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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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 eb003
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of taez555
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of crispy620
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of longarm
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of stoner420
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of hero27
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Winter
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Hunter
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mntlover
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jmz62565
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head.When I opened the bottle I got a good wiff of roasted malt,but as I poured the beer into a glass the smell has pretty much disappeared.The has a nice roasted flavor with small hints of both coffee and chocolate.The m/f is a little weak,light, and unbalanced.This is not a bad beer,and I would try it again,if I couldn't find some of my favorites of course.

Photo of sacfly
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned, no freshness date.

Pours a very dark brown, but not opaque. Very little carbonation, no head to speak of. Almost zero smell. Very faint notes of burnt grain and crystal malt.

Body is light to medium. Taste is very disappointing, almost nothing up front. Very light malt sweetness. Finish is overly astringent.

500ml is way too much of this gimmick beer. I dumped the last bit so I could move on to something better.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with no light penetration at all. Tan head drops fast and leaves no lace. Give it a bit of a swirl before emptying cuz theres' yeast in that thar bottle.
Smell is almost non-existent with just the slightest hint of smoke and fruit.
Taste is much better, though still mild, with notes of malt, smoke, caramel & vanilla. Drinks smooth with medium effervescence. A decent beer but I expected a lot more.

Photo of granger10
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep mohagany color with a thinnish tan head. Aromas of chocolate and cinnamon dominate but there's also a sour lactic note in there along with a bit of saltyness. Taste is grainy and minerally in the body with ripe dark fruits and spices filling in. Some roasted flavors and hop spices towards the finish. This really is just a bit too weak in body and mouthfeel to really be anything much above average. Cool bottle design but decent beer at best.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours to a very dark brown, nearly black, with a thin and creamy off-white head.

The smell is distinctly English. Very high mineral content. Must have used burtonized water. A mild chocolatey malt aroma shows through under the minerals. Even a tad bit of a spicy hop shows up with a big enough whiff.

The taste more or less proves to me that this beer is made with burtonized water. Has a huge mineral flavor to it, but it blends well with the porter. Chocolate is also quite prominent in the flavor. Has a very mild herbal hop in the finish. I was expecting more spices in an xmas porter, but it still makes for a wonderful porter.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and harsh from the acidity and carbonation. Also finishes quite dry with little to no bitter. Drinkability is good, but could be better.

Photo of merlin48
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

50 cl bottle with label as shown here. Pours a very dark brown body with a small tan head that leaves some sheet lacing. Body exhibits good clarity when held to light.

Aroma is one dimensional, with roasty coffee and notes of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and some syrupy chocolate.

Lots of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate in the taste. Maybe a hint of almond nuttiness and a fleeting note of earthy hop bitterness. The chocolate syrup character is disconcerting here, and diminishes drinkability. A decent English porter, but I wouldn't care for another.

Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.