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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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 WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL and they had plenty of Ridgeway Brewing bottles for sample. I tried the Santa's Butt Porter. The beer poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle with a deep amber color that you can still see through. There was a small slightly off-white head. Smell is of peat, roast and malt. Taste is mild, with roast and peat tones. The mouthfeel is actually light in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

WoodBrew, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle

Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a light ruby tint. Has a small tan head that thins, webbed lacing on the glass.

Light roasted malt aroma with a mild fruitiness. Very mild aroma.

Light roasted malt taste upfront leading into light cocoa and coffee tones. There is a mild fruitiness present. Finishes slightly sweet. Mild flavor overall.

Thin body, solid carbonation.

A drinkable brew, and the ABV is completely hidden. A big difference from the robust porters that I have become accustomed to, which caught me off guard a bit. Once I worked my way into this one, I found that I quite enjoyed it. A nice change of pace from the bolder porter styles.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of BeerHonky
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with the, recently, notorious label sporting Santa's...well, butt. Nice creamy, fluffy head sits over a dark porter with a few burgundy highlights. Average aroma with your standard chocolate malts and English hops. Nothing too pronounced here or in the, otherwise, run of the mill English porter taste. Not too exciting if you ask me.

BeerHonky, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 12-22-08

Eye: Dark brown and very clear brew, when held to the light dark red hues are present. The head has nice formation and finally settles down to an acceptable size after receding. Texture of the head is a creamy tan thick blanket that covers the beer. A little more volume on the head would be nice. Lacing is rings connected by solid sheets of lace.

Nose: Hints of chocolate in the aroma. Lots of lightly toasted aromas, some malt sweetness as well though that is second to a general warmth and toastiness. Graininess and a general well rounded aroma. Oats are noticable in the aroma, probably wouldn't have been to pinpoint that without the help of the label, the aroma was very familiar but I couldn't put a finger on it till I remembered seeing it on the label. Very faint spicy aroma in the background, could be the hops. Overall a pleasing aroma, but I wish that it were a bit more potent.

Tongue: Nice chocolate taste accompanied with some light coffee tones and a roasty/toasty flavor. Very nice. Reminds me of cool hot chocolate. Hops are in there, and come through closer to the finish. Good malt backbone on this one as well, there is a general malt sweetness that permeates the entire beer. The only problem I've got with this beer is its lack of depth. Its rather one dimensional and uncomplicated. It also has a real watery character to it. However, it does taste quite nice.

Feel and Drinkability: As aforementioned this one feels a bit watery on the palate, thin, like butter scraped over too much bread. Flavor in the mouth is fleeting, but the aftertaste and roasty flavor hangs around for a bit. I'd like if this were a bit heavier, if it had some more body and weight in the mouth. Carbonation is right for this style. This one is easy to drink, I can see myself buying this again, however, this isn't a porter I'd turn to when I want something really good. Its a nice beer but not something I'd seek out. Pretty much average, I've had many that are better and I've also had worse.

becktone, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to make this short and sweet, so on to the beer:

Solid all-around porter with a taste of molasses and a touch-up of dark cocoa. It's worth a look if you're into porters, though at its $4.99 pricetag I can't see myself putting that money down again on this with so many better beers out there.

DoubleJ, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a deep dark brown body. no lacing really.

S: roasted malt, vanilla and some chocolate but overall light aroma.

T: semi sweet with chocolate and vanilla. the roasted malts are there but mild and provide little bitterness. a very simple porter. But, is on par for an English porter.

M: this one is really really thin. moderate carbonation.

Overall: the lightness makes this one very drinkable. Its jwhat you expect for the style. Good name though, I guess.

kylehay2004, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a tulip glass which left good lacing that disappeared halfway through. the body was black with brown edges.
s - coffee and burnt chocolate.
t - burnt chocolate with a hint of dark fruits.
m - medium and slick.
o - a solid porter but not one i would seek out yearly.

GPHarris, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with ruby tinges & 2+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Some iron & bit of cocoa, plus coffee

T: Chocolate & iron up front. As this warms, dryness comes through, more chocolate & slight fruityness. Finishes dry with a bit cocoa & brown sugar

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, just not very interesting, more malt please

russpowell, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
F09 274

A - Lighter than expected but still dark. Nice tan head that has some staying power. Not much lace as it dissapears.

S - I swear I smelled banana nut bread as I put it down. At second smell I still smelled a nutty scent but no banana.

T - Thin, hits with a malty taste and continues with a lot of spice.

M - Lots of carbonation. Starts out with that and then attacks you with a ton of different spices. Each sip hits a different hint.

D - Slightly above average. It has a good finish that was unexpected.

jeffmonarch, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of SykDoc
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as a present from my pal Jeremy, much thanks. It pours a brown color and looks deep ruby when held to the light. A 1/2 inch light tan head forms and reduces leaving almost not lacing.

The aroma is primarily roasted malts with perhaps just a hint of pungent earthy hops. Minimal chocolate notes.

The taste has that same pungent earthy taste blended with a coffee-like roasted malt component. Not bad, but not particularly great either. Unique sweetness, almost fruity.

The mouthfeel is somewhat light bodied. Carbonation does detract from the flavor slightly. Minimal dryness at the finish. Fairly clean feeling overall.

The is actually quite drinkable to me. I do not think there is one strength but perhaps reasonable presentations of each part that suits my palate.

SykDoc, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Stimack
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew on cast last evening at Mahar’s. Not a bad brew, poured to a black color but with a brownish tinge. Had a nice tan head that had fair retention and left some lacing. Chocolate is the scent that I was able to pick up right off along with some roasted or burnt malt. Not a bad smelling brew. The taste was fair, some nice chocolate and roasted flavors. The one thing that I noticed is that it seemed that the brew should have been thicker maybe. Over all it is a nice example of an English porter and one I would have again but do feel that there are better choices out there.

Stimack, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of StJamesGate
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Garnet brown with a loose tan head that recalls cola, setting in a thin film. Milk chocolate, root beer and vanilla bark nose.
Maltesers, vanilla and some earth, and vague tea leaf and dried orange rind hops.
A hint of rye spice at the end and a dry finish. Thin, round, slight cling.

I drank this one Christmas day before I was into beer so I'm glad to finally catch up with it again. Unfortunately, I'm not sure the wait was worth it.

This would be a thin porter at 4.5%; at 6% it's watery and definitely not wintery. The rye addition does add a bit of a twist, and it cleans up after itself, but it's overly sweet and I practically had to gargle with it to get the hops.

Just not enough here to hold my interest.

StJamesGate, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam that recedes rapidly and leaves light lace. The body is an opaque black color.

S - Light caramel malt with some very distant coffee.

T - Watery mocha notes up front with some brown sugar. A bit of herbal hop character in the middle and a finish of dry cocoa, caramel, and dark bread.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit on the sweet side, but not unpleasant. Nothing complex, but enjoyable enough.

nickfl, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very dark brown with two fingers of tan head that lasts for several minutes and leaves behind fairly decent amounts of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels. Creamy and soft texture but only when allowed to warm up somewhat.

Smells and tastes of fresh baking chocolate with some lighter soft fruitiness from yeast and a light mineral chalkiness that accentuates a sort of raisin tone combined with a subtle tangy sour accent that brings to mind "ye olde" definition of the English Porter genre. Too bad the roasted character is somewhat lackluster and muddy, and the hopping content is murky and indistinguishable. In the end, this is merely a slightly better than average beer with funny label art.

WastingFreetime, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of mmcave
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a gift from a friend chilled and poured into a nonic. The head disappeared fast and turned into little more than a gray film lingering on the surface, with no lacing. The body is almost opaque with small hints of ruby shining through at the base of the glass. The smell is not uninteresting, at first sniff I could swear I smelt pils malt, but now I smell hints of rum raisons, plum, subtle toasted malt and a pleasant yeastiness.
The taste however is rather less interesting, not that it is bad, its just a little thin and doesn’t quite live up to the scent. Nice round roasted character though with hints of chocolate, bread and hints of dark burnt fruit. I’m not that familiar with the English style porter, but I enjoyed this, maybe even enough to buy again, but only time will tell. Worth a try, but I’m sure there are far superior brews in the style to try.

mmcave, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label and name alone make this beer worth trying. This dark brown brew has a fizzy off-white head that eventually disappears. Some light chocolate and smoked wood in the smell. Taste is a bit thin for a porter but solid with some burnt coffee notes and chocolate malts, not all that thick or full bodied though. Sweet with a little bitterness at the end. Very drinkable and not heavy enough that you can't have another. Worth a try.

saintwarrick, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear brown color with a red hue. Poured a 3 finger rocky tan head that settled to a thick cap. Laced in thick webs.

S: Roasted nutty malt. Hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Earthy hop bitterness.

T: Coffee and chocolate. Some fruity flavors in the middle. Wet wood and nutty malt in the lightly bitter finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Malt characters linger in the finish.

D: Flavorful, smooth and rich. Not as much character as I hoped for.

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Big black brew with a nice thick brown head. The head has an almost reddish hue to it, and specks of yeast are floating in the bubbles. The head recedes to a firm collar that dissapears quickly leaving nothing but a big water pool of blackness. Some lacing was apparent at first, but none was observed after the dissapearance of the head.

S - Yeasty and dusty aroma with dark chocolate notes. This is pretty smokey and woody too. I also detect a tiny hint of eggnogg.

T - Roasty earth flavor is far less sweet than the nose. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate and wood predominate. This really tastes almost like a rauchbier to me, and I love rauchbiers so I'm really enjoying this one!

M - Thinner in body than I would like, and appropriately low in carbonation. The finish is dry and a little spicey.

D - Not the best porter in the world. My least favorite porters are those of the English style, but this is still not quite as good as it could be. I like the eggnogg flavors and the smokiness, but it needs to be thicker and more assertive.

pmcadamis, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with brownish/red hues around the edges when held up to a light with a thin light tan head. The aroma is dominated by a dark roasted maltiness with a touch of chocolate. The taste is rich and extremely balanced. There is a really nice roasted malt flavor like in the nose even if it is subdued. A little thin in the taste, but still very drinkable. Overall, this beer is definately a better than average porter but not worth the $5.45 I paid for the bottle.

cjgator3, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of scootny
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice easy drinking holiday ale that is full of flavor and relatively low in alcohol for a holiday beer. nice clear cola brown with tan head a lace. A sweet toffee and malt aroma. Taste is sweet and malty. A bit of molasses. A yeasty fruitiness and mild finish. Some toasted dark bread lingers. A light warming from the invisible alcohol. A little light on feel but a nice light carbonation. You can enjoy several of these in a sitting, quite pleasant on a cold evening. Warming and restorative with a quenching quality.

scootny, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a tough brew to review...if you base your ratings on a blind review it may be higher than if you compare it to others in the style...in other words; this is not a good English Porter, but still a good beer...anyway...

Poured into a pint glass. Formed a 2 finger pearl head. This dissipated quickly with little lacing. The body is a clear, dark ruby brown color...nice, but not what I am looking for in a porter.

Molasses, caramel and grains are the dominant aromas. I can detect some roasted malts underneath.

The taste of this beer is more Scottish Ale than English Porter. The first flavors are caramel and honey. This is followed by toasted grains and english malts.

The mouth feel is light, slightly carbonated and pretty thin.

This drinks like a Scottish Ale...and a pretty good one at that! So, in that case this is very drinkable. Comparing this to an English Porter is not fair...

mgbickel, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white creamy head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts, lots of toffee/caramel. The tasty is slightly sweet, malty, toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would most likely not seek again.

Wasatch, May 01, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark crimson red, clear, with a rather disappointing soapy laced head that was dirty beige in color and not even strong enough to muster an initial covering. Needless to say no lacing was evident and visible carbonation was hard to determine. A nice deep coloring saved this from an average or subaverage display.

S: soft, with caramel, raisins and ripe fruit with light underlying coffee notes. Nothing really stood out here and overall I felt fell short of making an impression.

T: The flavor faired much better with a clean fresh coffee taste with a touch of caramel sweetness, ripe fruit (raisins, dates), black cherries, and a light smoked woodiness. An earthy bitterness with a dried fruitiness lingers on the finish. After a disappointing aroma, the flavor made amends. While not as hearty as its American counterpart, this was fit by English standards with a nice coffee display upon warming and warrant of a good rating per style.

M: smooth, with a light carbonation and was very easy off the tongue. Viscosity was medium.

D: Overall a light-moderate drinking English porter, with a nice coffee display when drank at the proper temperature.

beerthulhu, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well I bought this one for the gimmicky label, which made me chuckle in the store. I am drinking it at just below room temp in a snifter. The brew pours a dark brown color with a 2cm tan head faoming up and fading to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with some brown sugar sweetness and a bit of grassy hop.
First sip reveals average carbonation but much lighter than expected body and an almost watery finish. I think I have gotten used to bigger "robust" porters. So I find the density of the beer not very exciting, although I think it is true to the original porter style.
Flavor is chocolate and roasted malt just as the nose was with a bit of roasted malt lingering on my palate for the finish. Overall the flavor is mild and light. An enjoyable brew that goes down easy. I prefer some more umph though!

sulldaddy, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very very dark mahagonay reddish brown color. No head, very tiny ring around edge of glass. Very chocolatey malty aroma. Roasty start, dark fruit and chocolate finish. Roasted aftertaste. Medium Body, semi-thin on the tongue. Carbonation seems on the high side adding to the thinness. Not super complex but a good basic. Quite nice, doesn't sit super heavy.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 08, 2010
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.