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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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78
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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 mntlover
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black looking lots of deep red showing thru though. A two finger sized dense tan head falls fast with very sparce lace even on aggressive pour.

Aroma is chocolate light fruitines mixed with some nuttiness. Has a mild spice presence along with evergreen like hops smells nice.

Taste is light pretty lively carbonation light toasted specialty malts along with light chocoalte and some nuttiness. Finish is light prune mixed with spice and light hops. Pretty average porter here nice aroma decent flavor but not much body, much like the stout.

Mouthfeel is little to lively for my taste in a porter which does nothing to help a already light feeling dark beer.

Drinkability is well wouldn't buy again about on par with Rideways Stout. I would stick to their IPA's which if memory serves were pretty darn good.

Photo of BBM
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with hazelnut highlights and a creamy white head. Some lacing around the glass. Aroma was not very prevalent, it was somewhat sweet and earthy, but to be honest not strong at all.

Chocolate and mustiness enter the palate first, followed by a bittersweet nutty flavor, and English hops. Slight metallic taste is left on the tongue. It doesn't deviate too far from your typical English porter, but that's not always a bad thing. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my liking. Novel name and an interesting conversation piece, but a bit pricey ($5.25) for what amounts to a standard Brit porter. Worth a shot though, after all, 'tis the season...

Photo of briman
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby notes when held up to the light. Good clarity. Quarter inch tan head, average retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty, some caramel mixed with chocolate. Maybe even a hint of alcohol in there. Lightly roasted malts come out as it warms.

Flavor has caramel, some chocolate, and a little bit of a nut brown characteristic. Very mild hop presence in the dry finish. No bitterness whatsoever, but a touch of alcohol does sneak through.

Medium body, low carbonation. Balance is pretty good. More of a nut brown to my taste buds than a porter. Doesn't have any noticeable warming affect as the label would lead you to believe, so not sure I would term this a winter beer either. Wouldn't turn another one down, but also wouldn't put it at the top of my list.

Photo of Guinness4me
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First we tried Bad Elf, then Very Bad Elf, and now Santa's Butt. All good little beers and not offensive at all. The appearance was very typical for an English Porter with it's coffee color and slight head.

My first smell was not impressive and my first thought was B.O., as in body odor. Hubby responded with something to the effect that it IS Santa's Butt. (Touche') The smell got a little better as it sat, getting maltier and sweeter.

The taste was sweet and malty with a slight hoppiness. I tasted a bit of chocolate and toffee. A good example of the beer type.

The mouthfeel was average and I will enjoy this Xmas brew again.

Photo of ybnorml
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown, almost black ale with ruby highlights.There is a small dark beige head that disappears quickly. Has a chocolate like malt aroma with hints of biscuit in the background. The flavor starts witha nice chocolate note and finishes with a light sweetness.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

#14. Humorous Christmas beer title, with an informative story to back too long to list here. To be honest, I just got this based on the name, but am hoping for something very memorable as a porter, which is a beer style that I love to death. Here goes nothing (or something)...

Poured from a 1 pint bottle to my brand new goblet (Thanks to Crellmoset) at room temp. BBF 04 10 12.

(Appearance) Beer pours a very dark cola-like hue of dark brown. Color does not penetrate except for the red edges where some ruby tones light through. A very meager carbonated head coats the surface, not much more than 1 finger depth thick, then slowly dissipates, leaving the surface cloudy but not foamy. There is very slight lacing. Average. 3

(Smell) Dark, roasted nutty tones. I can smell a good deal of coffee bean and perhaps some faint chocolatey or licorice scents, but they're faint. There is a little finishing hop bitterness, and some faint fruits, but they doesn't sting the nose. A fair scent balance. All around a very exciting smell. 4

(Taste) Light coffee, very toasty wood flavors. A touch of bitterness on the finish, could be from some strong hops or some fruits. There is mostly toasted wood or nuts here, can't find much else. As it warms, I get some deep fruits that I didn't sense earlier. It is better at a warmer temperature. Lighter than I anticipated and even hoped. Bummer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Crisp and on the dry side. Carbonation makes this one flow rather smoothly. A tad bit watery and thin, and could afford to be a bit more full bodied. Very light for a porter. There is almost no finish, just some toasty wood and nut. 2.5

(Drinkability) I could finish the first one, but wouldn't feel the urge to have another for the session. It's somewhat filling, which is a pretty good thing. I'm just looking for something a little more full bodied and with a diverse arrangement of flavors. I'm feeling let down here. 2.5

Verdict: An enjoyable one timer for me, but there are so many christmas seasonal beers out there, this one didn't have quite the kick and flavor diversity I was looking for. Good for some, worth a shot for most. I'm torn on whether I'd get it again. B- (3.3)

Photo of tctruffin
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bar was out of Bad Elf, so I opted for this instead. In terms of presentation, the beer gets all the points in the world: funny name, good illustration, shapely bottle, humerous text informing you that "butt" is not what the censors think it is even if there's a big ol' picture of Santa's rear end on the label. Very nice.

The beer itself is not bad. Nice brown color with a tan head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma was a weak point; even after letting it warm up, there was little discernible aroma. The taste was roasty with bit of alcohol bite. Others have mentioned chocolate and coffee, but I was getting perhaps more of a toffee thing going on. The body was a bit on the light side. On the other hand, the lack of much aftertaste made it an easy drinker.

Not an overwhelming brew, but fun!

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, ruby brown and clear, nice brown head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma and flavor have a slight astringent note, a little bit of metallic as well. Toasty, nutty, malty, and a little bit of roasty flavors and smells are noted. I note a little graininess and some sweetness, like brown sugar.

The body could be thicker, it's a bit thinner than I'd prefer my porters.

Overall it's an interesting choice, but not particularly outstanding.

Photo of lysergicdream
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Pencible
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like subdued coffee beans and barley malt with a bit of dark chocolate and oak. It tasted like watered-down coffee and earthy barley malt with prominent copper hops. It was thin with moderate carbonation, and had a very metallic bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a decent porter, very British and metallic. It tasted good but not great, and had a decent body. It was easy to drink, but was generally not exciting.

Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent reddish-brown body with a rather disappointing thin head. Nice malt aroma; nutty with coffee undertones; hints of mocha. Semi-sweet chocolate taste; vanilla; coffee grounds; nice low-key bitterness throughout the taste. Thin, watery body.

The good news is that the flavor emphasizes the malts and grains, but, on the whole, everything is way too subdued weak. Great name but a near sub-par beer.

Photo of HereticDivine
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I'm gonna review this beer as a dark ale, rather than a porter. It lacks a lot of "porter qualities". This beer poured a dark burgundy color. Once again, it would be a nice looking dark ale. It had a nice dark chocolate smell, with a touch of bread. It definitely lacked the porter smokiness in taste. It really has a dark chocolate taste, with some raisin bread qualities. The aftertaste is where you really taste the alcohol. At 6.0 abv, the alcohol taste should be nonexistent. This beer was very watery for a porter. I would drink this again, but at $6 a bottle, there are better options.

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.