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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
12oz bottle-----> snifter. Pours ruby amber with a small white head and no lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and a little bit of resinous hop. Taste is spicy, malty, caramel, with a bit of a hop bite on the back end. Palate is smooth but not flat, kind of silky. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwy (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Has a heavy feel with a dry finish. Could only do 1-2 in one sitting. Strong aftertaste. Reviewed at - A Brew With You, Ep. 13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jybi (265) - FRANCE - FEB 28, 2017
Santas Private Reserve? Le pre Nol de la brasserie Rogue veut nous faire passer une IPA pour une bire de Nol! Elle nen respecte dailleurs aucun code. tonnant galement de voir la classification du brasseur en Amber Ale, car avec un IBU de 65, des armes de pamplemousse et de rsineux elle respecte par contre tous les codes dune IPA! Je pense que le Pre Nol a trop bu.... Nanmoins, en outrepassant ces problmatiques de classification, il est tout de mme intressant dindiquer que cette Santas Private Reserve, bien que pchant par une simplicit aromatique est agrable (sans plus) et globalement sur un bon quilibre. Couleur ambre en verre pour un EBC aux alentours de 36, une mousse blanc casse nappant tout juste la bire et une faible effervescence. Le nez est purement celui dune IPA. Larme principal est le rsineux accompagn de pamplemousse et de caramel. Lattaque est frache sur une bonne alliance pamplemousse, agrume et caramel. La deuxime bouche relativement courte, laisse se dvelopper des armes peu intenses de mangue et de pche. Larrire bouche quant elle peu prsente et sur une corpulence plutt faible, laisse percevoir des notes de pamplemousse et de caramel. La troisime bouche est beaucoup plus intressante. Lamertume dune bonne intensit et sur des arme de pamplemousse se fait jour, agrable et bien intgre. Le point le plus notable est cependant lalcool, qui malgr son titrage alcoolique de 5,3 % Abv soutient bien lensemble et permet au final de sexprimer convenablement, sur une longueur apprciable, avec une amertume qui se veut alors plus saillante et des armes de rsineux qui sexpriment alors. Bref, une IPA plutt plaisante sans tre exceptionnelle. Je ne la mettrai en tout cas pas sur ma liste pour le prochain Nol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (2235) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - FEB 9, 2017
Slightly cloudy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is malt forward but you also get some earthy, resiny hops with dried orange notes. Taste starts slightly sweet and malty, even a bit nutty. Finish is more bitter and earthy with a bit of pine resin. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Really well balanced overall, starting malty and sweet but the hops are present on the finish with a drying bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (1564) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2017 Very light malt smell...Some chocolate? Taste is unique at first but gets less complex and more bitter with sips, roasted malt taste...Post terrible Superbowl...Hate the Patriots!!! X2 .2 lower

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3645) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle in Tilleys in Newcastle. Amber with a cream head. Quite a fruity aroma. The taste has dank pine with spice and toast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KevinReddirt (140) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Unique taste, I will grant you that. Drained a 12 oz. bottle into a bar mug revealing an appealing red-brown amber with slender whitish head. It has a nose of corn and earth as best as I can describe it. I taste some malt, some unusual hoppiness and a bitter, medicinal finish. Glad to try, time to move on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (4664) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Rotems place. Thanks Rotem. Clear gold with a yellowish head. A little spicy fruit and apple puree aroma, bitter, a little toasty, fruity taste. Medium body, bitter finish, a little spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grumbo (2555) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1687) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2955) - 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

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