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


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RATINGS: 1730   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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11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Tap. Deep chestnut color. Tan head with decent lacing. Fairly good malt aroma. Medium bodied. Spicey and malt flavors. Different. Not exceptional but not bad either.

Tejas (1009) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
’03 Model. Hasn’t calmed down much, still quite hoppy. Plenty of flowery aroma. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Too hoppy for my tastes but nevertheless less it’s still a nice brew. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Watery and too bitter. Sour, buttery. Some caramel. Not as good as I had expected.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Bottle: Aroma of floral citrus and some hoppiness. Pours a reddish-brown with slight transparency when held to the light. Small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is not a very indicator of flavor. Some maltiness up front that is quickly overtaken by a big grapefruit hop finish. Hops come on so quick that indentifying any initial flavors becomes rather hard. Maybe a little caramel and citrus up front. Leaves a lingering hop aftertaste. Very nice.

HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Long lasting big frothy head with lovely lacing. Wonderful fruity aroma (blueberries perhaps?) Yet not well balanced at all. The anemic malty backbone cannot support this highly hopped brew. Woodsy hops and not sweet. Dissapointly weak palate. Santa’s elves took too many samples when brewing this one though.

sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bomber. The label’s right on with the color description of reddish copper. Malty nose. Spicy, bitter, malt in flavor. Some carmel, a hint of walnut and a complex spice I can’t peg. A fine Rogue...

axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pours an attractive mahogany color with a thick beige head. Very piney nose. Nice refreshing hop flavor with a good malt balance and slight yeast. Goes down pretty easy. Tasty brew.

JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 2004 vintage Dark amber-mahogany coloured beer with a thick and long-lasting off-white head. Hoppy aroma, a bit of maltiness. Flavour of pine/spruce. Very hoppy beer, pine, light resin and a very bitter finish. Some cookie dough and biscuity aromas. An okay brew. 7 4 7 3 14 2006 vintage Brown beer with a thick off-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, brown sugar, toasty and a little bit of soft chocolatey character. Flavour is pretty lean, milk chocolate, some earthiness and light resin. Nowhere near as hoppy as I remember, nor as tasty. A touch of pine. Okay, but Rogue has a million beers.

Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Dark brown hazy body topped with a generous tan head, great lacing. Aroma is mostly piney hops and caramel. Body could be thicker for the amount of flavor here - Caramel with a burnt chocolate roast edge, plenty of hops - big grapefruit juice - pine forest hop presence.

motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 26, 2004
bottled. browny amber, juicy pine aroma, typical rogue flat mouthfeel, some orange and sultana, alas no greater than the sum of its parts

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