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

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RATINGS: 1573   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 25, 2003
I guess I can't add much more than what the bottle says. It lived up to its name, and as usual, I was happy with the results.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Tawny red color. Small quickly dissapating head. Pine-like aroma. Hops very noticeable. Long aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Slightly, off-white, towards the tan side, colored head. Creamy, as well. Dark ruby color. Even through the dark color, it is still slightly hazy, one of my favorite qualities. Spicy, hoppy aroma. I've got a stuffy nose and I can still smell a ton of hops, if that says anything about the power of the aroma. Still hoppy in the flavor as the aroma would suggest. The hoppy bitterness sits on the middle of your tongue and disipates towards your throat. The malts show through slightly less than the hops, but are there. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, but masked enough not to ruin the flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
Fat and jolly hop elixir gliding through the throat with chiming cranberries and lingering tea leaf dryness...Shortwinded malt puffs reverberate on the crisp citrusy hops as a few black pepper flakes drape the palate...A merry moment courtesy of belgianhomebrew...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Reddish amber color, slight head that is long lasting. Classic Rogue aroma and the hops show through well. Malty flavor with hop spice at the end. Not too strong but a nice winter warmer. Santa would be proud to see little Jonny drinking on Christmas day!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Nice hoppy ale with a full body. Nice initial aroma which is a nice intro to this somewhat heavy ale thats assertively hopped. Too bad you can only get this around x-mas. Great painted bottle!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Small head receding quickly, hops and fruit in the nose, clear red body with a little rising carbonation. A touch too bitter up front, sweet fruity body. Bitter finish. Not really my idea of a Christmas beer, but tasty nonetheless. RERATE 11/07: Draft. Some buttery diacetyl notes, hops scream of Amarillo, not Chinook. Not that great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Good color. Nice earthy bittering hops. Good blend of malt and fruity yeast. Long hoppy finish. A good winter brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Brilliant red-amber color. Piney hop aroma. Initially flavor was very bitter and dominated by piney and citrusy hops. As the beer warmed and/or my taste buds adjusted to the bitterness, some nice malt sweetness came out in the flavor and aroma, evening out the balance. Dry bitter aftertaste. A very nice Christmas beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Fruity overtones to aroma. Brown and clear in appearance. Good malt flavor with hoppy finish. Excellent Christmas beer.


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