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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid aromas, but the flavors are a bit muddled in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (603 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
1.95/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a nice khaki head that quickly fades.

Nose is a light sweet coffee with feint purple plum tones. Tones of cocoa and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character. Thin and out of balance.

Flavors are watery fruity coffee with little appeal.

Finish is watery and extremely short. Not one to try and would never recommend. (367 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color, with dark red visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a light source. It poured with a thin layer of large white bubbles covering the surface that quickly died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste seems rather complex and has flavors of dark fruits, cola and nuts along with some notes of chocolate. There are some hints of sweetness and no bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some interesting flavors but seems like it could use some bitterness and more carbonation. (798 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a relatively dark brown color with a soda head that quickly dissipates and fails to lace

Smell: Vague roasty notes with a touch of chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a malted milk flavor that is joined by some fruit, mid-palate; after the swallow, it all pretty much fades out after a mild bitter flavor; slightly smoky

Mouthfeel: Rather watery with low carbonation

Drinkability: With all the fuss about this beer, it is truly disappointing (468 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A must-purchase beer just because of the name. After the laughter (and the amusement of reading the lable), I can begin to evaluate the beer. There seems to be a mix of porter characteristics and Strong Ale characteristics even as eary as the nose. There is a big malty aroma showing sweetness, syrup, and chocolate; as well as strong fruity (cherry), booze, and caugh syrup strength. Flavors reinforce the nose with strong chocolates, cherries, berries, grapes, plumbs, spicy hops and a dominant alcohol sensation. The body is full and rich, thinned only by the alcohols and tart fruit flavors and mild astringencies. Finishes with a firm malt / fruit character, a fermentation twang, and alcoholic warmth. Interesting brew that offers more than just typical Porter expectations. (780 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,484 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes in late Jan.

A - Poured out a mahogany colro with a bubbly, tan one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled very earthy. It had a mild hop and malt aroma.

T - It tasted of chocolate. There was also a sweet caramel maltiness. It had subtle hop flavor.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an okay porter. Nothing from Ridgeway has really blown me away. (420 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it from Mom for xmas as a novelty, but its been begging me to try it so here it goes. Poured a really dark black, which suprised me. No head at all, a nice lace was left, really carbonated, audible carbonation in ithe pour. Smell was very strong and robust, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, very sweet smelling I was actually really enjoying the aroma as it warmed. The feel was a bit thin and watery to me. Not as robust as the smell would have led me to believe. Their was a slight roasted caramel flavor to it, but it was rather uninspiring. A hoppy back came through towards the end, but barely. This came across as a really dark english brown to me as opposed to a porter. Overall I was not really blown away by it, though it could be sessionable I suppose. More of a novelty afterall. (797 characters)

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. (510 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although the name might be slightly off-putting to some men, Santa's Butt enjoyed at cellar temperature delivers a thoroughly rewarding and drinkable pint!

It's opaque black body barely lets any light through, and only the occasional glimmer of ruby through the body, or its cusp of dark mahogany along the rim of the glass can be seen. The creamy, dark tan head holds well; but it leaves little more than tiny spots of lace about the pint.

The nose is clean and, surprisingly, restrained; yet it's combination of delicate malty roastiness and soft, berry-like yeasty fruitiness is quite charming.

It's oh-so smooth across the palate with a medium body and an exceptionally fine-bubbled and moderate, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

The flavor is perfectly balanced with caramelish and subtly toffee-ish malt notes upfront; a yeasty fruitiness developing across the middle; and some lighter chocolate notes that appear towards the swallow. It's alcohol is never apparent; and it's low-key bitterness never does more than play a supporting role from backstage. It finishes drying with some fruit-drenched, subtly roasty, and milk-chocolatey malt that slowly erodes in the aftertaste.

For lovers of English style ales, this one is not to be missed! It's brilliant in it's delivery of rich and satisfying character... meaning that unlike many American ales, it sweeps you off of your feet rather than clocking you in the back of the head! It's a delicate and supple beer in so many ways - and that's a huge part of its charm. Brilliant! (1,566 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (415 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black tone at first with ruby highlights when held toward the light. Aroma is upfront with dark fruits and roasted malts a bit of chocolate coffee and mild cherry nice. Flavor has dark roasted malt flavor blended with a bit of Christmas spunk including dark fruits and other variables into the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied solid medium bodied even carbonation. Drinkability is solid all around solid drinking Christmas ale I look forward to more of. (468 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Impressive three-finger head that leaves some light lace on the glass. Dark brown, but light does shine through.

Light cocoa aromas; very mild

First impression is the relatively thin body--almost like a dark lager. The flavor is relatively light as well--some semi-sweet chocolate, light hop for balance.

Overall, this is an innocent beer that doesn't do anything wrong. No flaws but nothing unusual either. (411 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head.
Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, that's a plus.
Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. It's really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind...
Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but it's yet another too-expensive English ale that can't hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not. (885 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cola-like color with ruby highlights. A thin head soon fizzles to a patch.

Some charcoal smokiness is detectable in the aroma, but otherwise not much else other than a slight alcohol tinge. Thin, but non-offensive. Very soft aroma.

The taste is of mild, dark-roasted grains - sweet with a subtle smokiness. A touch of smoked wood. Balancing hops in finish gives it a bittersweet character. Very mild.

Thins in the feel to low end of medium. Some fizzy carbonation noticeable.

Not a bad drink - Hovers around an average English porter. Nothing much wintry about it. Funny label and name. Worth having only to have. Inoffensive, but rather dull. (663 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.31/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with a very small head. The aroma is very, very faint with some malty sweetness. The flavor is just simply not very good. I get a strong medicinal flavor and no real roasted malts or anything else you would expect in a porter. Not sure if something is amiss in this beer or if it is just not very good, but I barely finished a 4 oz sample. Low to medium carbonation and medium body. (399 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (425 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque, deep brown, almost black color; it is topped by a thin pale brown colored head that fades to a creamy ring after a bit of time. The aroma is a mix of buttery diacetyl, toffee, butterscotch and a hint of roast and roast acidity.

The taste is lightly sweet, and actually a tad tart, almost like a plum. There is a light roast character that is a mix of coffee, and toasted malt notes. There is a definite fruitiness here as well, with the aforementioned plum as well as some notes of grapes and perhaps some notes of burnt raisins. I am not quite sure about this beer, is it off, if it is it is only lightly so. It could just be an idiosyncratic English yeast strain. The beer is a bit thinner than I would like, a bit more body would accentuate and balance the coffee and chocolate notes a bit better. (820 characters)

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

16.9 oz bottle, 6% alc./vol.

A: Pours a dark, clear brown, with an average off-white/slightly tan head, good retention, limited lacing.

S: Light caramel malt predominately and chocolate.

T: Very malty, light caramel and treacle, molasses and brown sugar at the end, very sweet and sugary.

M: A little to light for this style, watery, medium-bodied.

D: A nice porter beer, but nothing really special about it to make me buy it for $4.99, try it if you can find it on the cheap after the Christmas season like I did. (519 characters)

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. (303 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is almost jet black, with chestnut brown highlights around the edges, and only the slimmest ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass. Aromas are mild, with a solid coffee tone throughout. Some lighter malt and hops scents come off on the nose, also. Flavors are dry and crisp, which is a great representation of the style. Good blending of dry roasted coffee and mild chocolate malts, with a smooth character and light, smooth body. The aftertaste is rich and slightly roasted, with a dry feel to it. Slow, dry finish, leaving a good linger of flavors behind. Good brew. (626 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (481 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,403 characters)

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.