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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12155) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber-brown with a medium-sized beige head. This is a good hoppy ale with a wonderful finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This was actually pretty good. I tried this last night along with a few others and this stood right about in the middle of the road. Something nice to have when hops are craved.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 2003 bottle. VERY bitter. Amber in color. Did I mention bitter taste? Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 Re-Rate 12/21/04: Not quite as aromatic or flavorful as I recall - maybe I’ve just gotten spoiled by other well hopped brews. This reminds me a bit of Yulesmith, but not so much of either the hops or malts. A good brew for sure, but I’m going to have to downgrade it from my original 4.1 rating. Original Rating: Bottle. Pours dark red-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of hops, pine and citrus with rich malts, oak and earth. Flavor is a wonderful balance of sweet maltiness and tart, bitter hops. Really nice grapefruit finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Good west coast style strong ale - thanks Santa (and Rogue).

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