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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Some what cloudy copper color with a smaller off white head. Somewahat thin feeling. Spicy hops aroma with a touch of chocolate. Flavors of chocolate, and hops. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
This is what used to be called, on this site a year ago, an American Amber such as Speakeasy Prohibition and others. Quite hoppy, pretty clearly Centennial pineyness. One cannot separate the malts very well, but they are there and of fine carmel and toast quality. A very very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Great pour. Nice persistena head. Great lacing. Solid but understated aroma with good balance. Nice bronze color and very clear. Good substance in the mouth with pleasant moderate carbonation. Dark malty flavor with bright hop overtones. Moderate finish dominated by back of the mouth hops flavors supported by front and middle residuals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
As I sat in my recliner on Christmas Eve, reflecting on the holiday at hand and looking out the window watching it snow, I drank this holiday offering from Rogue. It pours out to a brownish-amber in the glass. The aroma of hops and grapefruit are present. This is a rather bitter ale, but in a good way. Hops dominate, but you most certainly know there is malt in there. A nice diversion on a mellow, snowy Christmas Eve night. One bomber was fine for the evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Very enjoyable seasonal brew from my favorite brewer. Nice dark pour and tannish head with a bitter aroma. The most interesting feature of this beer is the citrus presence within the palate - it took me a while to identify exactly what I was tasting, but it’s something like lime or grapefruit peel. Awesome stuff - I wouldn’t expect anything any different from Rogue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 ReRate-this beer has good potential, but the body is thin-thats its downfall. pours a deep amber hue with a nice tan head./ aroma of pine hops and toasty malts. promising! thin body and makes the flavors watered down. Very piney finish from the Chinook hops. good, but needs more umph to be a great ASA I finally got a 22oz bomber of this stuff the other day and i sampled it on christmas eve-This is NOT an english Strong ale-way to citrus to be anything english-more american strong ale-Great malt up front followed by a subtle, but present 44ibu hop finish. This was a little bit thin, but none the less, would make a great session seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2002
I didnt know this was an English strong ale until now; I would have guessed a pale ale. Nice copper color and a well balanced hop character that is typical of Rogue. Great balance and flavor, although I’m not sure how well this beer fits in the style guidlines for English Strong. Nothing English in this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Citrus aroma, dark brown in color. Slightly sweet, fairly bitter. Bitter on the finish also. If I was ask to classify this beer with out prior knownledge I’d call it an American IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2002
A beautiful ale with a coffee brown head on a crystal clear dark reddish brown body. I loved to look at it. Nose of floral west coast American hops. Loved to smell it. But wow, do these guys slam the hops around. I did not know that Santa’s private stock was made from Old Crustacean. At first I sort of lost everything but the bitterness; with this much hoppiness I could not taste the malt, or even the more subtle aspects of the hops! I liked it, but less would definitely have been more. I came back to the beer after a couple of hours and had the rest of it with food and it was like drinking a different beer. Still hoppy, but the bitterness was under control, and a strong taste of malt, grapefruit, and pine came through. Sort of as if someone had poured grapefruit soda into Stone’s Ruination. What a surprise. Second time around I loved it. One confusing beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6145) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2011 Rerate Good wallop of hops, nice sprucer aroma, thickish mouthfeel. Solid still, just not 4.3 worthy. Original 4.3 Crisp piney, hoppy aroma upon opening. Deep copper colored pour with a cream colored head - that lasts a good while with a good bit of lacing. Very hoppy - like all Rogue’s - tends to overwhelm the malt flavor that most English Strong Ales have - but Rogue is famous for going over the top and this is a good example of that. Not somehting that I would partake often - but good for a once a year celebration like Christmas.

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