Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints to it. Head retention isn't good, but the lacing is decent. There's about an inch or so tan head. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and raisins, but the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes like roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate. There's only a slight bitter aftertaste with this beer. The body is light/medium and a little bit slick. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. It's not close to being the best porter out there, but it's decent.
12-26-2006 00:15:22 | More by bluejacket74
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of malts, some notes of chocolate. Taste is mild, some malts and chocolate, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.
02-01-2010 13:21:56 | More by tone77
3.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Pours a deep amber/ black color with a tan head, In the aroma, a sweet malt, small cocoa and caramel notes. In the taste, a roasty malt and a nice sweetness. A small bitterness and light malt in the mouthfeel and a malty, small cocoa presence in the aftertaste. A very nice English porter, small bite and a nice malt, nice cocoa presence as well.
12-11-2007 17:10:31 | More by OWSLEY069
3.73/5 rDev +9.7%
Extremely dark mahogany hued blackness with a small capping of lightly tanned firmly creamed foam on top. Keeps a good skim always present and the lacing is low and droopy leaving some thicker strings.
Aroma is light but clean and fairly present with a dryness of cocoa, husks, nut raisin bread, and graham cracker crust.
Taste is mild yet fulfilling enough for a quick little ride of dryness that is bagged full of bakery-like goodies and treats. Stinted bits of cocoa and graham cracker dust up most of the taste with tiny packages of old muffin bits, cake, bread, nuts, and some very touchy grassy herbalness that eludes to a gift of husks.
Feel is just below medium with a lowered carbonation making for a soothing softness of lightly textured fluffy smoothness as it floats across the palate with a particular ease like a sled through the snow.
A calming little porter that fits with the season. Not quite as big as this Santa would have liked to have stuffed in his palate stocking, but a good gift to get non-the-less.
12-22-2006 22:25:24 | More by tavernjef
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
How could I resist a beer with a name like this? I was delighted to see it available in Atlanta since it caused a major stink in the Northeast last year.
Color is a dark red or brownish red. Aroma is delightful - it seems as if each sniff yielded a different hint or tone. I got the burnt-coffee smell that I associate with good porters and stouts, as well as hints of spice and an undertone of molasses. Flavor is not strong but pleasant, smoky, sweet overtones and hints of coffee. Finish is smooth, leaves a bit of sweet on the lips and just a whisper of hop bitterness. Not superb, but definitely worth hunting.
12-01-2007 19:55:09 | More by Cyberkedi
3.03/5 rDev -10.9%
Color tending to black, with a dark cherry wood edges. Light beige foam, quite good.
Porter smell, quite, with a light roast. A hint of dustiness. Not bad, but after all, nothing exceptional.
Smooth in the mouth, thanks to the oat. A bit of roast, and cocoa. Here again, nothing really remarkable.
In the aftertaste some chocolate and dusty.
Not bad, but from a Christmas beer you can expect some more characterization.
01-07-2009 21:00:48 | More by stcules
4.38/5 rDev +28.8%
Dark brown to black with lots of mahogany to the light. Nice creamy light brown head with nice active carbonation. Light roasty and dark fruit aromas. Complex light roasted, spicy, fruity, and chocolate malt-driven porter. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty finish.
A very nice Robust English Porter.
Per Label: "Bottle Conditioned"
(11.2 oz / 330 ml bottle)
03-29-2007 17:45:14 | More by RBorsato
3.58/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Deep, clear brown color with a red hue. Poured a 3 finger rocky tan head that settled to a thick cap. Laced in thick webs.
S: Roasted nutty malt. Hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Earthy hop bitterness.
T: Coffee and chocolate. Some fruity flavors in the middle. Wet wood and nutty malt in the lightly bitter finish.
M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Malt characters linger in the finish.
D: Flavorful, smooth and rich. Not as much character as I hoped for.
02-06-2011 21:51:41 | More by Haybeerman
3.6/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a dark black color with brownish/red hues around the edges when held up to a light with a thin light tan head. The aroma is dominated by a dark roasted maltiness with a touch of chocolate. The taste is rich and extremely balanced. There is a really nice roasted malt flavor like in the nose even if it is subdued. A little thin in the taste, but still very drinkable. Overall, this beer is definately a better than average porter but not worth the $5.45 I paid for the bottle.
11-24-2006 04:01:16 | More by cjgator3
3.23/5 rDev -5%
Bottle at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a clear chestnut color with some tan foam. Aroma is brown malts with a touch of smoke. A bit of caramel and roast in the flavor, plus milk chocolate and a bit of sourness. Medium bodied, very English, pretty generic.
01-02-2011 21:53:26 | More by illidurit
3.88/5 rDev +14.1%
A dark coffee mahogany color with a whispy dirty tan head and a modest lace. The aroma is a mild coffee chocolate malt. The taste is a bit sour coffee bean and vanilla. Medium body that is fairly drinkable for the style. There is the prefunctory touch of charcoal, smooth and agreeable for a winter brew.
02-26-2009 06:12:47 | More by Durge
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
Sampled on December 3, 2011. The pour is dark chestnut-amber with no head but good clarity. Lots of sweet roasted malts in the aroma along with sugar and a nip of laid back hops. The bodu is in the medium range and also rather smooth and creamy.It definitely espouses a pleasant bitter flavor but it really reminds me of most sweet British ESB's which always seem to have this soft water characteristic and lots of approachable flavor.
12-04-2011 02:41:43 | More by puboflyons
3.25/5 rDev -4.4%
This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like subdued coffee beans and barley malt with a bit of dark chocolate and oak. It tasted like watered-down coffee and earthy barley malt with prominent copper hops. It was thin with moderate carbonation, and had a very metallic bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a decent porter, very British and metallic. It tasted good but not great, and had a decent body. It was easy to drink, but was generally not exciting.
01-09-2009 15:03:37 | More by Pencible
3/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
12-14-2004 04:45:55 | More by Brent
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
01-20-2007 23:44:28 | More by UncleJimbo
3.43/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
11-28-2005 23:23:07 | More by merlin48
4.25/5 rDev +25%
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.
12-28-2005 15:56:12 | More by Vancer
3.8/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Stamped F13 266.
A: Two fingers of creamy head. The beer is dark brown in the shade and a clear, brilliant red in the light. Some bubbles within. Looks great!
S: It smells...like a pilsner? Sweet and grainy. Maybe a hint of darker fruit like plum.
T: Yummy! Sweet fruits, banana foremost amongst them. Malty, perhaps lightly spiced (clove? anise?). Distant bitterness on the aftertaste. More like a winter warmer than a porter in my book, but I'll roll with it. Touch of chocolate.
M: Sweet-wet then (barely)bitter-dry. Interesting...
O: Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer; it seems underrated. I received it for Christmas in a mysterious beer of the month box that a stranger signed me up for. I look forward to drinking the rest of these beers and would recommend it others.
01-05-2012 22:52:13 | More by AgentMunky
4/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
03-26-2006 23:04:21 | More by tgbljb
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.