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


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RATINGS: 1647   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (985) - 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 (1051) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - DEC 25, 2003
Powerful fresh hop nose with high resolution. Pretty auburn color and fluffy tight bubble head. Start rather slow, but moves to a full caramelly malt body with a spicy middle. Generous amount of fresh American hops creating a lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2003
One of the many perfect brews for Christmas Eve.
Pours a robust mahogany body, with a thick and creamy tan head. This brew like the majority of Rogues beers has a huge hops profile, yet the ample malt keeps this brew in check. Notes of guava, papaya, and the typical suggestion of grapefruit & pine are abundant. This is a pretty enjoyable Strong Ale, especially considering the vast parallels between this and Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale. I possibly detect a pinch of rosemary?
Marry Christmas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2003. A beautiful dark-brownish red. Nice malt flavour before the sprucy hops kick in. Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2003
a good winter ale, perhaps the best ive had. bitter, pours amber color, nice thin head, great beer, kept me warm on a cold evening :0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Finally, I found a bottle of this. Pours brown with a medium-sized white head. Huge citric hop aroma I would expect from an Imperial IPA. Big-time hop bitterness follows you from the instant you take that first sip through to the finish. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2003
red, nice off white head. sweet perfumy(almost rose-like) hops and roasted ma;t aroma. hops are more citrusy in the mouth and there's good malt flavour to back it up with caramel sweetness and chocolate roastiness. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Pours reddish, big rocky tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy, almost smells like an Arrogant Bastard. Lots of hop bitternes, malts are in there somewhere but I'm having trouble finding them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Intense roasted malt nose and taste. Also a long lasting hoppy bitterness, peppery. Medium frothy head on that deep red brew. Nice!

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