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


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RATINGS: 1721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Rogues annual holiday offering, Santas 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Ok beer. Had a nice malt flavor going for it. It finished a little to bitter for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Expecting more. Smelled great but tasted a little light. I had this after a few Sierra Nevada Celbrations...so who knows.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
22oz- Nice sweet hoppy smell. Amber color with small head. Taste of hops, carmel, malt, and vanilla with a touch of pine. Taste lingers but not well. Good but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Had this a few days ago. The beer poured from a bomber into the proper glass a nice amber color wtih 3 fingers of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was nice and piney layered over a caramel malt. The flavor was very hoppy. Lots of pine and some caramel, but mostly piney hops. Somewhat one dimensional. The feel was thick, right about where I wanted it to be. Overall a nice offering. Not my favorite holiday beer, but it was good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Clear amber body with a ruby tone and low visible carbonation, medium beige head and scattered lace. Toasty crystal malt aroma with a cherry-like fruity note and warm cinnamon spice. Flavor has a citrusy Centennial quality, prominent spicy Chinook hops, and a malty, metallic character. Not overly exciting, but this beer grew on me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottle. Small off white head and poured to a dark redish/ruby color. Has a very hoppy smell and is ever present in its taste. Extremley bitter but, that is what makes it so unique and original. Usually not a fan of such bitter beers but this one is really good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Usually a big fan of this brewery, but I was alittle disappointed by this one. I did brush my teeth recently however i think it wouldnt be much better either way. The bitterness of this beer just takes over the taste and makes the other subtle flavors fade into the background. So Im sorry I bought two of them...dont recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Mahogany color, fluffy head, mild malt/hop and pine aroma. Flavor has citrus, hops,pine, and touch of malts. Dry finishing and quite biterring. Its in limbo of being inbetween of okay and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Clear dark reddish amber colour. good light brown head that lingers. strong citric hoppy nose. bitter hoppy taste that just hangs around till the end definite malt undertones

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1073) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
The beer came is a standard Rogue 22 oz. bomber with a painted label. The beer poured out deep clear amber red with a inch thick foamy head. The lacing was decent to look at too. The aroma was very piney Rogue signature hops from the US Pacific Northwest and a roasty and caramel malt presence. The taste possessed a creamy honey like sweetness and a peppery resinous hoppyness. Neither overpowered the other but stood in a near perfect harmony. The mouthfeel was rich and full, and aftertaste was on the dry side. Very sessionable Christmas beer that is a nice departure from the dark and spicy beers that come out this time of the year.

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