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

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RATINGS: 1588   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.


2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lbcgreg (35) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
A sweet darker beer. Light finish and a slight sweet malt flavor. A little bit bland.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (738) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Aroma is citrus hops, lemon grass, straw and light carbonation. Taste is a light sweet maltiness that is followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. A resinous finish. Appearance is a amber body with a very nice fluffy pearl head that retains well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1524) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
A decent amber ale, mostly light sweet malts and some hints of grassy and lightly citrusy hops. Nothing special, but not bad either.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1048) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
A nice winter beer. Pours a cloudy orange. Smells great, hops balanced well with caramel. Taste is fruity and hoppy, but the hops are an interesting variety. A bit of a salty finish. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
conway (1567) - - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark hazy copper with a thick frothy beige head. Aroma is caramel, Apple and toast. Taste follows and adds some bitter leafy hops. Medium greasy mouthfeel with moderate carb. A little weird.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"tastes like a cross between an ipa and a strong ale to me. i’ve had it on it’s own and as part of winter beer tastings and haven’t had one i liked yet. a little too harsh and plain...not what i want in a winter seasonal, and i usually like Rogue."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Considering how unbalanced I thought the St. Rogue Red was, Santa’s Reserve seems to contribute a little more malty body even though its bitterness is accentuated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (432) - HUNGARY - SEP 16, 2014
Sokat sejtető, sötét borostyán színnel tűnik elő az üvegből, melyhez süteményes, juharszirupos édességű aromák csatlakoznak, egy markánsan megkomlózott ital illatának zászlóvivőiként. Azt már ebben a fázisban is leszögezhetjük, hogy nem egy kimondottan karácsonyi, fűszeres jellegű darabról van szó, hosszú percekig leginkább az ünnepi köntöse szolgáltatja csupán az alkalomhoz illő hangulatot, majd idővel kénytelenek leszünk az ízében munkálkodó, közepes testére ráfeszülő komlós játékot a gyanta, tobozok, és egyéb fenyős alkatrészek jelenléteként tudomásul venni, így téve kissé téliessé ezt az önmagában egyébként nagyszerű főzetet. Aki sokat kóstol az ebben az időszakban megszokott hozzávalókkal fűszerezett szívmelengető karácsonyi darabokból, annak minden bizonnyal felüdülés lehet egy efféle ital, én mindenesetre még az ünnepnapok beköszönte előtt láttam neki az elfogyasztásának, ezért némi hiányérzettel ugyan, ami a szezonális benyomásokat illeti, ám annál elégedettebben élveztem ki minden egyes kortyát a prémium kategóriás ízélmény jegyében.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (4304) - 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 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Malty burnt toffee nose, sweet burnt toffee taste with dry bitter finish.


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