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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004)
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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +17.3%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of RickS95
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.

RickS95, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
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.

BeerSox, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Cresant
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.

Cresant, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of BlackAngus
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.

BlackAngus, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 07, 2012
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.

tobyandgina, Jan 07, 2009
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.

Gusler, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of endincolorado
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.

endincolorado, Dec 06, 2009
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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.

CHickman, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
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.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 22, 2006
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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.

thespaceman, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of JoeAmerican77
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

JoeAmerican77, Jun 04, 2011
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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.

neonbrown82, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of TheHoppiest
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.

TheHoppiest, Dec 24, 2010
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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.

BEERchitect, Nov 22, 2006
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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.

stoner420, Jul 28, 2006
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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.

budgood1, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of GeoffRizzo
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.

GeoffRizzo, Apr 14, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa’s Butt has a thin, beige head and a dark, clear reddish-brown (under light) appearance, with some splotching lacing. The aroma is of licorice, dark-roasted coffee, and malt. Taste is of dark coffee, cola, hops, chocolate, and malt. The mouthfeel is light and soft, and Santa’s Butt finishes fairly crisp, clean, and easy drinking. Overall, it’s pretty good and worth a try.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Douglas88
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.

Douglas88, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark coffee mahogany color with a whispy dirty tan head and a modest lace. The aroma is a mild coffee chocolate malt. The taste is a bit sour coffee bean and vanilla. Medium body that is fairly drinkable for the style. There is the prefunctory touch of charcoal, smooth and agreeable for a winter brew.

Durge, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger tan head that is foamy and creamy, with some good retention. The color of the beer is dark brown to near opaque. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There are some visible signs of effervescence on the side of the glass.

Nose: A warm toasty malt with hints of biscuits, yeast, dark cherries, figs, cinnamon and some molasses. The aroma is similar to warm spiced Christmas bread.

Taste: A mellow toasty roast malt, slight burnt character with biscuit and yeast hints. The other flavors are cinnamon, dark cherries, phenols, wood, floral ester, and a touch of solvents.

Mouth feel: A slightly astringent thin and warming. The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish.

The beer overall is too bad well put together porter with good flavors.

colts9016, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Last of my holiday brews lingering in the fridge....

Appearance> was pretty unimpressed with the appearance; perhaps it would be a different story were this tap and not bottle.
It poured kinda lackluster, with a small head that disappeared quickly. Looks a lot like flat Pepsi.
Smell> Much better than the appearance. It is smoky, with lovely grain aroma and chocolate. Quite enticing.
Taste> The best part, which it should be. This is a perfect chocolate porter. It has hints of burnt toast, full characteristics of an english porter, but finishing with a soft chocolate-goodness. And impressively there isn't one of those horrible over-spiced hangs that you often get with 'Christmas beer'.
Mouf> Very much like its appearance. Identical to flat cola.
Drinkability> so-so. And that says alot about the taste. If the mouthfeel matched the taste and smell, I could drink this everyday and maybe MAYBE even say it is my favorite porter, alas mouthfeel is very important.

1759Girl, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been saving this beer for Christmas Eve. Pours a dark brown with red highlights, kind of the color of Coca-Cola. A small white head faded quickly. The smell is very sweet malt. The taste is also very sweet with a bit of hop bitterness in the back. The aftertaste is a light, bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is medium this with some almost-fizzy carbonation. A decent novelty beer for the season, but nothing outstanding.

Spidey13, Dec 25, 2007
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.