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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
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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Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown but not 100% opaque. No head.No lacing.

Smell: Smells like sweet roasted malt and molasses.

Taste: Slight roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Just wasn't impressed with this. Smelled better than it tasted. Won't be buying ever again.

rohrbachsfan, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of waldoiverson
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into us pint

A: mahogany brown with small head

S: chocolate malt and some spice of indeterminate nature

T: Tasted sweet like a tootsie roll with little floral or spice, slight chocolate aftertaste

M: clean and light

D: Unimpressed with the overall package, the abv is reasonable for warmer-style porter

waldoiverson, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Lambstrong
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very dark, with a slight mahogany hue when put to the light. Initial there is a nice creamy head which dissipates almost immediately. I would describe the aroma as musty, almost like a wet sock (not that I smell a lot of wet socks, but if I had to imagine what they smell like this would be it). I did like upfront toasted malt flavor. There is not much in the way of a hop presence but then again this is a porter. Overall, this is an average beer with a somewhat disagreeable aroma.

Lambstrong, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Pencible, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of stcules
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

stcules, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of tobyandgina
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, tan head - a couple of fingers. Good lacing.

Very dark in color - pretty much black.

Smell of toasted caramel notes. A little coffee, maybe some chocolate in there. Something sweet and bitter also; could be cherries.

Decent mouthfeel. Toasty flavor. Mostly toasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Pretty good finish, leaves me wanting more, so drinkability is good.

A decent one in the Ridgeway line.

tobyandgina, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

How could a label so goofy make me so sad while drinking it.

Pours almost black, with not too much of a head.

Smell is pretty bland, dry coffee and cocoa roast, a tad nutty, and im detecting more than a enough diacetal and dms sogginess.

Taste doesnt live up to the aroma at all. It's thin/watery and im getting some cardboard and cooked veggies in this. It's malt forward obviously, but it's just dry bitter roast without any complexity. Some charred wood/bark in there too.

Body is too thin for the depth of color.

SurlyDuff, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of rye726
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.

rye726, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of TheBear11D
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.

TheBear11D, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Nibbley
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.

Nibbley, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
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.

CHSLBrew, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
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.

Traquairlover, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
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.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
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.

Minkybut, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
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.

Douglas88, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of caddybuyer
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.

caddybuyer, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
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.

Gehrig, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
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.

thespaceman, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
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.

roadhouse, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of kinger
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.

kinger, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
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

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
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.

Blakaeris, May 06, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, May 01, 2008
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.