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

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RATINGS: 1581   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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Clear brilliant copper with a thin white foamy head. Nose is sticky smelling with floral notes, cherry, plum, and port like wine-ness. Flavor is a bit watery, unfortunately, though tasty with notes of mulling spices, herbal hops, and a wee syrupy tone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (815) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bomber bottle poured a hazy orange hue w/ a large foamy slowly diminishing beige head. Big sweet citrus aroma. Initial flavor light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of lasting duration. Tastes are orange citrus, pine, malt, rye, and lemon zest. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, and pleasant mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Cornelius Beer, Edinburgh. This is a hazy dark golden-brown beer with caramel, burnt toffee, nutty and sarsaparilla flavours, woody notes and a bitter and red fruity finish. Excellent!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
culchiem (2521) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Medium amber with a thin head. Aroma is malty with a light bitterness. Flavor is is nutty malt with a very dominant bitter hop base. Not complex but grand

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamT (163) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2013
12oz bottle from Brewmasters. Reddish-Copper hue (just like the bottle says) with almost fully-diminishing off-white head. Moderate hop on the nose with a hint of malt. Moderate bitter hop up front with a light piney finish. This had a fresh feeling on my palate. 1st Christmas beer I have rated. I would drink it again.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (72) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Nice head and amber/brown color. Medium body. Little sweetness and bitter from start to finish. Got much smoother as it warmed up. Not bad

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC. Brownish-orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel, and tangerine. Bitter hop flavor of pine, grapefruit rind, and balanced with light caramel and toffee. Treads the line between an amber ale and an IPA. It’s been several years since I tried this but I’m not really sure why. This is a great beer and one of the better Holiday beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1249) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Rouge Santa’s Private Reserve has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a cloudy deep amber, bubbly appearance, and good lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, malt, and some acidity. Taste is of those elements, with a hefty hop bitterness, which smooth out as one continues to sip. Some tea character kicks in, too. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Rouge Santa’s Private Reserve finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is worth checking out. RJT

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (989) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
From a 650ml bottle on 22/12/2013. Pours a very light amber with a big to medium head. The aroma features light malt and fruit. The flavour is very fruit driven for an amber, with citrus and stone fruits prominent (orange, apricot). The malt is subdued with light caramel and toffee. The bitterness is huge and lingering here, perhaps just a touch over the top. The body is fullish and the carbonation medium. You have to let this warm, otherwise the bitterness comes across as harsh. Give it time and it’s quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 20, 2013
pours a nice copper brown with a small light tan head. This beer is bitter from the start. There is a lot of hops and some grains, there are some holiday spices in this one also.


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