Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Ale 2012

Rogue Ales are from Newport, Oregon.

I picked this up from a bargain bin at John's Grocery in Iowa City, Iowa which is definitely a place to visit if you are into beer.  I guess when it is late April they are anxious to get rid of the beers that still have Santa on them. The beer pours a reddish dark amber in color.  There is a tall quarter-inch of thick and creamy head that is light brown in color.  The aroma is very malty, toasted, caramel, a touch of sweet potato, with a fruity hoppiness at the end.  The hops are obviously not fresh anymore, but still there.  There is a some pine.  The taste is a wave of sweet maltiness, a hit of carbonation, then a dry fruity and piney wave, followed by a bitter aftertaste of toasted malt.  This is an interesting and tasty beer, I will have to try and find it closer to Santa's season next year.

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