Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Ale

Rogue Ales

USA

Wow. Fantastic. I really don't like spiced beers, and bought this with fear and dread, knowing it would reek of plums, currants, garlic and paprika (those Rogue people really like to experiment). But it was an impulse buy, so I felt honor-bound to follow through. What ho--handsome smoky walnut color. Delicious malty aroma. Mmmm...taste the malt and hops. Lotta hops. This was a fantastic winter warmer, and no spices, thank heaven. Just an honest-to-goodness rich winter beer. Ho ho ho indeed.

Reviewed: June 24, 2006

Rating: 9/10

This is a holiday variation of Rogue's Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops. The IBU comes in at 44, but it tasted quite a bit hoppier than that, it had quite a hoppy bite to it. I was expecting something rich and malty, heavy on the alcohol, as I sat down, turned off all the lights except the Christmas Tree lights, and sipped this beer, and was almost knocked awake by the hops. Still, it was a flavorful ale, one perfect for early winter on a cold day.

Reviewed: July 06, 2008

Rating: 7/10

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