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

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RATINGS: 1617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark amber color with a medium beige head. Very strong grapefruit hops aroma with a little malt. Very strong bitter grapefruit hops, ash, and malt with a very dry bitter finish. A little bitter for my taste, but not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [22 oz. bomber] Clear red color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a mixture of sweet malt, caramel, pine, hops and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is very piney with a sweet middle and a slightly hoppy and citrusy finish with a piney and bitter aftertaste. A little thin-bodied, but very flavorful.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Reddish, not quite clear appearance. Creamy, parfait like, rocky tan head. Aroma of caramel, hops, a little vanilla and a slightly stale, cardboard like smell. Resin and candy flavors with a bitter finish. The body could be punched up and the bitterness is a little rough but overall pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Poured ruby amber with thick weblike white head...smelled a little floral and a little citrus, not the most appealing aroma ever, but not bad...taste wa a little malty upfront, but all hops going down...also, there was something astringent about this beer...finish was a little bitter and sticky...not a bad beer, but I really wasn’t impressed...tasted like an overhopped Red to me...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarafist (8) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2004 does not count
Very hoppy, somewhat bittter, medium body, lots of head. A good brew for the winter season.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 cloudy dark body with lots of head.left nice lacing on the glass.i noticed hops,ginger,and candy.very smooth as well for a christmas ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Ruby red with a medium sized tan head. Caramel, tart apple, sweet cherry aroma. Citrusy hops, sweet malts. For its percentage, alcohol is fairly noticible. Nice, smooth, over all fairly balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I in the tradition of other christmas seasonals, this beer is spice spectacular. I really enjoy this beer, its taste warms the soul and the season. Grab the kids gather round the tree serve Santa’s private reserve to all and light the holiday fire.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a dirty purple with a creamy white head that laces well throughout the bomber. Nose is piney and citrusy with tons of floral hops. Quite hoppy and quite the smeller. This is quite the tasty treat right about now. Slightly fruity and tart up front. Piney and grassy hop flavor. Slight grapefruit and grape flavor with a hint of caramel as well. The hops are quite juicy and quite pleasant. This was quite the treat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Reddish/brown with a medium size tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of hops. Taste wasn’t sweet like expected. Nice malt flavor with hints of citrus and a nice hop bitterness at the end.


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