Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Grabbed a box of 12 bottles last December from a convenience store (of all places!) for something like $30. Been working my way through 'em all year, figured a review was in order.
Good St. Nick has seen fit to grace us with a deep burnt red ale, hazy with some sediment and topped with a spotty, uneven dirty tan head.
Smell is thick caramel and acidic, slightly musty citrus / pine hops. Possibly a hint of spice, although I'm sure there's no actual spice included. Orange peel comes to mind, as does a bit of muted clove.
This tastes alright... a heavy sweet burnt malt flavor carries the day, and fights with a bitter, oily hop bite for control of your tongue. The finish is dry and bitter, with an Earl Gray tea-like astringency. There's a buttery slickness that pervades both the taste and mouthfeel... and something in this brew reminds me of Anchor's Old Foghorn, but I can't place it. Overall it's not a bad taste, just doesn't grab me.
Mouthfeel is medium to low carbonation, slick and finishes bitter and dusty.
Santa's Reserve isn't a bad beer by any standard, but it's not particularly memorable or unique, either. It's an highly-malted, bitter dense red ale and not a lot else. Worth a try but don't expect greatness.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2007 01:49:08 | More by kkipple
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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
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