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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%

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 Kookiekwan


3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours black with some crimson highlights if held to a light. It has very little head with no retention and little to no lacing. The aroma was of sweet toasted malt and coffee. The taste was roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel and a smokey flavor on the finish. This beer was medium bodied and very smooth.

Reflection: This is a good example of an English porter, but I don't know if I would want to have more than a couple of these in one sitting. After 2 I would want something with more body to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 21:10:44 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of CRJMellor


3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark maroon, almost black with very thin tan head that fades very quickly leaving no lace.
Aroma has a chocolate and raisin nose with hints of roasted malts and some ringwood.
Flavor of sweet chocolate and dark fruits, fairly one dimensional.
Mouthfeel is sweet but very falt, lack of carbonation takes marks off.
Drinkability is average, just doesn't follow through. In my mind this was a beer that never belonged in a bottle, probably great on firkin and cask but somewhat wasted in a bottle. Kudos for a great label though.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 03:18:08 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown, almost black ale with ruby highlights.There is a small dark beige head that disappears quickly. Has a chocolate like malt aroma with hints of biscuit in the background. The flavor starts witha nice chocolate note and finishes with a light sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 03:18:26 | More by ybnorml
Photo of taigor

New York

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown non-transparent color with thin head that dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Very faint scents of malt, chocolate and coffee but not much there - disappointing.

T - Slightly sour with slight coffee taste and malts coming through. Has a slightly bitter hoppy finish but not too strong.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation present.

O - Disappointing porter but not too bad. Overall I would not recommend it. No complexity at all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 19:07:33 | More by taigor
Photo of Spider889


1.4/5  rDev -58.9%
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."

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 01:26:12 | More by Spider889
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vine St Pub had this on tap, so pour it up!
Well, not very impressed with this one. Sure, it's a solid beer, nothing bad about it, but it wasn't an eye-opener or something worth the price. Looks great! Dark ruby brown, nice fluffy, semi-dense head.
Aroma was lacking and weak. Again, nothing bad, just not sure about it. I detected some cocoa and roasted malt. maybe some nuttiness. No hops whatsoever.

Flavors were pedestrian; some coffee, some cocoa. For an EP I expected some bite, hops..something. Then again, the category on here could be wrong. Either way, it's average. Which makes it easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 21:17:18 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of scottoale


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap this past week served in a pint glass. It was a dark brown with no head, no visable carbonation or lace...it looks like thin dirty motor oil after about 10,000 miles.

Very slight malt smell, much like balsamic vinegar and a hint of chocolate. Very strange smelling Porter, for sure.

The taste was sour and astringent, amplified flavor of the aroma. Very puckery balsamic vinegar taste that was very unusual to my tastebuds, but after a few more sips it kinda grows on you. Still, I keep forgetting this is some rendition of an English Porter...from England, no less.

This is different from any other Porter I've ever tasted, and a medium body at best with the alcohol being fairly undetectable. Worth a try for something way out of the ordinary...as the name implies!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2006 10:22:38 | More by scottoale
Photo of stoner420


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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2006 04:20:12 | More by stoner420
Photo of Stimack

New York

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.

Serving type: cask

12-04-2004 12:29:50 | More by Stimack
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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
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