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 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.

   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.

   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.....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Wonderful, full hoppy aroma. Taste is of sharp and spicy hops and dark fruit malts. The malt gives out too quickly at the end and the alcohol is a bit low for this to be categorized as a strong ale. A darker IPA, yes and in that category quite satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a clear copper brown with a thick frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is mild caramel and toasted malt with a western hop twang. Body starts with a thick semi-dry maltiness, turning more dry and hoppier toward the piny hop resin finish. A nice brew and well hopped, but also not that exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
I think this is last year’s edition. Pours a reddish dirty brown with a rocky off white head. Aroma is strong in malt and vinous notes. Flavor is very malty and vinuous, some roasted notes. Some bitterness in the end but it seems to be from the roasted malt than a hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Poured Redish, Good head, Hop aroma and hop bit. Even a hoppy finish. Shared this with a hop head who really loved it. Ho Ho ho!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Big bottle. Red brew with modest head; excellent lacing. Big american hop aroma. Great hoppy flavor and clean finish. Great for hop heads without hop harshness.

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