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

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RATINGS: 1580   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sergelutaba (67) - Alberta, - DEC 19, 2012
Pours a clear, very reddish-copper color with a full, foamy, light tan head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is hoppy! Piney/gently citrusy and lightly fruity. The body is medium with a fine & median carbonation. The flavor starts softly fruity and lightly nutty. A nicely sweet caramel maltiness comes through before becoming engulfed in resiny hop flavor and bitterness. And yet, the bitterness never really builds on the palate. Extremely well balanced for such a boldly hopped beer! It finishes quite dry with just some residual maltiness and a bold lingering bitterness.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (3841) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Lots of stale hops in this, which certainly makes it better than your average amber. Stale hops is way too much of the focus though. Pours golden amber with good head and lacing. Tap at Black Squirrel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Malty burnt toffee nose, sweet burnt toffee taste with dry bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (491) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2014
Coppery pour, a bit cloudy, with a creamy off white head. Caramel, pine, orange, spice aromas. Taste is caramel, citrus, pine. Long bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkmagus82 (861) - - MAY 17, 2014
Poured from bottle into pint glass. Appearance - A nice hazy rusty brown color with a longinsh lasting billowing cream head. Smell - Can smell a nice piney hop aroma, very appropriate for a Christmas brew Taste - It had a decent hop bite, but not what I expected. Expected something with a little more sweetness for the red ale style, but this had little. Mouthfeel - For a "private reserve" would expect something with a little more heartiness, not watery, but possibly could have used a bit more body. Overall - Worth trying, but one I would forgo in the future. If I want something hoppy I would rather have a traditional or black IPA over this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle at home from the Bottle Stop. poured a murky red amber with a medium to thick pale yellow off white head. Anything with an aroma of chinook and centennial is likely to do it for me. Hints of blackberry jam, some spice, malts. Flavour has some hops and a little bitterness, some spice. It’s ok but didn’t do it for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 2, 2014
Cervesa aromàtica, però també molt maltosa, té un toc a anís. Cerveza aromática, pero también muy maltosa, tiene un toque a anís.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
giancarloh (50) - - APR 28, 2014
Good ale but it seems that is part of the hole bunch don't taste the difference with others of this type would recommend

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rperez (130) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2014
Great seasonal beer! Its a smooth flavor with great balance of malts and hops, not bad at all ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alpha10 (320) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
2014/04/10 - Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a small, fizzy, khaki coloured head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is caramel, honey, pine, citrus and mild roast. Taste is caramel, roasted malts, mild citrus, pine and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and a long, bitter, earthy finish. Nicely balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (1628) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is hoppy, resiny, light roasted, light caramel. Quite clear reddish amber colour. Taste is well balanced, caramel and roasted malts play with moderate bitterness, hops flavour is earthy-zesty. Very harmonic. Body is a bit thinner than it could be. Long dry hoppy earthy finish.


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