Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Dark Reddish Brown with a creamy off white head that fell fairly quickly to a ring around the glass. Laces down the glass.

Smell:
Very sweet nutty roasted malts.

Taste:
Nicely sweet and a lingering roasted flavor. Very smooth and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Got this as a gift from a friend who lost the bottle in the back of a cupboard. May explain the incredible smoothness and very light carbonation. Still very enjoyable.

Drinkability:
Pretty easy and smooth to drink. Very dense though and might have to stop after one or two.

Comment:
Curious to try a "fresh" one of these to see the difference. Held up pretty good to age and can only guess what a good one tastes like.

Photo of fretlessman71
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to chazwicke for providing this one.

Santa’s Butt? Hardly appetizing, to say the most. But I understand that the name comes from the very origins of Porter, when three beers would be blended into one to create the brew. Bottle conditioned, too – let’s hope it survived the journey Christmas eve!

APPEARANCE: Dark root beer brown; barely translucent even to light. Tight, fluffy tan head with lots of staying power.

AROMA: Bottle conditioned – yep. Yeast comes right through; guess this bottle didn’t set enough or something. Fair amount of chocolate in the nose, some dark fruit, biscuits.

FLAVOR: Roasty, almost smoky chocolate malt, somewhat metallic (yeast again?), some toffee, bits of black licorice (which gets much stronger as the beer warms), spent coffee grounds and lemongrass. Mild hop bitterness, not much. Clean finish. A pleasant mild sourness as it goes down.

MOUTHFEEL: Rather light; mellow mouthfeel. Nice.

DRINKABILITY: At 6% ABV it’s just right for a cold winter’s night waiting for your presents to arrive.

OVERALL COMMENTS: If you’re a chocolate and licorice fan, you’ll like this one. Not a bad way to while away an evening. But not one I’d be likely to seek out on a regular basis.

Photo of MarineHokie
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark, clear but nearly opaque mahogany. Thin off-white head, vanished quickly.

S- Malty, caramel notes, indiscernible faint hop aroma.

T- Smooth malt, caramel, almost toffee finished with a slight roast malt bite and a hint of licorice.

M- Smoothly carbonated, slightly thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

I assumed from the label that this was a holiday ale, so I was prepared for more body and spice. BUTT it turned out to be a lightly spiced porter that I enjoyed. Overall decent brew, but there are many other porters I’d search high & low for before this one.

Photo of Lambstrong
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very dark, with a slight mahogany hue when put to the light. Initial there is a nice creamy head which dissipates almost immediately. I would describe the aroma as musty, almost like a wet sock (not that I smell a lot of wet socks, but if I had to imagine what they smell like this would be it). I did like upfront toasted malt flavor. There is not much in the way of a hop presence but then again this is a porter. Overall, this is an average beer with a somewhat disagreeable aroma.

Photo of tobyandgina
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, tan head - a couple of fingers. Good lacing.

Very dark in color - pretty much black.

Smell of toasted caramel notes. A little coffee, maybe some chocolate in there. Something sweet and bitter also; could be cherries.

Decent mouthfeel. Toasty flavor. Mostly toasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Pretty good finish, leaves me wanting more, so drinkability is good.

A decent one in the Ridgeway line.

Photo of JoKo
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard English pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a reddish hue when held up to the light. This beer has about an inch of head that is off white and fades quickly carbonation seems to be moderate to low.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, some caramel.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor up front, some bitterness, caramel notes present as well as possibly some dark fruit type of notes.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, smooth beer

Drinkability: Very easy drinkability, a nice beer for the holiday season, enjoyable.

Photo of BeerHonky
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with the, recently, notorious label sporting Santa's...well, butt. Nice creamy, fluffy head sits over a dark porter with a few burgundy highlights. Average aroma with your standard chocolate malts and English hops. Nothing too pronounced here or in the, otherwise, run of the mill English porter taste. Not too exciting if you ask me.

Photo of satowns
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark amber. decent head retention.

Slight fruit, bright caramel. Distinct english yeast and malt aromatics.

flavor reminiscint of cigarette smoke, tobacco and some spiciness. big roast in the finish.

full bodied but quite slick on the mouth.

singular, a bit smoky for my taste and not enough alcohol for the winter warmer style.

Photo of chimaylvr
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance is typical for a porter, very dark, but a notch below average because of the lack of a frothy head as with Anchor's exeptional variety.

smell is good but nothing of note. subtle rosted malts, coffee, mocha-like, not overwhelming

taste: not strong, mild, subtle coffee, "drinkability" as they say. not too bitter or sweet, kinda pale. drinks like a stout

mouthfeel: low carbonation, not syrupy and as with the taste, low on bitterness and acidity.

I think I'm being generous with this rating but since there's worse out there average is appropriate. It's marketing and naming are far better than the beer but you didn't waste your money. Kissing your sister!

Photo of abedenbaugh
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an average head but falls pretty quickly. Color is a dark brown.

S: The smell is very pleasant with mostly coffee aromas.

T:A small amount of malt flavor with a pronounced amount of chocolate. Slightly bitter.

MF:Light body, but seems a little too thin.

Overall, it's okay but it isn't anything impressive and I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of eb003
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't lie. I saw news about this on my web-news ticker. There was a lot of hype about the label and how some states were thinking of banning the beer because of the lable. Soooo...when I saw it at Liquor Barn it was a must-buy.

The appearance is good...it pours dark (about as dark as a cola). There is a medium head and minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is good, in line with most porters.

I didn't rate this very high on taste (about a 3.5), but honestly porters are not my favorite type of brew. However, I found this to be very tasty and enjoyable for a porter.

The mouthfeel is good, it's very smooth.

I also didn't put it too high on drinkability (again a 3.5), BUT the only reason I did that was because it's somewhat filling AND as I mention earlier porters are not my favorite style.

This one is definitely worth the try, though. It's a pretty good brew IMO.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The name is funny but it is a great tasting porter. Slight hop taste flavor but most of the flavor is of dark roasted barley. Very nice beer

Photo of Nibbley
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/rootbeer color with a little ivory white head that disapates into a tiny ring around the glass.
Aroma is raisins and dark fruit, mabye dates.
Taste does'nt live up to the aroma.
I was a bit disappointed in the taste and mouthfeel.
Was hoping for a bigger, more chewy mouthful.
Not bad, but, I'm not running out to buy a fridge full.

Photo of tangentrider
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown beer with red highlights when held to the light. Smallish light brown head

S- Caramel and spice aromas.

T- Coffee, slightly sour, with a touch of sweetness on the back end.

MF- Smooth and silky in the mouth. Moderate to low carbonation.

D- I would have another if offered, though not sure if I'd buy it.

Photo of NEBeerGirl
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is just lacking to me

Photo of shrek806
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

The pour revealed a dark brown color with a thin, lazy 1/8 inch head. Little to no lacing.

The smell was sweet with caramel and slight hints of cocoa and vanilla.

The taste was all sweet malt. It tasted like i was drinking a liquid "Sugar Daddy".

The mouthfeel was much like the pour; Lazy. Not a lot going on. It came and went with little to no fanfare.

The over drinkability for me is low. Not really my kind of beer.

Photo of hopbar
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mo's Wines and Spirits, Fairfield, CT
1 pt. 9 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Poured a dark, brownish color with cranberry hues; Thin head did not leave much behind.

S: Sweet but a little metallic smelling.

T: Strong metallic taste; almost like "The Champagne of Beers" - Miller High Life

M: Refreshing but not very thick.

D: Maybe I got a bad one yet many of the reviews I have read do not hype this one up. Probably makes its most sales on the label. Anyone read the WSJ article on this one? One thought came to mind as I drank this: "Make it a High Life."

Photo of crispy620
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this beer into the store the I work at, so of course I had to try it.

The appearance is dark brown in color, almost opaque. Slight reddish/orange tinge to it edges.

Smell was full and very hoppy, nice aroma, very slight at first and as it warms became more aromatic.

Taste is a WOW factor. At first has a nice malty taste and finishes with a little fruit on the back end.

It stays a long time on the palate and tends to stay on your cheeks for al while.

Very good drinking beer, Great with red meat (steak, roast, maybe even rack of lamb).

Agood drink, highly recommended.

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Body isn't quite jet black; more of a mahogany brown with hints of Ruby red when held to the light. Head is small and thin that quickly fades. This beer doesn't really smell of much, which is a shame because there's plenty of flavour! The predominant flavour is chocolate, with roasted caramel and hints of espresso. Mouthfeel is perhaps a little syrupy for my tastes, but not excessively so. Despite the use of oats there's no astringency at all, which is good for me as I don't enjoy particularly sharp flavours in my stouts or porters. There's a nice hop presence to provide balance and bitterness but without any overt hop flavours. As one would expect from the style the malts take centre stage.

All in all, a very decent porter. Exactly what I was expecting, no more, no less.

Photo of tctruffin
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bar was out of Bad Elf, so I opted for this instead. In terms of presentation, the beer gets all the points in the world: funny name, good illustration, shapely bottle, humerous text informing you that "butt" is not what the censors think it is even if there's a big ol' picture of Santa's rear end on the label. Very nice.

The beer itself is not bad. Nice brown color with a tan head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma was a weak point; even after letting it warm up, there was little discernible aroma. The taste was roasty with bit of alcohol bite. Others have mentioned chocolate and coffee, but I was getting perhaps more of a toffee thing going on. The body was a bit on the light side. On the other hand, the lack of much aftertaste made it an easy drinker.

Not an overwhelming brew, but fun!

Photo of SeanMurray
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Nothing Special. Kinda disappointing.

Photo of stoner420
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.

appearance: medium dark brown, no head, light carbonation

smell: doesn't smell much at all, a little choclate, a little tart

taste: it has a tartness to it like a sour ale, faint chocolate taste, subtle hops, also a little watery.

mouthfeel: fizzy, the tartness is noticable.

drinkability: goes down fairly easy, but is not a light beer.

overall: really suprised me, I was expecting a heavy dark beer, but this was part sour ale, part chocolate stout, part english ale. An interesting beer and enjoyable, but a little lacking in aroma. Changed my idea of what a porter can be.

Photo of chris19571978
1.65/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've Had this beer for a few months. I finally decided to give it a whirl. What a joke! No Lacing on head. Looked thin and watery. Smelled a tad sweet and chocolately but very diluted. Tasted like water. Was flat. Maybe a bad batch? The finish? There wasn't one. Easily the worst porter I've ever had. What a waste of money because I love porters.

Photo of HereticDivine
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I'm gonna review this beer as a dark ale, rather than a porter. It lacks a lot of "porter qualities". This beer poured a dark burgundy color. Once again, it would be a nice looking dark ale. It had a nice dark chocolate smell, with a touch of bread. It definitely lacked the porter smokiness in taste. It really has a dark chocolate taste, with some raisin bread qualities. The aftertaste is where you really taste the alcohol. At 6.0 abv, the alcohol taste should be nonexistent. This beer was very watery for a porter. I would drink this again, but at $6 a bottle, there are better options.

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.