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


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RATINGS: 1722   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2017
This is a very interesting beer that is unquestionable one of a kind. Pours a dark mahogany color with a small cream head. Aroma is malty with a earthy hop note. A nice smooth bitterness that is hard to describe other then very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (6404) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2017
12oz bottle from Beer52.com. An attractive copper colour with a loose cream head; aroma of spicy toasted malts; strong piney hops taste with some grapefruit; and a dry finish with more fresh resinous hops. A struggle to finish because of the amount of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheresthepath (2298) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle from Beer52. Deep copper with a thin off-white head. Pleasant warming toasty notes up front are mostly obliterated by overpowering pine and (to a lesser extent) grapefruit. In the background you can just about get some light caramel, earth, mandarin and a touch of minerals and herbs, but theyre rather lost in the heavy-handed bitterness. Its unbalanced and overly bitter; I didnt enjoy this much and on top of that it wasnt very Christmassy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 12 ounce bottle. Appearance: deep amber, clear, cloudy medium head, lacing. Aroma: malty nose with toasted grain, caramel, bread crust, spicy piney hops. Taste: malty with a moderately aggressive hop bitterness; bread crust, caramel, toasty grain, rye perhaps, piny earthy and spicy hops. Palate: Moderate carbonation some bitter hops that linger. Overall: very good beer, good to repeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dawsemeister (38) - - DEC 25, 2016
This is not really a Christmas ale, but very tasty nonetheless - a really malty brew that is just about balanced by the heavy hops. More of a strong red ale, which is decent, but just not that special for Christmas Day! A good one to have around for this time of year though :-)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matstrange (190) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Dark amber with a moderate head. The hops are powerful and underline the malt nicely. Santa did well keeping this is reserve.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1473) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Reddish brown brew with tan head. Aroma is malt dominated with mild citrus and spice hops. Taste is a moderate caramel malt up front with a modest hops flourish in the finish - a nice combination of grass, modest citrus and spice. Very enjoyable brew, not a standout but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerNinjaUK (438) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle from beer subscription box. Pours rich copper with fluffy white head. Aroma very hoppy, some citrus and pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (1186) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Tap at yard house . Hazy mahogany with small white head. Smells of malt and spice. Taste is also heavy in malt and winter spice. Good body, clean balance. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Good winter brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (1031) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
The beer looks nice. The color of the beer is coppery reddish brown. The beer has a average slightly off-white head, that collapses leaving a decent drape. The beer is rather clear, but a slight haze is present. I smell some moderate hop aromas. The new-world hops are clearly present, giving nice aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and some piney and floral notes. I smell some nice grapefruit aromas. The hop aroma is very rich. I smell a nice strong maltiness, filling the aroma with sweets and caramel tones. The malt aroma supports the hop aroma and enhances it. Together they are stronger and even more delicious. The taste of the beer is great. It contains the same elements as the smell, although the fruity sweets have gotten a bit weaker. Hoppy bitters are strong and accompanied by gentle malty bitters. This is balanced by a slight malty sweetness and nice sweet fruity flavours. The whole thing is slightly less balanced than the smell. The beer has a medium body and a rather strong carbonation. The finish is smooth and balanced, just like the beer in general. A good beer and a nice contrast to the Belgium Christmas ales, that are mostly heavily malted and dark. This one brings some summer to the dark december month.

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