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
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, transparent, head is tan, presents 1 inch thick, then lowers and lingers very well, creating some lacing on the glass.
Smell is very pleasant, biscuit and bread with a subtle caramel, hops are bitter, more neutral with grass and earthy aromas.
Taste is more bitter and hop oriented than the aroma, hops are earthy, grassy, floral; malt comes through similar to the aroma, though the caramel is more forward, with the biscuit/bready flavors backing up; pacman yeast flavor is noticeable, adding a neutral fruitiness, not to sweet.
Mouthfeel is more bitter than anticipated, lingering sharpness on the tongue, it is not unpleasant; bitterness dries as the last bit of ale is leaves the mouth.
Overall, an enticing brew that presents and smells great, flavor is good and finishes very dry.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 04:09:10 | More by mvanaskie13
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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