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


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RATINGS: 1715   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Perhaps this was a bad bottle. Way too astrigent, tasted like they used way too much of a certain roasted/toasted malt. Cloying, unbalanced, awful. I love all their others beers, but I cannot recommend this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2004
After reading several ratings, I thought I was in for a hop delight. Unfortunately, I liken this to SNCA with only a mild hoppiness. I must be a total hop junkie. This was a decent beer, but I had high hopes that were thoroughly dashed. In the end, it comes out as an almost strong, almost hoppy, almost worthwhile beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Pretty good. This beer reminded me of an Oktoberfest but with a stronger taste. The aftertaste is quite nice. Not bad at all. I took a chance on this beer and I was pretty satisfied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
bottle. strong nose and hoppy flavors mixed with hints of spice that result in a bit of a bitter finish... a beer that makes you thirsty... i have to restrain myself from rated this a 20 overall because i was sipping it while a very sexy man had his hands and mouth all over my body... i think this is a fair rating... but then again he had such a very nice 6pack of his own

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2004
I expected so much more from a "reserve" rogue....due to Rogues disdain for freshness dating, theres no telling whether I got an old one or what. This beer seems to rely on flavor hopping for most of its taste, bitterness is in check and aroma hops are almost non-existant. And like Petes Wicked before it, beer cannot rely on flavor hops alone anymore. Much more is needed to elevate this common strong ale. Decent heading, medium malt. Average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 Bottle poured a dark amber with smallish head but good lacing. Nice aroma of hopps ,citrus, spice. Taste grapefruit ,hopps..full flavor big tangy finish..very good!!

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