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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Reddish, not quite clear appearance. Creamy, parfait like, rocky tan head. Aroma of caramel, hops, a little vanilla and a slightly stale, cardboard like smell. Resin and candy flavors with a bitter finish. The body could be punched up and the bitterness is a little rough but overall pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Poured ruby amber with thick weblike white head...smelled a little floral and a little citrus, not the most appealing aroma ever, but not bad...taste wa a little malty upfront, but all hops going down...also, there was something astringent about this beer...finish was a little bitter and sticky...not a bad beer, but I really wasn’t impressed...tasted like an overhopped Red to me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarafist (8) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2004 does not count
Very hoppy, somewhat bittter, medium body, lots of head. A good brew for the winter season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 cloudy dark body with lots of head.left nice lacing on the glass.i noticed hops,ginger,and candy.very smooth as well for a christmas ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Ruby red with a medium sized tan head. Caramel, tart apple, sweet cherry aroma. Citrusy hops, sweet malts. For its percentage, alcohol is fairly noticible. Nice, smooth, over all fairly balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I in the tradition of other christmas seasonals, this beer is spice spectacular. I really enjoy this beer, its taste warms the soul and the season. Grab the kids gather round the tree serve Santa’s private reserve to all and light the holiday fire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a dirty purple with a creamy white head that laces well throughout the bomber. Nose is piney and citrusy with tons of floral hops. Quite hoppy and quite the smeller. This is quite the tasty treat right about now. Slightly fruity and tart up front. Piney and grassy hop flavor. Slight grapefruit and grape flavor with a hint of caramel as well. The hops are quite juicy and quite pleasant. This was quite the treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Reddish/brown with a medium size tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of hops. Taste wasn’t sweet like expected. Nice malt flavor with hints of citrus and a nice hop bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
I think Rogue is an under-rated brewer. Their beer-making excellence has made them the target of many commercial comparisons. For my money, I’ll drink a Rogue beer over most others any time, and I know BBB63 shares my enthusiasm for Rogue. This one pours turbid ruby, with a medium, creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, cabernet. Great aroma. Tastes malty, hoppy, with hints of dry red wine and cranberry bread. The palate is extremely smooth and slight dry. This one is excellent. I figured it would be a gimmicky Christmas beer, but instead it was an "in-your-face" strong red/brown ale. Just wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4031) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Pours a deep red. Aroma is cocoa and hops. Flavor is a wet hop spice combo. Very tasty aftertaste, kinda citrus and pine like an IPA. Very good stuff. This must be what Santa drinks after the milk and cookies.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 144 145 146  147  148 149 150 » 170

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50