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


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RATINGS: 1693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12741) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12668) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber-brown with a medium-sized beige head. This is a good hoppy ale with a wonderful finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12553) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (12416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours dark amber with a big white head. Aroma of dry caramel malt. Flavour is essentially the same, with a dry finish. This is not very different from American Amber. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12380) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12365) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
650ml bottle shared with Joes and Dutchdrebus. Hazy red color with a medium sized lightly beige head that lasts for a long time. Smell malts, lightly bread, lightly dough, some sweetness a bit resembling a barley wine. Taste malts, lightly sweet, nice bitterness, lightly some fruityness. Quite like it. Medium carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11943) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11899) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11878) - 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.

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