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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2004
22 oz bottle, snifter. Toffee, caramel, roasted, and brown sugar malts are strong but slightly overshadowed by sprucy and floral hops. Intense red-copper body with a large, creamy light brown head. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a heavily bitter, lightly astringent finish. Medium-light body, watery texture, moderate carbonation. The bottom line is: the aroma led me to believe this was going to be a much more flavorful beer than it really was...also, I expected the body to be a little richer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Bottle - Pours a very dark reddish amber with a very sparse whitish head ... little carbonation at all. Could use a few more bubbles. Aroma is a pleasant mix of spicy hops and quite malty,fruity sweetness. Flavor is definitely of hops and gloriously bitter. Finish is hoppy, bitter and quite long lasting with a taint of maltiness early in the finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (2112) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 Theres a really good beer hiding somewhere under the tremendous onslaught of bittering hops. A light nutty underpinning peeks through hop curtain. A bit more malt balance would have enhanced the character greatly. Rogue has better brews to offer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Brown-Red, nice tan head. This is hoppy, but its not a West-Coast IPA. Flavorful hops complement a malty smoothness. Not as thick and syrupy as a strong ale like Arrogant Bastard and nowhere near as oily as Sierra Nevadas hoppy winter brew, Celebration Ale. This is drinkable and delicious. Lingers on the tongue nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2010 Rogue is a bit hit or miss for me. I had not had the opportunity to try this one before and given the description I was quite intrigued. Sampled from an oddly printed 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a medium sized tan head. There was a strong hop aroma. The flavor was strong with hops with a sweet malty finish. The hops linger well on the tongue. This is a nice drinking hoppy beer you could enjoy all night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (5044) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark brown color with a medium head. Very hoppy aroma. The taste is heavy on the malt and pine. Alcohol is quite hidden. Tasty fine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark copper, slight haze, good head. Aroma is a shot of slight citric and earth laden hops. Just enough malt backbone to stand up to the hops once you stop sniffing and start drinking. Good body. Flavor matches nose. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark Red Coloring With Off-White Head. Sweet Malt. Warming...Spices..Hops...Dry and Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Dark reddish-amber color with a light colored head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is very spicy and hoppy. Flavor is good and feel is moderately full. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall is a pretty good winter offering.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004 does not count
dark cherry with thin tan head. bizarre cream cheese aroma that grows worse when served in the recommended trappist glass and the beer warms. caramel and pine. less hoppy than other rogues, but still manages to be out of balance. light-bodied with a thin and drying aftertaste. the first rogue beer i dont like. alas.

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