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

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RATINGS: 1579   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Dark redish brown color, light brown head. Dry malty and pnw hop aroma. Malt flavors upfront, but lost of hops on top of that. Very hoppy finish. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Bottle pours a touch hazy amber red with a real nice tan head and lots of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy. The flavor has the ASA profile flavor with the malt and the long lingering hop finish. Overall, this one stands out against all the other Holiday releases, including SNCA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 June 2006 Amber brown body with a small beige head. Muted hops and caramel malt aroma. Pleasant hop accented caramel malt. Average palate. Pleasant but uninspired. 7/3/6/3/13 - 3.2 <P> December 2003 Rating #500 Toronto Christmas Party at Oakes place. Nice dark amber body with a big hoppy aroma. I would not have guess that the alcohol content is as high as it is. Nice malty flavour provides some support to the hoppy bitterness, but the falvour is a bit one dimensionally hoppy. You can really taste the Rudolph!!! :) 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Deep garnet color with a thick head and good carbonation. Nice toasty balance of malt and sweetness. Very dry in the palate with a smash in the face of good ole' American hops. I really liked this beer and would label it one of my favorite Rogues

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Super deep darkened amber color with an overall reddish tone with a evenly thick medium sized tannish head, lots O' bubbles at first, popping down to a creamy top that slowly dwindles down to a mixed thin & thick puffy haze and collar ring that stays the entire glass down. Tons of sticky moth-holed sheets of lace. Smell has a terrific caramel sweet malty aroma with some grassy hop notes. Taste comes across completely different from what the smell gives way to. A dry mild roasty feel and flavor lays immediately across the palate dropping notes of burnt buttered toast and caramel drizzled biscuits. Hops are super dry and leafy with a pine wood dryness and quick dry wood bittering that fades into the finish leaving hints of caramel and cocoa. But overall, quite dry and woodish. Feel is close to full with a nice textured carbonation and a nice hoppy drying finish. Rogue has another keeper with this holiday brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Ah, so it is different than rogue red. I thought I liked it better, but was told it was the same thing. Good stuff, Too bad I can't find it easily.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 2005 Bottle: While the beer is still quite hoppy, I am getting a chalky and musty character on both the nose and palate that subdued my overall experiance this time around. Perhaps it is still too green for me, will try another and let a few age as well. Dropping my rating for this .3 points.

Original Rating: My bottle of aged 2002: Slightly hazy reddish brown hue with a creamy off-white head and very good lace. The big hoppy aroma when it was new has mellowed but still very noticeable, the malt seems more pronounced. Also detected some spice and butterscotch on the nose. The initial taste is hoppy and crisp with a lingering bitterness. Good malt sweetness found underneath with a touch of citrus. This medium to full bodied brew has a lively mouthfeel, a bit chalky. Aging has mellowed this beer but only to some degree, still hoppy and nice. I will age a 2003 batch and hopefully rerate this next year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Aroma: Has a kind of spicy, fruity smell with hints of a liquid amoxicillian flavor (sort of like bubble gum). I could also smell a bit of black licorice. Appearance: Reddish-Brown, almost mohogany in color. Flavor: Dry, very hoppy, with a fruity aftertaste that lingers Palate: Smooth and tingly at the front of my tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Rerate. A little better than I remember. Nice amount of hops. Not too piny. Ugghh. Too perfumy. I had nice color, but I prefer others of the style more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7884) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 I finally got my hands on Rogue #30 for me... it has a deep brown and red appearance with a medium tan head. Smells of sweet west coast hops, wood, pine, scotch... a good aroma, similar to SNCA 2003. Warm and woody mixed with an abundance of sweet hops. Dry as hell, and it's sitting there laughing at me for thinking it's in the 60-70 IBU range when it's only at 40. What is the deal with that? No big deal. Thank you Rogue, you made another great beer, and I always enjoy winter/Xmas beers.


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