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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 SteveO1231
3.65/5  rDev +7%

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!

SteveO1231, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

tavernjef, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of weasbri
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

Like a lot of people, I picked this beer up in protest due to it being banned in Maine or some such. The label really isn't that bad, I mean, come on, people!
Anyway, it was a pretty nice beer. Deep brown color with reddish tones when you hold it up to the light. I got a malty aroma with some chocolaty overtones.
There's a bit of coffee in addition to the chocolate flavor. A tinge of bitterness crept in, but not overly so.
I expected it to be a little more full-bodied than it was, the flavor left the tongue quickly. Pretty good, but obviously not perfect.

weasbri, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of budgood1
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

pours out a nearly opaque garnet colour....ruby hues and crimson edges. thin head and light wisps of lace. yeasty aroma. a bit of anise and chocolate too, with a slight sour note. the taste is dark roasted flavours of chocolate and nougat. alcohol spice, a bit of sour cherries... some coffee and cream. has some sweet stout qualities, and enough hop bittering to notice. it's very balanced and pleasing. the body is almost perfect for a porter, and the smooth mouthfeel follows suit. drinkability is great; i dig the all the slight nuances of flavours, all delicately balanced to provide an enjoyable holiday quaffing experience.

i liked santas butt. i wish i had a whole butt of this to myself.

budgood1, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Big black brew with a nice thick brown head. The head has an almost reddish hue to it, and specks of yeast are floating in the bubbles. The head recedes to a firm collar that dissapears quickly leaving nothing but a big water pool of blackness. Some lacing was apparent at first, but none was observed after the dissapearance of the head.

S - Yeasty and dusty aroma with dark chocolate notes. This is pretty smokey and woody too. I also detect a tiny hint of eggnogg.

T - Roasty earth flavor is far less sweet than the nose. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate and wood predominate. This really tastes almost like a rauchbier to me, and I love rauchbiers so I'm really enjoying this one!

M - Thinner in body than I would like, and appropriately low in carbonation. The finish is dry and a little spicey.

D - Not the best porter in the world. My least favorite porters are those of the English style, but this is still not quite as good as it could be. I like the eggnogg flavors and the smokiness, but it needs to be thicker and more assertive.

pmcadamis, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of eb003
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

I can't lie. I saw news about this on my web-news ticker. There was a lot of hype about the label and how some states were thinking of banning the beer because of the lable. Soooo...when I saw it at Liquor Barn it was a must-buy.

The appearance is good...it pours dark (about as dark as a cola). There is a medium head and minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is good, in line with most porters.

I didn't rate this very high on taste (about a 3.5), but honestly porters are not my favorite type of brew. However, I found this to be very tasty and enjoyable for a porter.

The mouthfeel is good, it's very smooth.

I also didn't put it too high on drinkability (again a 3.5), BUT the only reason I did that was because it's somewhat filling AND as I mention earlier porters are not my favorite style.

This one is definitely worth the try, though. It's a pretty good brew IMO.

eb003, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

This beer poured dark brown/black body with a small tan head.

The nose was a pleasant but mild mix of caramel, milk chocolate, natural root smells, dark grain with an overall sweet, stinging dark sugary smell.

Taste is medium bodied and rather muted. A slightly sour husky dark grain malt flavor dominates the taste. Some mild yeast, touches of toffee, mild smoke or brick and very faint dark fruits. The back end has a more defined bitterness with a slightly licorice flavor in the finish. Hops aren't really apparent in this beer and only balance the malt flavor, bitterness is the same way, it's hard to differentiate between the bitterness coming from the grain or the hops.

Overall a decent beer. I haven't really been impressed by Ridgeway's beer. They're good, but the labels are cooler than the beer itself.

taez555, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

Santa's Butt causing quite the stir on the east coast due to the bottle graphics apparently being "kid friendly" even though kids can't buy alcohol so its really a mute point. Anyway, this Porter poured aggressively into a chalice it forms a loose and fast fading head that falls to a small thin island, no lace.

Dark fruits are a factor and at the end of the day this is one of the ligher fruity Porters in my consumption history. Root beer enters the picture and combines with a low carbonation punch. Hops are present and ends there. Suggestions of chocolate in the backdrop and somewhat in the finish. Slightly sour but for the most part this is pretty light.

Notes: I gobbled this up without any troubles. Uneventful would be the best way I could sum up this review. Nothing off, disturbing, detracting or offensive in any way, just average at best.

DogFood11, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of crispy620
4.38/5  rDev +28.4%

I brought this beer into the store the I work at, so of course I had to try it.

The appearance is dark brown in color, almost opaque. Slight reddish/orange tinge to it edges.

Smell was full and very hoppy, nice aroma, very slight at first and as it warms became more aromatic.

Taste is a WOW factor. At first has a nice malty taste and finishes with a little fruit on the back end.

It stays a long time on the palate and tends to stay on your cheeks for al while.

Very good drinking beer, Great with red meat (steak, roast, maybe even rack of lamb).

Agood drink, highly recommended.

crispy620, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of longarm
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%

First of all...great bottle label: Long live the first amendment! Hopefully the "authorities" in New York pull their heads out of their asses and worry about more important issues.

Appearance: Very little to no carbonation. In and of itself not a a big deal.

Aroma: Roasted malt with a small bit of cocoa aroma. I just reviewed "Lump of Coal" from this brewery last night, and it has nearly the same aroma with less spice or cherry character. Aromatically it seems like a stripped-down version of "Lump of Coal", in that it's not quite as complex. Less hops shine through as well than "Lump...".

Flavor: My first taste almost made my knees buckle. The second and third sips reveal a surprising and nicely balanced beer. Nothing overwhelming here, but still a solid interpretation of the style. A little hops nicely creep-in, but these fade quickly on the finish. This is one of those beers where understated flavors blend well to form an easy drinking beer with enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Mouthfeel: Awesome....crisp, clean, enough of an aftertaste to seduce multiple sips. "Tops" in this category.

Drinkability: This is truly a fine beer and was a bit of a surprise. I must say that if you're expecting something "wintery" or "christmasy" as the name suggests, you might be disappointed. Flat-out, this is nothing but a porter. Plain, yet glorious in its understated beauty.

longarm, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a dark black color with brownish/red hues around the edges when held up to a light with a thin light tan head. The aroma is dominated by a dark roasted maltiness with a touch of chocolate. The taste is rich and extremely balanced. There is a really nice roasted malt flavor like in the nose even if it is subdued. A little thin in the taste, but still very drinkable. Overall, this beer is definately a better than average porter but not worth the $5.45 I paid for the bottle.

cjgator3, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

A must-purchase beer just because of the name. After the laughter (and the amusement of reading the lable), I can begin to evaluate the beer. There seems to be a mix of porter characteristics and Strong Ale characteristics even as eary as the nose. There is a big malty aroma showing sweetness, syrup, and chocolate; as well as strong fruity (cherry), booze, and caugh syrup strength. Flavors reinforce the nose with strong chocolates, cherries, berries, grapes, plumbs, spicy hops and a dominant alcohol sensation. The body is full and rich, thinned only by the alcohols and tart fruit flavors and mild astringencies. Finishes with a firm malt / fruit character, a fermentation twang, and alcoholic warmth. Interesting brew that offers more than just typical Porter expectations.

BEERchitect, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

16.9oz bottle

Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a light ruby tint. Has a small tan head that thins, webbed lacing on the glass.

Light roasted malt aroma with a mild fruitiness. Very mild aroma.

Light roasted malt taste upfront leading into light cocoa and coffee tones. There is a mild fruitiness present. Finishes slightly sweet. Mild flavor overall.

Thin body, solid carbonation.

A drinkable brew, and the ABV is completely hidden. A big difference from the robust porters that I have become accustomed to, which caught me off guard a bit. Once I worked my way into this one, I found that I quite enjoyed it. A nice change of pace from the bolder porter styles.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Had this on tap this past week served in a pint glass. It was a dark brown with no head, no visable carbonation or lace...it looks like thin dirty motor oil after about 10,000 miles.

Very slight malt smell, much like balsamic vinegar and a hint of chocolate. Very strange smelling Porter, for sure.

The taste was sour and astringent, amplified flavor of the aroma. Very puckery balsamic vinegar taste that was very unusual to my tastebuds, but after a few more sips it kinda grows on you. Still, I keep forgetting this is some rendition of an English Porter...from England, no less.

This is different from any other Porter I've ever tasted, and a medium body at best with the alcohol being fairly undetectable. Worth a try for something way out of the ordinary...as the name implies!

scottoale, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of stoner420
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Had this on tap.

appearance: medium dark brown, no head, light carbonation

smell: doesn't smell much at all, a little choclate, a little tart

taste: it has a tartness to it like a sour ale, faint chocolate taste, subtle hops, also a little watery.

mouthfeel: fizzy, the tartness is noticable.

drinkability: goes down fairly easy, but is not a light beer.

overall: really suprised me, I was expecting a heavy dark beer, but this was part sour ale, part chocolate stout, part english ale. An interesting beer and enjoyable, but a little lacking in aroma. Changed my idea of what a porter can be.

stoner420, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

1pt .9 oz bottle. 6% abv. Snagged this one for $1 after the Christmas season at my local beer store.

I've had this beer the past couple years but hadn't gotten around to making it official ratings-wise. This comes from the lineup of Christmas brews from Ridgeway Brewing, which I'm convinced must be located very close to the North Pole.

Faded black, watery appearance. Aroma?..searching..searching..I'm stumped, either I've entirely lost my sense of smell, or this beer has nothing that can be perceived..either result is not particularly good. The taste comes around alright, though. Roasty, slight butterscotch flavors with some woody notes & hops tagged onto it..not bad. Considering the pitiful mouthfeel, I'm surprised this one could carry the flavors as well as it did. English ales seem to have some kind of commitment to being watery, so the body was no real surprise here. Overall, I wouldn't be too upset if I found this in my stocking...frankly, I'd just be happy not to make the naughty list for the 24th straight year.

hero27, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured a black color with initial tannish head that quickly fell to a thick ring. Bubbles on the head were larger than I usually see on a beer. Smell is of roasted malt, some dark fruit(figs, prunes) and some chocolate-coffee notes. Taste delivers a pleasant sweet note and lots of fruitiness, similiar to a liquid fruitcake. The mouthfeel is extremely thin but still enjoyable.Very nice beer.

tgbljb, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a one pint .9oz bottle. Very cheeky artwork.

Appearance- Pours a minimal with a ring around the beer retention. Color was a deep nutty brown. Looked a bit oily. Thats a good sign.

Smell- A deep ly roasted flavor mixed with nuts, cream, and a dash of coffee beans.

Taste- Starts out like Cool Whip in taste and texture. Very smooth. Then some more mocha flavors get thrown in the middle with some seduced hopping, almost unnoticeable.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and yet a little oily at times. Mostly a creamy palate all over my tongue.

scruffwhor, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Purchased because of the entertaining label, now looking forward to the other offerings by Ridgeway.

Nice pour; brown/black with (thin, darn) head that quickly dissipated. But a doughy malt nicely met my nose, along with some chocolates and coffee. Excellent quaff, with the aforementioned along with cinnamon and burnt toast.

On the sweet and light-bodied side, which by the end of the 500ml bottle, was thinning out a little too much. Still very smooth and drinkable, the 6% abv will not really slam you to the floor if one has a bottle or two. Ready for more.

Vancer, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of Winter
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%

Very, very dark brown in color with a thin khaki head. Spicy aroma with hints of fruit. Slightly medicinal. Thin mouthfeel with scrubbing carbonation on the tongue. Chocolate malt flooded with an odd medicinal taste that was apparent in the aroma. Alcohol soaked plums follow. Anise and dry burnt malt in the finish. It leaves you with a dry sour bitterness on your tongue.

I'm not a fan. Too many odd flavors combining here. Doesn't exhibit enough vinous and roasted malt flavors to be an enjoyable porter. Plus, I can't get past the medicinal aroma and flavor.

Winter, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: Took a seriously fast pour to raise any sort of head on this dark brown brew. The head is perhaps half a finger thick, but it's a porter so I'm not taking points off.

Aroma: Coffee and, unfortunately, cigarettes. Not smoke but ashtray nastiness.

Taste: Fortunately the taste covers the smell. More mellow than one would expect. Cocoa, burnt oats, and a woody aftertaste. Dense and complex.

Mouthfeel: Thin and more watery than you would expect, but smooth enough.

Drinkability: Dark beer lovers will appreciate. Not an everyday beer, but an interesting seasonal.

Hunter, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours an opaque, deep brown, almost black color; it is topped by a thin pale brown colored head that fades to a creamy ring after a bit of time. The aroma is a mix of buttery diacetyl, toffee, butterscotch and a hint of roast and roast acidity.

The taste is lightly sweet, and actually a tad tart, almost like a plum. There is a light roast character that is a mix of coffee, and toasted malt notes. There is a definite fruitiness here as well, with the aforementioned plum as well as some notes of grapes and perhaps some notes of burnt raisins. I am not quite sure about this beer, is it off, if it is it is only lightly so. It could just be an idiosyncratic English yeast strain. The beer is a bit thinner than I would like, a bit more body would accentuate and balance the coffee and chocolate notes a bit better.

Gueuzedude, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a black looking lots of deep red showing thru though. A two finger sized dense tan head falls fast with very sparce lace even on aggressive pour.

Aroma is chocolate light fruitines mixed with some nuttiness. Has a mild spice presence along with evergreen like hops smells nice.

Taste is light pretty lively carbonation light toasted specialty malts along with light chocoalte and some nuttiness. Finish is light prune mixed with spice and light hops. Pretty average porter here nice aroma decent flavor but not much body, much like the stout.

Mouthfeel is little to lively for my taste in a porter which does nothing to help a already light feeling dark beer.

Drinkability is well wouldn't buy again about on par with Rideways Stout. I would stick to their IPA's which if memory serves were pretty darn good.

mntlover, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%

Appearance: Pours a milky, brown coffee color. There is slight ring of big bubbles, tan color, surrounding the lip of glass.

Smell: Its a nice warm cocoa smell with a nutty, roasted peppering.

Taste: Roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, a slightly sweet and milky aftertaste. Reminds me of a cold, real dark hot chocolate, but served warmer. Its very good.

Mouthfeel: It isn't very heavy, but it still makes a big statement in terms of presence.

Drinkability: Oh yeah...watch out Santa. I'm not leaving this with my cookies!

GuinnessSmurf, Dec 08, 2005
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.