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


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RATINGS: 1639   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
12oz bottle-----> snifter. Pours ruby amber with a small white head and no lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and a little bit of resinous hop. Taste is spicy, malty, caramel, with a bit of a hop bite on the back end. Palate is smooth but not flat, kind of silky. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (3601) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - 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 (5972) - The Hague, 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 (2817) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (647) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
In the glass it has a copper amber color with a medium head. Aroma of pine, fruits and some floral notes. Taste has more floral notes along with some fruit and roasted malts. Medium body with a good finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (173) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 15, 2015
12oz bottle from Mitsuya’s Liquor, Tokyo. Poured into a snifter. Hazy amber color with a modest pinkish head. Pine and bread aroma with malt coming through on the nose as well. Flavor starts off sweet from the malt and finishes a tad bitter. Nice carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
climberbob (228) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber light tan head that goes fast. Some spruce aroma mixed w the hop smell. Strong hop with some complexity in the middle w a dry lighter finish. Ok but I am not a hop fan. Nothing particularly seasonal, but that could just be because of the stronger hop. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
penstemon (180) - Nevada, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Pours deep orange-copper with a light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, a bit of dried pineapple, biscuit, earthy, caramel, and slight diacetyl. Taste is grapefruity citrus, pine, biscuit, toast, caramel, slight diacetyl, and medium bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation, resinous bitterness. Pretty nice hoppy amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1346) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2015
Dan Murphy bottle(26-Jan-2015)Sweet light resin aroma.Nice red,yellow head&sheet lace.Resin fruit. sweet malt flavour.Bitter resin spice finish&aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1496) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2015
Herbal spice malt aroma. Deep Amber colour great head and lacing. Malt coriander spice herbal flavour. Smooth lingering palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (1677) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 20, 2015
33cl bottle from cerveteca Lisboa. Color is copper. Thin head. Medium bitterness. Nice dryness. Aroma is spicy, malty.

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