, grainy and some alcohols
Ok, drinkable. Not bad!
douglas88 (6148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle at the Beerhive. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a medium white head. A sweet grainy and honey nose, some alcohol. The flavor is a nice Malt Liquor but it still retains some dirty aggressive flavors that the style seems dominated by, sweet grains, alcohol warmth. Not bad.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Alex... dark honey gold, watery... the nose is really weird, smells like maple brown sugar oatmeal, wtf? this smells great... taste doesnít live up, honey water with a bitter finish, blah
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet corn, malt, booze. I havenít had a "real" malt liquor in a long time, so I canít recall their taste for comparison.
HonusWagner (1432) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating number 600. 100% Style Ratings, tried after Einbecker Alkoholfrei, my second to last style rating.
Sweet corn, haylike hoppy characteristics. Pretty damn easy to drink. Tasty. Too expensive for the purpose itís best suited for, but I really liked this beer. I am really excited to have tried beers in every style on this site, and look forward to trying more and more beers in every style. My long-term goal is to try more of the regional styles in their place of origin, particularly Faro and the various German lagers and wheat beers.