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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3477) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Wow, very floral and sweet citrusy aroma. Lots of citrus with noticeable C-hops. Smells yummy. Slightly hazy light mahogany/dark copper color with small yellowish off-white head. Start is very citrusy and piney giving way to some smoked maltiness in the middle. Finishes hoppy, dry, and bitter. I admire the tug of war between the hops and malts in this beer. Kind of reminds me of the Great lakes Christmas brew. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2004
Cloudy reddish brown color with a medium head. Strong aroma of floral hops and spices. Flavor of spices and floral hops, bitter finish. Medium body, tangy mouthfeel. It’s good but has more hops that you would expect from a Christmas/ Winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2111) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Brown in color, nice fluffy tan-ish head, lots of hops in the nose, great balance with a good malt profile, sweet maltiness follows the nice hoppy characters, an all-round great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 I’ve never been a huge fan of any of the Rogue beers, with the exception of their rauchbier, and once again, Rogue proved to me to be a little too much frosting and too little cake. I tasted malt, malt, and more malt. It wasn’t particularly bad, it just wasn’t particularly good either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2004
I would consider this an "imperial pale ale", which I guess puts it in a style all it’s own. Pours a brown root beer color, pillowing tan head rests atop, GREAT lacing. Flavor is woody and malty, with a very grassy thing going on for much of the flavor, ends bitter and dry with a straw-like flavor. This is fairly earthy throughout, and is very different. A great beer to enjoy in July!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Pours a reddish brown with an ivory head that seems to last forever. Very hoppy in the nose and flavor, although it doesn’t overwhelm. Almost an IPA, with lots of pine/ citrus notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5167) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Bottle drank in July 2004. Has a large long lasting yellowish head. The coloring is a gorgeous dark red. Aroma is rich with a little pine and vanilla. The taste is pine with bread and a spicy finish of cinnamon and black pepper. Also has a hint of grapefruit. A little too dry for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle. pours a dusty red with an oatmeal colored head. aroma is pine and hops, and a few more hops. aroma is hop dominated is the point i’m trying to make. flavor is citrus and hop with an alcohol bite. finish leaves a grapefruit and slight malted hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle. Almandine garnet red with a one finger frithy beige head. Nose is hoppy. Taste is exceptionaly mild considering the hoppy nose. Notes of hops, caramel, and malt come through. The finish is bitter and lingers, like sucking on a penny. This is a good beer, but not quite a session beer. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 This brew would be excellent if it weren’t for the palate...far too watery for a strong ale...or honetly any ale for that matter. Pours a lovely dark amber color with a nice off white head that dies off quickly. Nose smells excellently hoppy. Also has hints of butterscotch, brown sugar and beef stock. INterestingly enough this brew smells much thicker than it is. In the mouth this brew is suprisingly weak on the texture side of things. Begins very carbonated and finishes very watery, this could really use some work man. Flavors of, rusted metal (Which I like) lager yeast...even though its not in there, hops hops and hops. The hops combination tastes slightly confused and also slightly like amarillo hops. Not a bad flavor just no thickness to match it. G-rat

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