Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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Appearance: Pretty vicious pour results in a fluffy, 2-finger head. Head is loose and off-white with fair retention. Fell to a thin tight cap after a few minutes, and drug some nice lacing behind it. Body is a hazy, reddish copper and steady carbonation can be seen within..
Smell: Immediately I get candied apples. Caramel and red berries seem to be caught up in the mix as well. Maybe a touch of bourbon in there too. Most of the aromas are quite sweet; this beer definitely reminds me of Christmas.
Taste: I don't know if it's candied apples like I got in the smell, but there's something quite sugary in there. Reminds me of cherry pie filling. A pretty hefty dosage of bready malts takes over from there before mingling with the Chinook hops in the finish. Some winter spice and alcohol hits the back of the palate.
Mouthfeel: Quite chewy and spicy, kind of like a maltier spiced lager. Stings at times, and alcohol provides some pretty good numbing and a surprising amount of dryness.
Drinkability: A little better than I remembered it, however this isn't one of Rogue's finest. It seems that you can either drink it quick and not really taste it (masked by spice), or drink it slowly and take in all the sweetness. I don't know... I'm just not a big fan of this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2008 05:47:54 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.95/5 rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I really wasn't prepared for how great of a beer this was going to be. It's rich and bitter, and is the hoppiest red ale that I've had the pleasure of imbibing.
I suppose that it's called "Santa's Reserve" because of the hops' pine notes, which are incredibly strong. It is not your typical "Christmas Beer" though, and I'd be happy drinking this all year round.
It's a home run from Rogue, and has me tracking down more of their other offerings.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 02:38:37 | More by ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.