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


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RATINGS: 1650   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Cheers to Rogue for creating this extremely well balanced brew. The hops, malts, and spices are evened out to create a perfectly well rounded ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours a semi-transparent orange/amber color with a small eggshell color head. Retention is good enough S: Mellow malts, caramel, residual sugar (almost like priming sugar?), juniper berry!, and one or two other Christmas spices. Hops are earthy, spicy, and faintly citric (lemon). Pretty complex I guess, but a little too subtle for a better score T: Interesting flavor, very malt forward. Hops add some nice bitterness, a little citrus juice, and blend well with the spices. Juniper is definitely identifiable. MF/D: Light in body, slightly prickly carbonation, bitter/juniper finish. Drinkability is high, especially with the alcohol well hidden. Notes: Interesting beer, pairs well with food I have found. Rogue is usually really hit or miss with me, this one is a hit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 19, 2002
not bad - but not really what I look for in a winter ale. too hoppy and too sprucy for me. leaves my tongue feeling all oily. reminds me of their red ale. maybe I’m just a wimp who likes them soft and malty - but it’s not quite my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shotgun1431 (128) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
I love the aroma. It reminded me a bit of eggnog at first. It pours red/amber with a lite tan head. I was expecting this to be sweet from the smell but the flavor is bitter hops with a touch of malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Pours a regular head that falls away into a weak lacing with a little foam. Looks red to light brown in color and it’s fairly clear. The first scent is of sharp piney hops with a little fruity sweetness for an undertone. Bitter piney hops hits my mouth and throat attacking it, almost making me choke. Once I got used to it and let it warm up it gets better and in the end leaves a slight sweet, fruity taste on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Pours nice, good head and color. Was a bit overhopped for my taste however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Nice lacing as the head dissipates. Sweetness in the aroma, caramel maybe. The extra hops really come out and open the flavor up. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22-oz bottle Marcello’s Lafayette, La - Aroma: spicy, floral, grapefruit, citrus (hop), ; Appearance: very reddish-amber color, clear, frothy off-white head, plenty of laces; Flavor: nutty, toasted, caramel, slight sweetness (toffee), malty, salty (malt), bitter (hop); Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry finish; Overall: awesome hop aroma and bitterness with beautiful color that is balanced with a malty beer. Goes nicely with turkey, gravy, and cranberries sauce.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Usually a big fan of this brewery, but I was alittle disappointed by this one. I did brush my teeth recently however i think it wouldnt be much better either way. The bitterness of this beer just takes over the taste and makes the other subtle flavors fade into the background. So Im sorry I bought two of them...dont recommend it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Mmmm Mmmm Santa, you sure did a good job with this beer! Yummy yummy! Very spicey and hints of Chrismas mint and nutmeg. High carbonation for X-tra X-mas delight only Santa could bring!!! Yay!

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