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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Fish113d
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ho Ho Ho...I laughed at this label as I know a plumber who I think they used as their art guide. However, as nice as the label is, this beer comes up a bit short in my book as to making the label look bad...one thing I have always seemed to come to realize is, the nicer the label, the crappier the beer quality.

Pouring into Duvel Tulip glass, it pours black in color w/ a 1/2" head that dissipates to carbonation fizzing out at the surface rather quickly. Looks almost like a glass of coke w/ lots of carbonation and fizz.

Dark roast malts come through in this porter, mostly of coffee, toffee. However the overall smell was rather weak and thin.

The taste was much like the smell...thin! I've never had such a watery porter before. Slight coffee flavors come through and a bit of smoke flavors as well, and the sweetness of the toffee comes through to the middle of your tongue before swallowing.

Mouthfeel was thin as well. This was very light in body...easy to drink! Tingly carbonation throughout the whole tasting w/ little creaminess or taste. I was quite disappointed.

Next year they'll have to replace the Fat Santa with Billy Bob's Bad Santa, since his thinness would give more credit.

Photo of taigor
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown non-transparent color with thin head that dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Very faint scents of malt, chocolate and coffee but not much there - disappointing.

T - Slightly sour with slight coffee taste and malts coming through. Has a slightly bitter hoppy finish but not too strong.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation present.

O - Disappointing porter but not too bad. Overall I would not recommend it. No complexity at all.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A nice dark brown beer, clear with deep garnet highlighting. Dark tan head, reduces moderately slowly to splotched bubbles.

S-Some light roastiness, but overall, not a compelling aroma.

T-Some chocolatiness with an almost sweet maltiness, followed shortly by an assertive roasted malt. Strong bitterness stays in the background with ints of hop flavors. Finishes with a slight roast-malt choco-bitter finish.

M-Medium body, carbonation was perhaps a bit too high for the style, around high-moderate. Moves slowly over my tongue, but it's not too thick.

D-A fine brew. Enjoyable more for the novelty of the beer's name than for the quality of the beer. However, still a decent brew.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is a code printed on the label but no clear freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a tall half-liter glass. The color is very dark brown. Three fingers of lightly tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy/spotted cap and trails of foam on the glass.

Smell: Mostly dark and sweet malt action. Caramel, cocoa, toffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit plum, and brown sugar.

Taste: The mouthfeel is pretty watery but the taste is decent. It offers a nice toasted malt and earthy hop character along with caramel, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The sweetness from the smell is absent.

Drinkability: Meh. That is about it.

Photo of Canti4341
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of agreenman19
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of saintwarrick
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label and name alone make this beer worth trying. This dark brown brew has a fizzy off-white head that eventually disappears. Some light chocolate and smoked wood in the smell. Taste is a bit thin for a porter but solid with some burnt coffee notes and chocolate malts, not all that thick or full bodied though. Sweet with a little bitterness at the end. Very drinkable and not heavy enough that you can't have another. Worth a try.

Photo of camartin27
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark brown. A rather vigourous pour produces only about 1/4 inch of head. Head fades to a small dollop on the beer, no lacing.

Smell: A good bit of malt, slightly sweet, yet a touch roasted malts, some burnt chocolate and caramel. Not really anything hop related, but I did not really expect any.

Taste: Light malt, slightly burnt, yet retains a slight bitter, sweet flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to almost light in body (at least for a porter IMO), not really watery though. A little dry on the finish.

Drinkability: It's been cold here in Lincoln, with about 5 inches of snow on the ground (for December that's a good amount), so I was kinda in the Christmas mood when I bought this yesterday ($4.99 at The Still). An ok beer, I may buy one more for Christmas, if there are any left.

Photo of BBM
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with hazelnut highlights and a creamy white head. Some lacing around the glass. Aroma was not very prevalent, it was somewhat sweet and earthy, but to be honest not strong at all.

Chocolate and mustiness enter the palate first, followed by a bittersweet nutty flavor, and English hops. Slight metallic taste is left on the tongue. It doesn't deviate too far from your typical English porter, but that's not always a bad thing. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my liking. Novel name and an interesting conversation piece, but a bit pricey ($5.25) for what amounts to a standard Brit porter. Worth a shot though, after all, 'tis the season...

Photo of kobeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of roblowther
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a frothy, large-bubbly (adjective trademark pending), thin tan head. The smell is sweet chocolate and malt. The taste is surprisingly subdued. Doesn't really have the character I'd expect from a porter. Hard to describe, it's so subdued. Malt, a hint of anise. Hints of stuff my brain is trying to invent to fill the void. Odd. Odd, odd odd. Mouthfeel is thin, but with a silkiness that's not unpleasant. Drinkability? Sure, you could drink more but I'm not sure why. Nothing bad about this, just nothing good.

Photo of wingman14
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with an off white head that fades quickly. The smell seems like a porter and a nut brown mixed, some sweet earthy notes, malty undertones. The taste starts sweet and malty with the sweetness ringing out till the aftertaste that has a hint of alcohol with a very subtle roasted malt finish. The mouthfeel is light, almost medium, but still leaves something to be desired. Not super smooth, but still an easy drinker. A good amount of flavor, and enjoyable, a nice winter warmer.

Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kinger
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Subdued aroma primarily semi-sweet malts with some bitterness. Dark amber pour solid tan head and minimal lacing. Medium to light on the palate for a porter but there is a richness in the finish that helps smooth this one out a bit. Light toasty flavor with some roasted malts complimented by some molasses and brown sugar flavors. A touch of coffee. Reminds me of a couple English Strong Ales I've recently had.

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/20/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Dark body with notes of ruby when held up to a light. 1/2 finger tan colored head. Leaves a nice cap on the beer the entire time.

Smell had some light ester and yeasty aroma. Some caramel and chocolate notes. Roasty notes as well.

Taste had a nice, light, roasty flavor with some chocolate in the finish. Mild nuttiness with light ester flavors. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability I felt was good. Light flavors, good on style and no signs of ABV

Photo of TequilaTom
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BH712
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SykDoc
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as a present from my pal Jeremy, much thanks. It pours a brown color and looks deep ruby when held to the light. A 1/2 inch light tan head forms and reduces leaving almost not lacing.

The aroma is primarily roasted malts with perhaps just a hint of pungent earthy hops. Minimal chocolate notes.

The taste has that same pungent earthy taste blended with a coffee-like roasted malt component. Not bad, but not particularly great either. Unique sweetness, almost fruity.

The mouthfeel is somewhat light bodied. Carbonation does detract from the flavor slightly. Minimal dryness at the finish. Fairly clean feeling overall.

The is actually quite drinkable to me. I do not think there is one strength but perhaps reasonable presentations of each part that suits my palate.

Photo of Bubbalito
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dubmax
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.