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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
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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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

12-07-2007 05:40:27 | More by jeffmonarch
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

12-27-2010 20:31:34 | More by SykDoc
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Stimack

New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

12-04-2004 12:29:50 | More by Stimack
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StJamesGate

New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

01-14-2012 20:51:39 | More by StJamesGate
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nickfl

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

09-11-2012 02:53:41 | More by nickfl
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-08-2012 02:29:59 | More by WastingFreetime
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mmcave

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

02-06-2007 00:12:30 | More by mmcave
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

12-14-2007 09:55:11 | More by saintwarrick
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

02-06-2011 21:51:41 | More by Haybeerman
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

12-17-2006 22:56:22 | More by pmcadamis
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cjgator3

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

11-24-2006 04:01:16 | More by cjgator3
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scootny

New York

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

12-29-2009 05:55:57 | More by scootny
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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...

12-22-2009 14:08:30 | More by mgbickel
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Wasatch

Utah

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

05-01-2008 00:02:29 | More by Wasatch
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

12-07-2008 13:43:25 | More by beerthulhu
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

01-05-2005 02:53:22 | More by sulldaddy
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

12-08-2010 06:01:26 | More by despainmakesbeer
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

How could I resist a beer with a name like this? I was delighted to see it available in Atlanta since it caused a major stink in the Northeast last year.

Color is a dark red or brownish red. Aroma is delightful - it seems as if each sniff yielded a different hint or tone. I got the burnt-coffee smell that I associate with good porters and stouts, as well as hints of spice and an undertone of molasses. Flavor is not strong but pleasant, smoky, sweet overtones and hints of coffee. Finish is smooth, leaves a bit of sweet on the lips and just a whisper of hop bitterness. Not superb, but definitely worth hunting.

12-01-2007 19:55:09 | More by Cyberkedi
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Deep brown in color, with a short 1" head that quickly fell to a surface foam. Spotty lacing forms on the glass. The aroma is of mellow chocolate and weak coffee. The flavor is of roasted malt, watered down coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and prunes. Also sports a buttery tone with some light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a dry finish. Nicely drinkable. Didn't put me in a christmas mood, but enjoyable.

02-06-2005 20:57:36 | More by Gavage
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Fat, brown, 1/2 liter bottle. With an illustration of Santa's fat ass. Pours a a dark black with some reddish/brown highlights. Not much for a head, just a thin layer of tan foam. Very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, hints of vanilla grassy hops and a touch of burnt newspaper. Medium bodied, slight stickiness in texture. Nice mild blend of flavors here, malt sweetness is balanced well with roasted character and hop a low hop bitterness. Black coffee finish, very slight bitterness in back of the palate A very smooth, drinkable porter. I really enjoyed this beer.

Cheers!

12-23-2006 04:57:17 | More by SteveO1231
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Santa's Butt. Hilarious. Pours a dark color with a small head that dies down quickly. There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma as well as a light bit of hops. The flavor has some of the chocolate character, but it also has something that I can't identify. Not sure what it is, but it's weird. Drinkability is good. Bit of diacetyl there as well.

02-01-2005 18:16:49 | More by clvand0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Wet tobacco leaf brown with dusky amber accents. The beer straddles the border between opaque and translucent when backlit with weak, late afternoon winter sunlight. The cap is the color of the inside of a malted milk ball and falls quickly and noisily, leaving almost no lace in the process.

The aroma is pleasant enough and consists of roasted malt, black coffee and a smidgen of hops (in that order). There isn't much chocolate, which I normally like in my porters, but it's a pretty good nose all the same.

The beer is lighter, in terms of both flavor and body, than expected. Still though, Santa's Butt is an enjoyable porter. It's a little lacking in the malt department, yet manages to be just sturdy enough to build good beer on. The flavor profile, although it contains the same elements as the nose, isn't quite as roasted malty and is only subtly coffee-like.

Warming brings about some degree of flavor degradation as well as allowing a sourness to creep into the picture. While the body/mouthfeel doesn't rise much above light, the beer is smooth and fluffysoft in the mouth. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel also loses a great deal of its charm once room temperature is in sight.

Santa's Butt is a better than decent, lighter-end-of-the-spectrum porter. It doesn't bowl me over with its magnificence, nor is it bursting with flavor, but it is a friendly, drinkable beer that I would consider buying again next holiday season if it wasn't for the $4.99 price tag.

01-18-2005 21:51:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Jet balck with an ok head that dissipates quickly. Smell is light. mainly malt, molasses, some smoke. Taste is mainly light sweetness with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a hint of carbonation on the finish. Very smooth, so drinkability is good. Not a classic but an ok brew.

12-27-2004 22:39:27 | More by edchicma
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Notes from 12/15/2010:

#4 - 12 beers of Christmas. 500 mL bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: The pour is black in color and nearly opaque with reddish hues and one and a half fingers of fluffy, off-white head.

S: The nose shows aromas of roasted nuts, coffee, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and a biscuity finish.

M: The body is rather thin with a very creamy mouthfeel - spot-on for the style.

D: This is a solid English porter all-around.

12-19-2010 08:56:20 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Zorro

California

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan head.

Smell is malty and quite fragrant. Lots of fruity aroma along with the malt and patent malt. Bit of brown sugar and chocolate and molasses.

Taste starts out sweet and malty with a lot of fruity English Ale yeast esters. Chocolate and molasses buttery Diacetyl flavors, butter might annoy some.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable ale and better than I expected from my experience with "Lump Of Coal." Good beer go buy some.

01-28-2009 04:28:24 | More by Zorro
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.