Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by dnichols:
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I poured a capped 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: It poured a copper and amber body with a foamy large head that settled to an even cover. There was moderate carbonation and even layered lacing.
S: It smelled of lightly toasted malts, hints of ripe white apples and pears, and spicy hops.
T: It had a solid toasted malt front with an equally dominant hoppy and spicy back. Underlying both were flavors of tart apples and unripened pears. The hops were spicy and piny.
M: It was medium bodied and had a moderate level of carbonation. It finished tangy and spicy but clean. there was a slight spicy bitterness that lingered into the aftertaste.
D: It was a solid and flavorful brew that was a great candidate for a session brew.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2008 04:44:14 | More by dnichols
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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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