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


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RATINGS: 1689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2004
Bottle- In the vaults of HI International. Failry tasty stuff. Flavour of Christmas cake. Raisin, cake amd spice, sweetish and quite a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Its tasty, but once again too much of a ironed out flavour and mouthfeel, typical of most Rogue beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 This is definately a beer to try if you love that "slap you in the face" hops taste. After the rush of hops, comes a nice, soft finish. It did take a while to liven up to the amount of hops in this one. Good seasonal ale in all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Pours dark amber in color with an off white head. Reminds me of thier american amber in aroma. Malt and hoppy grapefruit with a bit of bitter pine in the finish. Nice beer, glad I finally tried one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 27, 2004
In the 22 oz. bomber bottle. Red in color. White head. Good lace. Aroma outstanding of both hops and malt. Chewy flavor that does not let up. Strong bitter hop bite. Great full mouth hop body. I don't get any of the "fruit" flavors reported by others. Just a well-done hoppy beer. Delicious Bub!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Dark garnet/ rich,ruby color, big, creamy head. Aroma: hoppy, spicy, dazzling array of fruits, grapes, cherries. Sits wonderfully in the mouth. Tangy, sour taste. Bitter finish. It's described by Rogue as having a "hoppy, sprucy finish", and I obviously blinked on the spruce. I like it very well, but, although you can call me a hophead, I wasn't expecting quite so much hops in a brew of this style. Although, to be fair, the "winter beer" style is increasingly a broad one. In sum, I thank Santa for sharing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2004
Dark amber big tan head that holds up well nice complex hop aroma toasty malt flavor hop bitterness takes over. A good beer but Rogue has so many better

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4645) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
Bottled. Poured a medium sized ivory frothy head with fine-small sized bubbles. The body consisted of very little carbonation, transparent and a reddish brown hue. The aroma was malty, moderately hoppy, and sweaty feet. The taste was fairly hoppy with a tingly mouthfeel. This beer reminded me too much of a Pale Ale instead of an American Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5282) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 This bottled brew poured a large sized head of light brown colored foamy fine to medium sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was transparent brown colored and uncarbonated. The aroma is that of an American Pale Ale with notes of strong hops and caramel. The mouth feel was tingly and very very hoppy from start to finish. One immediately notices the hops with a later enting of a smattering of caramel. The flavor is over poweringly hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Awesome aroma, super hoppy. This is just St. Rogue Red with double hops. Huge head that lasts forever, dark red. Hops dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Deep amber color, nice frothy head. Crisp and hoppy, however Rogue brewing makes better.

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