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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Spicy malty aroma. The mouthfeel for me was spot-on: this is how most substantial ales, I feel, ought to feel. Strong resiny finish-a great outdoors in cool weather beer, preferably near pinecones so you could put one on a swizzle stick as a garnish for your brew.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grumbo (1798) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2017
Tap at The Old Red Cow, London. Pours hazy amber/brown colour with a good sized creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuit, malt, floral hop and light spices. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Medium body. Enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1630) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Pours a dark amber color with a clean hops aroma. Taste is a bit floral, with a tinge of caramel in the taste and flavor. Easy drinking and smooth. Not overly complex but a nice beer for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2866) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Clear, dark amber-red with a 2-finger an off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of pine, tropical fruit, toffee, caramel and grapefruit. Taste of caramel, pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, butterscotch, mild floral hops and maybe some nuts. Medium body and medium carbonation. A rather high power amber ale with dramatically more malt and more hops than a typical amber. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (6244) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheresthepath (2210) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.3
   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 :-)

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matstrange (143) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1440) - 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.


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