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


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RATINGS: 1644   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 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2008
This is a pretty bad beer, if you ask me. The taste is pure hops, nothing else. Even if I did like hops, this is still a very uninteresting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
StormCoat (117) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Tasted a bomber bottle. Pours a translucent, warm brown with a big, fluffy, off-white head that dissipates. Moderate lacing. Sweet aromas of chocolate and warm bread. Flavors are ok; there are definitely some of the tangy fruit undertones that you get from something like a brown ale; but I was also surprised at how much bitter hop flavor is coming though. This beer seems like it wants to be an IPA, but is too thin and not interesting enough flavor-wise to be a really good one. In a way, I find the aroma to be more interesting than the flavors here. Still, it is drinkable and fairly nice to kick back with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (116) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Copper color. The smell of hops and cinnamon were exciting - tasted not as hoppy as expected which was a little disappointing. However the spicy balanced finish,makes it overall a very good holiday beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrus86 (115) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
BOTTLE. Poured a muddy orange/brown with thin beige head. Caramel, Orange & spices on the nose. Citrus zest and spices up front with a caramel malt back end with lingering bitterness. Palate was thick up front but seemed to disappear very quickly? Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Smells malty and very hoppy with a slight aroma of alcohol. Its color is a very dark orange, and isn’t quite opaque. tastes malty, hoppy and rugged. The finish is a very hoppy aftertaste that adds well to the overall beverage. I approve of Santa’s tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thekmoonlegend (115) - Lynn, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2007
This beer is very hoppy and is accompanied by a spruce aftertaste. On the stronger side, I would not recommend it with a meal. Nice amber-brown color and a spicy aroma. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to ekstedt. Reddish brown, hazy, with an offwhite head. Sweet smell of memma (finnish dessert made mostly from malt). Other notes are a strange flowery smell. Somewhat sour and bitter, quite watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2011
It has a weird subtle weird fruity flavor that I can’t seem to place. Not a bad beer. No late flavor. Nice flower aroma. Nice rich dark color.

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