Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing
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2.55/5 rDev -25%
Bottle conditioned, no freshness date.
Pours a very dark brown, but not opaque. Very little carbonation, no head to speak of. Almost zero smell. Very faint notes of burnt grain and crystal malt.
Body is light to medium. Taste is very disappointing, almost nothing up front. Very light malt sweetness. Finish is overly astringent.
500ml is way too much of this gimmick beer. I dumped the last bit so I could move on to something better.
12-03-2005 16:20:06 | More by sacfly
4.15/5 rDev +22.1%
500 ml. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.
I first discovered this beer several years ago while working for a store that excelled in featuring specialty beers. Since then, it's been a required part of Christmas time.
A - One-finger ecru head that's thick around the edge and foamy in the middle. It dissipates in about a minute to a thin film of lace across the surface. Very dark chocolate brown. Held up to a light, it's clear and a deep ruby red.
S - Lots of caramel and toasted malt in the nose. Smells like someone's getting ready to dip apples into a batch of melted caramels on the stove. Hints of vanilla. As it warms and the glass gets room to swirl, rasiny fruit tones emerge.
T - Gently toasted/roasted malts. Delicious caramel flavors, which dominate the taste. Hints of brown sugar. As it warms, dried cherries appear in the finish.
M - Some carbonation, but body leans toward the thin, watery side. Not much of a finish, but what remains invites another taste. This is perhaps its weakest attribute.
D - A classic English porter. Very drinkable. Flavors are delicious but restrained. Could easily enjoy several of these in a sitting. As a bonus, both the nose and the taste open up into additional fruit-based flavors as it warms in the glass. Most American porters are really junior stouts. This beer does a great job of showing off what it means to be a true porter.
12-22-2010 01:31:49 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
a: dark black/brown body with light tan head that fades to leave some tan splotches on top
s: some light warm apple; light chocolate; brown sugar syrup; sweet spices; yeast;
t: warm yeast/fresh baked bread; a lot of fruity overtones; light bitterness; prunes; very sweet
m: a little on the watery side; mild carb
d: ok actually; a little one note and very sweet; but still drinkable; it does not taste at all like an english porter but still is pretty drinkable
12-27-2009 08:03:48 | More by hoegaardenhero
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
Fat, brown, 1/2 liter bottle. With an illustration of Santa's fat ass. Pours a a dark black with some reddish/brown highlights. Not much for a head, just a thin layer of tan foam. Very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, hints of vanilla grassy hops and a touch of burnt newspaper. Medium bodied, slight stickiness in texture. Nice mild blend of flavors here, malt sweetness is balanced well with roasted character and hop a low hop bitterness. Black coffee finish, very slight bitterness in back of the palate A very smooth, drinkable porter. I really enjoyed this beer.
12-23-2006 04:57:17 | More by SteveO1231
3.93/5 rDev +15.6%
Poured from 16.9 oz into a pint glass
Appearance: Blackish in color, small tan head that is literally nothing, not alot going on but it's a porter, so it's acceptable.
Smell: Nutty nose in this, good maltiness, carmelization stands out firm, a nice touch of vanilla. Roasted cedar wood elements.
Taste: A good blend of hoppiness and spices, this beer has an excellent hop profile, good maltiness in the backbone. You can tell this has been stored in wood barrels, it defintley reflects this in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Nice and dry bitterness in the aftertaste, minimal carbonation.
Drinkability: Probably one of the better porters I've tried, very quaffable, easy to drink at only 6.00 ABV, this is a Porter you can enjoy around the holidays, good beer to look forward to around the holidays, not something I would buy on the regular but defintley a porter you can enjoy on a cold winter night.
11-26-2008 01:19:33 | More by thespaceman
3.78/5 rDev +11.2%
One finger head of light brown foam, with good clinging lace. Color is a 35 on the SRM beer color chart. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, currant, and roasted malt. Flavors are chocolate, dark roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and malt. Thick creamy body in my mouth with good carbonation. Too heavy for drinking more that a couple at a sitting, but would be good with cheese and cake.
02-24-2011 18:07:47 | More by beerprovedwright
2.8/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured into a pint glass from a .5L brown bottle with a best by date of 10 April 2012.
The beer is a very dark brown with ruby edges. The head is a creamy tan like cappuccino foam and about two-fingers thick. Decent enough head retention and sticky lace.
The aroma is a very faint, sweet, roasted malt. Not much else. Even as it warms I'm not picking up anything more.
It tastes very similar to the aroma. It claims to contain oats so I would expect a creamier body but that just isn't here. The flavor that's there is decent but one-dimensional. It has the characteristic mildly sweet roasted malt but none of the caramel, chocolate, nutty or other flavors that can add to the complexity of a great porter.
A slightly below average porter that goes down easy but doesn't really leave you craving another.
03-08-2011 01:24:40 | More by SuperSpy
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
A-Awesome deep, deep red with utter clarity, one of the most beautiful beers I have ever poured. Unfortunately very little head and retention.
S-Nutty malts, very little spice.
T-Full bodied malt, a bit of toffee with a mild hop finish
M-Fairly balnced carbonation and mouthfeel.
D-Not bad, but a bit lackluster I'd think of this more as a fall beer than a winter seasonal. Not going to run out to buy another anytime this season.
12-06-2008 03:46:15 | More by caddybuyer
3.4/5 rDev 0%
bottle poured into Snifter.
Pours dark brown with finger khaki head. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.
A: Sweetness, stale coffee smell or coffee that's been out a bit and gone cold, hint of molasses, and some toffee. Almost reminds me of a baltic porter smell.
T: Sweetness is first thing I notice, followed by a bit of cold stale-ish coffee. Very mild bitter taste to finish. Really reminds me of baltic porters I've had.
M: Thin which is to be expected for a porter. Dry finish and mild carbonation.
O: Fairly sweet porter, thin and leave me wanting more. Sickly sweet feeling but not a bad beer.
01-26-2013 06:16:22 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
3.93/5 rDev +15.6%
Pours a deep red brown color with a moderate, tan head bubbly head. Decent lace.
Nice toasty aroma with sweet, caramel malt and a slight hint of an earthy hops in the background to balance.
Flavor is also a little on the malty side; toasty and subtle. again, little hops, but just enough to give it a refreshing quality.
Mouthfeel is light-medium body, which is satisfying and complemented by an appropriate carbonation.
Another very drinkable holiday brew by ridgeway.
12-06-2009 17:34:52 | More by endincolorado
3.9/5 rDev +14.7%
Dark coca cola with some light shining through two fingers of mixed bubble beige heading...
Milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and some marshmallows in the nose, also a hint of dill for some reason or other, kinda like it though
Puffed mallows, chocolate rice crispies and superbly semi sweat cream. Follows the smell profile like a dime down a drain
Real creamy and light. Small bubble carbonation and a certain oatmeal creaminess which I was hoping for. No burn just light and a hint sticky
Overall I am very excited about this beer and this brewery in general. I tend to grade under the average, but for the three christmas ales I've had from RB I have ranked them a bit higher than others... Slainte
06-04-2011 00:57:36 | More by JoeAmerican77
District of Columbia
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Darkish brown that admits light easily, very small tan head with decent lacing.
S: Mild milk chocolate aroma, with a bit of cafe au lait.
T: Earthy flavor with a general sweetness superimposed, light spice, possibly cinnamon and nutmeg. Bitter finish.
M: too light bodied for a winter ale.
D: decent enough, but not very complex.
12-08-2009 23:54:02 | More by Travlr
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours dark, leaves no head at all, no lacing. It tastes like a christmas tree in a glass! no - really, this is strange. I cannot describe this flavor except, well, like, here in Indiana it is cold at Christmas time, and we go out and cut down a tree and bring it in the house - and this beer tastes like the house smells when we bring in the Christmas tree....
It seems a little watery, but cleanly flavorful of that dry-air christmas tree scent/taste. There is decent fizz in the mouthfeel, and the finish is very very clean.
I'm not a fan of English beers, prefering the local micros this side of the pond, but this is worth trying. I recommend giving it a whirl.
12-04-2007 03:57:42 | More by karengarys
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.