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

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RATINGS: 1573   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (9996) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2007
Dark copper-red with a beautiful, creamy head. The aroma is malty, fruity-hoppy. The flavour has a lot of aroma hops, notes of roasted malt, caramel, fruit (mostly citrus) and a nice and aromatic bitterness. It’s a really nice beer, but I think Santa deserves a bit more Christmas in his private reserve. But nice indeed, and I like the fact that it’s only 6%! 1784

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9935) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (9907) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (9838) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (9838) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (9835) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9826) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Brown color. Caramel, ginger and lemon in the aroma. Sweetish hoppy flavor with lemon, ginger and red berries. Rather thin with an earthy bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (9651) - Sřborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Pines, flowers sweetness and caramel in both aroma and flavour. Flavour has chocolate and some herbal notes as well. Medium to full bodied. Spiced bitter end. Nice one. Thanks to Probiere for trading this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9492) - 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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