Santa's Private Reserve Ale
Rogue Ales

Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #114
Ranked #22,273
3.74 | pDev: 13.64%
Dec 28, 2023
Nov 29, 2001
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.

65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L
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Ratings by Cm55:
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Reviewed by Cm55

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L-dark with tan creamy head with leaves a few fingers
S-acidic and sharp, with undertones of earth
T-slightly sour with a vegetal component. The toffee attempt seems to have gone sideways here. Finished with hints of cocoa but that is layered on top of bitter and sour flavors
F-smooth and medium
O-a strange beer that would honestly be a pretty good field and vegetable ale where sourness is expected - but didn’t hit the mark for a seasonal stout.
Dec 04, 2023
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.93 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Dec 28, 2023
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2022 Can from the Advent Box.
Dark brown with faint garnet at the edges and a frothy tan head that slowly recedes. Sweet sugary stout with hints of roast and chocolate. Faint citrus light earthy hops. Odd but it works.
Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Dec 21, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has strong tangerine aroma almost like a liquor with chocolate notes intermixed. The aromas are sweet and candy like.

Taste: The chocolate is more prominent in the flavor with the tangerine being equal. There are some tropical flavors that remind me of tropical skittles.

Feel: It has a medium body with a sweet finish.

Overall, a very candy like and chocolate beer.
Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 09, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Deep rust color; barely see-through.

Bright white head; nice lacing.

Citrus hop nose with malt undertones. Smells good.

Medium mouthfeel. Hop forward with a nice citrus bite; slight roasted notes underneath. Tastes like a red IPA.

Unique & quite quaffable, but this is for hop lovers only.
Sep 08, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by toast9 from New Jersey

Feb 09, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the bottle, it pours a brownish color with a modest light tan head that lasts a bit. Lacing as you enjoy it. In the nose, Scent is light, but the taste is dark fruits and malt predominantly.
Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 3.15 by J_Arbizzle from Kansas

Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

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?
Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by eluvah from New York

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

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).
Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by DOCRW from Kentucky

Nov 22, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2018
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