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


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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Rogueís annual holiday offering, Santaís 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.

gdubu493's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gdubu493 (60) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Twelve ounce (12 oz) bottle from a local MD brew store. Drank from the 12 oz. bottle it came it. Skunky aroma. Taste was bitter. Overall, SilentJo said it well, "It leaves a thick feeling on my tongue. Hop heads would enjoy it but not quite my taste." #RespectBeerBrethren.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_rookie (419) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Pre pour thoughts....No date on bottle. Am I drinking this yearís batch, last yearís batch, 2011 batch....?

Pours a more red than amber color. Not sure what color to call it...red/amber/rust combo. Nice, thick, clumpy beige head that tops this thing like dusty snow. Amazing head, amazing retention, amazing thick clumpy clingy lacing. Wow! Itís beautiful! Thereís also very thick solid sediment in the bottom of the bottle that you must aggressively shake to get out. Also, fine particulate in the beer itself. Hey, have I mentioned itís head?

Aroma is dank earthy hops. Reminds me of wet leaves. Light pine, bread crust. Light malt.

Taste is much the same. Hop forward, not enough malt to balance. Bitterness holds and lingers. Not much to say about it.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied. Dry. Its jaw puckering bitterness for sure. Has body and bitterness that make it seem heftier than 6.0%.

Overall, itís pretty good. Iím not sure where itís going. I like it okay I guess. It makes a decent holiday beer, Iíd probably buy it again, I might or might not recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pdubyah (641) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2016
I was sore disappointed in this. I like the aroma it develops well, and the beer looks mostly ok but could have done with a head. The taste though is pretty much all forward and there i a duty dry finish. I thought it needed more middle to be better, and I think itís a confused beer otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4653) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Bottle. Brownish amber beer with a strong head. The aroma is roasted with a slight herbal quality, and the flavour is very bitter and roasted with a hint of maltiness. Overall a nice amber ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (1198) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 25, 2016
the aroma is caramel and hoppy with hints of pine, citrus, toffee and spicy herbs... the taste is malty and fruity with notes of toffee, pine needles, orange, nuts and spicy grasses... bitter and dry aftertaste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (372) - , Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the brewery in Issaquah Appearance: deep amber, clear, cloudy medium head, lacing Aroma: malty, hay/cereal-strong smell of grains Taste: very good, bitterness and minimal follow through Palate: Medium-full body, very nice, sticky creamy, fizzy, strong bitter finish follow through Overall: very good beer, good to repeat Drank: March 17, 2016 Happy St Patrickís Day

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1456) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Never knew Santa was such a hophead. The man in red knows where to hide the good stuff. Just a touch of haze in the amber body. Off white head leaves lots of lacing behind. Aroma of caramel, zesty citrus, and earth. Taste is pretty interesting. Malt has biscuit and toffee notes. Flavor is more hop-forward, though. Chewy pineapple, grapefruit, and some slightly tart berry. This is one that had to grow on me a little. I liked it a lot when it warmed. Pretty bitter for an Amber Ale. I say that as a compliment, of course.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
graham_murphy (616) - - FEB 21, 2016
Biscuit and caramel in the malt like a red ale. Lots of bitterness in the hops - lingering in the mouth - like an IPA / modern red. A little spice thrown in for the festive season I guess - thankfully not too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjmoen (331) - - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a clear dark amber color with white head. Bitter finish, but otherwise enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
airrick2003 (867) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Appearance: pours with a large light tan head, the beer is an opaque dark amber or even brown color Aroma: bread, hints of potpourri Taste: red tasting malt sweetness, some grain, has some bitterness to compliment the malt, Palate: light mouthfeel, minimal bitter aftertaste, lively carbonation Overall: a solid malt forward beer that still has a robust bitterness as well, easily drinkable in winter or summer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2618) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle. Bottle a brown colour with a small white head,light malt aroma, taste is bitter and fruity with some spice coming through, with a dry bitter finish.

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