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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10870) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10845) - 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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (10838) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10620) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10386) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Clear amber with large beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and hops. Citric hops in the flavour followed up roasted malt and caramel notes. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10173) - 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

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