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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

Not Rated.
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270 Reviews
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Reviews: 270
Hads: 436
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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Photo of Winter
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very, very dark brown in color with a thin khaki head. Spicy aroma with hints of fruit. Slightly medicinal. Thin mouthfeel with scrubbing carbonation on the tongue. Chocolate malt flooded with an odd medicinal taste that was apparent in the aroma. Alcohol soaked plums follow. Anise and dry burnt malt in the finish. It leaves you with a dry sour bitterness on your tongue.

I'm not a fan. Too many odd flavors combining here. Doesn't exhibit enough vinous and roasted malt flavors to be an enjoyable porter. Plus, I can't get past the medicinal aroma and flavor.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

How could a label so goofy make me so sad while drinking it.

Pours almost black, with not too much of a head.

Smell is pretty bland, dry coffee and cocoa roast, a tad nutty, and im detecting more than a enough diacetal and dms sogginess.

Taste doesnt live up to the aroma at all. It's thin/watery and im getting some cardboard and cooked veggies in this. It's malt forward obviously, but it's just dry bitter roast without any complexity. Some charred wood/bark in there too.

Body is too thin for the depth of color.

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Photo of sacfly
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned, no freshness date.

Pours a very dark brown, but not opaque. Very little carbonation, no head to speak of. Almost zero smell. Very faint notes of burnt grain and crystal malt.

Body is light to medium. Taste is very disappointing, almost nothing up front. Very light malt sweetness. Finish is overly astringent.

500ml is way too much of this gimmick beer. I dumped the last bit so I could move on to something better.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Christmas gift poured into my dogfish head pint glass.
Pours a less than eventful brown with no head. Just a slight ring around the glass.
Smell is slight, but if you try pretty hard you can get something out of it. Just a slight roastiness, coming through. Not much going on here. The taste is average at best. This is more about christmas gimmick more than it is about good beer.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and just a tad too thin.
This is a highly sessionable beer. With the flavor and mouthfeel lacking, it's begging to be drank fast and furious.

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Photo of Sixpoint
2.51/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yikes. The name was not that good, but you never know. Picture of Santa's Ass on the label.

Tasted like ass too! Hehehehe. My sample was infected. Definitely had a trace of Brett in it... is this intentional?

It kind of stole away from the whole chocolate/burnt/hops thing they had going on in there, which was (otherwise) nice.

Too bad it did taste like ass! Careful of what you name your beer.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown but not 100% opaque. No head.No lacing.

Smell: Smells like sweet roasted malt and molasses.

Taste: Slight roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Just wasn't impressed with this. Smelled better than it tasted. Won't be buying ever again.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into us pint

A: mahogany brown with small head

S: chocolate malt and some spice of indeterminate nature

T: Tasted sweet like a tootsie roll with little floral or spice, slight chocolate aftertaste

M: clean and light

D: Unimpressed with the overall package, the abv is reasonable for warmer-style porter

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Photo of Squelch
2.47/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark crimson with an tan head that dissipates fast

Smell: Smells of sweet malt with a slight hop background

Taste: Very acrid bitterness, probably due to the roasted malts. Sweetness is there. Not very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation tingles in the mouth which doesn't pare well with the roasted harsh bitterness.

Drinkability: Wouldn't buy this one again. Not my style.

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Photo of northaustin
2.47/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very dark brown that is pretty thin and has a reddish hue when held to the light. head is very thin and disappears rapidly and leaves no head and no lacing.

the smell is very hidden, some subdued sweet malts. smells very syrupy if anything.

taste: very syrupy, carbony and a bit overpowering.

mouthfeel. initially very dry due to the over carbonation. but ends with sort of an over sticky molasses type feel.

drinkability: wouldnt recommend this one. its too over carbonated and syrupy. no distinct or unique flavors and overall just pretty light.

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Photo of Snodman
2.42/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance – Poured a dark mahogany semi-clear color with one finger of khaki tan head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smell - Sweetness, stale coffee smell or coffee that's been out a bit and gone cold, hint of molasses, and some toffee

Taste - not strong, mild, subtle coffee, "drinkability" as they say. not too bitter or sweet, kinda pale.

Mouthfeel –Not a lot going on. It came and went with little to no fanfare.

Overall- Nothing special about this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit. Won’t try it again on purpose.

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Photo of beveritt
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has the now infamous drawing of Santa sitting atop a butt of beer and explains that a butt is 108 Imperial gallons. I lost track of exactly which states were trying to ban this.

Appearance: Pours with a thick, 2 inch head that settle slowly to a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing. The beer itself is nearly opaque, with slight reddish tones.

Smell: Sweet alcohol smell. Hints of toffee and anise.

Taste: A little bit of alcohol sweetness and bite upfront, with not much else. The sweetness has a vanilla and bourbon flavor. Very watery and bland.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation and very little body.

Drinkability: Very little taste. Watery and thin. Much too sweet. I thought this one had some potential, but it seems like just another gimmick.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.31/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Offa
2.27/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a big disappointment, especially since I love porters and had already fallen in love with Ridgeway Bitter.

It's almost black red-brown with a small light brown head that soon dissipates to a thin foamy ring and some bubbles.

The aroma is mostly of chocolate but it's not very strongly roasted smelling, with hints of fruit and brown bread.

The taste is much worse: almost nothing but prunes and alcohol, with faint hints of red wine and chocolate. The body isn't too thin but it is not complex at all and is really very bland for a porter, tasting pretty much just of alcohol-soaked prunes. It is far too bland and alcoholic. However, it is drinkable and some enjoyable feel and warmth.

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Photo of montageman
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Another Christmas beer, but one due to labeling rather than typical Christmas spicing. The label is the best thing about this lackluster porter. The beer pours thin and light brown, but ends up moderately dark with a white head that leaves some lacing. Chocolate and coffee on the nose, however both smell watered down or somewhat diminished. The flavor is weak - some milk chocolate and roasted coffee flavor, but there is very little in the way of dominant flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and unremarkable. A disappointing beer at best - I would not drink this again unless it was on draught. Not recommended.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.21/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown with no foam or lace. The smell of roasted malts and just a hint of caramel was the aroma that I picked up upon first sniff. The flavor was of weak roasted malts and weak whatever this porter was made up as. Not a lot of flavor, just drinking flavored malty water. This was a great name for this ale, "Santa's Butt", what a perfect name for this porter!

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Photo of GRG1313
1.95/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a nice khaki head that quickly fades.

Nose is a light sweet coffee with feint purple plum tones. Tones of cocoa and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character. Thin and out of balance.

Flavors are watery fruity coffee with little appeal.

Finish is watery and extremely short. Not one to try and would never recommend.

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Photo of Braudog
1.68/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured a dark chocolate brown with a tan head that was thinner than I’d expected. Not much of an aroma ... just a bit of a wort-like sense. Kicks off with a bit of a roastiness, hint of ash on top. Flavors don’t quite gel. Too thin for the style. Not worth the $5.99 I paid! (#2635, 1/6/2007)

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Photo of chris19571978
1.65/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've Had this beer for a few months. I finally decided to give it a whirl. What a joke! No Lacing on head. Looked thin and watery. Smelled a tad sweet and chocolately but very diluted. Tasted like water. Was flat. Maybe a bad batch? The finish? There wasn't one. Easily the worst porter I've ever had. What a waste of money because I love porters.

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Photo of Spider889
1.45/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at Bodega, review from notes.

This is listed as an english porter. Porter? WTF mate?!?

The first line of my review typed into my phone reads:
"Meh. Claims to be a porter? My butt!"

The beer is a shade of red, but muddled to the point that it looks brown in low light. No head or lace.

The smell is that of a slightly spiced holiday ale. Not a porter in the slightest. Very few malt aromas, none are dark like a porter would suggest. Instead, the beer provides that of an old spice rack - powdered stale cinnamon and dry nutmeg.

Taste is of slightly bitter european hops. This gives the beer an almost pilsnery flavor. No spices to speak of in the flavor profile, and certainly no notion that a porter was even attempted by the brewery.

Too little carbonation bordering on flat or old beer.

The last two lines of my notes read:
"Bitter finish."

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