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


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RATINGS: 1689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 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 (8989) - 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 (3729) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kendog (16) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Brown in color with a great chocolate aroma. The palate however has a sharp hop bite. As it warms up you can really taste the blend of the different hops and malt. Overall a great beer I highly recommend it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Brown with very nice tan head. I popped the top off and it volcanoed all over my counter. Lots of hops in the smell, sweet too, but I got a hint of smoked malt also. The bitterness reminded me of insect repellant. Those of you that have had Deep Woods Off know what I’m talking about. More hops, a hint of malt, and quite light. The name is deceiving, I was expecting a holiday brew of some sort. I suspect Santa keeps this for his ’off’ months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3660) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Reddish brown,lasting beige head.Good deep hop nose.Hoppy throughout with very long finish, lots of balancing malt

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Brown with a white head. Glows off orange in the light. Suprisingly this did not smell like what I was expecting given the name. Had a hoppy floral aroma with lemon, almost similar to trix cereal. Very hoppy beer, I don’t really think Santa is drinking this up at the north pole. It must be for his delivery runs near the equator where it is still hot. Has a nice bitter aftertaste. Lots of citrus with a dry finish. This would be really good on a hot day. Not really sure how this beer gets its name though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
6/13/04: Bottle.
Brown body with hints of tea in the nose. The nose also has a roasted malty-ness. Flavors include roasted malt and brown sugar. Celebrated during the first night of our Hawaiian honeymoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3551) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Wow, very floral and sweet citrusy aroma. Lots of citrus with noticeable C-hops. Smells yummy. Slightly hazy light mahogany/dark copper color with small yellowish off-white head. Start is very citrusy and piney giving way to some smoked maltiness in the middle. Finishes hoppy, dry, and bitter. I admire the tug of war between the hops and malts in this beer. Kind of reminds me of the Great lakes Christmas brew. Yummy.

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