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Day #341 – Rogue Santas Private Reserve

December 8, 2011

Ah yes, another Christmas beer! This one even has a picture of Santa on it which makes it all the more cooler. Let’s get into it.

Rogue Santas Private Reserve

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Rogue Ales of course is one of the better breweries that I have reviewed beer from. They are located in Newport, Oregon and I can safely say that they distribute WAY more to our area than I have been able to review. Such is the way of things when you have only a single beer to choose in a day and a whole wall of options to select from. Maybe if I opt for a 2nd year of this crazy project then we’ll see what happens. We’ll see. Anyways this is their seasonal winter release (obviously) and it is classified as an Amber Ale. This is a hopped up version of one of their original brews, the Saint Red with double the hops. After hearing that I have a bit of an idea of what to expect.

I am absolutely shocked to find out I do not have a Rogue glass. Not one! Well, into my santa Franziskaner it goes and it looks quite nice in it as well.

This beer pours a clear amber orange color with a foamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles emanate from the base of the glass.

Hops can definitely be detected on the nose, with a bit of caramel sweetness and malt undertones. The hops are not terribly aggressive but rather earthy, leafy and soft. Maybe I’m imagining it but there might be a bit of holiday spice in this. Might be.

The flavor is a bit drier than I was anticipated and it leaves an odd aftertaste on the palate after the finish. The hops provide quite a bitterness that appears in the middle of the flavor and goes through the finish. No spice to speak of however.

Well I can say it smells better than it tastes, and it’s worth a try but I wouldn’t order another.

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Cheers!

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