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


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RATINGS: 1699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (8432) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2015
22/V/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Brazilian Tasting (home) - BB: IX/2015 (2015-677)

Clear deep amber beer, irregular beige head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: malty, milk chocolate, caramel, fudge, bit fruity, very nice, smells like a barley wine to me. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty bitter, bit watery, some caramel, malty, hay, grains. Aftertaste: bitter, hay, dry, pretty grassy, hoppy, bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bkurtz (1063) - MOROCCO - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle - Pours a clear, deep amber with a long lasting head. Nice citrus aromas. Good balance of malts and hops. Enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baramba (1032) - ITALY - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange with off-white head. Malt aroma with notes of fruits. Flavour is sweet and bitter. Dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8391) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2015
650 ml. bottle sampled @ Brazilian Tasting. Thank you tderoeck! Contains Rebel & Freedom hops. Lol! Plus half of the ingredients have trademarks. Dark amber, little head. Nose is orange, older pine resin & orange peel hops, old grapefruit peel, sweet malty, watery, Taste is dull, sweetish & watery with old hops, watery, herbal, old orange peel, grapefruit peel, Watery, dull & lightly sweet beer. Possibly due to age but if you call something reserve & release it as a Christmass beer it should keep, this one was obv. a hoppy beer and didnt give (under the assumption that it was much better in the past), label should have stated that this needs to be drunk fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
One time a year. Double the hops. They get it right every time. This ale is a truley special beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CopterScott (247) - Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2015
Clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is pine and floral. Flavor is pine and floral hops and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trith1 (53) - - MAR 21, 2015
Let me paint you a picture with my imagination brush: A big, beardy and drunken santa figure stumbles in and hands you a bottle. You take swig. Its not the true meaning of Christmas, but you know what he means. Big hops and a nice amber hue, it's got a crispness that I can smack my lips at. Well done again, Rogues, interesting brew, but cinnamon, clove and vanilla would be closer to a Santa-Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlimHabib (413) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle pour. Cloudy copper amber with a large creamy tan head. Aroma is rich malts, caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Medium creamy, yet somehow oily body. Medium bitter and somewhat salty taste. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (7217) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle - thanks Brian! Pours crystal clear burnt umber, small tan head, dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is caramel and pine. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, caramel, pine, perhaps windex. Medium body. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ordybill (1452) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a pretty nice aroma of pine, malt and some citrus or floral hints. Appearance- This is a nice looking dark amber with orange highlights, has a fairly thick tannish head. Taste- the other shoe just dropped, I did not care for the flavor. I didnt care for the mix of hops and citrus. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- I just did not enjoy this beer, I will try it again next Christmas time to see if I was off that day.

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