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 WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very dark brown with two fingers of tan head that lasts for several minutes and leaves behind fairly decent amounts of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels. Creamy and soft texture but only when allowed to warm up somewhat.

Smells and tastes of fresh baking chocolate with some lighter soft fruitiness from yeast and a light mineral chalkiness that accentuates a sort of raisin tone combined with a subtle tangy sour accent that brings to mind "ye olde" definition of the English Porter genre. Too bad the roasted character is somewhat lackluster and muddy, and the hopping content is murky and indistinguishable. In the end, this is merely a slightly better than average beer with funny label art. (752 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color, with dark red visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a light source. It poured with a thin layer of large white bubbles covering the surface that quickly died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste seems rather complex and has flavors of dark fruits, cola and nuts along with some notes of chocolate. There are some hints of sweetness and no bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some interesting flavors but seems like it could use some bitterness and more carbonation. (798 characters)

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

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark red brown, thin tan head and little lacing. Aroma of faint dark malt and dark fruit. Taste follows with light malt and dark fruits. A modest dark ale, light body, mild corn aftertaste. These Ridgeway beers have a nice presentation and generally taste good, but have really muted and bland flavor levels. (380 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Newport Storm snifter.

A: Nearly black in color with a mild, frothy head of tan foam which left a little soapy resin.

S: Nutty and herbal with a hint of bready sweetness, some chocolate and a musty, earthy aroma.

T: A deep initial sip reveals some black and pale English malts with a building bittersweetness towards mid-palate where a full, dark chocolate and herbal hop palate is revealed. Becomes a bit weak through the finish, with just a slightly malty and bitter finish.

M: Though not as robust as I was hoping for, this porter had a palatable feel and was medium-full bodied with fine drinkability.

O: Not the rich, wintery treat I was hoping for, but still pretty good. This 6% ABV English porter has enough character to keep your palate interested and searching, though the malt base at times seemed pedestrian. A slightly richer flavor would improve upon an already decent porter. (932 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Garnet brown with a loose tan head that recalls cola, setting in a thin film. Milk chocolate, root beer and vanilla bark nose.
Maltesers, vanilla and some earth, and vague tea leaf and dried orange rind hops.
A hint of rye spice at the end and a dry finish. Thin, round, slight cling.

I drank this one Christmas day before I was into beer so I'm glad to finally catch up with it again. Unfortunately, I'm not sure the wait was worth it.

This would be a thin porter at 4.5%; at 6% it's watery and definitely not wintery. The rye addition does add a bit of a twist, and it cleans up after itself, but it's overly sweet and I practically had to gargle with it to get the hops.

Just not enough here to hold my interest. (721 characters)

Photo of shrek806
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

The pour revealed a dark brown color with a thin, lazy 1/8 inch head. Little to no lacing.

The smell was sweet with caramel and slight hints of cocoa and vanilla.

The taste was all sweet malt. It tasted like i was drinking a liquid "Sugar Daddy".

The mouthfeel was much like the pour; Lazy. Not a lot going on. It came and went with little to no fanfare.

The over drinkability for me is low. Not really my kind of beer. (447 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is almost jet black, with chestnut brown highlights around the edges, and only the slimmest ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass. Aromas are mild, with a solid coffee tone throughout. Some lighter malt and hops scents come off on the nose, also. Flavors are dry and crisp, which is a great representation of the style. Good blending of dry roasted coffee and mild chocolate malts, with a smooth character and light, smooth body. The aftertaste is rich and slightly roasted, with a dry feel to it. Slow, dry finish, leaving a good linger of flavors behind. Good brew. (626 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (830 characters)

Photo of chimaylvr
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance is typical for a porter, very dark, but a notch below average because of the lack of a frothy head as with Anchor's exeptional variety.

smell is good but nothing of note. subtle rosted malts, coffee, mocha-like, not overwhelming

taste: not strong, mild, subtle coffee, "drinkability" as they say. not too bitter or sweet, kinda pale. drinks like a stout

mouthfeel: low carbonation, not syrupy and as with the taste, low on bitterness and acidity.

I think I'm being generous with this rating but since there's worse out there average is appropriate. It's marketing and naming are far better than the beer but you didn't waste your money. Kissing your sister! (673 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Nearly black colour, with ruby hints if seen through light. A quick hint of off-white head that immediately disappears, no lacing. A bit of carbonation is visible

S- Sweet caramel malts with a hint of sugar. Maybe a slight toasted note. Absolutely lacks any kind of complexity

T- No toasted malts, just sweet bready malts with a caramel note as well. Some light chocolate notes. Slightly herbal feel in the finish. Thin in flavour, and again lacking complexity

M- Medium to light body, almost watery but with a hint of crispness in the finish that brings some life. Goes down very easy

O- Easily drinkable and sure not at all an unpleasant drink. Quite warming, expecially given it's ABV. Uninteresting (723 characters)

Photo of airforbes1
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer at BevMo a few days ago and decided to save it for Christmas day. Well, here I am, ready to see if this beer is worthy or if it relies on its gimmicky name.

The color is typical for a porter, appearing black unless its held to the light. The head starts about two fingers thick before receding into a thin ring at the top. The the aroma was a little bit disappointing; I smelled licorice and a boozy smell.

The taste is better, with bitter cocoa and roasted notes. It finishes a bit more thinly than I'd like, but this beer still provides a pleasant experience. (582 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is a code printed on the label but no clear freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a tall half-liter glass. The color is very dark brown. Three fingers of lightly tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy/spotted cap and trails of foam on the glass.

Smell: Mostly dark and sweet malt action. Caramel, cocoa, toffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit plum, and brown sugar.

Taste: The mouthfeel is pretty watery but the taste is decent. It offers a nice toasted malt and earthy hop character along with caramel, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The sweetness from the smell is absent.

Drinkability: Meh. That is about it. (671 characters)

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

I was at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL and they had plenty of Ridgeway Brewing bottles for sample. I tried the Santa's Butt Porter. The beer poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle with a deep amber color that you can still see through. There was a small slightly off-white head. Smell is of peat, roast and malt. Taste is mild, with roast and peat tones. The mouthfeel is actually light in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a fairly decent beer. (457 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with some light brown hues. Very little head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of earth, booze, caramel, malts, and toffee. Taste is rather light. Toffee, caramel, earth and malts. Thin mouthfeel and somewhat watery. Not much else going on. Malt near the end. This beer doesn't pack much flavor. Overall, nothing special and not worth having next Xmas. (377 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No obvious date

A: Light for a porter. Modest head dissipates quickly without lacing.

S: Spicy hops, brown sugar and alcohol. Not bad but for the alcohol.

T: Brown sugar and nuts, some sweet, slightly roasty malts and some spicy hops on the finish. The alcohol comes thru too clearly, but the finish is quite dry.

M: Very thin for a porter but pretty nice for a brown ale. Medium, nice and slick and with prickly carbonation.

O: I like this a fair bit as a nut brown ale. It is too thin and lacks roastiness for a porter, though. If it didn't say "porter" on the label, it wouldn't have occurred to me that this was anything but a darkly colored brown ale. (665 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark reddish brown with thin tan head.

Smell: Floral and spicy English hops. Muted roasted malt undercurrent.

Taste: The taste is also fairly muted, with light roasted malts, which leaves room for the spicy, floral hops to be the main component.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a body that is definitely too thin. Nice dry finish, however.

Overall: Not one of the more exciting Porters out there, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it is enjoyable as a nice, everyday beer. Making it out to be a Winter Porter doesn't help its cause. (634 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (435 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a very dark brown color to the point that it's almost purple. Limited head and lacing. Very strong alcohol scent to it.

Surprisingly, this is a very dull, floral porter. If you want a porter, this wont cut it, though, and as an XMas brew it's lacking significantly. There's a bit of spicy cinnamon to it.

There's a very tart aftertaste. Just not a good porter nor a good winter offering. It's not bad, it's just...meh. (430 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/20/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Dark body with notes of ruby when held up to a light. 1/2 finger tan colored head. Leaves a nice cap on the beer the entire time.

Smell had some light ester and yeasty aroma. Some caramel and chocolate notes. Roasty notes as well.

Taste had a nice, light, roasty flavor with some chocolate in the finish. Mild nuttiness with light ester flavors. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability I felt was good. Light flavors, good on style and no signs of ABV (593 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coca cola with some light shining through two fingers of mixed bubble beige heading...

Milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and some marshmallows in the nose, also a hint of dill for some reason or other, kinda like it though

Puffed mallows, chocolate rice crispies and superbly semi sweat cream. Follows the smell profile like a dime down a drain

Real creamy and light. Small bubble carbonation and a certain oatmeal creaminess which I was hoping for. No burn just light and a hint sticky

Overall I am very excited about this beer and this brewery in general. I tend to grade under the average, but for the three christmas ales I've had from RB I have ranked them a bit higher than others... Slainte (705 characters)

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

Poured a very dark brown with ruby red highlights, a half finger tan head with very little retention and little lacing.

Aroma was very weak with dark malt and a hint of sweet dark fruits.

Taste was semi sweet with chocolate, dark cherries and slightly balanced with a hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall this beer lacked the character of a good porter which places it in my average column. The best part of the beer was the name and label. (511 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown non-transparent color with thin head that dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Very faint scents of malt, chocolate and coffee but not much there - disappointing.

T - Slightly sour with slight coffee taste and malts coming through. Has a slightly bitter hoppy finish but not too strong.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation present.

O - Disappointing porter but not too bad. Overall I would not recommend it. No complexity at all. (525 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
1.95/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a nice khaki head that quickly fades.

Nose is a light sweet coffee with feint purple plum tones. Tones of cocoa and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character. Thin and out of balance.

Flavors are watery fruity coffee with little appeal.

Finish is watery and extremely short. Not one to try and would never recommend. (367 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a .5L brown bottle with a best by date of 10 April 2012.

The beer is a very dark brown with ruby edges. The head is a creamy tan like cappuccino foam and about two-fingers thick. Decent enough head retention and sticky lace.

The aroma is a very faint, sweet, roasted malt. Not much else. Even as it warms I'm not picking up anything more.

It tastes very similar to the aroma. It claims to contain oats so I would expect a creamier body but that just isn't here. The flavor that's there is decent but one-dimensional. It has the characteristic mildly sweet roasted malt but none of the caramel, chocolate, nutty or other flavors that can add to the complexity of a great porter.

A slightly below average porter that goes down easy but doesn't really leave you craving another. (811 characters)

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