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


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RATINGS: 1662   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (14563) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (14128) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13966) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13485) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hops and fruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, hops, little sweet, little pine, little citrus, fruit and medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle. Copper colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, hop, caramel. Flavour is sweet, hop, caramel, malt, fruit. Very hoppy beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12971) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Aroma of malt and pine. Maybe a bit of citrus. Dark amber color with a light tan head. Starts with sweet malt, something complex in the middle, and a whole lot of hop for finish. Some malt goes along for the ride.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12516) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 (12/14/07, 12oz bottle) Clear copper body with medium beige head with nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some floral, peach, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, light caramel. Light-medium body, some chewiness. (7/4/7/4/14)

(1/1/03) Dark copper with medium tan head. Sweet grapefruit hoppy aroma. Flavor is intensely grapefruit hoppy, that finishes with sprucy hoppiness. Malts, what malts? I can’t taste ’em, but they’ve gotta be somewhere in there. (8/4/7/4/15)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy brown with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lastin with good lacing. Moderate complex friut and caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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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