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

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RATINGS: 1579   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fajry (384) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 4, 2014
Flaska. Krasna jantarova farba. Vona opat cukrikova a prazene slady. Prazdnejsie telo, prilis vela karameloveho sladu v chuti a extremna horkost.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1097) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at Behind the hills beer tasting 2014. Pours amber color, white head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, hoppy. Taste is extra bitter, hops pellets, grapefruit, tangerines. Extra hoppy aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2014
355ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold. Aroma: Lots of spruce with hearty malt. A little spice. Appearance: Quite hazy, dark amber body with a think, khaki cap. Light lacing. Taste: Spruce and resinous hops. Caramel and spice malt. Palate: Medium bodied, gentle carbonation. Moderate+ length on the finish, ends on a sort of caramel-cookie malt. Overall: Quite a nice seasonal. It reminds me of snickerdoodles and winter smells. Pretty good!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iceman15658 (126) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
120z Bottle to Tulip Glass. Aroma is that of malt, taste was a nice medley of hops and malt, It has a nice sweet finish and was better than I expected

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gdubu493 (27) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Twelve ounce (12 oz) bottle from a local MD brew store. Drank from the 12 oz. bottle it came it. Skunky aroma. Taste was bitter. Overall, SilentJo said it well, "It leaves a thick feeling on my tongue. Hop heads would enjoy it but not quite my taste." #RespectBeerBrethren.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
penguinfinity (103) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours nearly clear amber with little head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is sweet and woody; flavour is sweet, of raisins and spice. Strong flavor, but a really bitter finish and aftertaste. I’d rate it higher if not for the aftertaste, and it could be a little less hoppy, but this beer does claim to double the hops from its non-seasonal counterpart, so that’s to be expected.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilentJo (68) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma is sweet malt, taste was a mix of hops and malt, the sweet tried to balance the bitterness but it leaves a thick feeling on my tongue. Hop heads would enjoy it but not quite my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyhennessy (272) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Medium to low carbonation. Very sweet aromas of caramel, citrus and pine. Taste of cooked toffee, raisins, malt balanced with citrus and pine. Bitter with a hoppy finish. Sugary flavours are balanced well with hop flavours, but tastes a little ’mish mash’. Flavours don’t come with clarity

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1239) - Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2014
From bottle, served in its very own Santa’s Private Reserve glass. Hazy brownish amber color, with fluffy dark tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine, sweet malt, grain. Taste is tart strong citrus (tangerine and grapefruit), pine, dark caramel malt. Starts off a bit astringent in its bitterness, but mellows over time. Finishes quite hoppy, but with an undertone of sweet malting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx76 (596) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle, pours medium copper color with medium thick head. Nose of grain, grass, and malt. Very smooth mouthfeel. Taste is biscuity, rye notes, and bitter dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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