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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
One time a year. Double the hops. They get it right every time. This ale is a truley special beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CopterScott (245) - Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2015
Clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is pine and floral. Flavor is pine and floral hops and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trith1 (53) - - MAR 21, 2015
Let me paint you a picture with my imagination brush: A big, beardy and drunken santa figure stumbles in and hands you a bottle. You take swig. Its not the true meaning of Christmas, but you know what he means. Big hops and a nice amber hue, it's got a crispness that I can smack my lips at. Well done again, Rogues, interesting brew, but cinnamon, clove and vanilla would be closer to a Santa-Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlimHabib (405) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle pour. Cloudy copper amber with a large creamy tan head. Aroma is rich malts, caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Medium creamy, yet somehow oily body. Medium bitter and somewhat salty taste. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (6726) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle - thanks Brian! Pours crystal clear burnt umber, small tan head, dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is caramel and pine. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, caramel, pine, perhaps windex. Medium body. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ordybill (1313) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a pretty nice aroma of pine, malt and some citrus or floral hints. Appearance- This is a nice looking dark amber with orange highlights, has a fairly thick tannish head. Taste- the other shoe just dropped, I did not care for the flavor. I didn’t care for the mix of hops and citrus. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- I just did not enjoy this beer, I will try it again next Christmas time to see if I was off that day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2566) - - MAR 2, 2015
Red fruit nose, rich roasted malt, dark caramel, orange, hints of cinnamon, bitter hoppy finish. Quite drinkable pale ale, not so xmas’ish though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle shared by kermis at the BeerTemple, thanks! Amber colored pour with white head. Aroma is hoppy, light citrusy character, some caramel, signature Rogue nose, biscuity. Taste is sweet, light bitterness, decent hoppy flavor. Palate is med bodied, light carbonation. A bit boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, toffee, butterscotch. Flavor is over moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4826) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
(Rogue Santas Special Reserve) 650 ml bottle into a snifter, ABV 6% Red ruby to amber colour on the body, tall and thick, long lasting off-white head, leaving medium lacing behind. Malty aroma with nites of caramel, red fruits, prunes, light raisins, plums. Nice taste, again red and dark fruits but also hops now, with light biscuit. Medium body with good carbonation, quite dry on the palate. Very good.

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