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


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RATINGS: 1725   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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Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2005
A nice malt presence overshadowed by buttloads of C hops. I have another bottle of this that I’m going to age for another DOZEN years or so and by then perhaps the alpha acids will have mellowed. Ergh.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Bomber. Poured a brilliant clear ruby with a light layer of beige head and some very persistent lacing. Lots of hops, caramel, and sugarcane in the aroma.. which came across quite nicely. Flavor and palate didn’t hold up so well, though. Hops, caramel, and molasses were present, however, were not very fresh. Palate was a bit tacky and uneven, with a sticky bitter finish. This definitely wasn’t bad, but I’ll try to re-rate when I get one from the new batch.

BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Nice murky, orange copper color. Aroma is hoppy, nutty, and sweet. Taste is extremely bitter, but it has nice citrus notes and some toasted grain flavor. Probably one of the most bitter beers ive had to date. This is not to say that it was unenjoyable, but I’d rather drink something less brutal.

SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Some nice caramel, toffee notes mix well with agressive hops. Overall a bit subdued though, maybe a bottle from last year. Good though and will re-rate with fresh bottle.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Dark ruby/brown. Nice chunky, bubbly, light tan head. Big malt, some hops, caramel, toffee, spices. Same flavor. Full body, syrupy, light carbonation. Nice for winter time.

dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2005
This beer is a reddish amber in color with a small white head. It has a small taste of hops and burnt coffee, although the hops do not overpower. this is a decent american strong ale, but in my book there are a LOT better american strong ales! cheers!

Crockett (1131) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Pours red/brown with a big tan head. Aroma of the characteristic Rogue yeast and hops with some nice caramel and an almost Belgian Strong Ale yeast and sweet plummy aroma. Lots of caramel, notes of chocolate, coffee, lightly burnt toffee and nuts. Good hop backbone. Finish is medium dry with notes of cherry/raisin tart and slightly salty. Not the champion of this brewery but I believe that they cannot make a bad beer. Was a bit of a downer.

thehinge (297) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Unique appearance to this ale....a cloudy dark brown with an off-white head. Lacing is apparent. Aroma has hints of caramel. Taste has hints of caramel, very malty. I don’t know what to think of this....man, these Rogue products are a little unpredictable.

Zeswaft (1785) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Holy exploding bottle. I just opened this thing and it gushed everywhere. Anyways it pours a dark ruby with small white head. Has a spicy hop aroma. Flavor is almost exactly like SN Celebration ale, just a little less hoppy. Good hops and a nice malt backbone.

porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle. Poured a rather root beer color into my glass. Smelled of roasted barley and some hops. Not a whole lot of aroma coming from this beer. A very watery mouthfeel. I know it has high alpha hops, but were is the hop bite? Some roasted malt flavors, slight hints of caramel, but other than that, not much else.

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