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


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RATINGS: 1583   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
full bodied american strong ale with an excellent roasted malt flavor with some nice hop bitterness on the finsih. the aroma is a little overwhelming but seemed to mellow after a while. the beer grew on me as i drank it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NewBelgium5 (80) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Pours red amber color with nice frothy off white head. Aroma has hint of fruit and spice. Incredibly smooth balanced slightly sweet complex malt taste with a strong but balanced hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2007
On draught at Taco Mac - Lindbergh City Cen. in ATL. Poured a clear deep red-orange with virtually no crown. Spotty lacing. Aroma was rich with grapefruit, some apricot, and heavy with floral hops. Flavour was very hoppy all the way through with a very bitter finish. Some caramel and toffee sweetness could be detected under the hops, but the hops just overpowered every other taste in the drink. Like the sweetness, I could detect a small malt backbone but it was very weak in comparison to the in-your-face hoppiness (even though I’ve had much hoppier brews). So IMO, just not balanced well. A slight cinnamon and cardamom-ish flavour could also be detected but again it dissipated quickly as the hops overwhelmed. The finish is somewhat crisp, leaving a whole mouthful of hop aroma. Not bad - I’d definitely order it again just to give it another try, since I think it’s worth it, but I’d really like to try it from a bomber the next time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle: Big bold nose...hoppy and malty...very fresh. Caramel in color with a slight haze...meaty and firm head with great lacing. Balanced between malt and hops...aftertaste leans more towards hops. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Pours a cherry brown color with a decent tan head -- gorgeous. Scent is spiced hops and a bit of malt background. The flavor is interesting... a dry overall character, but the hops actually have flavor. I taste a strange underripe raspberry something with bits of brown sugar, spicy herbs, and... tree bark? The finish is dry and sharp, with more earthiness than fruitiness, and the beer leaves a bit of bitterness behind. The beer is thin on the palate, and goes down pretty easily. Carbonation is sharp and plentiful. Not a bad beer, but I’m cold. This isn’t exactly warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
22oz bomber served in a tulip.Pour was a cloudy cider with two inches of off white head with a meager show of lacing. Nose was chocolate,honey and dark fruits. Taste was malt,hops and dark fruits and bitter finish. Not a bad brew but just not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2005
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep amber with a creamy tan head. Nice hoppy bite that sorta creeps up on you leaving a nice long bitter after taste. I bought this one on a whim at a reduced price as if they were trying to move it after the holidays. Don’t know why, a very solid beer for any cold winter evening. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (73) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Nice head and amber/brown color. Medium body. Little sweetness and bitter from start to finish. Got much smoother as it warmed up. Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle- Pours a copper color with a light malt flavor. It has a little hop and slight piney flavor. Good light ale with some pop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Hmmm... normally i like Christmas ales but this one doesn’t do it for me. Could be because i got it off the clearance rack for 3.99 a sixer 9 months after Christmas. Not a big amber/red fan and the extra hops aren’t exactly shining through. Balance is ok and the malts are probably the best thing this has going, there just aren’t enough of them, in my opinion. Sorry, Rogue. Normally, i love you.

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