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


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RATINGS: 1662   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2560) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Deep reddish brown with a thick lingering head. Good red ale aroma and flavor with a bitter citrus hoppiness. Full mouthfeel, another winner from Rogue

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Brownish red with a large tan head that sticks around for awhile, aroma is a quick hit of west coast hops. taste is of grapefruit and piney hops, some very mild spice, and a slight bit of malt sweetness leading to a bitter hop finish. Not particulary well balanced, and as others have noted more of an IPA, but still a pretty good beer in a cold michigan winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ntweather (2) - USA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
A good flavorful everyday beer, a bit lacking in aroma. Great deep color and solid tan head. Kind of under brewed in flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Burgundy in color with a frothy tan head. Nose is citrus and floral, caramel. Full in the mouth, spicy to the taste. Good winter brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2465) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Big, big hops aroma to go with the very nice fluffy head. Minimal carbonation. Leaves a nice thin dense head when settled. Also some bubble gum and dark fruit inthe aroma. Color is a dark amber with a hint of red. Flavor dominated by hops with a nice malt backbone. Very sharp biting flavor with good bitterness. Second time trying htis the flavor is kind of watery. HHHMMM. Will have to try again. Wink Wink. Finish is bitter and leaves a dry film in the mouth. Would classify this as an imperial IPA but lacking in the higher alcohol content. Alcohol well hidden here. A very good beer for those bitter IPA drinkers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Huge hop aroma, and the hop bite came blasting into the taste too. Just like an imperial IPA. This would be great during the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2004
The first Rogue I've ever tried, wanted to grab it while it was in the store. Hops really really come out in this one, with some bitterness, I think perfect for this wintry weather

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Good beer from Rogue. Very hoppy aroma. Good beer, have had it in the past. Enjoyable.

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