Coaster Critique: Rogue, Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

On the Fourth day of Beermas….

Name: Santa’s Private Reserve Santas PourAle

Brewed By: Rogue Ales

Style: Amber Ale

ABV: 6%


Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a frothy, off white head that leaves a heavy lacing down the glass.

Smells of baked bread, some light piney hop notes and a touch of citrus.

Big roasty malt body up front and a hop heavy finish. The hops are slightly citrusy at mid sip but the finish is very woodsy, earthy, like a mouthful of pine needles. Medium bodied, mellow carbonation and a bitter dry finish.

Overall I’m happy with this beer, the bitterness is on point, like a more aggressive English bitter and the big piney flavor is nice, sort of puts me in the mood to decorate a Christmas tree.




12 days of Beermas 2013

Day 1: Harpoon Brewing Co. Winter Warmer

Day 2: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company, Christmas Ale

Day 3: Schneider Weisse, Aventinus Eisbock

Day 4: Rogue Ales, Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Day 5: Shipyard Brewing Company, Mint Chocolate Stout

Day 6: Gouden Carolus, Noel

Day 7: De Struise Brouwers, Tjseeses

Day 8: Friars Brewhouse, Whoopie Pie Porter

Day 9: Slumbrew, Yankee Swap

Day 10: Ridgeway Brewing, Criminally Bad Elf

Day 11: Sierra Nevada, Celebration 2013

Day 12: Anchor Brewing, Our Special Ale

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.