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


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RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 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 (2125) - 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 (1890) - 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 (2544) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Deep amber/brown with abundant tan head. Lovely hops aroma with a nice "Christmas tree" aroma. Plent of hops with hints of spruce, but well balanced by malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Very different from most Rogue's I have had, in that it wasnt as hoppy as I expected. With that said, this beer is loaded with lots of malt character. IT is a nice deep amber color with a decent sized head. I would have liked more hops, but it was ok. Not my favorite from Rogue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Grapefruit and citrus aroma galore. Excellent color. I have to say that the taste is a let down. It's drab, bland, not fun. What a let down given the aroma and color. Not their best effort.

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