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

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RATINGS: 1647   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11635) - 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 (11383) - 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 (11359) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11282) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11111) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10920) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10882) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bomber poured a hazy orange brown with a small, but lasting amber head. Aromas of malt, pine, some earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of rich maltiness, toffee, some pine and citrus with a lingering bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10846) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 3/14/2004 : Nutty brown ale, with sharp bitterness from the malt, good hops to balance this good body with enough complexity. 6-3-6-3-14 Dec. 2004: Lightly hazy red copper with off white head. Light sweet malt and restrained c-hops with citrus notes. Crisp sweet malt with nice sustained bitterness, caramel and grapefruits. Rich creamy body. 7-3-7-4-14

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
22-oz. bottle. Pours reddish copper, hazy, with a tiny rocky head (film) and lined lacing. Sweet medium roasted caramel nutty malt (cookie) and candied hop (spruce, pine) aroma. Pretty much smells like a Christmas tree with some lingering aromas of goodies being cooked in preparation for the season. Heavy citrus rind and pine hoppy moderately acidic flavor with a medium roasted caramel malt body and a spicy hop somewhat lingering finish. The bitterness and acidity wane a bit as the beer warms. Medium bodied and fizzy, spicy palate.


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