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

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RATINGS: 1650   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2004
After reading several ratings, I thought I was in for a hop delight. Unfortunately, I liken this to SNCA with only a mild hoppiness. I must be a total hop junkie. This was a decent beer, but I had high hopes that were thoroughly dashed. In the end, it comes out as an almost strong, almost hoppy, almost worthwhile beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Pretty good. This beer reminded me of an Oktoberfest but with a stronger taste. The aftertaste is quite nice. Not bad at all. I took a chance on this beer and I was pretty satisfied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
bottle. strong nose and hoppy flavors mixed with hints of spice that result in a bit of a bitter finish... a beer that makes you thirsty... i have to restrain myself from rated this a 20 overall because i was sipping it while a very sexy man had his hands and mouth all over my body... i think this is a fair rating... but then again he had such a very nice 6pack of his own

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2004
I expected so much more from a "reserve" rogue....due to Rogue’s disdain for freshness dating, there’s no telling whether I got an old one or what. This beer seems to rely on flavor hopping for most of its taste, bitterness is in check and aroma hops are almost non-existant. And like Pete’s Wicked before it, beer cannot rely on flavor hops alone anymore. Much more is needed to elevate this common strong ale. Decent heading, medium malt. Average.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 Bottle poured a dark amber with smallish head but good lacing. Nice aroma of hopps ,citrus, spice. Taste grapefruit ,hopps..full flavor big tangy finish..very good!!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2004
11.24.04 Bomber, of course. Handsome cherry red with thick tan head. Caramel and spicey aromas with hints of citrus/spiced gumdrop. Sharp hop bitterness but hardly any noticable malt to hold it together.Sort of an empty mouthfeel. A letdown this from stellar brewery, I didn’t finish it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
A very interesting blend of hops... many hops to choose from, mostly dry and in quantity. Malt is in there too... somewhere. Mouthfeel is a slightly thin, ABV slightly lower than expected. Very nice, enjoyable creation, although atypical for a winter seasonal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Clear dark amber, hints of red, thin white head. Typical hopped up Rogue nose with blasts of evergreen, pine sap, grapefruit, with touches of toasted caramel and brown sugar, slight buttery note at room temp. Deeply hopped and bitter up front, but the malt slowly shines through late. Not balanced, but who cares if you dig the hops. Medium bodied, light carbonation, drying bitter pine finish. If you’re lookin for your hop fix.....

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
DArk amber with a nice white head.Full flavor of spiciness and hops.Some bitterness but not much at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Another great Rogue brew. Strong hoppy, spicy maltly aroma. Cloudy dark ruby, greyish appearance. Small clear head. Good bitter hops aftertaste. Above average ASA taste. Good balance of hops and malt. Enjoyable winter beer.


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