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


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RATINGS: 1689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle: Dark amber body with this head. Sweet pine with slight caramel and graham cracker notes in the aroma. This beer is bone dry. As it warms it develops some (emphasis on some) sweet sugar cane/caramel notes, but I found this to be a little too dominated by the perfume like hops for my taste. Had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2004
22oz. Bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber, with plenty of thick head. The aroma is very hoppy, with ample pine and citrus. The taste has a nice hop bite at first, but mellows in the finish. Leaves a great lace. A very nice beer, but more like a strong American pale ale rather than a winter seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours a dark amber with a thick off white head. Aroma of pine. Taste is bitter and hoppy. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Reddish amber color, slight head that is long lasting. Classic Rogue aroma and the hops show through well. Malty flavor with hop spice at the end. Not too strong but a nice winter warmer. Santa would be proud to see little Jonny drinking on Christmas day!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2001
Well, maybe I got a bad bottle, but I was a bit disappointed. As a hop head the hops was quite welcome. The spice was nice but underdeveloped. On the whole it just did not coalesce for me. All the eliments are there, perhaps I should lay one down for next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 15, 2002
Not my favorite brand (they should have a hop shoot-out with S-N), but I’ll pick up some more now that it’s 1/2 price.

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