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


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RATINGS: 1645   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Medium red color with a small off white head. A powerful hop aaroma but it lacks winter spices or any spices in the aroma. Strong bitter hop taste again that again lacks spices. Thin body. I dont get why this is a Christmas beer and not an everyday beer as it seems like a typical Rogue beer. Whatever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Pours a deep root beer color. Big, dense, fine bubble head. Malty aroma. Nice soft mouthfeel with a mellow hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2004
A highly carbonated beer that pours with a thick brown head. This beer is a dark brown color that is a clear deep amber color when held up to the light. It has a some what hoppy nose, though it is not too strong.

Definitely a hoppy beer in the taste department as well. It is fairly dry, but does have a caramel malt twang to it. There are interesting pine & citrus notes in this beer. It is fairly bitter in the finish, which is only accentuated by the light body of this brew. Perhaps a hint of buttery richness in the finish as well. As I dig deeper I find roasted malt notes in this beer, just as promised, though at first I missed them because of the hops. The hop notes primarily bring to mind pine & spruce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Ruby red color with foamy/rocky tan head. Grapefruit and hops aroma. Softly carbonated and smooth with flavors of citrus and hops, and a mild bittnerness from the start through the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2003
amber with a reddish hue. Big, bubbly head of off white. Ample lacing. Doughy aroma, very citrousy as well. Cascade hops anyone? Big full mouthfeel, creamy, sturdy, and a lot of hops hit you like a ton of bricks. This is the extra-hopped version of the St. Rogue's Red. I am not so sure Santa would like this with his cookies, but it is a nice beer if you are in the mood for a barley wine type of taste, without the excess alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Nice bitterness? well balanced? what are you people smoking? This thing was saturated with hop juice. strong, overpowering hops. not that im complaining. Nose was nature's own wheat bread. Taste was some full bodied malt with amssive amounts of hops. finish was just poure hop resin, almost grainy. I think they added all the hops to the boil instead of during fermentation, it was just so grainy feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2003
This beautiful amber ale has for it's highlights, an intense ruby color, a clean hop nose and hints of roast barley and more hops to round out the flavor profile. Well balanced and quite typical of the other excellent Rogue offerings. Reminds me of an Imperial Irish Red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 28, 2003
Refreshing, clean hoppy aroma, very nice, malt is present. Nice bitterness, medium body. Well composed ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (958) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Definitely hoppy - both in aroma and flavor. Pretty good, as most Rogue's are. Great bottle (again, as with most Rogue's).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1047) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Very similar in flavor to their American amber, which I loved. Hops galore, as usual. Interesting texture too. Hard to explain, but it seems to have a thickness to it - but in a good way. Finishes well too. An Xmas hit!

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