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


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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BadAprilia1000 (407) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Pours a brownish amber color with a relatively small head. Aroma is bitter hops and huge malt, molasses and caramel thick, very roasty and nutty, toffee as well. Taste is nutty and a very light roast, caramel and bread into a earthy hoppy finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass!
Pours hazy amber colored with a small off-white head. Aroma has toffee, caramel, nuts and some spices as well as some floral hops. Taste of spicy and nutty malts, paired with some harsh bitter hops, which have also a nice fruity flavor. Finish is very nutty, some ginger bread as well as some bitter malts and floral hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SteveOrz85 (220) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Big bottle out of fridge shared three ways. Served in stemmed IPA glass. Thin head dissipates quick. Head is white in color. Just a little lacing. Beer is a deep cloudy orange color. Aroma is a blend of hops. None specific known to my knowledge. Taste is hoppy but relatively smooth. Medium bitterness, touch of sweetness. Light bodied and average carbonation. Overall a good ale. Nothing specific to Christmas other than name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCx240 (198) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
Hazy amber, with a thin, tan head. Faint resinous aroma. Taste is light malts, grapefruit notes. Finishes with an earthy, herbal bitterness with slight coffee undertones. Average body, soft carbonation, creamy and slightly sticky texture.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hard33psingh (1) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2015 does not count
Rogue has done it again with there Santa’s private reserve, had this at my friends house was so good...the coffee,nuts and the chocolate really stand out with a bitter sweeter finish. would definitely try again cheers to this awesome Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (1204) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 24, 2015
0.65l bottle. Slightly hazy amber body, thin beige head. Aroma and taste of caramel, toast, orange zest, grapefruit, pine, a tiny bit of roasted malts and floral hops. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle. Copper. Spiced pine, malty, winter, spruce, caramel. Nice. Solid. Medium all around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (984) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle at home. Oh bloody hell. Hanzee is Mr Tripoli?? I don’t know but I think so! Can’t wait for Fargo series 3.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Pours a light coppery color with off-white colored head. Holiday spices, roasted malt, pine, and some caramel sweet notes; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with roast and pine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (4452) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
355ml bottle @ Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours clear copper, off-white head. aroma is mild caramel and pine. Taste is very light caramel, limey chinook, light pine, some spice with a moderate bitterness. Not as hoppy or full flavoured as expected but it’s pleasant enough, just a bit lacklustre.

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