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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubelknv3 (990) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Amber with off white head. Mild lacing. Caramel, earthy, and citrus aroma notes. Full bodied, flavor like aroma, medium floral hop notes. Decent balance, mild dryness, and medium bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"tastes like a cross between an ipa and a strong ale to me. i’ve had it on it’s own and as part of winter beer tastings and haven’t had one i liked yet. a little too harsh and plain...not what i want in a winter seasonal, and i usually like Rogue."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3037) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Considering how unbalanced I thought the St. Rogue Red was, Santa’s Reserve seems to contribute a little more malty body even though its bitterness is accentuated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - SEP 16, 2014
Sokat sejtető, sötét borostyán színnel tűnik elő az üvegből, melyhez süteményes, juharszirupos édességű aromák csatlakoznak, egy markánsan megkomlózott ital illatának zászlóvivőiként. Azt már ebben a fázisban is leszögezhetjük, hogy nem egy kimondottan karácsonyi, fűszeres jellegű darabról van szó, hosszú percekig leginkább az ünnepi köntöse szolgáltatja csupán az alkalomhoz illő hangulatot, majd idővel kénytelenek leszünk az ízében munkálkodó, közepes testére ráfeszülő komlós játékot a gyanta, tobozok, és egyéb fenyős alkatrészek jelenléteként tudomásul venni, így téve kissé téliessé ezt az önmagában egyébként nagyszerű főzetet. Aki sokat kóstol az ebben az időszakban megszokott hozzávalókkal fűszerezett szívmelengető karácsonyi darabokból, annak minden bizonnyal felüdülés lehet egy efféle ital, én mindenesetre még az ünnepnapok beköszönte előtt láttam neki az elfogyasztásának, ezért némi hiányérzettel ugyan, ami a szezonális benyomásokat illeti, ám annál elégedettebben élveztem ki minden egyes kortyát a prémium kategóriás ízélmény jegyében.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Lots of stale hops in this, which certainly makes it better than your average amber. Stale hops is way too much of the focus though. Pours golden amber with good head and lacing. Tap at Black Squirrel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Malty burnt toffee nose, sweet burnt toffee taste with dry bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (531) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2014
Coppery pour, a bit cloudy, with a creamy off white head. Caramel, pine, orange, spice aromas. Taste is caramel, citrus, pine. Long bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - MAY 17, 2014
Poured from bottle into pint glass. Appearance - A nice hazy rusty brown color with a longinsh lasting billowing cream head. Smell - Can smell a nice piney hop aroma, very appropriate for a Christmas brew Taste - It had a decent hop bite, but not what I expected. Expected something with a little more sweetness for the red ale style, but this had little. Mouthfeel - For a "private reserve" would expect something with a little more heartiness, not watery, but possibly could have used a bit more body. Overall - Worth trying, but one I would forgo in the future. If I want something hoppy I would rather have a traditional or black IPA over this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle at home from the Bottle Stop. poured a murky red amber with a medium to thick pale yellow off white head. Anything with an aroma of chinook and centennial is likely to do it for me. Hints of blackberry jam, some spice, malts. Flavour has some hops and a little bitterness, some spice. It’s ok but didn’t do it for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 2, 2014
Cervesa aromŕtica, perň també molt maltosa, té un toc a anís. Cerveza aromática, pero también muy maltosa, tiene un toque a anís.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
giancarloh (53) - - APR 28, 2014
Good ale but it seems that is part of the hole bunch don't taste the difference with others of this type would recommend


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