Santa's Private Reserve Ale | Rogue Ales

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Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
10 Ingredients:
Carastan 30-37 & 13-17, Crystal 70-80 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Chinook & Rogue Farm Revolution & Freedom Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.

13º PLATO
65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,749
Reviews:
1,208
Ratings:
2,373
pDev:
13.9%
 
 
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Photo of J_Arbizzle
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Here I go off the reservation yet again, but I can't help it. If you like bitter - and I do - this one's for you. Clear, dark amber colored pour, with a dense off-white head that lasts forever leaving tons of pretty lacing. Very well balanced with lots of complexity. Notes of dark bread, caramel, and dark fruit, with a little tart cherry and lots of resiny bitterness that lingers from start to finish. Malty, bitter, and delicious. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of dafla67
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eluvah
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 6/17/12: Pours a murky brown producing 2 finger of frothy, short-lived, tan head that leaves only a little thin lacing. Aroma is dark bread, toast, honey, caramel, floral and resinous pine hops. Taste is hop heavy pine/spruce bitterness throughout the sip but especially in the finish and aftertaste. The malt is plentiful with dark bread, fig, prune, molasses,some smoke, alcohol with a vague hint of wood. This review is from old notes and my example was the 2012 version. I understand they change the recipe every so often (not sure it it changes ever year or not). You could be fooled into thinking the 2012 version was a Winter Warmer based on the name and label, its far too hoppy for that (and too hoppy for an American Amber/Red Ale also).

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RayCannata
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nunitn
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry taste. Alot tastes and good aroma. Well done.

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Photo of iainbanks1
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Life is Strange Ep 4. 3 months after bbf date and still a pretty good american amber with strong bitterness. However, I dont find any christmasty character in it

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Photo of heddar33
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Christmas-themed ale that I have enjoyed this 2017 holiday season...

A very unique copperish, caramel-colored liquid that provides weak foam and no lacing, but still - very unique. The smell has all the characteristics of a winter warmer - the spice, the malt, and hints of cardamon and even some cinnamon. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, though more carbonated than I preferred. The least favorite part of this brew was it's taste - a metallic tang that did not get better as it warmed, in fact, it became more pronounced, not as tasty as I imagined it would be. Overall, it's a good brew and certainly one I will keep an eye out for in the future.

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Photo of Nosquatch
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Dark reddish brown with a small tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind some lacing.
S - Sweet bready malt along with the cherries and raspberries as well as raisins and some caramel.
T - Follows the nose with sweet bready malt up front finished by the tart/sour cherries and raspberries. Intermixed are notes of raisins and caramel. Definitely on the sweeter side.
F - medium to somewhat fuller bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth yet leaves a somewhat watery mouthfeel. The watery mouthfeel is on the back end and is something I've found somewhat common with all Rogue ales.
O - This is a pretty good holiday ale with notes of cherries and raspberries as promised. Personally, it might be a little "too" sweet and "too" tart for my tastes, but overall it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a reddish almost purplish blueberry juice color. Head is off white and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is fruity with a strong molasses malt.

Taste is astringently sweet malt with a little berry at the end.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown-red, hazy beer with a one finger, beige, head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Hops, caramel, ripe fruit, raisin, prune and toffee. A lot of sweetness in the nose.
Taste: Pine resin, caramel malt, plum, nuts and grapefruit. The taste is a lot less sweet than the nose.
Mouth: Medium body. Light carbonation. A lot of bitterness at the end.

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Photo of hasse67
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 2,373 ratings