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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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78
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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004)
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Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -4.4%

Photo of roblowther
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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 +0.9%
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 BuckeyeSlim
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
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
3.43/5  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 milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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 +2.9%

Photo of SykDoc
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +2.9%

Photo of dubmax
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of sacfly
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mquinn919
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of JesseLara
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of jkd03c
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BH712
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ImperialStout
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of zapahoppa
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of SteveO1231
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Cheers!

Photo of pastramionrye7
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.