Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing
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Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
The beer poured into the glass crystal clear black with an off-white head which fell back quickly but traced the glass.
The aroma was malty with caramel character most notable followed by chocolate and a bit of coffee. The aroma was lightly estery as well.
The flavor was malty with caramel, some chocolate and light coffee. The fruitiness which was restrained in the aroma was let loose for the flavor.
The finish was even with some light caramel and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with and extremely low level of carbonation. An ok porter, but nothing to get excited about.
50 cl bottle.
12-28-2006 23:46:13 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3/5 rDev -11.8%
50cl bottle with a unique shape shared with the girlfriend. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlights shining through when held to the light. A light fizzy brown head appears and then fades as soon as it came. Aromas start with light roasted grain with a hint of cocoa. Some cardboard/metallic oxidation is present, maybe I held onto this a bit too long. Subtle hops with some raisins and molasses. Not really doing it for me here.
First sip brings a roasted somewhat caramel malt upfront along with a touch of a burnt, almost smoky flavor. Light cocoa flows down with some dark fruits and raisins in tow. Finishes with just a dash of herbal hops on the way down. Overall this one just ends up boring me for a porter.
Mouthfeel is rather light with fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy but doesn't really satisfy me like a normal porter would. Almost seems a bit watery. Overall, I personally found this to be a pretty forgettable brew and I don't see myself going back to it again. Maybe I'll have to try some of the other Ridgeway offerings.
04-18-2007 02:00:14 | More by orbitalr0x
4.5/5 rDev +32.4%
Well, I always like some ass... and have fun with the gimmicky labels... but hey, this really did wind up being a surprisingly nice one! When I heard the name, I said I had to have a case of it, just to say I've had Santa's ass, and well, now I have.
So dark and chocolately you cannot see through it, except for a bit of amber/rootbeer at the bottom. Bit of a thin ring of khaki only at the edge of the glass. Great porty/stout scents, dark chocolate yumminess, very good. Light to medium body, the carbination is there, but not too much, not too overwhelming. It does fizz up a bit for a second, but not foamy, you just feel it. Very nice dark tastes, black coffee and chocolate, black licorice, anise. the anise really seems to make it's presence known in the aftertaste. Very easy drinker, good flavors and feel.
This turned out to be not only a fun beer to share with my friends and family for the holidays, but a nice drinker!
12-25-2004 06:16:24 | More by shapudding
4.15/5 rDev +22.1%
500 ml. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.
I first discovered this beer several years ago while working for a store that excelled in featuring specialty beers. Since then, it's been a required part of Christmas time.
A - One-finger ecru head that's thick around the edge and foamy in the middle. It dissipates in about a minute to a thin film of lace across the surface. Very dark chocolate brown. Held up to a light, it's clear and a deep ruby red.
S - Lots of caramel and toasted malt in the nose. Smells like someone's getting ready to dip apples into a batch of melted caramels on the stove. Hints of vanilla. As it warms and the glass gets room to swirl, rasiny fruit tones emerge.
T - Gently toasted/roasted malts. Delicious caramel flavors, which dominate the taste. Hints of brown sugar. As it warms, dried cherries appear in the finish.
M - Some carbonation, but body leans toward the thin, watery side. Not much of a finish, but what remains invites another taste. This is perhaps its weakest attribute.
D - A classic English porter. Very drinkable. Flavors are delicious but restrained. Could easily enjoy several of these in a sitting. As a bonus, both the nose and the taste open up into additional fruit-based flavors as it warms in the glass. Most American porters are really junior stouts. This beer does a great job of showing off what it means to be a true porter.
12-22-2010 01:31:49 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.43/5 rDev +0.9%
50 cl bottle with label as shown here. Pours a very dark brown body with a small tan head that leaves some sheet lacing. Body exhibits good clarity when held to light.
Aroma is one dimensional, with roasty coffee and notes of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and some syrupy chocolate.
Lots of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate in the taste. Maybe a hint of almond nuttiness and a fleeting note of earthy hop bitterness. The chocolate syrup character is disconcerting here, and diminishes drinkability. A decent English porter, but I wouldn't care for another.
11-28-2005 23:23:07 | More by merlin48
2.28/5 rDev -32.9%
Pours dark brown with a very small head. The aroma is very, very faint with some malty sweetness. The flavor is just simply not very good. I get a strong medicinal flavor and no real roasted malts or anything else you would expect in a porter. Not sure if something is amiss in this beer or if it is just not very good, but I barely finished a 4 oz sample. Low to medium carbonation and medium body.
12-31-2009 21:47:13 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Somewhat dark reddish brown with thin tan head.
Smell: Floral and spicy English hops. Muted roasted malt undercurrent.
Taste: The taste is also fairly muted, with light roasted malts, which leaves room for the spicy, floral hops to be the main component.
Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a body that is definitely too thin. Nice dry finish, however.
Overall: Not one of the more exciting Porters out there, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it is enjoyable as a nice, everyday beer. Making it out to be a Winter Porter doesn't help its cause.
12-04-2011 05:04:39 | More by bsp77
3.28/5 rDev -3.5%
Great label, except the expression on Santa's face is not so jolly. Looks a little baboonesque actually.
Inky black with ruby highlights, and an oatmeal colored head that rises up quickly like soda carbonation, and falls quickly with the sounds of exploding bubbles, also like soda. Hardy aroma of clovey spices, some spruce, and a teeny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, a bit chalky. Flavor is not my idea of a porter. Not malty or biscuity, no hints of cocoa or coffee, molasses or fig. That's what it's not, but what is it? Clove and spice, soft ripe apple, some brown sugar, a little yeasty, and minimal hops riding beneath. A bit of a tannic puckery finish. I'm actually confused by this beer. But, again, cool label.
02-25-2005 04:04:44 | More by far333
2.8/5 rDev -17.6%
A- very dark brown with very little head
S- roasted dark malty aroma
T Not too heavy for such a dark beer malty somewhat sweet
M- Nice and smooth light carbonation
D- Very drinkable, nice on a cold winter night or an early spring with a slight breeze would get it again if I could find it locally.
04-27-2007 01:20:55 | More by monkeybeer
3.28/5 rDev -3.5%
Almost opaque dark brown-black with a chocolate milk froth for a head. The suds thin in a minute or so. Laces sparsely but broadly. Interesting smell, some mocha intonations but strong hints of medium-grade pipe tobacco. Smooth mouthfeel, but the carbonation is too low, verges on flat. The taste showcases mainly malted milk, a lot of sweetness, minimum roastiness or hoppiness going on. There's a slight stale raisin off note going on, a funkiness that's almost mildewy. The flavor and mouthfeel didn't strike me on this one, it settles into almost tasteless on further sips, but the aroma was interesting and my favorite part of the beer.
12-30-2004 17:06:03 | More by ADR
4/5 rDev +17.6%
Appears a pitch black tone at first with ruby highlights when held toward the light. Aroma is upfront with dark fruits and roasted malts a bit of chocolate coffee and mild cherry nice. Flavor has dark roasted malt flavor blended with a bit of Christmas spunk including dark fruits and other variables into the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied solid medium bodied even carbonation. Drinkability is solid all around solid drinking Christmas ale I look forward to more of.
11-23-2009 22:44:50 | More by WVbeergeek
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a dark ruby/rootbeer color with a little ivory white head that disapates into a tiny ring around the glass.
Aroma is raisins and dark fruit, mabye dates.
Taste does'nt live up to the aroma.
I was a bit disappointed in the taste and mouthfeel.
Was hoping for a bigger, more chewy mouthful.
Not bad, but, I'm not running out to buy a fridge full.
12-21-2008 21:17:53 | More by Nibbley
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
A-Awesome deep, deep red with utter clarity, one of the most beautiful beers I have ever poured. Unfortunately very little head and retention.
S-Nutty malts, very little spice.
T-Full bodied malt, a bit of toffee with a mild hop finish
M-Fairly balnced carbonation and mouthfeel.
D-Not bad, but a bit lackluster I'd think of this more as a fall beer than a winter seasonal. Not going to run out to buy another anytime this season.
12-06-2008 03:46:15 | More by caddybuyer
4/5 rDev +17.6%
date reviewed: 25 January 2013...
glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick...
occasion: research paper grading, round one...
appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa...
aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldn't diminish the effect....
palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern...
taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable...
overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santa's nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...
05-05-2013 04:25:21 | More by dacrza1
3.73/5 rDev +9.7%
Like a lot of people, I picked this beer up in protest due to it being banned in Maine or some such. The label really isn't that bad, I mean, come on, people!
Anyway, it was a pretty nice beer. Deep brown color with reddish tones when you hold it up to the light. I got a malty aroma with some chocolaty overtones.
There's a bit of coffee in addition to the chocolate flavor. A tinge of bitterness crept in, but not overly so.
I expected it to be a little more full-bodied than it was, the flavor left the tongue quickly. Pretty good, but obviously not perfect.
12-21-2006 00:09:30 | More by weasbri
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head.When I opened the bottle I got a good wiff of roasted malt,but as I poured the beer into a glass the smell has pretty much disappeared.The has a nice roasted flavor with small hints of both coffee and chocolate.The m/f is a little weak,light, and unbalanced.This is not a bad beer,and I would try it again,if I couldn't find some of my favorites of course.
12-05-2005 00:52:53 | More by jmz62565
2.28/5 rDev -32.9%
Appearance - Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a finger width, off-white head. Poor retention, leaves behind no lacing or bubbles.
Smell - Slight metallic aroma. Watery hints of toffee.
Taste - Not much. Ghostly earth tones. Slightly metallic. Really watered down toffee notes.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, in the least.
Overall - One of, if not the most disappointing porters I've ever had. I've had BMC Light products with more flavor. I bought this at a severe discount, and I still feel like I got ripped off.
03-04-2013 03:39:34 | More by TheSixthRing
3.15/5 rDev -7.4%
This porter or so called holiday porter is dissapointing. It pours real thin with a head too white. The nose is almost non existent. The taste has that classic ridgeway dirty tank flavor. some hints of malt and coffee, but far too thin to be a porter much less a holiday porter. The mouthfeel is not creamy in the last, it has a lager feel. Some people like these beers alot and if its your thing im sorry, but i just cant get into them. The bottles are cool, but i just cant see myself buying any of these beers again except maybe the insanely bad elf.
12-20-2007 07:50:09 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.