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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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78
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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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 tctruffin
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bar was out of Bad Elf, so I opted for this instead. In terms of presentation, the beer gets all the points in the world: funny name, good illustration, shapely bottle, humerous text informing you that "butt" is not what the censors think it is even if there's a big ol' picture of Santa's rear end on the label. Very nice.

The beer itself is not bad. Nice brown color with a tan head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma was a weak point; even after letting it warm up, there was little discernible aroma. The taste was roasty with bit of alcohol bite. Others have mentioned chocolate and coffee, but I was getting perhaps more of a toffee thing going on. The body was a bit on the light side. On the other hand, the lack of much aftertaste made it an easy drinker.

Not an overwhelming brew, but fun!

Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with thin tan head that lingered awhile and left some lacing. Aroma was a muted chocolate-coffee aroma. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery, with little zing, and the flavor followed the nose as a muted coffee and chocolate. Finish was smooth, but never did catch any alcohol or warming effect.

Nice novelty beer around Christmas, but not a great beer. Should be way down on the list of Porters to try.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter or so called holiday porter is dissapointing. It pours real thin with a head too white. The nose is almost non existent. The taste has that classic ridgeway dirty tank flavor. some hints of malt and coffee, but far too thin to be a porter much less a holiday porter. The mouthfeel is not creamy in the last, it has a lager feel. Some people like these beers alot and if its your thing im sorry, but i just cant get into them. The bottles are cool, but i just cant see myself buying any of these beers again except maybe the insanely bad elf.

Photo of mnapier
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Judging Glassware, Belgian Tulip, 12 ounces.

This is going to be a quicky, since much the grey and white foamy head, it dissipates throughout.
Observing, the dark pool I don't really detect much light or clarity. The foamy head that is produced from this beer is mostly grey and white with no lace. A waft of sweet mild citrus creeps across along with some roastedness blends together. Tasting it I detect roasted, licorice, and some mild chocolate & coffee. Overall mouthfeel is mild to medium.

Cheers

Photo of saintwarrick
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label and name alone make this beer worth trying. This dark brown brew has a fizzy off-white head that eventually disappears. Some light chocolate and smoked wood in the smell. Taste is a bit thin for a porter but solid with some burnt coffee notes and chocolate malts, not all that thick or full bodied though. Sweet with a little bitterness at the end. Very drinkable and not heavy enough that you can't have another. Worth a try.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ black color with a tan head, In the aroma, a sweet malt, small cocoa and caramel notes. In the taste, a roasty malt and a nice sweetness. A small bitterness and light malt in the mouthfeel and a malty, small cocoa presence in the aftertaste. A very nice English porter, small bite and a nice malt, nice cocoa presence as well.

Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark brown. A rather vigourous pour produces only about 1/4 inch of head. Head fades to a small dollop on the beer, no lacing.

Smell: A good bit of malt, slightly sweet, yet a touch roasted malts, some burnt chocolate and caramel. Not really anything hop related, but I did not really expect any.

Taste: Light malt, slightly burnt, yet retains a slight bitter, sweet flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to almost light in body (at least for a porter IMO), not really watery though. A little dry on the finish.

Drinkability: It's been cold here in Lincoln, with about 5 inches of snow on the ground (for December that's a good amount), so I was kinda in the Christmas mood when I bought this yesterday ($4.99 at The Still). An ok beer, I may buy one more for Christmas, if there are any left.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up this brew on a whim, mainly due to the name and the label. On popping the cap I enjoyed a nice sweet smell that you get with a porter. I poured it into a frosted beer stein and got a dark brown pour with a light brown one finger head. The taste and mouth feel were average for a porter. Not great, but not bad.

Photo of BeerManDan
2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown with no foam or lace. The smell of roasted malts and just a hint of caramel was the aroma that I picked up upon first sniff. The flavor was of weak roasted malts and weak whatever this porter was made up as. Not a lot of flavor, just drinking flavored malty water. This was a great name for this ale, "Santa's Butt", what a perfect name for this porter!

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little 1 1/2 finger head that quicly disspiates. Nice dark brown color.

I smell orange peel, nutmeg, cinammon, caramel malts and some chocolate malts. THere are also some pale malts present. I also smell a hint of mint.

Smell is sweet upfront with pale, caramel then chocolate malt bitterness. No roasted malts here.

Nice complexity in the taste. A lot going on here. Something has to be said for a beer that is so balance. Not super adventurous for a porter, but nicely balanced, and the spces make this a nice holiday brew. Finish is with a moderately low hop bitterness that leaves a dryness on the palate.

Crisp carbonation and slight creaminess on the palate.

This is a simple beer to drink. Good for 40 degree weather. If It gets below 10, I'm going for something stronger.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
F09 274

A - Lighter than expected but still dark. Nice tan head that has some staying power. Not much lace as it dissapears.

S - I swear I smelled banana nut bread as I put it down. At second smell I still smelled a nutty scent but no banana.

T - Thin, hits with a malty taste and continues with a lot of spice.

M - Lots of carbonation. Starts out with that and then attacks you with a ton of different spices. Each sip hits a different hint.

D - Slightly above average. It has a good finish that was unexpected.

Photo of karengarys
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, leaves no head at all, no lacing. It tastes like a christmas tree in a glass! no - really, this is strange. I cannot describe this flavor except, well, like, here in Indiana it is cold at Christmas time, and we go out and cut down a tree and bring it in the house - and this beer tastes like the house smells when we bring in the Christmas tree....

It seems a little watery, but cleanly flavorful of that dry-air christmas tree scent/taste. There is decent fizz in the mouthfeel, and the finish is very very clean.

I'm not a fan of English beers, prefering the local micros this side of the pond, but this is worth trying. I recommend giving it a whirl.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How could I resist a beer with a name like this? I was delighted to see it available in Atlanta since it caused a major stink in the Northeast last year.

Color is a dark red or brownish red. Aroma is delightful - it seems as if each sniff yielded a different hint or tone. I got the burnt-coffee smell that I associate with good porters and stouts, as well as hints of spice and an undertone of molasses. Flavor is not strong but pleasant, smoky, sweet overtones and hints of coffee. Finish is smooth, leaves a bit of sweet on the lips and just a whisper of hop bitterness. Not superb, but definitely worth hunting.

Photo of MTNboy
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to try this beer as soon as I saw it. I remember there was a lot hype last year after it was banned in several States. NY being one of them.

Appearance- Great lace but the head was a little thin. The head was not quite tan but was a little daker than off white. The body was a dark caramel color.

Smell- The scent was weak. There is some malt but not much.

Taste- Not to bad but the overall flavor was faint. There is a little roasted grain flavor but not very bitter.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability- Smooth and easy to drink a little watery.

Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Almost opaque black with ruby edges. A one finger head slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is thin with dark roasty grain. Pretty much the standard aromas for an English Porter.

The same with the flavor. A little more robust than than a Brown Ale, but not quite up to the same level as a mild Stout like Guinness. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Lingering dark malt lasts for a while.

Not a bad porter. Nice and smooth, without much hoppiness, which is normal for an English Stout. Recommended.

Photo of riversider76
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown,with ruby highlights. Thin looking,with a one finger tan head. Not much retention,or lacing. Aroma, is toasty,with hints of carmel,and spice. Body is thin,and lightly carbonated. Taste is of toasted malts,with almost a cola flavor at points. Not bad.

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon the pour the beer presents a deep brown with considerable ruby highlights, head is average in size, about two fingers, light tan in color and frothy in texture as it fades quickly, the lace make a very thin sheet. Nose has a nice toasty malt sweetness, hints of caramel, and light butterscotch tones also present, a pleasant sniff. Start has a nice toasted grain presence, hints of burnt toast bitterness, top is light to almost medium in feel. Finish is lightly acidic, hops and toasted malt bite adds a pleasing end to the sampling, dry and a nice drinking beer, not over powering, just a good English Porter.

Photo of gmfessen
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've read about their blight in recent years and I thought I'd help support the cause. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very dark, dark brown color - pretty much black, not much in the way of head. The smell is slightly chocolaty, sweet like raisins and prunes. The taste is very much the same, with the alcohol coming out only slightly. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with little carbonation. Very drinkable, not too heavy and is pretty enjoyable. Overall, this is an excellent winter porter .

Photo of monkeybeer
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- very dark brown with very little head

S- roasted dark malty aroma

T – Not too heavy for such a dark beer malty somewhat sweet

M- Nice and smooth light carbonation

D- Very drinkable, nice on a cold winter night or an early spring with a slight breeze would get it again if I could find it locally.

Photo of roblowther
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a frothy, large-bubbly (adjective trademark pending), thin tan head. The smell is sweet chocolate and malt. The taste is surprisingly subdued. Doesn't really have the character I'd expect from a porter. Hard to describe, it's so subdued. Malt, a hint of anise. Hints of stuff my brain is trying to invent to fill the void. Odd. Odd, odd odd. Mouthfeel is thin, but with a silkiness that's not unpleasant. Drinkability? Sure, you could drink more but I'm not sure why. Nothing bad about this, just nothing good.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle with a unique shape shared with the girlfriend. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlights shining through when held to the light. A light fizzy brown head appears and then fades as soon as it came. Aromas start with light roasted grain with a hint of cocoa. Some cardboard/metallic oxidation is present, maybe I held onto this a bit too long. Subtle hops with some raisins and molasses. Not really doing it for me here.

First sip brings a roasted somewhat caramel malt upfront along with a touch of a burnt, almost smoky flavor. Light cocoa flows down with some dark fruits and raisins in tow. Finishes with just a dash of herbal hops on the way down. Overall this one just ends up boring me for a porter.

Mouthfeel is rather light with fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy but doesn't really satisfy me like a normal porter would. Almost seems a bit watery. Overall, I personally found this to be a pretty forgettable brew and I don't see myself going back to it again. Maybe I'll have to try some of the other Ridgeway offerings.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and carbonated dark brown with an initial rising foamy head; settles into a bubbly carbonated ring that grasps tenderly. The nose is relatively clean and unobtrusive--light malt roastiness, day old coffee grounds and traces of english hops. The body is slightly carbonated and rich; a swirling mix of toffee malts and roasted malts. Bitterness is introduced coupled with some lingering hops. Traces of dark fruits that slide across the palate, which is left roasty and clean. It is what it is--a novelty during the holidays, but it's still a decent porter.

Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with lots of mahogany to the light. Nice creamy light brown head with nice active carbonation. Light roasty and dark fruit aromas. Complex light roasted, spicy, fruity, and chocolate malt-driven porter. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty finish.

A very nice Robust English Porter.

Per Label: "Bottle Conditioned"

Tasted: 03/16/07

(11.2 oz / 330 ml bottle)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it from Mom for xmas as a novelty, but its been begging me to try it so here it goes. Poured a really dark black, which suprised me. No head at all, a nice lace was left, really carbonated, audible carbonation in ithe pour. Smell was very strong and robust, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, very sweet smelling I was actually really enjoying the aroma as it warmed. The feel was a bit thin and watery to me. Not as robust as the smell would have led me to believe. Their was a slight roasted caramel flavor to it, but it was rather uninspiring. A hoppy back came through towards the end, but barely. This came across as a really dark english brown to me as opposed to a porter. Overall I was not really blown away by it, though it could be sessionable I suppose. More of a novelty afterall.

Photo of cabsandking
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very little lacing sitting above this the viscous appearing, dark brown colored brew. Nice aromas of dark fruits, toffee, molasses, coffee, and prunes. Thick chewy mouthfeel that is smooth and holds very little carbonation. Well balance of flavors with smoked malts, chocolate malt, tart “old ale”, toffee, buttery and just a hint of spice that is almost mint like. The finish is dry, earthy and the tart fruit, bready notes carry over at a mild level. Very tasty, highly recommended.

Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.