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


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RATINGS: 1703   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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Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 cloudy dark body with lots of head.left nice lacing on the glass.i noticed hops,ginger,and candy.very smooth as well for a christmas ale.

egajdzis (6622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Ruby red with a medium sized tan head. Caramel, tart apple, sweet cherry aroma. Citrusy hops, sweet malts. For its percentage, alcohol is fairly noticible. Nice, smooth, over all fairly balanced.

zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I in the tradition of other christmas seasonals, this beer is spice spectacular. I really enjoy this beer, its taste warms the soul and the season. Grab the kids gather round the tree serve Santa’s private reserve to all and light the holiday fire.

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a dirty purple with a creamy white head that laces well throughout the bomber. Nose is piney and citrusy with tons of floral hops. Quite hoppy and quite the smeller. This is quite the tasty treat right about now. Slightly fruity and tart up front. Piney and grassy hop flavor. Slight grapefruit and grape flavor with a hint of caramel as well. The hops are quite juicy and quite pleasant. This was quite the treat.

jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Reddish/brown with a medium size tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of hops. Taste wasn’t sweet like expected. Nice malt flavor with hints of citrus and a nice hop bitterness at the end.

DocLock (10728) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
I think Rogue is an under-rated brewer. Their beer-making excellence has made them the target of many commercial comparisons. For my money, I’ll drink a Rogue beer over most others any time, and I know BBB63 shares my enthusiasm for Rogue. This one pours turbid ruby, with a medium, creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, cabernet. Great aroma. Tastes malty, hoppy, with hints of dry red wine and cranberry bread. The palate is extremely smooth and slight dry. This one is excellent. I figured it would be a gimmicky Christmas beer, but instead it was an "in-your-face" strong red/brown ale. Just wonderful.

thegreenrooster (4448) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Pours a deep red. Aroma is cocoa and hops. Flavor is a wet hop spice combo. Very tasty aftertaste, kinda citrus and pine like an IPA. Very good stuff. This must be what Santa drinks after the milk and cookies.

kendog (16) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Brown in color with a great chocolate aroma. The palate however has a sharp hop bite. As it warms up you can really taste the blend of the different hops and malt. Overall a great beer I highly recommend it

mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Brown with very nice tan head. I popped the top off and it volcanoed all over my counter. Lots of hops in the smell, sweet too, but I got a hint of smoked malt also. The bitterness reminded me of insect repellant. Those of you that have had Deep Woods Off know what I’m talking about. More hops, a hint of malt, and quite light. The name is deceiving, I was expecting a holiday brew of some sort. I suspect Santa keeps this for his ’off’ months.

Crit (4024) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Reddish brown,lasting beige head.Good deep hop nose.Hoppy throughout with very long finish, lots of balancing malt

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