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

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RATINGS: 1694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Amber colour with an average amount of carbonation. Head fast disappearing. Not the most powerful nose but nice nevertheless. Taste both very hoppy as most reviewers notice but also very malty. Maybe not the most Christmassy beer but a delicious winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Dark red with a froathy light tan head. Solid hoppy aroma with a hint of some malt. Tastes a lot like a pale ale, but has a mellow sweetness that comes out as you drink the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours ruby aber with nice off-white head. Nose is yeasty and piny hops. Medium body, soft with nice carbonation. Taste is hop heavy- dried fruit, earthy, fresh pine. A little bitter on the finish with the malts making an appearance afterwards. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2012
pours a dark amber with white head, earthy aromas with a strong malty flavor with hints of pine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Deep red color... nice. Lovely spicy/hoppy aroma. Not much body in here, kind of light and watery body. Lots of citrusy hops in front and the more evergreeny ones on the finish. As far as Cristmas beers go this one ranks high for me by being spixy, but not using anything overtly holidayish like nutmeg.

The finish is my favorite, bitter, and complex. This is a nice beer.

In a way I would imagine that an Arrogant Bastard would taste sort of like this if you pulled the maltiness way back.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Big Pine hop smell. The hops are very evident from the first sip. Not overdone though. There is a nice blend of flavors. Good stuff on a cold night.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Brown red coloration. Nice white head. Aroma is fruity and malty with a touch of spice. At first taste very similar to their Dead Guy Ale. A litte unbalanced, but a sold brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Nice dark coppery color with a fresh hoppy aroma. Has that "rogue" ale flavor with a little extra hop kick.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2007
A clear mahogany that almost matches my desk and a strong frothy head make this a very pretty beer. Typical northwest hop aroma but subdued piney, also somewhat musty/dusty. Starts crisp and fades to a nice lingering bitter, but somewhere in the middle is a dry spot. Delightful mouthfeel -- who doesn’t love pacman? Looking forward to trying it again next year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours a nice amber bownish opaque color with a nice head. Nice aroma; bold taste, nice complex hoppiness. Very good holiday beer overall.


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