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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 429 | Reviews: 272
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.39/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
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!

Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Mora2000
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.