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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
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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whynot44

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opague chestnut brown color with a very short fizzy tan head that retreats to a ring and then disappears completely.

The aroma is mild, biscuity with hints of vanilla, cocoa and nuts.

The taste is very nice toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, anise and hazelnuts. The finish is espresso with a lingering spicy touch.

Very smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated, light/medium bodied, very easy to drink and a nice winter drink with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 05:16:52 | More by whynot44
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fretlessman71

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to chazwicke for providing this one.

Santa’s Butt? Hardly appetizing, to say the most. But I understand that the name comes from the very origins of Porter, when three beers would be blended into one to create the brew. Bottle conditioned, too – let’s hope it survived the journey Christmas eve!

APPEARANCE: Dark root beer brown; barely translucent even to light. Tight, fluffy tan head with lots of staying power.

AROMA: Bottle conditioned – yep. Yeast comes right through; guess this bottle didn’t set enough or something. Fair amount of chocolate in the nose, some dark fruit, biscuits.

FLAVOR: Roasty, almost smoky chocolate malt, somewhat metallic (yeast again?), some toffee, bits of black licorice (which gets much stronger as the beer warms), spent coffee grounds and lemongrass. Mild hop bitterness, not much. Clean finish. A pleasant mild sourness as it goes down.

MOUTHFEEL: Rather light; mellow mouthfeel. Nice.

DRINKABILITY: At 6% ABV it’s just right for a cold winter’s night waiting for your presents to arrive.

OVERALL COMMENTS: If you’re a chocolate and licorice fan, you’ll like this one. Not a bad way to while away an evening. But not one I’d be likely to seek out on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 22:07:27 | More by fretlessman71
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Sixpoint

New York

2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yikes. The name was not that good, but you never know. Picture of Santa's Ass on the label.

Tasted like ass too! Hehehehe. My sample was infected. Definitely had a trace of Brett in it... is this intentional?

It kind of stole away from the whole chocolate/burnt/hops thing they had going on in there, which was (otherwise) nice.

Too bad it did taste like ass! Careful of what you name your beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 05:07:41 | More by Sixpoint
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark mahogany tone. Thin brown head that sounds fizzy. Soon it's just a thin collar, which leaves sparse amounts of lace behind. Nice nose of toffee, chocolate, butter brickle, nuts and caramel. The mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, so much so, this is teetering on becoming flat. But it's not quite there. The body is barely medium, if that. More like "light-medium" in viscosity. There's some nuttiness and buttery tones on the tongue. A little black malt bite. And some bittersweet chocoalate. All in all though, this is just there. It's there, but not making me take note of anything real redeeming.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 03:41:39 | More by Bighuge
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another silly name and label.

Coal black and slick, oily. Little or no head as expected.
The aromas are of espresso beans, leather, burnt and smoky, a woody whiff.
The body is, of course, lighter than it's appearance would suggest, and the flavors are of coffee, soy, roasted (almost burnt) malt. Smoky and murky, but all in a good way.
I like the aromas and flavors, but somehow the slick and oily prescence detracts from my enjoyment. I can't see drinking more than one these, and then only occassionally.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 02:07:22 | More by horndecker
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far333

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great label, except the expression on Santa's face is not so jolly. Looks a little baboonesque actually.

Inky black with ruby highlights, and an oatmeal colored head that rises up quickly like soda carbonation, and falls quickly with the sounds of exploding bubbles, also like soda. Hardy aroma of clovey spices, some spruce, and a teeny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, a bit chalky. Flavor is not my idea of a porter. Not malty or biscuity, no hints of cocoa or coffee, molasses or fig. That's what it's not, but what is it? Clove and spice, soft ripe apple, some brown sugar, a little yeasty, and minimal hops riding beneath. A bit of a tannic puckery finish. I'm actually confused by this beer. But, again, cool label.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 04:04:44 | More by far333
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with some glints of purple light peeking throught the sides, topped off with khaki frothy head cap that quickly settles to a ring in my mini-nonic glass.

Deep roasted cocoa scents and dry biscuit. This is what a porter should smell like. Also has some vanilla twist and slightly vinous.

First swigs: Ok, so what does Santa's Butt taste like? I never thought I would answer that question but, slight dry cocoa and pancake. Some chocolate ice cream and stays focused on the well done vanilla porter flavor that lends to a creamy feel. Easy roasted maltsand the tiniest bit of citrous hints.

Soft plush carbonation. Medium body, with a middle of the road carbonation feel that leads to an easy drinkability. Smooth porter.

Last swigs: Gentle cocoa and cream. Curiosity about the label influenced trying this one, I'll admit, but seriously good. Thanks to Shapudding for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 17:44:26 | More by blitheringidiot
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color, with a short 1" head that quickly fell to a surface foam. Spotty lacing forms on the glass. The aroma is of mellow chocolate and weak coffee. The flavor is of roasted malt, watered down coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and prunes. Also sports a buttery tone with some light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a dry finish. Nicely drinkable. Didn't put me in a christmas mood, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 20:57:36 | More by Gavage
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa's Butt. Hilarious. Pours a dark color with a small head that dies down quickly. There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma as well as a light bit of hops. The flavor has some of the chocolate character, but it also has something that I can't identify. Not sure what it is, but it's weird. Drinkability is good. Bit of diacetyl there as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 18:16:49 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting to have this one. Today seemed right. It pours a nice black color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is chocolatey, slightly creamy, maybe a touch of butteryness. The flavor is interesting...a little odd. Its almost a little spicey, slight anise, slight oxidation I think. I'm not really enjoying it all that much. The feel is a touch thin. Overall, this one is a bit of a let down for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 01:14:32 | More by kmpitz2
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head.
Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, that's a plus.
Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. It's really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind...
Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but it's yet another too-expensive English ale that can't hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 10:17:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wet tobacco leaf brown with dusky amber accents. The beer straddles the border between opaque and translucent when backlit with weak, late afternoon winter sunlight. The cap is the color of the inside of a malted milk ball and falls quickly and noisily, leaving almost no lace in the process.

The aroma is pleasant enough and consists of roasted malt, black coffee and a smidgen of hops (in that order). There isn't much chocolate, which I normally like in my porters, but it's a pretty good nose all the same.

The beer is lighter, in terms of both flavor and body, than expected. Still though, Santa's Butt is an enjoyable porter. It's a little lacking in the malt department, yet manages to be just sturdy enough to build good beer on. The flavor profile, although it contains the same elements as the nose, isn't quite as roasted malty and is only subtly coffee-like.

Warming brings about some degree of flavor degradation as well as allowing a sourness to creep into the picture. While the body/mouthfeel doesn't rise much above light, the beer is smooth and fluffysoft in the mouth. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel also loses a great deal of its charm once room temperature is in sight.

Santa's Butt is a better than decent, lighter-end-of-the-spectrum porter. It doesn't bowl me over with its magnificence, nor is it bursting with flavor, but it is a friendly, drinkable beer that I would consider buying again next holiday season if it wasn't for the $4.99 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 21:51:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well I bought this one for the gimmicky label, which made me chuckle in the store. I am drinking it at just below room temp in a snifter. The brew pours a dark brown color with a 2cm tan head faoming up and fading to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with some brown sugar sweetness and a bit of grassy hop.
First sip reveals average carbonation but much lighter than expected body and an almost watery finish. I think I have gotten used to bigger "robust" porters. So I find the density of the beer not very exciting, although I think it is true to the original porter style.
Flavor is chocolate and roasted malt just as the nose was with a bit of roasted malt lingering on my palate for the finish. Overall the flavor is mild and light. An enjoyable brew that goes down easy. I prefer some more umph though!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 02:53:22 | More by sulldaddy
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown-black with a chocolate milk froth for a head. The suds thin in a minute or so. Laces sparsely but broadly. Interesting smell, some mocha intonations but strong hints of medium-grade pipe tobacco. Smooth mouthfeel, but the carbonation is too low, verges on flat. The taste showcases mainly malted milk, a lot of sweetness, minimum roastiness or hoppiness going on. There's a slight stale raisin off note going on, a funkiness that's almost mildewy. The flavor and mouthfeel didn't strike me on this one, it settles into almost tasteless on further sips, but the aroma was interesting and my favorite part of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 17:06:03 | More by ADR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although the name might be slightly off-putting to some men, Santa's Butt enjoyed at cellar temperature delivers a thoroughly rewarding and drinkable pint!

It's opaque black body barely lets any light through, and only the occasional glimmer of ruby through the body, or its cusp of dark mahogany along the rim of the glass can be seen. The creamy, dark tan head holds well; but it leaves little more than tiny spots of lace about the pint.

The nose is clean and, surprisingly, restrained; yet it's combination of delicate malty roastiness and soft, berry-like yeasty fruitiness is quite charming.

It's oh-so smooth across the palate with a medium body and an exceptionally fine-bubbled and moderate, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

The flavor is perfectly balanced with caramelish and subtly toffee-ish malt notes upfront; a yeasty fruitiness developing across the middle; and some lighter chocolate notes that appear towards the swallow. It's alcohol is never apparent; and it's low-key bitterness never does more than play a supporting role from backstage. It finishes drying with some fruit-drenched, subtly roasty, and milk-chocolatey malt that slowly erodes in the aftertaste.

For lovers of English style ales, this one is not to be missed! It's brilliant in it's delivery of rich and satisfying character... meaning that unlike many American ales, it sweeps you off of your feet rather than clocking you in the back of the head! It's a delicate and supple beer in so many ways - and that's a huge part of its charm. Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 22:30:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ho Ho Ho...I laughed at this label as I know a plumber who I think they used as their art guide. However, as nice as the label is, this beer comes up a bit short in my book as to making the label look bad...one thing I have always seemed to come to realize is, the nicer the label, the crappier the beer quality.

Pouring into Duvel Tulip glass, it pours black in color w/ a 1/2" head that dissipates to carbonation fizzing out at the surface rather quickly. Looks almost like a glass of coke w/ lots of carbonation and fizz.

Dark roast malts come through in this porter, mostly of coffee, toffee. However the overall smell was rather weak and thin.

The taste was much like the smell...thin! I've never had such a watery porter before. Slight coffee flavors come through and a bit of smoke flavors as well, and the sweetness of the toffee comes through to the middle of your tongue before swallowing.

Mouthfeel was thin as well. This was very light in body...easy to drink! Tingly carbonation throughout the whole tasting w/ little creaminess or taste. I was quite disappointed.

Next year they'll have to replace the Fat Santa with Billy Bob's Bad Santa, since his thinness would give more credit.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 04:32:33 | More by Fish113d
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet balck with an ok head that dissipates quickly. Smell is light. mainly malt, molasses, some smoke. Taste is mainly light sweetness with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a hint of carbonation on the finish. Very smooth, so drinkability is good. Not a classic but an ok brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 22:39:27 | More by edchicma
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a deep cola color with a soapy light tan head. I left this one in the fridge too long, so it's a little hard to discern much aroma. I'm picking up on a bit of star anise and some dark malted roastiness, the faintest smokiness and not much else. Light hopping to this porter. Rather roasty and chocolate malty, with a little amount of fruitiness coming through. Tinge o' chicory. Pretty nice porter, it certainly does fall into the realm of an English one (6% yet tastes thin). Lowly carbonated, but not off; other than the lackluster head. The aroma is the same cold as it is when it warms. Not bad, just too thin for my likings in a porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 09:13:38 | More by crookedhalo
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I always like some ass... and have fun with the gimmicky labels... but hey, this really did wind up being a surprisingly nice one! When I heard the name, I said I had to have a case of it, just to say I've had Santa's ass, and well, now I have.
Anywhoo...
So dark and chocolately you cannot see through it, except for a bit of amber/rootbeer at the bottom. Bit of a thin ring of khaki only at the edge of the glass. Great porty/stout scents, dark chocolate yumminess, very good. Light to medium body, the carbination is there, but not too much, not too overwhelming. It does fizz up a bit for a second, but not foamy, you just feel it. Very nice dark tastes, black coffee and chocolate, black licorice, anise. the anise really seems to make it's presence known in the aftertaste. Very easy drinker, good flavors and feel.
This turned out to be not only a fun beer to share with my friends and family for the holidays, but a nice drinker!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 06:16:24 | More by shapudding
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked interesting and vaguely amusing, and it was a gift, and it was Christmas Eve, so...

The beer was dark brown, with almost no head. Reminded me of Guinness draught.

The aroma was sweet, and reminded me of rum, with dark fruits and a light roast backdrop.

The taste was also like Guinness Draught in a way... it was smooth, and tasted of roasted malt, but it was somewhat flat and rather bland.

This was an easy drinking beer, though. It went down easy. Wouldn't go get another on my own, but I'd take another if it was given to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 05:46:00 | More by connecticutpoet
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's Christmas so I thought this would be a good gimmick to try. I'll confirm my thought that it was a gimmick.
Good dark brown and amber with a slight bit of light coming through when held to the light. No head.
Smell pine, burnt chestnuts, and small round of coffee.
Taste was bland and almost lifeless. Small hops with a bit of bark and smoothed malty flavor.
Light but slick mouthfeel which leaves a trace of chewy wood flavor.
I won't pursue this brew but would drink it again if given to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 03:56:09 | More by Ahhdball
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for a gimmicky name or label, and this beer has them both - Santa with his list in one hand, a beer in the other, and his posterior amply displayed. The label explains that the beer name has something to do with a "much loved children's storybook," but I can't recall ever hearing of Santa sitting on his butt and drinking beer. The label goes on in an attempt to legitimize the name with reference to barrels used to store beer. The label is almost as verbose as a Stone, but not nearly so amusing.

Poured a wonderful black, touched at the edges with ruby. Very little head, and that lasted mere seconds. Aroma was subdued - just a mild roasted malt. Mild roasted malt flavors, just a touch of smoke and chocolate. Mouthfeel is rather thin, with a little sweet slickness. Almost more of a sweet stout than a porter. Overall, this was just okay, but not at all festive.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 04:45:55 | More by Brent
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Guinness4me

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First we tried Bad Elf, then Very Bad Elf, and now Santa's Butt. All good little beers and not offensive at all. The appearance was very typical for an English Porter with it's coffee color and slight head.

My first smell was not impressive and my first thought was B.O., as in body odor. Hubby responded with something to the effect that it IS Santa's Butt. (Touche') The smell got a little better as it sat, getting maltier and sweeter.

The taste was sweet and malty with a slight hoppiness. I tasted a bit of chocolate and toffee. A good example of the beer type.

The mouthfeel was average and I will enjoy this Xmas brew again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 00:29:09 | More by Guinness4me
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frazbri

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep brown with ruby accents, short head that dissapates quickly. Chocolate aroma and little else. Chocolate malt and a hint of vanilla in flavor. Thin body with modest carbonation. Easy to drink.

I admit it. I bought Santa's Butt because of the label. That, and I am a fan of porters. If it's worth a giggle, buy one. The beer inside the bottle is mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 22:57:19 | More by frazbri
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Kookiekwan

Florida

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

This beer pours black with some crimson highlights if held to a light. It has very little head with no retention and little to no lacing. The aroma was of sweet toasted malt and coffee. The taste was roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel and a smokey flavor on the finish. This beer was medium bodied and very smooth.

Reflection: This is a good example of an English porter, but I don't know if I would want to have more than a couple of these in one sitting. After 2 I would want something with more body to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 21:10:44 | More by Kookiekwan
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.