1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

Not Rated.
Santa's ButtSanta's Butt

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

382 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 382
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 382 | Reviews: 259 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hammer09
hammer09

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +28.8%

I purchased this beer, not for myself, but for another family member who I thought would get a chuckle from the name and label. Unfortunately, given the current carry-on restrictions at our nation's airports, I wasn't able to bring this beer home over the holidays.

I have to say that I didn't expect much when sampling this beer. I figured that with a name like "Santa's Butt" and its low price, this beer would be more of a novelty than a tasty brew. In this respect, I'm happy to be wrong.

This beer pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color. Head development is thick and creamy, settling down to a nice surface covering. Everything about its appearance exemplifies the porter style. Smell is very aromatic with vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Sweet, malty overtones are present with very little hop character. Taste is sweet and malty with coffee notes. This beer exhibits a nice chocolate malt character and some bitterness at the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a little warming owed to the alcohol content. Overall, I was quite surprised at how good this beer turned out. My only disappointment is that I didn't have another bottle to try.

02-12-2007 17:31:22 | More by hammer09
Photo of scoobybrew
scoobybrew

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. It has a very deep dark amber color, nearly opaque. The head is very nice and retained well enough. The aroma is malty, somewhat roasted and rich. The flavor is dominantly roasted malt, slightly sweet but balance fairly well. There is a slight hop finish to it. It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

This is a decent porter and exemplifies the style.

02-07-2007 00:14:08 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of mmcave
mmcave

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

This was a gift from a friend chilled and poured into a nonic. The head disappeared fast and turned into little more than a gray film lingering on the surface, with no lacing. The body is almost opaque with small hints of ruby shining through at the base of the glass. The smell is not uninteresting, at first sniff I could swear I smelt pils malt, but now I smell hints of rum raisons, plum, subtle toasted malt and a pleasant yeastiness.
The taste however is rather less interesting, not that it is bad, its just a little thin and doesn’t quite live up to the scent. Nice round roasted character though with hints of chocolate, bread and hints of dark burnt fruit. I’m not that familiar with the English style porter, but I enjoyed this, maybe even enough to buy again, but only time will tell. Worth a try, but I’m sure there are far superior brews in the style to try.

02-06-2007 00:12:30 | More by mmcave
Photo of Morris729
Morris729

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a very dark brown chestnut color with a short tan head that quickly fades into a sticky lace. Nose is a bit subdued but there are notes of sweet malt and dark fruit (fig, plum, and a bit of raisin). Taste is caramel malt along with fainter notes of molasses and a roasted nuttiness. Certainly not unpleasant but uninteresting to point of being boring.

01-27-2007 02:59:14 | More by Morris729
Photo of jim102864
jim102864

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours nicely into my imperial pint glass, filling it to the rim. Deep cherry color and settles into a light, creamy pond for a head. Really no discernable aroma...strange for a porter. Still, an inviting appearance. My first sip detected a hearty mouthfeel and yet mild, true-to-style flavor. Malty as it should be. Mild carbonation. Lace drapes the glass at the start but begins to fade with each sip. Hints of cherry in the finish. Biscuity to a degree. Hmm. Not a typical porter, not in a good way. This is a drinkable interpretation, but not overly inspired. I expect more than this, however, not an offensive effort.

01-26-2007 22:15:43 | More by jim102864
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -8.8%

Appearance: Pours a relatively dark brown color with a soda head that quickly dissipates and fails to lace

Smell: Vague roasty notes with a touch of chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a malted milk flavor that is joined by some fruit, mid-palate; after the swallow, it all pretty much fades out after a mild bitter flavor; slightly smoky

Mouthfeel: Rather watery with low carbonation

Drinkability: With all the fuss about this beer, it is truly disappointing

01-26-2007 04:32:21 | More by brentk56
Photo of UncleJimbo
UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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
Photo of Drew966
Drew966

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%

Santa's Butt pours an almost black color (with ruby at the edges) with a thin off white head from a brown 50 cl bottle. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts. The flavor is on the light side for the style, the roasted malt is very tame by porter standards. There is some roasted malt, but it's not as strong as I would expect. There are some chocolate notes and some mild fruity notes too. Just kind of an average beer.

01-19-2007 02:12:55 | More by Drew966
Photo of allengarvin
allengarvin

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a tall half-liter glass, this makes for a ruby-tinted dark beer with a good solid half-inch head. Aroma, however, is almost undetectable: just a faint faint hit of malt. Caramel-flavored malt dominates, with a hint of nutty roastiness. There's a little cocoa flavor as well. General flavor is sweet, with little bitterness around. Body is creamy but light.

Nothing particularly interesting about this beer. Does Ridgeway make anything complex or unique?

01-17-2007 02:34:21 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Dukeofearl
Dukeofearl

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Single bottle purchased at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in November (December?) 2006 and conusmed in mid-January 2007.

Poured into my Abbey Ales Imperial Pint glass. Pours a cola-like medium brown, fairly opaque, with ruby highlights when backlit, with a fair amount of small bubbles formed on the sides of the glass and no head at all. I've seen other porters step up and do a much better job.

Aroma of roasty caramel malt, not very strong, but decent. Flavor is quite tasty- OK, I can do better than that. It has a nice cocoa and burnt caramel (in a good way) flavor in a rich black bread malty goodness. A slight cream and slight hop fruit weave themselves in and out of the mix. A hint of alcohol burn at the end of the swallow.

A nice full, solid mouthfeel, easy down the throat. Good stuff, although I've recently had some other English Porters I prefer.

01-17-2007 02:08:32 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of TexIndy
TexIndy

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured into a pint glass. Had very little head that disappeared in a blink of an eye. The aroma was malty with a little caramel in it. The mouthfeel was thin and watery even for a porter. The taste was pretty bland and won't have me looking for more. Overall just an OK beer that I won't be trying again unless only macros around. (2.5, NA, Tie, N)

01-17-2007 00:06:27 | More by TexIndy
Photo of dpool
dpool

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +25%

A: Very dark but not thick like Guiness
S: Smells like chocolate and a little toffee
T: I paired this beer with chocolate covered pretzels and it was one of the best combos I have had. The sweetness of the beer was brought out with a smooth aftertaste.
M: Good, nice and smooth but the head wasn't as thick as I would have liked.
D: Perfect for a cold night with plenty of chocolate covered raisins or pretzels.

01-11-2007 23:11:17 | More by dpool
Photo of maundythirsty
maundythirsty

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Clear mahogany beer with a tall (but short-lived) pancake batter-colored head. Smells of warm, bready malt.

Bitter taste, with coffee and yeasty notes and an alcoholic spiciness. Loose mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

The uninitiated around the maundythirsty home give it good reviews. I'll chalk that up to Christmas cheer spill-over. A middling porter.

01-07-2007 02:29:25 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of FtownThrowDown
FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -25%

Christmas gift poured into my dogfish head pint glass.
Pours a less than eventful brown with no head. Just a slight ring around the glass.
Smell is slight, but if you try pretty hard you can get something out of it. Just a slight roastiness, coming through. Not much going on here. The taste is average at best. This is more about christmas gimmick more than it is about good beer.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and just a tad too thin.
This is a highly sessionable beer. With the flavor and mouthfeel lacking, it's begging to be drank fast and furious.

01-05-2007 02:34:44 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of nouseforotacon
nouseforotacon

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%

Loud, gushing pour with crackling carbonation. Thin and short, light tan foam atop a brown root beer bottom with ruby red highlights. Decent.

Yeasty, fresh baked bread smell. Sweet malts. Hints of caramel. Touches of fruitiness, berries. Faint nose, struggling to find much else in this one as the bread/malts dominate the aroma. A little more complex as it warms, but I served this one @ 54.

Dark, roasted malt taste with loads of dark chocolate. Sweet, hazlenut on the tip of my tongue. Oak/wood profile in the flavor. Bits of lactic-like sourness round out the taste nicely with an inkling of dark fruit. Lingering biterness from roasted character. A bit carbonation heavy. Decent body with a bite in the finish and coffee bean taste lingering.

Nice winter brew, not phenomenal, but very enjoyable. A bit better than your average porter, with a nice warming quality.

01-03-2007 06:45:33 | More by nouseforotacon
Photo of briman
briman

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby notes when held up to the light. Good clarity. Quarter inch tan head, average retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty, some caramel mixed with chocolate. Maybe even a hint of alcohol in there. Lightly roasted malts come out as it warms.

Flavor has caramel, some chocolate, and a little bit of a nut brown characteristic. Very mild hop presence in the dry finish. No bitterness whatsoever, but a touch of alcohol does sneak through.

Medium body, low carbonation. Balance is pretty good. More of a nut brown to my taste buds than a porter. Doesn't have any noticeable warming affect as the label would lead you to believe, so not sure I would term this a winter beer either. Wouldn't turn another one down, but also wouldn't put it at the top of my list.

01-02-2007 02:05:38 | More by briman
Photo of GCBrewingCo
GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear black with an off-white head which fell back quickly but traced the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel character most notable followed by chocolate and a bit of coffee. The aroma was lightly estery as well.

The flavor was malty with caramel, some chocolate and light coffee. The fruitiness which was restrained in the aroma was let loose for the flavor.

The finish was even with some light caramel and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with and extremely low level of carbonation. An ok porter, but nothing to get excited about.

50 cl bottle.

12-28-2006 23:46:13 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of jwc215
jwc215

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -5%

Pours a cola-like color with ruby highlights. A thin head soon fizzles to a patch.

Some charcoal smokiness is detectable in the aroma, but otherwise not much else other than a slight alcohol tinge. Thin, but non-offensive. Very soft aroma.

The taste is of mild, dark-roasted grains - sweet with a subtle smokiness. A touch of smoked wood. Balancing hops in finish gives it a bittersweet character. Very mild.

Thins in the feel to low end of medium. Some fizzy carbonation noticeable.

Not a bad drink - Hovers around an average English porter. Nothing much wintry about it. Funny label and name. Worth having only to have. Inoffensive, but rather dull.

12-27-2006 01:13:49 | More by jwc215
Photo of jimdkc
jimdkc

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Yet another holiday/novelty import from Ridgeway brewing.

Pours dark brown with about 1.5 fingers of tan head which quickly fades to nothing.

Roasty, slightly earthy aroma. A touch of fruity esters.

Taste is roasted malt, dark cocoa, and black coffee. A hint of hop bitterness. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow.

A smooth, easy drink. Mildly carbonated.

A pleasant, well-balanced porter. I'd buy it again!

12-26-2006 00:54:35 | More by jimdkc
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

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
Photo of ZimZamZoom
ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a deep brown with a pretty shade of ruby showing through when held up to light. Nice. I got about a finger's worth of light tan head. It fades all too quick but lacing is nice.

Aroma is of roasted malts and cocoa. Interesting. Taste is roasty and somewhat of alcohol. This porter finishes quick with not much lingering beyond a few seconds.

Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice drinkable porter that I would be glad to share with friends on a cold winter's night.

12-25-2006 03:16:23 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of shadow1961
shadow1961

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

I first heard about Santa's Butt beer because they
banned it in Maine because, I guess, the brewery
was insufficiently respectful of a Coca-Cola spokes-
man. I was excited to see that they had a bunch of
Ridgeway Brewing's efforts at Westside Liquor,
including Santa's Butt.

Santa's Butt Porter pours out a thick tan head over
a black brew. Carbonation is sedate, and the nose is
of roasted malt. The flavor is of malt with a hint of dark
fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy- not overbearing
at all. A very pleasant porter- it's something decent but
nonthreatening- a good choice for holiday drinking, or
introducing somebody to the Dark Side. Alcohol by
volume is a respectable 6%.

12-24-2006 23:23:05 | More by shadow1961
Photo of SteveO1231
SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Fat, brown, 1/2 liter bottle. With an illustration of Santa's fat ass. Pours a a dark black with some reddish/brown highlights. Not much for a head, just a thin layer of tan foam. Very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, hints of vanilla grassy hops and a touch of burnt newspaper. Medium bodied, slight stickiness in texture. Nice mild blend of flavors here, malt sweetness is balanced well with roasted character and hop a low hop bitterness. Black coffee finish, very slight bitterness in back of the palate A very smooth, drinkable porter. I really enjoyed this beer.

Cheers!

12-23-2006 04:57:17 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of tavernjef
tavernjef

Minnesota

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
Photo of SaCkErZ9
SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured from the 1pt 9oz bottle with a picture of Old Saint Nick sitting on a barrel with a "Naughty and Nice" list in his left paw and a mug of beer in the other. Lovely. Emerges a dark dark brown, with some maroon around the edges of the bottom of the glass. Minimal heads fades rather quickly leaving no lacing.

Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Mostly toasted malts. No hops in the aroma. Some metallic tastes emerge as the beer warms. Even some slight fruitiness if that is possible.

A light tasting porter with a nice air of drinkability. Not really a warmer as the bottle states, but a nice beer. Certainly sessionable. A light mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish. I could see myself sittin on a barrel with a book in one hand and a mug of this tasty brew in the other. Worth a shot.

12-22-2006 21:38:51 | More by SaCkErZ9
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.