Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.28/5 rDev -3.5%
Looks good, ruby brown and clear, nice brown head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing.
The aroma and flavor have a slight astringent note, a little bit of metallic as well. Toasty, nutty, malty, and a little bit of roasty flavors and smells are noted. I note a little graininess and some sweetness, like brown sugar.
The body could be thicker, it's a bit thinner than I'd prefer my porters.
Overall it's an interesting choice, but not particularly outstanding.
11-09-2013 15:52:24 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.69/5 rDev +8.5%
I'm not going to lie. I purchased this exclusively for the name and for the picture on the label. I guess that's what they're betting on. 500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.
Pours a pleasant ruby-brown colour, with a lightness to the body and good clarity. Head is a disappointing film of off-white, not really creating itself to begin with, and then fizzling out to a minor ring. Carbonation is fine. Some streaks of lacing. It's ok, without looking magnificent.
Nose is sweet and toasty, with a slightly nutty, slightly buttery character coming through above a solid, standard grainy English malt character. It's really quite sweet and quite potent—even if it's something of a one-character aroma, it at least has conviction on its side.
Taste is light, but pleasant. Again, toasty grain notes drive it forward, with a smoothness in the flavour, if not in the feel. Mild watery coffee tones, a suggestion of red cherry, and a rather dry finish, again with some weak roasted tones. It's pleasant enough, but the strength on the nose isn't really present here.
Feel is a little weak and watery: if it were fuller I think it would really help the beer.
Overall, this is decent stuff. It's not really exciting, but there's a little interest there, and it's structured in very much the way it should be. In the end, there's a little class hiding behind the gimmicky label, at least.
05-14-2013 02:31:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
4/5 rDev +17.6%
date reviewed: 25 January 2013...
glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick...
occasion: research paper grading, round one...
appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa...
aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldn't diminish the effect....
palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern...
taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable...
overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santa's nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...
05-05-2013 04:25:21 | More by dacrza1
2.28/5 rDev -32.9%
Appearance - Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a finger width, off-white head. Poor retention, leaves behind no lacing or bubbles.
Smell - Slight metallic aroma. Watery hints of toffee.
Taste - Not much. Ghostly earth tones. Slightly metallic. Really watered down toffee notes.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, in the least.
Overall - One of, if not the most disappointing porters I've ever had. I've had BMC Light products with more flavor. I bought this at a severe discount, and I still feel like I got ripped off.
03-04-2013 03:39:34 | More by TheSixthRing
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.