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


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RATINGS: 1615   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Grapefruit and citrus aroma galore. Excellent color. I have to say that the taste is a let down. It's drab, bland, not fun. What a let down given the aroma and color. Not their best effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber-brown with a medium-sized beige head. This is a good hoppy ale with a wonderful finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This was actually pretty good. I tried this last night along with a few others and this stood right about in the middle of the road. Something nice to have when hops are craved.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 2003 bottle. VERY bitter. Amber in color. Did I mention bitter taste? Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 Re-Rate 12/21/04: Not quite as aromatic or flavorful as I recall - maybe I’ve just gotten spoiled by other well hopped brews. This reminds me a bit of Yulesmith, but not so much of either the hops or malts. A good brew for sure, but I’m going to have to downgrade it from my original 4.1 rating. Original Rating: Bottle. Pours dark red-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of hops, pine and citrus with rich malts, oak and earth. Flavor is a wonderful balance of sweet maltiness and tart, bitter hops. Really nice grapefruit finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Good west coast style strong ale - thanks Santa (and Rogue).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Wonderful Spruce finish. Very hoppy and spicy. Great dark color. A real winter treat. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Ho! Ho! Ho! This aromatic holiday offering pours with a formidable head and is a delicious-looking copper-golden-rust color. A+ for presentation. Smells of a rusty swingset in late December and of spruce. The taste is most unusual. Nice for an X-mas ale, but a little too astringent and spicy for my tongue. Complex and abrasive. It starts our sharp and earthy with pine needles. It winds up with a waxy, cinnamon, nutmeg burst with some cloves, ashiness, citrus and rind-iness. Overall, worth trying once but there's a lot of other Holiday Ales out there to sample and there's never enough time. (Ok... there's always time!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Red/brown with a tan head. Malty, grapefruity nose. Tons of cascde hops (correction--TAR points out these are Chinook & Centennial)--bitter citrusy flavor with some musty malts. Buttery diacetyl notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(650ml bottle) Santa reddish body with a thin, white head. Cascade hops nose. Grapfruite taste. Somewhat of a disappointment after the nose and for this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
22oz bomber. Pours a deep red tawny. Very hoppy nose. Aromatic. Taste is definitely a hopped up red, as the description says. A fairly decent bittering in the finish(more than I care for). Body is very nice. Almost full. This a very well thought out beer. Quality abounds. Extremely smooth and rounded. Good value for what you pay.

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