Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing
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Ratings: 382 | Reviews: 259 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
12-23-2010 21:17:18 | More by Mebuzzard
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Poured a dark crimson red, clear, with a rather disappointing soapy laced head that was dirty beige in color and not even strong enough to muster an initial covering. Needless to say no lacing was evident and visible carbonation was hard to determine. A nice deep coloring saved this from an average or subaverage display.
S: soft, with caramel, raisins and ripe fruit with light underlying coffee notes. Nothing really stood out here and overall I felt fell short of making an impression.
T: The flavor faired much better with a clean fresh coffee taste with a touch of caramel sweetness, ripe fruit (raisins, dates), black cherries, and a light smoked woodiness. An earthy bitterness with a dried fruitiness lingers on the finish. After a disappointing aroma, the flavor made amends. While not as hearty as its American counterpart, this was fit by English standards with a nice coffee display upon warming and warrant of a good rating per style.
M: smooth, with a light carbonation and was very easy off the tongue. Viscosity was medium.
D: Overall a light-moderate drinking English porter, with a nice coffee display when drank at the proper temperature.
12-07-2008 13:43:25 | More by beerthulhu
3.2/5 rDev -5.9%
Clear dark mahogany tone. Thin brown head that sounds fizzy. Soon it's just a thin collar, which leaves sparse amounts of lace behind. Nice nose of toffee, chocolate, butter brickle, nuts and caramel. The mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, so much so, this is teetering on becoming flat. But it's not quite there. The body is barely medium, if that. More like "light-medium" in viscosity. There's some nuttiness and buttery tones on the tongue. A little black malt bite. And some bittersweet chocoalate. All in all though, this is just there. It's there, but not making me take note of anything real redeeming.
04-07-2005 03:41:39 | More by Bighuge
British Columbia (Canada)
3.8/5 rDev +11.8%
A: Ruby-brown-black with a tan head; very little retention, no lace.
S: Coffee, roasted nut & grainy bread.
T: Licorice, coffee, roasted nut, smoke, pumpernickel rye bread, great fruityness, balanced bitterness.
M: Light to moderate body, carbonation on the low side of moderate.
D: A good drinker.
02-06-2010 23:14:40 | More by Derek
3.95/5 rDev +16.2%
Upon the pour the beer presents a deep brown with considerable ruby highlights, head is average in size, about two fingers, light tan in color and frothy in texture as it fades quickly, the lace make a very thin sheet. Nose has a nice toasty malt sweetness, hints of caramel, and light butterscotch tones also present, a pleasant sniff. Start has a nice toasted grain presence, hints of burnt toast bitterness, top is light to almost medium in feel. Finish is lightly acidic, hops and toasted malt bite adds a pleasing end to the sampling, dry and a nice drinking beer, not over powering, just a good English Porter.
10-22-2007 19:13:26 | More by Gusler
3.98/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
01-07-2012 02:55:13 | More by GarthDanielson
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a one pint .9oz bottle. Very cheeky artwork.
Appearance- Pours a minimal with a ring around the beer retention. Color was a deep nutty brown. Looked a bit oily. Thats a good sign.
Smell- A deep ly roasted flavor mixed with nuts, cream, and a dash of coffee beans.
Taste- Starts out like Cool Whip in taste and texture. Very smooth. Then some more mocha flavors get thrown in the middle with some seduced hopping, almost unnoticeable.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and yet a little oily at times. Mostly a creamy palate all over my tongue.
03-18-2006 02:56:16 | More by scruffwhor
2.63/5 rDev -22.6%
Bottle procured in the middle of bumfu&k no where Maryland...An ugly water pour, light brown with a little carbonation, doesn't look great...The aroma is light stale coffee, alcohol and a little hops...The taste is horrendous, can barely drink half a glass of this. Stale coffee, not roasty at all, lots of alcohol.
12-14-2010 03:22:49 | More by jrallen34
3.25/5 rDev -4.4%
Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark red brown, thin tan head and little lacing. Aroma of faint dark malt and dark fruit. Taste follows with light malt and dark fruits. A modest dark ale, light body, mild corn aftertaste. These Ridgeway beers have a nice presentation and generally taste good, but have really muted and bland flavor levels.
08-07-2012 23:51:41 | More by LiquidAmber
3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
I was at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL and they had plenty of Ridgeway Brewing bottles for sample. I tried the Santa's Butt Porter. The beer poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle with a deep amber color that you can still see through. There was a small slightly off-white head. Smell is of peat, roast and malt. Taste is mild, with roast and peat tones. The mouthfeel is actually light in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.
12-22-2011 22:48:29 | More by WoodBrew
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.