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


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RATINGS: 1583   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyhennessy (331) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1390) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx76 (629) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marom92 (47) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2014
640ml Bottle. Last one in the store being mid Feb. Pours amber with a tint of brown. Off white head, medium with a patchy lace. Aromas of burnt toffee and raisins with notes of pine. Medium bodied. Flavours of dark caramel with a lemon zesty hops, and notes of orange and spice. Low carbonation. Will look for again at this christmas!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CacheManyHose (198) - HONG KONG - FEB 14, 2014
Clear warm amber with thin white head and watery lacing. Smell is not terribly strong but very, very sweet - caramel and sugary candy with raisin bread and malt. Taste starts out very hoppy and bitter (a nice surprise given the aroma) then turns to malt. Medium-light body, a little watery. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (257) - HONG KONG - FEB 14, 2014
Clear amber pour lots of lacing and thin foamy head. Smells almost Pilsner-like - grassy hops. Smooth palate with sweet maltiness (similar to dead guy with bready flavors). Hoppiness isn't as apparent. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Masterkush7 (550) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes. She pours a nice super clear red-amber color and leaves the same colored body with a two finger white foamy head. Some lacing appears in foamy rings. Though quite clear in body, no carbonation is seen rising. The aroma has a sweeter sort of connotation to it than I expected as some nice malty/sugary notes take the front stage. There is some hops but they tend to be more subdued and acutally come out a bit more as the beer warms. The taste is balanced between the malts and the hops. On the palate, she sits about a medium and has a sticky dry aftertaste and a dry finish. I would say this is fairly drinkable. Overal, for the most part, this is a good beer. This is something I can come back to next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7563) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Amber pour. Smell is sticky, brown sugar, some dankiness. Falvor is suprisinlgy light, slight butter and toffee, soy, c-hoppy finish. Its decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawthorne00 (2469) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear reddish amber with an off white head. Aroma of toffee, somewhat soapy pine, grapefruit. Sweet and plain caramel with lots of pine at first, but it settles into the mix after a while. Grapefruit, orange peel, cherries, some spices (juniper, allspice). The hops are nice, but there’s so much dull caramel that the piney bitterness has to nag its way through. Not my sort of thing.

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