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

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RATINGS: 1583   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11562) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11342) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (11319) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11250) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11236) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11209) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2007
Hazy ruby with a medium lasting tan head. Aroma is filled with hops, roses and citrus fruits and some plum and caramel. Quite sweet, but with plenty of bitterness for balance. Not what we in Denmark wuld consider a Christmas beer, but still a delicious winter brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11191) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
[Vintage 2006]
Pours a pretty, deep red with a medium frothy off white head. Leaves okay lacing. Aroma is hoppy with grapes, dry roasting and light tart cherries among some nutmeg. A little thin perhaps. Flavour is powerfully hoppy and very dry. Light spicy finish with coriander and nutmeg. Very bitter and quite an alternative Christmas brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2006
22 oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head that laces with red color. Aroma is malt, dark fruit, secondary hops. Taste initial raw medium hops burn (that continues through the aftertaste), caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol. Intense. Good carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.


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