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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%


Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004)
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 23:04:21 | More by tgbljb
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yemenmocha

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 05:46:16 | More by yemenmocha
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scottyshades

Florida

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 06:31:09 | More by scottyshades
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 22:44:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 12:39:17 | More by KTCamm
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dacrza1

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 04:25:21 | More by dacrza1
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BlackAngus

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 02:08:25 | More by BlackAngus
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 03:16:54 | More by BeerSox
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tobyandgina

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 05:30:26 | More by tobyandgina
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was a deep cola color and clear. The head was light tan and moderate in size. I enjoyed this one on Christmas night, of course!

Smell was malt syrup and metal. A little bready.

Taste was roasted malts. There was a nice dry bitterness. Crisp fruitiness. Raisins and plums maybe. Milk chocolate. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel was zippy carbonation with a smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 19:12:39 | More by Cresant
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RickS95

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:26:28 | More by RickS95
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:55:13 | More by GarthDanielson
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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 19:13:26 | More by Gusler
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1pt 9oz bottle with a picture of Old Saint Nick sitting on a barrel with a "Naughty and Nice" list in his left paw and a mug of beer in the other. Lovely. Emerges a dark dark brown, with some maroon around the edges of the bottom of the glass. Minimal heads fades rather quickly leaving no lacing.

Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Mostly toasted malts. No hops in the aroma. Some metallic tastes emerge as the beer warms. Even some slight fruitiness if that is possible.

A light tasting porter with a nice air of drinkability. Not really a warmer as the bottle states, but a nice beer. Certainly sessionable. A light mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish. I could see myself sittin on a barrel with a book in one hand and a mug of this tasty brew in the other. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 21:38:51 | More by SaCkErZ9
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thespaceman

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz into a pint glass

Appearance: Blackish in color, small tan head that is literally nothing, not alot going on but it's a porter, so it's acceptable.

Smell: Nutty nose in this, good maltiness, carmelization stands out firm, a nice touch of vanilla. Roasted cedar wood elements.

Taste: A good blend of hoppiness and spices, this beer has an excellent hop profile, good maltiness in the backbone. You can tell this has been stored in wood barrels, it defintley reflects this in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice and dry bitterness in the aftertaste, minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably one of the better porters I've tried, very quaffable, easy to drink at only 6.00 ABV, this is a Porter you can enjoy around the holidays, good beer to look forward to around the holidays, not something I would buy on the regular but defintley a porter you can enjoy on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 01:19:33 | More by thespaceman
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:34:52 | More by endincolorado
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CHickman

New York

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque dark brown with a creamy 1 finger tan head that settled quickly and left good lacing with rings; when held up to the light this beer is reddish brown.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit like dates, roasted grains, toffee, biscuit, yeast and nut; this brew has a smoky aroma and is very sweet overall with nice soft whiffs of caramel and sweet malt.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, plum or dates, roasted grains, toffee, cocoa, coffee beans, biscuit, burnt wood, yeast, nut and a hint of citrus or floral hops; it finishes dry with a lingering coffee or chocolate taste mixed with the roasted malts, which is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost watery, with a light body and a dry bitter finish; this borders on being light and crisp.

High drinkability for me, as this went down easy and had enough flavor complexities to enjoy on its own or as a session beer. A strong recommendation for any porter fan or any fan of rich roasted malt flavor in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 04:52:52 | More by CHickman
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours to a very dark brown, nearly black, with a thin and creamy off-white head.

The smell is distinctly English. Very high mineral content. Must have used burtonized water. A mild chocolatey malt aroma shows through under the minerals. Even a tad bit of a spicy hop shows up with a big enough whiff.

The taste more or less proves to me that this beer is made with burtonized water. Has a huge mineral flavor to it, but it blends well with the porter. Chocolate is also quite prominent in the flavor. Has a very mild herbal hop in the finish. I was expecting more spices in an xmas porter, but it still makes for a wonderful porter.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and harsh from the acidity and carbonation. Also finishes quite dry with little to no bitter. Drinkability is good, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 07:18:05 | More by neonbrown82
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stoner420

California

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.

appearance: medium dark brown, no head, light carbonation

smell: doesn't smell much at all, a little choclate, a little tart

taste: it has a tartness to it like a sour ale, faint chocolate taste, subtle hops, also a little watery.

mouthfeel: fizzy, the tartness is noticable.

drinkability: goes down fairly easy, but is not a light beer.

overall: really suprised me, I was expecting a heavy dark beer, but this was part sour ale, part chocolate stout, part english ale. An interesting beer and enjoyable, but a little lacking in aroma. Changed my idea of what a porter can be.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2006 04:20:12 | More by stoner420
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A must-purchase beer just because of the name. After the laughter (and the amusement of reading the lable), I can begin to evaluate the beer. There seems to be a mix of porter characteristics and Strong Ale characteristics even as eary as the nose. There is a big malty aroma showing sweetness, syrup, and chocolate; as well as strong fruity (cherry), booze, and caugh syrup strength. Flavors reinforce the nose with strong chocolates, cherries, berries, grapes, plumbs, spicy hops and a dominant alcohol sensation. The body is full and rich, thinned only by the alcohols and tart fruit flavors and mild astringencies. Finishes with a firm malt / fruit character, a fermentation twang, and alcoholic warmth. Interesting brew that offers more than just typical Porter expectations.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 04:16:33 | More by BEERchitect
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque garnet colour....ruby hues and crimson edges. thin head and light wisps of lace. yeasty aroma. a bit of anise and chocolate too, with a slight sour note. the taste is dark roasted flavours of chocolate and nougat. alcohol spice, a bit of sour cherries... some coffee and cream. has some sweet stout qualities, and enough hop bittering to notice. it's very balanced and pleasing. the body is almost perfect for a porter, and the smooth mouthfeel follows suit. drinkability is great; i dig the all the slight nuances of flavours, all delicately balanced to provide an enjoyable holiday quaffing experience.

i liked santas butt. i wish i had a whole butt of this to myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 01:11:33 | More by budgood1
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into a pint glass. Pours a mildly opaque brown, with a creamy ivory head.

Has a creamy nutty malty smell, with some grains and oats. Mild grassiness as well.

Smooth, mild malt, faint toffee and coffee notes. Mild yet pleasant, with a medium bodied mouthfeel.

Nice. I'd drink Santa's Butt again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:22:35 | More by TheHoppiest
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coca cola with some light shining through two fingers of mixed bubble beige heading...

Milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and some marshmallows in the nose, also a hint of dill for some reason or other, kinda like it though

Puffed mallows, chocolate rice crispies and superbly semi sweat cream. Follows the smell profile like a dime down a drain

Real creamy and light. Small bubble carbonation and a certain oatmeal creaminess which I was hoping for. No burn just light and a hint sticky

Overall I am very excited about this beer and this brewery in general. I tend to grade under the average, but for the three christmas ales I've had from RB I have ranked them a bit higher than others... Slainte

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 00:57:36 | More by JoeAmerican77
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and carbonated dark brown with an initial rising foamy head; settles into a bubbly carbonated ring that grasps tenderly. The nose is relatively clean and unobtrusive--light malt roastiness, day old coffee grounds and traces of english hops. The body is slightly carbonated and rich; a swirling mix of toffee malts and roasted malts. Bitterness is introduced coupled with some lingering hops. Traces of dark fruits that slide across the palate, which is left roasty and clean. It is what it is--a novelty during the holidays, but it's still a decent porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 23:44:53 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Douglas88

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours a pure black color with a medium white head. Rich roasted aromas, some chocolates and light caramel in the nose also. The taste is very nice, very quaffable, smooth and full flavors of roasted malts, caramel, light and sweet fruits and chocolates. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 19:59:45 | More by Douglas88
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.