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


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RATINGS: 1647   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jb (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Nose seems like homebrew wort, don’t detect the spices. Bright tint to the brown orange, funky, thick head, retention, leaving a nice lace. Mouthfeel is creamy and simple - I like it it, nice balance, though not much going on. After a few more bottles decided not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrus86 (143) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
BOTTLE. Poured a muddy orange/brown with thin beige head. Caramel, Orange & spices on the nose. Citrus zest and spices up front with a caramel malt back end with lingering bitterness. Palate was thick up front but seemed to disappear very quickly? Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (2010) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2014
I have to say that my initial impression was one of disappointment as it was thinner, lets gutsy and not as spellbinding as I was initially expecting. I took about half an hour to slowly sip away at this beer and am satisfied in my summation that this beer isn’t too bad, but won’t set any records. Hazy red mahogany with a rocky cream coloured head. Aromas of stewed stonefruit, reddish malts and some redwood bark. The flavours are similar with mature bitterness and some residual sweetness as well. It still wasn’t as memorable as I was hoping, but I paid a lot for this beer and it has come from a long way away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (1156) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014
660ml bottle with glow in the dark print. Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a creamy beige head, which has a good retention and leaves misty lacing spots. Aroma: Bisquite, caramel, pine Taste: Starts with moderate sweet light caramel and stronger bisquite tones. Moderate pine bitterness in the finish. medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (1123) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Cloudy amber color with beige head. Biscuty malt aroma with pine hop. Sweet caramel malt with biscuty malt notes and a pine finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3998) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Buckets, Jenkintown bottle: Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is nice lightly fruity hops. Taste is pretty nice. Not quite an IPA. Way less malty and caramel than your standard amber. Nice light body. tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gerbewa (218) - - NOV 28, 2014
Had six pack from earth fare. Deep red with a very unique taste. Very bitter with hoppy finish. Good beer. Not sure where to place it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiveacestx (722) - Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle - cloudy tea color with a small head. Has a bland nasty hop taste. Dry. Just can’t get on board with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GreatDane1632 (825) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 20 Dec 2011 -- Not sure what to think about this beer. The aroma is very promising, but the flavor doesn’t quite match. Disappointing. Might be travel tainted.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lbcgreg (50) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
A sweet darker beer. Light finish and a slight sweet malt flavor. A little bit bland.

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