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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%


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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dpool

Arizona

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 23:11:17 | More by dpool
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:22:08 | More by gmfessen
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, clear garnet liquid with a slight light tan head that quickly dissipates, leaves some lacing, but very slight.

S = Caramel, toffee, roasted grains, pretty straightforward porter smells, but very clean and enjoyable.

T&D = Well balanced, I am going to count off a little for a slight watery taste at mid palate but mostly I get good strong malt flavors of caramel, toffee with a balance from the hops that comes across like just slightly burnt toast. Does drink very easily, one of my more favorite English Porters.

M = Medium bodied, quite good mouthcoating, pleasant amount of carbonation which teases the mouth without overpowering it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 17:57:38 | More by Traquairlover
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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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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

I first discovered this beer several years ago while working for a store that excelled in featuring specialty beers. Since then, it's been a required part of Christmas time.

A - One-finger ecru head that's thick around the edge and foamy in the middle. It dissipates in about a minute to a thin film of lace across the surface. Very dark chocolate brown. Held up to a light, it's clear and a deep ruby red.

S - Lots of caramel and toasted malt in the nose. Smells like someone's getting ready to dip apples into a batch of melted caramels on the stove. Hints of vanilla. As it warms and the glass gets room to swirl, rasiny fruit tones emerge.

T - Gently toasted/roasted malts. Delicious caramel flavors, which dominate the taste. Hints of brown sugar. As it warms, dried cherries appear in the finish.

M - Some carbonation, but body leans toward the thin, watery side. Not much of a finish, but what remains invites another taste. This is perhaps its weakest attribute.

D - A classic English porter. Very drinkable. Flavors are delicious but restrained. Could easily enjoy several of these in a sitting. As a bonus, both the nose and the taste open up into additional fruit-based flavors as it warms in the glass. Most American porters are really junior stouts. This beer does a great job of showing off what it means to be a true porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:31:49 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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klewis

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours brown with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: A rich, chocolately malt smell with soft nutty aromas.

T: Smooth and balanced flavors of chocolate and cocoa with a hint of spice. Fairly basic, but quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Silky smooth and a pleasure on the palate.

D: Despite the mediocre reviews before this one, I find this beer to be quite nice. A solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:20:57 | More by klewis
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riored4v

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/20/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Dark body with notes of ruby when held up to a light. 1/2 finger tan colored head. Leaves a nice cap on the beer the entire time.

Smell had some light ester and yeasty aroma. Some caramel and chocolate notes. Roasty notes as well.

Taste had a nice, light, roasty flavor with some chocolate in the finish. Mild nuttiness with light ester flavors. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability I felt was good. Light flavors, good on style and no signs of ABV

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:22:46 | More by riored4v
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 07:47:41 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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longarm

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 22:47:59 | More by longarm
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mnapier

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 03:17:56 | More by mnapier
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 23:04:21 | More by tgbljb
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque, dark brown to off-black color. Thin tan head that retains somewhat well.

Nose is slight vanilla with more pronounced malty roastiness.

On the palate is a multi-spice, roasty flavor with prickly sweet finish at the end. Basically an everyday porter or stout with holiday spice thrown in.

Finish is somewhat short.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 05:46:16 | More by yemenmocha
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scottyshades

Florida

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted a 1pt 9oz. bottle at Tiger Qwick Mart in Clemson, SC for around $5 and change, and I had to get it due to its unique label.

A: Pours a rich deep brown (almost black) color that produces a nice off-white color head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice lacing. Ruby highlights when held to light.

S: The nose is a little shy but it really shines when the temperature is perfect. Roasted malts are the dominating note, along with coffee, toffee, caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Also, the hops make an appearance after a while, which makes this nose nice and balanced.

T: To be honest, I was expecting an aggressive and bold body/flavor combination, but it was restrained, which was not bad. The flavor profile is a little different than the nose suggested, being comprised of less roasted malts, more coffee/toffee, and a little more hoppy than the nose.

MF/D: Lighter body than normal, which really bumps the drinkability up in my book. Smooth and silky going down, finished clean.

Highly recommended if you can spot one!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 06:31:09 | More by scottyshades
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black tone at first with ruby highlights when held toward the light. Aroma is upfront with dark fruits and roasted malts a bit of chocolate coffee and mild cherry nice. Flavor has dark roasted malt flavor blended with a bit of Christmas spunk including dark fruits and other variables into the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied solid medium bodied even carbonation. Drinkability is solid all around solid drinking Christmas ale I look forward to more of.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 22:44:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 4 beer christmas sample pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown bordering on black with virtually no foam.

Light roasted smell with chocolate and coffee hints.

Rich roasted malt taste opener that finishes surprisingly clean. Notably absent is any trace of bitterness. Very smooth and creamy. Somewhat milky in the mouthfeel.

Good, solid, drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 12:39:17 | More by KTCamm
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

date reviewed: 25 January 2013...
glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick...
occasion: research paper grading, round one...
appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa...
aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldn't diminish the effect....
palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern...
taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable...
overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santa's nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 04:25:21 | More by dacrza1
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BlackAngus

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brownish-garnet color, virtually no head.

S - Roasted malt, slightest hint of hops. Slight oxidation.

T - Roasted malt, sweetness, coffee, toffee.

M - Medium body, very light carbonation.

D - I'd definitely drink this one again. Not sure how it qualifies as a holiday beer, but nevertheless, a solid example of style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 02:08:25 | More by BlackAngus
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 03:16:54 | More by BeerSox
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tobyandgina

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, tan head - a couple of fingers. Good lacing.

Very dark in color - pretty much black.

Smell of toasted caramel notes. A little coffee, maybe some chocolate in there. Something sweet and bitter also; could be cherries.

Decent mouthfeel. Toasty flavor. Mostly toasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Pretty good finish, leaves me wanting more, so drinkability is good.

A decent one in the Ridgeway line.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 05:30:26 | More by tobyandgina
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was a deep cola color and clear. The head was light tan and moderate in size. I enjoyed this one on Christmas night, of course!

Smell was malt syrup and metal. A little bready.

Taste was roasted malts. There was a nice dry bitterness. Crisp fruitiness. Raisins and plums maybe. Milk chocolate. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel was zippy carbonation with a smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 19:12:39 | More by Cresant
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RickS95

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's dark for a beer, but not all that dark for a porter. It's a very dark brown, approaching black, but really looks like cola. There is almost no head.

Fills the nose with pleasant smells of smoke, chocolate and coffee malts.

Each flavor gently dances on the tongue, all are a bit subdued, none standing out too much. The coffee and bittersweet chocolate are obvious without being annoying.

It's very creamy on the palate. There is a bit of bitterness, but just enough to let you know it's a beer. The sweetness is very subtle.

With the moderate alcohol levels and unobtrusive taste and smell, you could easy drink this all night long. It goes down easy with no offensive qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:26:28 | More by RickS95
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is almost jet black, with chestnut brown highlights around the edges, and only the slimmest ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass. Aromas are mild, with a solid coffee tone throughout. Some lighter malt and hops scents come off on the nose, also. Flavors are dry and crisp, which is a great representation of the style. Good blending of dry roasted coffee and mild chocolate malts, with a smooth character and light, smooth body. The aftertaste is rich and slightly roasted, with a dry feel to it. Slow, dry finish, leaving a good linger of flavors behind. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:55:13 | More by GarthDanielson
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Gusler

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 19:13:26 | More by Gusler
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 21:38:51 | More by SaCkErZ9
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thespaceman

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz into a pint glass

Appearance: Blackish in color, small tan head that is literally nothing, not alot going on but it's a porter, so it's acceptable.

Smell: Nutty nose in this, good maltiness, carmelization stands out firm, a nice touch of vanilla. Roasted cedar wood elements.

Taste: A good blend of hoppiness and spices, this beer has an excellent hop profile, good maltiness in the backbone. You can tell this has been stored in wood barrels, it defintley reflects this in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice and dry bitterness in the aftertaste, minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably one of the better porters I've tried, very quaffable, easy to drink at only 6.00 ABV, this is a Porter you can enjoy around the holidays, good beer to look forward to around the holidays, not something I would buy on the regular but defintley a porter you can enjoy on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 01:19:33 | More by thespaceman
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.