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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, clear garnet liquid with a slight light tan head that quickly dissipates, leaves some lacing, but very slight.

S = Caramel, toffee, roasted grains, pretty straightforward porter smells, but very clean and enjoyable.

T&D = Well balanced, I am going to count off a little for a slight watery taste at mid palate but mostly I get good strong malt flavors of caramel, toffee with a balance from the hops that comes across like just slightly burnt toast. Does drink very easily, one of my more favorite English Porters.

M = Medium bodied, quite good mouthcoating, pleasant amount of carbonation which teases the mouth without overpowering it. (702 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased because of the entertaining label, now looking forward to the other offerings by Ridgeway.

Nice pour; brown/black with (thin, darn) head that quickly dissipated. But a doughy malt nicely met my nose, along with some chocolates and coffee. Excellent quaff, with the aforementioned along with cinnamon and burnt toast.

On the sweet and light-bodied side, which by the end of the 500ml bottle, was thinning out a little too much. Still very smooth and drinkable, the 6% abv will not really slam you to the floor if one has a bottle or two. Ready for more. (568 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opague chestnut brown color with a very short fizzy tan head that retreats to a ring and then disappears completely.

The aroma is mild, biscuity with hints of vanilla, cocoa and nuts.

The taste is very nice toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, anise and hazelnuts. The finish is espresso with a lingering spicy touch.

Very smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated, light/medium bodied, very easy to drink and a nice winter drink with just a bit of alcohol warmth. (489 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant light chestnut under a clingy 2”off-white foam collar S: Biscuit aromas with chocolate notes. T: A chocolate covered biscuit with a dose of nuts. F: very smooth, creamy, soft on the palate. O: This is a drinkable, mild malt driven porter that goes down easy (278 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with some glints of purple light peeking throught the sides, topped off with khaki frothy head cap that quickly settles to a ring in my mini-nonic glass.

Deep roasted cocoa scents and dry biscuit. This is what a porter should smell like. Also has some vanilla twist and slightly vinous.

First swigs: Ok, so what does Santa's Butt taste like? I never thought I would answer that question but, slight dry cocoa and pancake. Some chocolate ice cream and stays focused on the well done vanilla porter flavor that lends to a creamy feel. Easy roasted maltsand the tiniest bit of citrous hints.

Soft plush carbonation. Medium body, with a middle of the road carbonation feel that leads to an easy drinkability. Smooth porter.

Last swigs: Gentle cocoa and cream. Curiosity about the label influenced trying this one, I'll admit, but seriously good. Thanks to Shapudding for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (938 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours brown with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: A rich, chocolately malt smell with soft nutty aromas.

T: Smooth and balanced flavors of chocolate and cocoa with a hint of spice. Fairly basic, but quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Silky smooth and a pleasure on the palate.

D: Despite the mediocre reviews before this one, I find this beer to be quite nice. A solid example of the style. (426 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,395 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/20/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Dark body with notes of ruby when held up to a light. 1/2 finger tan colored head. Leaves a nice cap on the beer the entire time.

Smell had some light ester and yeasty aroma. Some caramel and chocolate notes. Roasty notes as well.

Taste had a nice, light, roasty flavor with some chocolate in the finish. Mild nuttiness with light ester flavors. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability I felt was good. Light flavors, good on style and no signs of ABV (593 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a milky, brown coffee color. There is slight ring of big bubbles, tan color, surrounding the lip of glass.

Smell: Its a nice warm cocoa smell with a nutty, roasted peppering.

Taste: Roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, a slightly sweet and milky aftertaste. Reminds me of a cold, real dark hot chocolate, but served warmer. Its very good.

Mouthfeel: It isn't very heavy, but it still makes a big statement in terms of presence.

Drinkability: Oh yeah...watch out Santa. I'm not leaving this with my cookies! (537 characters)

Photo of longarm
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First of all...great bottle label: Long live the first amendment! Hopefully the "authorities" in New York pull their heads out of their asses and worry about more important issues.

Appearance: Very little to no carbonation. In and of itself not a a big deal.

Aroma: Roasted malt with a small bit of cocoa aroma. I just reviewed "Lump of Coal" from this brewery last night, and it has nearly the same aroma with less spice or cherry character. Aromatically it seems like a stripped-down version of "Lump of Coal", in that it's not quite as complex. Less hops shine through as well than "Lump...".

Flavor: My first taste almost made my knees buckle. The second and third sips reveal a surprising and nicely balanced beer. Nothing overwhelming here, but still a solid interpretation of the style. A little hops nicely creep-in, but these fade quickly on the finish. This is one of those beers where understated flavors blend well to form an easy drinking beer with enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Mouthfeel: Awesome....crisp, clean, enough of an aftertaste to seduce multiple sips. "Tops" in this category.

Drinkability: This is truly a fine beer and was a bit of a surprise. I must say that if you're expecting something "wintery" or "christmasy" as the name suggests, you might be disappointed. Flat-out, this is nothing but a porter. Plain, yet glorious in its understated beauty. (1,406 characters)

Photo of mnapier
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Judging Glassware, Belgian Tulip, 12 ounces.

This is going to be a quicky, since much the grey and white foamy head, it dissipates throughout.
Observing, the dark pool I don't really detect much light or clarity. The foamy head that is produced from this beer is mostly grey and white with no lace. A waft of sweet mild citrus creeps across along with some roastedness blends together. Tasting it I detect roasted, licorice, and some mild chocolate & coffee. Overall mouthfeel is mild to medium.

Cheers (537 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (468 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... (776 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 4 beer christmas sample pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown bordering on black with virtually no foam.

Light roasted smell with chocolate and coffee hints.

Rich roasted malt taste opener that finishes surprisingly clean. Notably absent is any trace of bitterness. Very smooth and creamy. Somewhat milky in the mouthfeel.

Good, solid, drinkable porter. (400 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted a 1pt 9oz. bottle at Tiger Qwick Mart in Clemson, SC for around $5 and change, and I had to get it due to its unique label.

A: Pours a rich deep brown (almost black) color that produces a nice off-white color head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice lacing. Ruby highlights when held to light.

S: The nose is a little shy but it really shines when the temperature is perfect. Roasted malts are the dominating note, along with coffee, toffee, caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Also, the hops make an appearance after a while, which makes this nose nice and balanced.

T: To be honest, I was expecting an aggressive and bold body/flavor combination, but it was restrained, which was not bad. The flavor profile is a little different than the nose suggested, being comprised of less roasted malts, more coffee/toffee, and a little more hoppy than the nose.

MF/D: Lighter body than normal, which really bumps the drinkability up in my book. Smooth and silky going down, finished clean.

Highly recommended if you can spot one! (1,037 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque, dark brown to off-black color. Thin tan head that retains somewhat well.

Nose is slight vanilla with more pronounced malty roastiness.

On the palate is a multi-spice, roasty flavor with prickly sweet finish at the end. Basically an everyday porter or stout with holiday spice thrown in.

Finish is somewhat short. (336 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with initial tannish head that quickly fell to a thick ring. Bubbles on the head were larger than I usually see on a beer. Smell is of roasted malt, some dark fruit(figs, prunes) and some chocolate-coffee notes. Taste delivers a pleasant sweet note and lots of fruitiness, similiar to a liquid fruitcake. The mouthfeel is extremely thin but still enjoyable.Very nice beer. (393 characters)

Photo of tobyandgina
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, tan head - a couple of fingers. Good lacing.

Very dark in color - pretty much black.

Smell of toasted caramel notes. A little coffee, maybe some chocolate in there. Something sweet and bitter also; could be cherries.

Decent mouthfeel. Toasty flavor. Mostly toasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Pretty good finish, leaves me wanting more, so drinkability is good.

A decent one in the Ridgeway line. (430 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's dark for a beer, but not all that dark for a porter. It's a very dark brown, approaching black, but really looks like cola. There is almost no head.

Fills the nose with pleasant smells of smoke, chocolate and coffee malts.

Each flavor gently dances on the tongue, all are a bit subdued, none standing out too much. The coffee and bittersweet chocolate are obvious without being annoying.

It's very creamy on the palate. There is a bit of bitterness, but just enough to let you know it's a beer. The sweetness is very subtle.

With the moderate alcohol levels and unobtrusive taste and smell, you could easy drink this all night long. It goes down easy with no offensive qualities. (689 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Almost opaque black with ruby edges. A one finger head slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is thin with dark roasty grain. Pretty much the standard aromas for an English Porter.

The same with the flavor. A little more robust than than a Brown Ale, but not quite up to the same level as a mild Stout like Guinness. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Lingering dark malt lasts for a while.

Not a bad porter. Nice and smooth, without much hoppiness, which is normal for an English Stout. Recommended. (543 characters)

Photo of BlackAngus
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brownish-garnet color, virtually no head.

S - Roasted malt, slightest hint of hops. Slight oxidation.

T - Roasted malt, sweetness, coffee, toffee.

M - Medium body, very light carbonation.

D - I'd definitely drink this one again. Not sure how it qualifies as a holiday beer, but nevertheless, a solid example of style. (338 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is almost jet black, with chestnut brown highlights around the edges, and only the slimmest ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass. Aromas are mild, with a solid coffee tone throughout. Some lighter malt and hops scents come off on the nose, also. Flavors are dry and crisp, which is a great representation of the style. Good blending of dry roasted coffee and mild chocolate malts, with a smooth character and light, smooth body. The aftertaste is rich and slightly roasted, with a dry feel to it. Slow, dry finish, leaving a good linger of flavors behind. Good brew. (626 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon the pour the beer presents a deep brown with considerable ruby highlights, head is average in size, about two fingers, light tan in color and frothy in texture as it fades quickly, the lace make a very thin sheet. Nose has a nice toasty malt sweetness, hints of caramel, and light butterscotch tones also present, a pleasant sniff. Start has a nice toasted grain presence, hints of burnt toast bitterness, top is light to almost medium in feel. Finish is lightly acidic, hops and toasted malt bite adds a pleasing end to the sampling, dry and a nice drinking beer, not over powering, just a good English Porter. (616 characters)

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Body isn't quite jet black; more of a mahogany brown with hints of Ruby red when held to the light. Head is small and thin that quickly fades. This beer doesn't really smell of much, which is a shame because there's plenty of flavour! The predominant flavour is chocolate, with roasted caramel and hints of espresso. Mouthfeel is perhaps a little syrupy for my tastes, but not excessively so. Despite the use of oats there's no astringency at all, which is good for me as I don't enjoy particularly sharp flavours in my stouts or porters. There's a nice hop presence to provide balance and bitterness but without any overt hop flavours. As one would expect from the style the malts take centre stage.

All in all, a very decent porter. Exactly what I was expecting, no more, no less. (784 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red brown color with a moderate, tan head bubbly head. Decent lace.

Nice toasty aroma with sweet, caramel malt and a slight hint of an earthy hops in the background to balance.

Flavor is also a little on the malty side; toasty and subtle. again, little hops, but just enough to give it a refreshing quality.

Mouthfeel is light-medium body, which is satisfying and complemented by an appropriate carbonation.

Another very drinkable holiday brew by ridgeway. (475 characters)

Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.