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

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RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5185) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2156) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2004
22oz. Bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber, with plenty of thick head. The aroma is very hoppy, with ample pine and citrus. The taste has a nice hop bite at first, but mellows in the finish. Leaves a great lace. A very nice beer, but more like a strong American pale ale rather than a winter seasonal.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2004
Bottle- In the vaults of HI International. Failry tasty stuff. Flavour of Christmas cake. Raisin, cake amd spice, sweetish and quite a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Its tasty, but once again too much of a ironed out flavour and mouthfeel, typical of most Rogue beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 This is definately a beer to try if you love that "slap you in the face" hops taste. After the rush of hops, comes a nice, soft finish. It did take a while to liven up to the amount of hops in this one. Good seasonal ale in all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Pours dark amber in color with an off white head. Reminds me of thier american amber in aroma. Malt and hoppy grapefruit with a bit of bitter pine in the finish. Nice beer, glad I finally tried one!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 27, 2004
In the 22 oz. bomber bottle. Red in color. White head. Good lace. Aroma outstanding of both hops and malt. Chewy flavor that does not let up. Strong bitter hop bite. Great full mouth hop body. I don't get any of the "fruit" flavors reported by others. Just a well-done hoppy beer. Delicious Bub!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Dark garnet/ rich,ruby color, big, creamy head. Aroma: hoppy, spicy, dazzling array of fruits, grapes, cherries. Sits wonderfully in the mouth. Tangy, sour taste. Bitter finish. It's described by Rogue as having a "hoppy, sprucy finish", and I obviously blinked on the spruce. I like it very well, but, although you can call me a hophead, I wasn't expecting quite so much hops in a brew of this style. Although, to be fair, the "winter beer" style is increasingly a broad one. In sum, I thank Santa for sharing!


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