Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-11-2012 02:52:53 | More by kylehay2004
3.28/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
02-16-2008 02:58:15 | More by zeff80
4.38/5 rDev +28.8%
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!
12-29-2004 22:30:25 | More by NeroFiddled
3.55/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
09-11-2012 02:53:41 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
11-23-2009 22:44:50 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev +4.4%
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
01-01-2008 03:49:51 | More by russpowell
3.33/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-19-2005 10:17:43 | More by feloniousmonk
2.28/5 rDev -32.9%
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.
12-31-2009 21:47:13 | More by Mora2000
3.23/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-27-2006 01:13:49 | More by jwc215
3.05/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
12-19-2005 04:33:48 | More by Gueuzedude
3.05/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
12-22-2007 01:28:01 | More by smcolw
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
02-17-2008 01:18:12 | More by Halcyondays
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
02-06-2005 20:57:36 | More by Gavage
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
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a one finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Brown/mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt and coffee nose. Flavor has moderate sweetness, biscuity. Slight bitter aftertaste. $5.20 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
01-01-2008 03:47:36 | More by jdhilt
3.68/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
01-28-2009 04:28:24 | More by Zorro
3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
03-03-2008 18:04:20 | More by DoubleJ
3.6/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white creamy head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts, lots of toffee/caramel. The tasty is slightly sweet, malty, toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would most likely not seek again.
05-01-2008 00:02:29 | More by Wasatch
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.