Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,871 | Reviews: 1,137 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by hoplover82:
4.47/5 rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The bottle that I snuck from Santa's Private Reserve pours a crystal clear amber color with a very thick creamy, tan head that clings strong to the glass and leaves very good lace. The head never goes away.
The aroma bursts with floral hops. Sweet, toasty, caramely malts sing there beautiful song in the back. As it warms in I detect pine and citrus hops too. Very nice aroma.
The flavor is mostly caramel and toasty malts, but the hops are in the back this time. In every drink, you know the hops are there in full effect. The perfect amount of bitterness helps Santa's beer to be perfectly balanced. The elves must have worked on this recipe for a long time.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Very smooth.
Very drinkable. I highly recommend you sneek some of this from Santa.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2008 08:27:42 | More by hoplover82
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
85 out of 100 based on 1,871 ratings.