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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:31:49 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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TequilaTom

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-17-2013 01:40:56 | More by TequilaTom
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 08:03:48 | More by hoegaardenhero
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JesseLara

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

01-14-2014 05:45:24 | More by JesseLara
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jkd03c

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-30-2013 21:24:02 | More by jkd03c
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 04:57:17 | More by SteveO1231
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-03-2013 03:08:53 | More by pastramionrye7
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thespaceman

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 01:19:33 | More by thespaceman
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 18:07:47 | More by beerprovedwright
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12%

02-19-2014 03:13:39 | More by gonzo000
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%

12-25-2011 22:28:13 | More by zapahoppa
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SuperSpy

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 01:24:40 | More by SuperSpy
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:46:15 | More by caddybuyer
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 00:57:36 | More by JoeAmerican77
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:16:22 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:34:52 | More by endincolorado
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

10-08-2012 20:30:02 | More by FEUO
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jharkins07

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-09-2012 19:37:58 | More by jharkins07
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 23:54:02 | More by Travlr
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mrskunk

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -12%

12-27-2013 22:57:32 | More by mrskunk
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karengarys

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 03:57:42 | More by karengarys
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark crimson with an tan head that dissipates fast

Smell: Smells of sweet malt with a slight hop background

Taste: Very acrid bitterness, probably due to the roasted malts. Sweetness is there. Not very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation tingles in the mouth which doesn't pare well with the roasted harsh bitterness.

Drinkability: Wouldn't buy this one again. Not my style.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:40:18 | More by Squelch
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%

07-28-2012 04:07:39 | More by pogoowner
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BH712

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-25-2014 04:03:48 | More by BH712
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I always like some ass... and have fun with the gimmicky labels... but hey, this really did wind up being a surprisingly nice one! When I heard the name, I said I had to have a case of it, just to say I've had Santa's ass, and well, now I have.
Anywhoo...
So dark and chocolately you cannot see through it, except for a bit of amber/rootbeer at the bottom. Bit of a thin ring of khaki only at the edge of the glass. Great porty/stout scents, dark chocolate yumminess, very good. Light to medium body, the carbination is there, but not too much, not too overwhelming. It does fizz up a bit for a second, but not foamy, you just feel it. Very nice dark tastes, black coffee and chocolate, black licorice, anise. the anise really seems to make it's presence known in the aftertaste. Very easy drinker, good flavors and feel.
This turned out to be not only a fun beer to share with my friends and family for the holidays, but a nice drinker!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 06:16:24 | More by shapudding
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.