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


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RATINGS: 1590   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Does a good job of balancing hops and malts, something not common in seasonal brews for some reason. I had trouble finding any reason to complain about this beer, but it just didn't reach out to me, either. Nice set of quality hops, and a good malty mouthfeel. Not the spicyness I was expecting from Santa, but Santa never did give me what I wanted anyway. Santa, if you're reading this, I still want that Radio Flyer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Bottle: I liked the aroma much more than the flavor. I'm not sure why I seem to continually forget that these Christmas beers are typically spicy and I don't like spicy beers - but I do constantly forget. Maybe I was hoping against hope and wanted to try something different. That said ... I did enjoy the malty, spicy aroma. Nice appearance - deep, deep amber with a long lasting and tiny-bubbled beige head. Flavor ... spicy. Overall, I've had ones I liked less, but it's not a repeater for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Light hazy brown tawny color with a nice sized lacing and head. Aroma is lightly hoppy a spicy. Flavor is well balances with a bittersweet finish. The mouthfeel is a little more sweet than usual, otherwise it's not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Pours a nice amber-red with foamy off white head and plenty of lacing. Lots of hops in the nose, some citrus, and sweet malt. Flavor starts with hops, then some malt, finishing off with some more hops. Very pleasing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Pured a beautiful dark red with airy toffee head. Light fruity aroma. The beer's flavor is surprisingly light, florally hopped, and well balanced. This is a yummy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Draft: dark amber/brown color with a fluffy off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma is full of barley, very fresh, some caramel, and a hint of crisp hops. Flavor is also like liquid barley, a hint of malt, very bitter throughout, especially towards the finish. Palate is a bit too thin. Not a particularly well balanced brew, but it was crisp and fresh. It was good, but could have used something to balance out the bitterness IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (383) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Gorgeous beer. Deep redish color with lots of bubbles. Thick offwhite head that doesn't go anywhere quickly. Aroma is hoppy, nice. This is a good beer. Flavor is bitter, very full and satisfying. I like it. I'll have to get another one while it's around! Well done Rogue!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Deep ruby colored with a rocky tan head and nice lacing. Big piney hop aromas. The malt aromas are more subdued but are nice and spicy. The flavor is quite bitter. The hoppy bitterness dominates the first half of the taste. A nice caramel/spicy maltiness develops later. The aftertaste is the tinyest bit sour but mainly bitter. The body is medium and fairly dry. Overall pretty nice effort. If they bumped the alcohol and residual sugars up a bit it would be even better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 A lovely medium red brown color and a creamy light tan head start off this brew. Nose is dominated by the hops, but also has some spice character to it, as well as an almost toasted note. Flavor is full, rich and bitter, with a very long hops finish. Really a very good beer, and great for the hops lover. RE-RATE: Upon further sampling, I’ve found the favor to be thinner than I remembered, and somewhat one dimensional. Perhaps the previous rating came after a few OTHER ratings?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Red, bitter, and malty. Pretty good, and was worth the experience. Notgreat

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