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


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RATINGS: 1580   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11443) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11150) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11054) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10908) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Name: Santa’s Private Reserve
Date: December 23, 1995
Mode: Bottle
Source: Greens
Appearance: deep red color
Aroma: malt aroma
Flavor: good hop and malt flavor, bitter finish
Overall: Rumored to be Rogue Red

Name: Santa’s Private Reserve
Date: November 10, 2006
Mode: cask
Source: summits
Score: ii to iii
Appearance: muddy dark red, frothy beige head, drops of lace
Flavor: huge spicy hop flavor without being too bitter, good caramel sweetness with a hint of butterscotch, long bitter finish
Overall: it’s all about the hops with just enough malt backbone to hold the hops

Name: Santa’s Private Reserve
Date: January 23, 2009
Mode: cask
Source: summits woodstock
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, frothy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: big citrus hop aroma on sweet caramel malt
Flavor: rich malt flavor, citrus hops, grapefruit rind, lots of balancing bitterness, bready yeastyness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (10875) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (10842) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10766) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle from ølbutikken. clear dark amber, smooth huge offwihte to reddish brownish head. Good aroma of american flowery and piny hops and sweet malts. Aroma is not as powerful/strong as I like it most, but what there is, is great. flavor is flowery and piny hoppy, sweet malty, crisp, dry, balanced. The hops really do well with the sweet malts - very tasty. Aftertaste is first sweet malty, then the taste round it off with a dry bitterness. Not a hop-bomb, but very tasty nevertheless. Perhaps a little watery, but that is likely because the flavor could handle a higher ABV than 6%. Great uncomplicated US beer. Likely also good for beginners as it does not present itself as extreme as many others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10741) - 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.

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