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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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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 jimdkc
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another holiday/novelty import from Ridgeway brewing.

Pours dark brown with about 1.5 fingers of tan head which quickly fades to nothing.

Roasty, slightly earthy aroma. A touch of fruity esters.

Taste is roasted malt, dark cocoa, and black coffee. A hint of hop bitterness. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow.

A smooth, easy drink. Mildly carbonated.

A pleasant, well-balanced porter. I'd buy it again!

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"And Santa sat on his great butt enjoying a hardy brew..." so mentions the label as the inspiration for this beer.
Live review. Poured from the 50 cl bottle that I bought at Reider's in Painesville last week. This is the third of four in a series from Ridgeway Brewing Company focusing on Christmas that I will be tasting and rating. Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet glass. F11 204 stamped on bottom of back label.

A Nice, light brown creamy head of about 1 inch after vigorous pour over a dark brown body that glows mohagany in front of direct light. Good, solid look. 4.0

S Immediate smell of a nice, light sweetness along with medium to dark roast malt. I was not sure of what it was initially (maybe a roasted marshmallow?) but repeated sniffs revealed a bit more of a light chocolate. Whatever it really is, I like it and it is inviting. 4.0

T A basic porter taste with a muted sweetness and actually the back of the taste reveals a bit of barley as well. I find English beers to be more sublte with their tastes and this beer is no exception. This is a fine beer but no one should consider it an extreme beer. Gone is the "chocolate" sweetness that I perceived with the smell but there is that light sweetness none the less. 3.5

M Somewhat smooth, creamy. Nothing too inspiring with the feel. 3.0

D Just fine for the style and for the beer itself. Again here, not inspirational in terms of drinkability. 3.0

Photo of Beejay
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale tan color, in the glass it is dark brown/black. A white head tops the beer, light freshly fallen snow on coal.

S: Grainy bread, toffee and coffee. Definitely an English Yeast strain. Almost a smokey thing going on in there.

T: Bread and toffee come through. There is a light fruitiness to it, and the finish has a little more of the coffee flavor.

M: Fairly light as far as the body goes, though there is a little creaminess to it. Carbonation is lively.

O: Overall a good example of the style, classic English porter. Tasty.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.51/5  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.

Photo of BeerHonky
3.51/5  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.

Photo of katan
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml into a pint

A - Pours dark as night. Very opaque. Head formation is light, mocha colored. Breaks down quickly to a film.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted and burnt notes lead the way. Some bready type yeast scents.

T - Starts off with a light malt flavor which is immediately complemented by a chocolate flavor. Mid-stream gets a bit more bitter, but I can't pull out any UK hops flavors. Finishes with a bit of a harsher burnt astringent note.

M - Mostly a biting mouthfeel due to its carbonation. Beer is itself has a fairly thick sugary notes.

D - Moderate drinkability. Carbonation gets to me as I drink it, both in an unpleasant mouthfeel and filling my stomach. ABV is a bit potent.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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