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


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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Pours a hazy dark amber to brown color; the head disappears quickly, but leaves clogs of foam on the surface.The aroma is very nice, at first impression, with malt and some hops from the West Coast. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected, with a dominant caramel flavor, carrying some malt, light liquorice and soy sauce too, and with a very high hopping, leading to a bitter and long final, not without qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
Bottoe shared at Sander’s in NYC. Pours clear amber with a small white foam head. The aroma is dirt and light bred. Light sweet flavor, some leafy hops, hints of dry caramel and pine. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet finish, some bread, dry pine. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18198) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Amber color, beige head. Hoppy, citric, fruity, spicy aroma. Dry hoppy and bitter flavor, grassy, metallic. A stronger malty profile would have been good for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2012
Hazy dark amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate biter. Dry and moderate biter finish. 150212

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (17308) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 12, 2012
Mild hopfenbitterer Start. Das Bier wird nur geringfügig bitterer, der Hopfen bleibt mild. Eine zaghafte Malznote kommt auf, die sich aber nicht durchsetzen kann. Geringe Würzigkeit. Angenehm hopfiges Finish. Gut trinkbar. 8/8/8/8/7/8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle at GBBF 2006. Reddish chestnut colour with lasting beige head. American intense hop aroma. Fine in mouth, some good malt. Attack of grapefruit hop. Good caramelly toasty malt. Could do with a bit of depth to support the hops. Nice to have something with huge hops now and again. Some choc lime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle. Nice big head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet caramel, flowers and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2007
Bottle, 66cl. Golden-copper, clear beer with a nice beige head. Malty and well-hopped aroma. The flavor is very hoppy for a Christmas beer, and quite piney, but it is definately nice. Bitter, piney and fruity finish. Full body. As mentioned, I find it too hoppy for Christmas purposes, else it is nice. (070608)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2008
Bottled (BBE 12/2008)
Hazy reddish amber color, small brownish head. Yeasty fruity aroma with some American hops - not really outstanding, it is a bit like a vomit? Hoppy, pale malty flavor. Some hoppyness in the aftertaste. Very basic, standard American pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Dark amber in color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel and toffee malt notes with a nice floral, herbal, and piny hop aroma. Some toast, bread, and a hint of spice. The flavor is decently sweet and malt forward, but it is also somewhat bitter. A bit of herbal and floral hop character to go along with the pine. Plenty of toffee and caramel, as well as a bit of toast and bread.

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