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


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RATINGS: 1707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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.

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jmgreenuk (9864) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 18, 2017
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Changkat, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head and some broken lace. The aroma is toffee caramel malt, woody hop. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter light sweet with a dry malty, big woody hop bitter palate and lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very bitter and a little one dimensional. I think Santa is sharing his private reserve as it's not as good as he expected it to be. He had better deliver me something nicer than this at Christmas!

Bill Becker (1367) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jan 2006 Poured from bottle(room temp) a cloudy deep red with a huge head that lingers quite nicely. Halfway through, there are "islands" of foam with sporadic lacing. The smell has a very sweet caramelly air to it suggesting that the flavour will also be very sweet. We'll see. The taste does have a sweet malty note up front but there's some hop bitterness in the background that is making for a nicely balanced brew and then, the bitterness takes over in the aftertaste and adds to the overall enjoyment of this amber. It's a good drop worth buying again.

Sissio (1724) - Orsenigo, ITALY - OCT 3, 2017
bottle @ home hazy amber, cream minimal head quickly disappearing cabbage, cream, nuts, almonds bitter herbaceous finish, honey, biscuit, toffee, heather, unpeeled walnuts

higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Thought I liked it at first. A bit too hoppy for me. Sorry, I had to upload these old ratings. They were for me, not for uploading. And also I need 75 characters, hence this sentence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Bottle. Brown with a small head.Spicy medium body with a very affirmative mouth feel that takes time to disappear. Quite distinctive. Tastes like a Christmas beer should.

bwy (94) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Has a heavy feel with a dry finish. Could only do 1-2 in one sitting. Strong aftertaste. Reviewed at - A Brew With You, Ep. 13

jybi (400) - FRANCE - FEB 28, 2017
Santa’s Private Reserve? Le père Noël de la brasserie Rogue veut nous faire passer une IPA pour une bière de Noël! Elle n’en respecte d’ailleurs aucun code. Étonnant également de voir la classification du brasseur en Amber Ale, car avec un IBU de 65, des arômes de pamplemousse et de résineux elle respecte par contre tous les codes d’une IPA! Je pense que le Père Noël a trop bu.... Néanmoins, en outrepassant ces problématiques de classification, il est tout de même intéressant d’indiquer que cette Santa’s Private Reserve, bien que pêchant par une simplicité aromatique est agréable (sans plus) et globalement sur un bon équilibre. Couleur ambrée en verre pour un EBC aux alentours de 36, une mousse blanc cassée nappant tout juste la bière et une faible effervescence. Le nez est purement celui d’une IPA. L’arôme principal est le résineux accompagné de pamplemousse et de caramel. L’attaque est fraîche sur une bonne alliance pamplemousse, agrume et caramel. La deuxième bouche relativement courte, laisse se développer des arômes peu intenses de mangue et de pêche. L’arrière bouche quant à elle peu présente et sur une corpulence plutôt faible, laisse percevoir des notes de pamplemousse et de caramel. La troisième bouche est beaucoup plus intéressante. L’amertume d’une bonne intensité et sur des arôme de pamplemousse se fait jour, agréable et bien intégrée. Le point le plus notable est cependant l’alcool, qui malgré son titrage alcoolique de 5,3 % Abv soutient bien l’ensemble et permet au final de s’exprimer convenablement, sur une longueur appréciable, avec une amertume qui se veut alors plus saillante et des arômes de résineux qui s’expriment alors. Bref, une IPA plutôt plaisante sans être exceptionnelle. Je ne la mettrai en tout cas pas sur ma liste pour le prochain Noël.

ciocanelu (2855) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - FEB 9, 2017
Slightly cloudy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is malt forward but you also get some earthy, resiny hops with dried orange notes. Taste starts slightly sweet and malty, even a bit nutty. Finish is more bitter and earthy with a bit of pine resin. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Really well balanced overall, starting malty and sweet but the hops are present on the finish with a drying bitterness.

geologyguy (1650) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2017 Very light malt smell...Some chocolate? Taste is unique at first but gets less complex and more bitter with sips, roasted malt taste...Post terrible Superbowl...Hate the Patriots!!! X2 .2 lower

gegwilson (3784) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle in Tilley’s in Newcastle. Amber with a cream head. Quite a fruity aroma. The taste has dank pine with spice and toast.

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