Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
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 pat61
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant light chestnut under a clingy 2”off-white foam collar S: Biscuit aromas with chocolate notes. T: A chocolate covered biscuit with a dose of nuts. F: very smooth, creamy, soft on the palate. O: This is a drinkable, mild malt driven porter that goes down easy (278 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a darkish brown color with little head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a large roasted malt aroma, hints of toffee and coffee.

Taste starts out with a caramel malt flavor, dark roasted coffee-like bitterness, more bitter than I would have thought too, a slick presence on the tongue with a medium yet crisp carbonation, finishes semi-dry surprisingly, bit on the thin side for a porter though. (404 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Santa's Butt OMG let's give it whirl. Popping the top I get nice wafts of charred malts and earthy noble hops. On the pour this brew is barely translucent deep brown with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. On the taste the brew has hints of molasses right up front with a nice toasted malt, very English-like approaching a brown ale ever-so-much. A tad bit watery on the mouthfeel. A good drinker not so great a porter but what can you expect from Santa's Butt!! (469 characters)

Photo of Snodman
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance – Poured a dark mahogany semi-clear color with one finger of khaki tan head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smell - Sweetness, stale coffee smell or coffee that's been out a bit and gone cold, hint of molasses, and some toffee

Taste - not strong, mild, subtle coffee, "drinkability" as they say. not too bitter or sweet, kinda pale.

Mouthfeel –Not a lot going on. It came and went with little to no fanfare.

Overall- Nothing special about this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit. Won’t try it again on purpose. (579 characters)

Photo of hophugger
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown and lets a little light through along the edges. Head is fizzy and leaves quickly, leaving decent lacing. Aroma is very light but malty. Taste is really light, really too light to be called a porter IMO. Flavors are there, just subdued and slightly watery. Mouthfeel is decent but does not have that thickness and mouth coat of a porter. (356 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L - Medium dark brown. Clear. Short, soapy, just off-white head.
S - Roasted malts. Coffee, caramel, chocolate.
T - Lighter than expected. Somewhat watery roasted malts. Mostly chocolate and coffee; bread. (210 characters)

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 25 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Translucent dark copper with a finger plus thick slightly offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing. 3.75
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s; Caramel malt. 3.75

t; Caramel malt under some black coffee and slight notes of dark fruit. mostly dry finish. 3.5

m: Light to medium, ok body, some carbonation tingle. 3.5

o: A mild tasting porter, easy drinking, certainly much better than one might imagine Santa's Butt. 3.5 (477 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid aromas, but the flavors are a bit muddled in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (603 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of Santa's Butt in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a translucent garnet red color, clear with a small fizzy head.

Smell is a sweet earthy aroma, caramel and peat.

Taste is sweet and candy-like. Long on caramel and toffee and short on roasted flavors, charcoal and coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall just an average, water porter. More of a holiday gimmick than a high quality beer. (434 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle labeled F16-266 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of toasted malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins with toasted chocolatey malt which ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (458 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale tan color, in the glass it is dark brown/black. A white head tops the beer, light freshly fallen snow on coal.

S: Grainy bread, toffee and coffee. Definitely an English Yeast strain. Almost a smokey thing going on in there.

T: Bread and toffee come through. There is a light fruitiness to it, and the finish has a little more of the coffee flavor.

M: Fairly light as far as the body goes, though there is a little creaminess to it. Carbonation is lively.

O: Overall a good example of the style, classic English porter. Tasty. (548 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 50cl (16.9 oz.) bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: BevMo in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Price: $5.25 w/ BevMo card
Purchased: Dec. 23, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 25, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany semi-clear color with one finger of khaki tan head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smelled sugary malts, roasty malts, toast, nutty, caramel, toffee, cough syrup and faint coffee.

Tasted quite bland. Nutty, toffee, caramel, roasty, toasty and slightly more bitter than the nose.

Medium-to-full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

Nothing special about this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit. Won’t try it again on purpose. (697 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, ruby brown and clear, nice brown head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma and flavor have a slight astringent note, a little bit of metallic as well. Toasty, nutty, malty, and a little bit of roasty flavors and smells are noted. I note a little graininess and some sweetness, like brown sugar.

The body could be thicker, it's a bit thinner than I'd prefer my porters.

Overall it's an interesting choice, but not particularly outstanding. (465 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to lie. I purchased this exclusively for the name and for the picture on the label. I guess that's what they're betting on. 500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Pours a pleasant ruby-brown colour, with a lightness to the body and good clarity. Head is a disappointing film of off-white, not really creating itself to begin with, and then fizzling out to a minor ring. Carbonation is fine. Some streaks of lacing. It's ok, without looking magnificent.

Nose is sweet and toasty, with a slightly nutty, slightly buttery character coming through above a solid, standard grainy English malt character. It's really quite sweet and quite potent—even if it's something of a one-character aroma, it at least has conviction on its side.

Taste is light, but pleasant. Again, toasty grain notes drive it forward, with a smoothness in the flavour, if not in the feel. Mild watery coffee tones, a suggestion of red cherry, and a rather dry finish, again with some weak roasted tones. It's pleasant enough, but the strength on the nose isn't really present here.

Feel is a little weak and watery: if it were fuller I think it would really help the beer.

Overall, this is decent stuff. It's not really exciting, but there's a little interest there, and it's structured in very much the way it should be. In the end, there's a little class hiding behind the gimmicky label, at least. (1,403 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

date reviewed: 25 January 2013...
glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick...
occasion: research paper grading, round one...
appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa...
aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldn't diminish the effect....
palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern...
taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable...
overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santa's nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season... (776 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.29/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a finger width, off-white head. Poor retention, leaves behind no lacing or bubbles.

Smell - Slight metallic aroma. Watery hints of toffee.

Taste - Not much. Ghostly earth tones. Slightly metallic. Really watered down toffee notes.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, in the least.

Overall - One of, if not the most disappointing porters I've ever had. I've had BMC Light products with more flavor. I bought this at a severe discount, and I still feel like I got ripped off. (585 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a tulip glass which left good lacing that disappeared halfway through. the body was black with brown edges.
s - coffee and burnt chocolate.
t - burnt chocolate with a hint of dark fruits.
m - medium and slick.
o - a solid porter but not one i would seek out yearly. (315 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear medium to dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that reduced down to a small cap and had good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark malt and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses.

The taste was lightly sweet with a roasty malt feel, a note of chocolate and a touch of molasses from the start, progressing slightly into a mildly bitter taste with a nice roasted coffee finish. The flavor lasted a decently long time after the swallow, with a roasted coffee taste left lying on the taste buds for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a brew that possessed a nice bitter sweet roasty flavor, a smooth and easy drinkability and only a moderate ABV. Although it is nothing over the top, it is still quite good and I could see my self having a few of these...

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Photo of BeerTwigs
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle on Christmas Eve into my Dogfish Tulip.

A - Very dark brown, very little lacing and about a one finger head on the pour

S - Light aroma that includes caramel malt, hints of vanilla and chocolate.

T - Taste is spot on with the aroma, light vanilla and chocolate hints. Very light and a basic English style porter. Nothing really jumping off on this one.

M - Thin with decent carbonation.

O - I bought this beer to drink for Christmas, Thankfully I wasn't aging or waiting to drink this beer. it was a impulse buy and it will probably sells more because of its name. The beer is decent, not terrible. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I'd drink it if it was around. Cheers! (698 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam that recedes rapidly and leaves light lace. The body is an opaque black color.

S - Light caramel malt with some very distant coffee.

T - Watery mocha notes up front with some brown sugar. A bit of herbal hop character in the middle and a finish of dry cocoa, caramel, and dark bread.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit on the sweet side, but not unpleasant. Nothing complex, but enjoyable enough. (510 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a deep dark brown body. no lacing really.

S: roasted malt, vanilla and some chocolate but overall light aroma.

T: semi sweet with chocolate and vanilla. the roasted malts are there but mild and provide little bitterness. a very simple porter. But, is on par for an English porter.

M: this one is really really thin. moderate carbonation.

Overall: the lightness makes this one very drinkable. Its jwhat you expect for the style. Good name though, I guess. (479 characters)

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.