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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Deep amber color, nice frothy head. Crisp and hoppy, however Rogue brewing makes better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours a cloudy amber with a nice tan head. Aroma is hops, nice pine scent. Flavor starts off slightly sweet. Strong roasted nut/caramel. A strong hop bitterness takes over for the finish. A pine aftertaste follows. Nicely balanced. Better (IMO) than some of the higher alcohol Rogues. Better balanced and lacking the overpowering astringancy that can destroy the flavor of some Rogues. This one is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
This was a quite tasty ale, but with a much too bitter aftertaste. Too many hops in this one I fear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2004
This is a good beer but not my favorite Rogue. Hoppy. A Christmas must have.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Definately interesting. Quite hoppy but not in the overpowering and disgusting way. Nice colour that is amber ish with a good thick pale/tan head that is medium lasting. The taste and nose are both hoppy and fairly one directional. The body is medium to thin. Overall, drinkable but nothing great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Nice large creamy off-white head. Dark red clear body. Aroma is a bit refreshing, with some flowery hops, and light dark bready malt. Tastes bitter with more dark nutty bread. Palate is so so... a bit watery and slightly burning carbonation. Overall, ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 3/14/2004 : Nutty brown ale, with sharp bitterness from the malt, good hops to balance this good body with enough complexity. 6-3-6-3-14 Dec. 2004: Lightly hazy red copper with off white head. Light sweet malt and restrained c-hops with citrus notes. Crisp sweet malt with nice sustained bitterness, caramel and grapefruits. Rich creamy body. 7-3-7-4-14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Thisyars uh sittin at werk win muh soffwayr nut gooin so awl rate me a beer sitchyachun. Can muh memry recollect this? I kin almost taste it now. Done had me a few. Bought one dadblast thang in Collyrada thankin that it wuz speshul er sumpfin. Naw, showed up onna shelf here later. It gots flaver and it gots some karakter. It probly smarter n me. I like it okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2481) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
Deep caramel in colour. Aroma was quite hoppy, with caramel, pine, and citrus. Flavour full of hops, rich malt, pine, citrus, chocolate, slight bitterness, full bodied with great balance. Finishes with a long bitterness, dry. Thanks Steve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
This one is described as being a variation on - and having double the hops of - the Saint Rogue Red. So my buddy and I decided to taste them side-by-side to see what we thought. While I really liked the Red this one was my preference. Rich in colour, like a ruby brown hardwood. Light tan head that just hangs on to let you know it was there. Caramel and hops and some citrus and some malt hit me first before a sweet malty opening gave way to a hoppy finish. Lingered nicely - solid beer.

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