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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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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