Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Amber Ale
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops--including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph by head brewer John "more hops" Maier! This holiday elixir is brewed with two-row Harrington, Klages and Munich malts, along with Hugh Baird 30-37, Carastan 13-17, and Crystal 70-80 malts, plus free range coastal water and proprietary top-fermenting Pacman yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2005
22oz bottle. Amber beer with nice lingering tan head and lace. smells of pine and malt, carmel. Big specialty grains thick malt profile backed up with a bunch of piney hops. I like it, this is a big, zingy winter warmer. Much better than all those "English Strong Ales" (as most are listed here) that a bunch of brewers put out that seem interchangeable to me. Wasn’t boring for me, nothing to jump or shout about, but a very well done hoppy holiday beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle pours a reddish amber, medium frothy off-white head, clingy lacing, with soft carbonation.   Very subtle hop nose, some pine, as well as graininess.   One dimensional hop flavor immediately up front.   Seems hollow on the backside.   For an American Strong Ale it seems extremely tame.   Bitter finish, and uninteresting ta boot!   Medium body with a light to medium mouthfeel.   I found this one very boring.   Nope, not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours a warm, somewhat opaque amber red, with a light orange-tinted head. Piney sweet hop aromas, with mild roasted malt, caramel and orange peel. Orange-citrus feel on the lips. Body is soft and pleasant. Initial taste some slightly sweet maltiness. The hop presense comes in late, but then lasts and lasts. Resinous piney hoppiness that sticks to the mouth, tying the current sip to the previous sip. And now as I finish the glass, it begins to remind me of...Christmas Tree! Hmm. How appropriate. A fun seasonal that I will look for again next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 *Deep copper with huge beige head, decent lacing. Huge resinous aroma. Pine resin and c-hop citrus up front, otherwise rather muted, malt very faint. Flavor again very resinous. Toffee, with pine and zest. Slight earthy/woody character in malt. Tons of sweetness, from crystal malt, never becomes cloying though. Soft carbonation leads to smooth, oily mouthfeel. While nothing great, glad I revisited.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Great Appearance with a big lasting head. Flavor is dry and bitter. Unbalanced in my opinion. Needs some malt to offset the large hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
beer pours an attractive ruby red with a well-developed tan head. aroma a nice combination of caramel malts and citrus-y domestic hops. flavor is more of the same, with a rich malty sweetness balanced with a solid dose of hop bitterness and flavor. the good balance makes this winter-warmer relatively easy to drink, despite its size.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Decently strong aroma of citrusy hops and smokey malts. The color is a dark red almost brown with a tiny bit of head. The flavor is a pretty bitter with a thinner mouthfeel. This ends with a more acidic mouthfeel and a smokier aftertaste. Not too bad, but reminds me more of a bitter than an american strong. Good beer regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Tap. Deep chestnut color. Tan head with decent lacing. Fairly good malt aroma. Medium bodied. Spicey and malt flavors. Different. Not exceptional but not bad either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
’03 Model. Hasn’t calmed down much, still quite hoppy. Plenty of flowery aroma. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Too hoppy for my tastes but nevertheless less it’s still a nice brew. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Watery and too bitter. Sour, buttery. Some caramel. Not as good as I had expected.

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