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


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RATINGS: 1650   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 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 (3251) - 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 (6616) - 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 (1011) - 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 (1062) - 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 (2628) - 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 (1887) - 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.

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