Let the Christmas beer season begin. I came across Santa’s Private Reserve at Total Wine in McLean, VA and thought I would grab it. I haven’t tried it before and I usually like Rogue, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It pours kind of reddish color with a little brown. There was a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was definitely piney hops. There was a of biscuit-y, earthiness and a tad of citrus in the flavor. There was a distinct hop bite to it. It is a relatively low alcohol content for a Christmas beer at 6% ABV. This reminded me of Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale. It’s not quite what I expect from a Christmas beer. It wasn’t bad, but I was more in the mood for something more malt forward with some seasonal spices in it. I’m afraid I’m only going to go with two out of five proper pints on this one.