Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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435 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 435 | Reviews: 274
Photo of Brent
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for a gimmicky name or label, and this beer has them both - Santa with his list in one hand, a beer in the other, and his posterior amply displayed. The label explains that the beer name has something to do with a "much loved children's storybook," but I can't recall ever hearing of Santa sitting on his butt and drinking beer. The label goes on in an attempt to legitimize the name with reference to barrels used to store beer. The label is almost as verbose as a Stone, but not nearly so amusing.

Poured a wonderful black, touched at the edges with ruby. Very little head, and that lasted mere seconds. Aroma was subdued - just a mild roasted malt. Mild roasted malt flavors, just a touch of smoke and chocolate. Mouthfeel is rather thin, with a little sweet slickness. Almost more of a sweet stout than a porter. Overall, this was just okay, but not at all festive.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. 2005-2006 vintage.

This porter poured a very dark, red-brown color with thin, tan foam that settled. The smell was malty with faint dried fruit and a very light sweetness. The taste was upfront dry caramel with some tangy maltiness and a bit of molasses. There was a very light hoppiness coming through the malt flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low (flat) carbonation. The finish was richly sweet. This was an OK porter, though a bit lacking. It did grow on me by the end of the glass.

Photo of merlin48
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

50 cl bottle with label as shown here. Pours a very dark brown body with a small tan head that leaves some sheet lacing. Body exhibits good clarity when held to light.

Aroma is one dimensional, with roasty coffee and notes of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and some syrupy chocolate.

Lots of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate in the taste. Maybe a hint of almond nuttiness and a fleeting note of earthy hop bitterness. The chocolate syrup character is disconcerting here, and diminishes drinkability. A decent English porter, but I wouldn't care for another.

Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased because of the entertaining label, now looking forward to the other offerings by Ridgeway.

Nice pour; brown/black with (thin, darn) head that quickly dissipated. But a doughy malt nicely met my nose, along with some chocolates and coffee. Excellent quaff, with the aforementioned along with cinnamon and burnt toast.

On the sweet and light-bodied side, which by the end of the 500ml bottle, was thinning out a little too much. Still very smooth and drinkable, the 6% abv will not really slam you to the floor if one has a bottle or two. Ready for more.

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

Poured a black color with initial tannish head that quickly fell to a thick ring. Bubbles on the head were larger than I usually see on a beer. Smell is of roasted malt, some dark fruit(figs, prunes) and some chocolate-coffee notes. Taste delivers a pleasant sweet note and lots of fruitiness, similiar to a liquid fruitcake. The mouthfeel is extremely thin but still enjoyable.Very nice beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque, dark brown to off-black color. Thin tan head that retains somewhat well.

Nose is slight vanilla with more pronounced malty roastiness.

On the palate is a multi-spice, roasty flavor with prickly sweet finish at the end. Basically an everyday porter or stout with holiday spice thrown in.

Finish is somewhat short.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear black with an off-white head which fell back quickly but traced the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel character most notable followed by chocolate and a bit of coffee. The aroma was lightly estery as well.

The flavor was malty with caramel, some chocolate and light coffee. The fruitiness which was restrained in the aroma was let loose for the flavor.

The finish was even with some light caramel and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with and extremely low level of carbonation. An ok porter, but nothing to get excited about.

50 cl bottle.

Photo of allengarvin
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall half-liter glass, this makes for a ruby-tinted dark beer with a good solid half-inch head. Aroma, however, is almost undetectable: just a faint faint hit of malt. Caramel-flavored malt dominates, with a hint of nutty roastiness. There's a little cocoa flavor as well. General flavor is sweet, with little bitterness around. Body is creamy but light.

Nothing particularly interesting about this beer. Does Ridgeway make anything complex or unique?

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa’s Butt has a thin, beige head and a dark, clear reddish-brown (under light) appearance, with some splotching lacing. The aroma is of licorice, dark-roasted coffee, and malt. Taste is of dark coffee, cola, hops, chocolate, and malt. The mouthfeel is light and soft, and Santa’s Butt finishes fairly crisp, clean, and easy drinking. Overall, it’s pretty good and worth a try.

RJT

Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well I bought this one for the gimmicky label, which made me chuckle in the store. I am drinking it at just below room temp in a snifter. The brew pours a dark brown color with a 2cm tan head faoming up and fading to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with some brown sugar sweetness and a bit of grassy hop.
First sip reveals average carbonation but much lighter than expected body and an almost watery finish. I think I have gotten used to bigger "robust" porters. So I find the density of the beer not very exciting, although I think it is true to the original porter style.
Flavor is chocolate and roasted malt just as the nose was with a bit of roasted malt lingering on my palate for the finish. Overall the flavor is mild and light. An enjoyable brew that goes down easy. I prefer some more umph though!

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

50cl bottle
Served in imperial nonic glass

A - It is brown with ruby highlights. It is topped with an underwhelming tan head.

S - The first smell aroma I get is cocoa. I also get some dark fruit (cherry).

T - The taste is very mild. I get subtle hints of cocoa and some dark fruit.

M - Medium

D - I don't think I would trade a Sam Smith' s Taddy Porter or a Fuller's Porter for this one.

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 4 beer christmas sample pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown bordering on black with virtually no foam.

Light roasted smell with chocolate and coffee hints.

Rich roasted malt taste opener that finishes surprisingly clean. Notably absent is any trace of bitterness. Very smooth and creamy. Somewhat milky in the mouthfeel.

Good, solid, drinkable porter.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting to have this one. Today seemed right. It pours a nice black color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is chocolatey, slightly creamy, maybe a touch of butteryness. The flavor is interesting...a little odd. Its almost a little spicey, slight anise, slight oxidation I think. I'm not really enjoying it all that much. The feel is a touch thin. Overall, this one is a bit of a let down for me.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark maroon, almost black with very thin tan head that fades very quickly leaving no lace.
Aroma has a chocolate and raisin nose with hints of roasted malts and some ringwood.
Flavor of sweet chocolate and dark fruits, fairly one dimensional.
Mouthfeel is sweet but very falt, lack of carbonation takes marks off.
Drinkability is average, just doesn't follow through. In my mind this was a beer that never belonged in a bottle, probably great on firkin and cask but somewhat wasted in a bottle. Kudos for a great label though.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa's butt has an copper amber color which does't resemble a porter really.
No head but good carbonation. No retention ability what so ever.
Aroma is sutle roasted malts.
Taste is sweet smooth and cloying. Just hints of roasted malts or malts in general.
Drinks thin and flat and is really unappealling in every catagory.

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

Appearance: Deep amber in color, almost opaque, with a dusting of white foam, which rings the glass walls as well. Thin, broken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Mild notes of coffee and bitter chocolate dominate, as well as sweet vinous aroma.

Taste: Mild roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee carry the taste from start to finish. Beneath this there is a wave of sweet alcohol. Finishes with a mild coffee note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, an understated, but quite drinkable porter.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of ADR
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown-black with a chocolate milk froth for a head. The suds thin in a minute or so. Laces sparsely but broadly. Interesting smell, some mocha intonations but strong hints of medium-grade pipe tobacco. Smooth mouthfeel, but the carbonation is too low, verges on flat. The taste showcases mainly malted milk, a lot of sweetness, minimum roastiness or hoppiness going on. There's a slight stale raisin off note going on, a funkiness that's almost mildewy. The flavor and mouthfeel didn't strike me on this one, it settles into almost tasteless on further sips, but the aroma was interesting and my favorite part of the beer.

Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark red black, a tan small head, some lacing and curtains.

A dry toast smell, some dark dried fruits as well.

The taste is sweet, candy sugar, butter scotch, dark chocolate, dried fruits.

Medium carbonation, soft and a medium body, slightly dry at the end.

Actually a bit too sweet and little bitter for me.

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

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours clear dark brown with almost no head. This beer smells of sugar, molasses and, oddly enough, a light lager, maybe Natty light. The flavor in this beer is definitely lacking a little bit, especially for a winter porter. The nose is slightly bitter, but it has an ambiguously sweet aftertaste.

Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent reddish-brown body with a rather disappointing thin head. Nice malt aroma; nutty with coffee undertones; hints of mocha. Semi-sweet chocolate taste; vanilla; coffee grounds; nice low-key bitterness throughout the taste. Thin, watery body.

The good news is that the flavor emphasizes the malts and grains, but, on the whole, everything is way too subdued weak. Great name but a near sub-par beer.

Photo of Offa
2.27/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a big disappointment, especially since I love porters and had already fallen in love with Ridgeway Bitter.

It's almost black red-brown with a small light brown head that soon dissipates to a thin foamy ring and some bubbles.

The aroma is mostly of chocolate but it's not very strongly roasted smelling, with hints of fruit and brown bread.

The taste is much worse: almost nothing but prunes and alcohol, with faint hints of red wine and chocolate. The body isn't too thin but it is not complex at all and is really very bland for a porter, tasting pretty much just of alcohol-soaked prunes. It is far too bland and alcoholic. However, it is drinkable and some enjoyable feel and warmth.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with no light penetration at all. Tan head drops fast and leaves no lace. Give it a bit of a swirl before emptying cuz theres' yeast in that thar bottle.
Smell is almost non-existent with just the slightest hint of smoke and fruit.
Taste is much better, though still mild, with notes of malt, smoke, caramel & vanilla. Drinks smooth with medium effervescence. A decent beer but I expected a lot more.

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque dark brown with a creamy 1 finger tan head that settled quickly and left good lacing with rings; when held up to the light this beer is reddish brown.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit like dates, roasted grains, toffee, biscuit, yeast and nut; this brew has a smoky aroma and is very sweet overall with nice soft whiffs of caramel and sweet malt.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, plum or dates, roasted grains, toffee, cocoa, coffee beans, biscuit, burnt wood, yeast, nut and a hint of citrus or floral hops; it finishes dry with a lingering coffee or chocolate taste mixed with the roasted malts, which is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost watery, with a light body and a dry bitter finish; this borders on being light and crisp.

High drinkability for me, as this went down easy and had enough flavor complexities to enjoy on its own or as a session beer. A strong recommendation for any porter fan or any fan of rich roasted malt flavor in a beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown; some red highlights when held to the light. 2 fingers of head that recede quickly into a film that leaves lacing throughout the drink.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and a modest aroma of roasted malts. No hops come through the nose.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts at the forefront, balanced by a kick of hops in the mid-taste. Both of these flavors combine in the finish with a lean towards coffee bitterness. However, the taste is not strong. No alcohol warmth detected.

M: Medium-bodied brew with decent carbonation.

D: Was decently enjoyable to drink, but it lacked the complexity and depth of flavor that I expect from winter brews. The flavor was also a bit weak. I paired the latter half with food and its weakness really came out then. I won't turn down another, but I won't pay for one either.

Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special here. Pours a medium brown with a weak head. The nose has roasty malts and a touch of cocao. The taste is equally unimpressive. Not bad, just a bit light for the style. Light body has decent carbonation. Good brew to wash down some fish and chips, but thats about it.

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