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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
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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rye726

Colorado

3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:12:53 | More by rye726
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a black with a red tint when held up to the light, a small tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of coffee, cocoa, a touch of malt, and some roasted nuts.

taste is a little creamy, milk chocolate, coffee, and some malt, ends with just a touch of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 17:24:24 | More by froghop
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TheBear11D

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a bit of a red tint with a cream colored root beer-like head.

A sweet creamy coffee smell and I think I detect the smallest amount of chocolate. The malt overpower the hops. I can really only smell the sweets.

For the amount of sweet smells, there is not enough flavor to match it. The beer is pretty well balanced with a tad more sweet.

Medium body brew that feels similar to soda.

Quite easy to drink. I just wish there was a stronger flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 19:35:11 | More by TheBear11D
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Nibbley

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/rootbeer color with a little ivory white head that disapates into a tiny ring around the glass.
Aroma is raisins and dark fruit, mabye dates.
Taste does'nt live up to the aroma.
I was a bit disappointed in the taste and mouthfeel.
Was hoping for a bigger, more chewy mouthful.
Not bad, but, I'm not running out to buy a fridge full.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 21:17:53 | More by Nibbley
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A nice dark brown beer, clear with deep garnet highlighting. Dark tan head, reduces moderately slowly to splotched bubbles.

S-Some light roastiness, but overall, not a compelling aroma.

T-Some chocolatiness with an almost sweet maltiness, followed shortly by an assertive roasted malt. Strong bitterness stays in the background with ints of hop flavors. Finishes with a slight roast-malt choco-bitter finish.

M-Medium body, carbonation was perhaps a bit too high for the style, around high-moderate. Moves slowly over my tongue, but it's not too thick.

D-A fine brew. Enjoyable more for the novelty of the beer's name than for the quality of the beer. However, still a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 15:26:44 | More by CHSLBrew
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, clear garnet liquid with a slight light tan head that quickly dissipates, leaves some lacing, but very slight.

S = Caramel, toffee, roasted grains, pretty straightforward porter smells, but very clean and enjoyable.

T&D = Well balanced, I am going to count off a little for a slight watery taste at mid palate but mostly I get good strong malt flavors of caramel, toffee with a balance from the hops that comes across like just slightly burnt toast. Does drink very easily, one of my more favorite English Porters.

M = Medium bodied, quite good mouthcoating, pleasant amount of carbonation which teases the mouth without overpowering it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 17:57:38 | More by Traquairlover
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on a whim, the unusual name must have caught my attention. The beer pours deep dark chestnut brown color with a wispy head that quickly disappeared. Fairly light in the aroma with caramel malt and some dark sweet malt lurking in the background. Fairly light on the palate for the style. The flavor is sweet malt with some coffee notes shining through. Finishes about as uneventful as it begins. This beer lacks the complexity and depth that I prefer is a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:40:26 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this funny labeled big beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The color of the beer was black and it had a ice head at first. It was not long though that the head dissapeared to nothingness. The lacing eas fair though. The smell was of caramell and it was a pretty good beer. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 16:21:16 | More by Minkybut
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark crimson red, clear, with a rather disappointing soapy laced head that was dirty beige in color and not even strong enough to muster an initial covering. Needless to say no lacing was evident and visible carbonation was hard to determine. A nice deep coloring saved this from an average or subaverage display.

S: soft, with caramel, raisins and ripe fruit with light underlying coffee notes. Nothing really stood out here and overall I felt fell short of making an impression.

T: The flavor faired much better with a clean fresh coffee taste with a touch of caramel sweetness, ripe fruit (raisins, dates), black cherries, and a light smoked woodiness. An earthy bitterness with a dried fruitiness lingers on the finish. After a disappointing aroma, the flavor made amends. While not as hearty as its American counterpart, this was fit by English standards with a nice coffee display upon warming and warrant of a good rating per style.

M: smooth, with a light carbonation and was very easy off the tongue. Viscosity was medium.

D: Overall a light-moderate drinking English porter, with a nice coffee display when drank at the proper temperature.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 13:43:25 | More by beerthulhu
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Douglas88

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours a pure black color with a medium white head. Rich roasted aromas, some chocolates and light caramel in the nose also. The taste is very nice, very quaffable, smooth and full flavors of roasted malts, caramel, light and sweet fruits and chocolates. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 19:59:45 | More by Douglas88
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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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Gehrig

Illinois

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

I grabbed this from the sterling Sun Singer to celebrate the end to a long spate of grading. Enjoyed cool, not cold, the bottle emitted a thin finger of mocha tan head on a rich brown body with ruby highlights. Little duration or lacing. Decent but faint aromas, primarily toffee, chocolate, and light hazelnut. The modest nose confirmed that the taste lacked a strong malty backbone that I really enjoy in good porter. Santa's Butt is moderately flavorful and smooth, but a bit thin and, even for porter, somewhat flat.

It doesn't taste like Kris Kringle's ass to be sure, but this isn't a knockout porter by any means. Not bad, but Taddy Porter, it ain't.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 14:42:15 | More by Gehrig
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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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roadhouse

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark brown with some mahogany highlights and a once inch creamy off-white head. Leaves some really nice web-like lacing.

Aroma is raisiny, with some lighter chocolate notes, fruity esters, and caramel sweetness.

The taste is initially of some caramel sweetness then the raisiny fruit flavors come in with a very light, almost watered down chocolate roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, but smooth and easy drinking.

Overall this wasn't a bad beer, there are just better examples. I really enjoy the English Porters but this just doesn't compare to stuff like Tadcaster, Fullers, and Meantime.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 03:20:30 | More by roadhouse
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kinger

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:02:42 | More by kinger
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a fat bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark brown, not quite as a porter and clearing with poor carbonation. The head is smell tan and leaves little lace.

The smell has a twinch of chocolate and some dark fruit.

The taste follows, a couple of chocolate notes and a hint of smokiness, mostly raisons on dark toast.

The mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation.

The drinkability is so so not really worth it unless you are hard up for a new review. MK

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 03:03:27 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with a moderate, but creamy looking tan head.

Aroma is surprisingly slight. Roasted malt, chocolate and mild dark fruit.

Taste follows the roasted profile of the nose. However, initial dark fruit sweetness turns sour in the middle. Bready with a mild nuttiness. Dry cocoa and coffee. Finish brings some hops to balance the general sweetness. Flavor is subdued but unified.

Mouthfeel is rather light. A fuller body would have done wonders for me.

A mild beer with no off flavors. Drinkable, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 00:04:14 | More by Blakaeris
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Wasatch

Utah

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white creamy head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts, lots of toffee/caramel. The tasty is slightly sweet, malty, toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would most likely not seek again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 00:02:29 | More by Wasatch
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HereticDivine

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I'm gonna review this beer as a dark ale, rather than a porter. It lacks a lot of "porter qualities". This beer poured a dark burgundy color. Once again, it would be a nice looking dark ale. It had a nice dark chocolate smell, with a touch of bread. It definitely lacked the porter smokiness in taste. It really has a dark chocolate taste, with some raisin bread qualities. The aftertaste is where you really taste the alcohol. At 6.0 abv, the alcohol taste should be nonexistent. This beer was very watery for a porter. I would drink this again, but at $6 a bottle, there are better options.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:52:52 | More by HereticDivine
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Offa

California

2.23/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 17:09:18 | More by Offa
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ncvbc

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cola color brown with a big fizzy head that fades quickly. Little carbonation if any at all. Smell is lightly of chocolate and cocoa. A pinch of caramel. Mild hop bitterness. Taste certainly carries on with similar flavors but an English hop bitterness gets to me. It's kind of chalky and dry. There is a sweetness to the beer but it's hard to enjoy with the bitter flavor that lingers. Some nice chocolate, caramel, and even light hints of oat but overshadowed. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin without much body. Low on carbonation and overall substance. It's a struggle to finish this bottle. Not one I'll be coming back to, sorry to say.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:36:19 | More by ncvbc
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DoubleJ

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to make this short and sweet, so on to the beer:

Solid all-around porter with a taste of molasses and a touch-up of dark cocoa. It's worth a look if you're into porters, though at its $4.99 pricetag I can't see myself putting that money down again on this with so many better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 18:04:20 | More by DoubleJ
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charlzm

California

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled, consumed on 12/24/07.

Cola colored pour yields nice, off-tan head that sticks around a while. Sweet aroma of fruit. Flavor is subdued sweet fruit, light chocolate with mild roasted bitterness that appears in aftertase. Slight astringency is not particularly welcome.

Not outstanding, but fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 07:57:04 | More by charlzm
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chris19571978

Ohio

1.63/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've Had this beer for a few months. I finally decided to give it a whirl. What a joke! No Lacing on head. Looked thin and watery. Smelled a tad sweet and chocolately but very diluted. Tasted like water. Was flat. Maybe a bad batch? The finish? There wasn't one. Easily the worst porter I've ever had. What a waste of money because I love porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 02:43:10 | More by chris19571978
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Halcyondays

California

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, 6% alc./vol.

A: Pours a dark, clear brown, with an average off-white/slightly tan head, good retention, limited lacing.

S: Light caramel malt predominately and chocolate.

T: Very malty, light caramel and treacle, molasses and brown sugar at the end, very sweet and sugary.

M: A little to light for this style, watery, medium-bodied.

D: A nice porter beer, but nothing really special about it to make me buy it for $4.99, try it if you can find it on the cheap after the Christmas season like I did.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 01:18:12 | More by Halcyondays
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.