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

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RATINGS: 1581   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle at home ... copper ... thin tan head ... soft toffee malt ... little creamy caramel nose ... soft toffee fruits ... dull toffee ... light bitter

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14084) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13925) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Dark amber with a good white head. Hop, fruits & malts. Easy alcohol & warmth. More hoppy - less sweet than ex. the Belgium "christmas ales" (American strong ale this is) Good malty caramel/brown sugar taste before some nice hops finishes the journey!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13780) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13617) - 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)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13608) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle, 5.3%. Gusher even though it is quite cold. Nicely fruity hop aroma. Hazy brown colour, OK stable tan head. The flavour has some of the same fruity hop as the aroma along with a rather sharp bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little watery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13440) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle at home - shared with Mette on Christmas evening. Brown - white head. Hoppy / spicy aroma. Taste: high malty, spicy, licorice, roasted, sharp. Not complex enough - a bit strange !!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 2007: Roguey clear. Pomegranate and cherry esters with caramel and wood. Rather moderate body, light bitterness. Some leafy hop and hints of chewy malt. Almost watery in the finish...

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12567) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11954) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber-brown with a medium-sized beige head. This is a good hoppy ale with a wonderful finish.


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