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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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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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Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-16-2014 07:40:54 | More by Asgeirr
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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

03-15-2014 01:31:43 | More by bigred89
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kobeer

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-23-2012 21:13:15 | More by kobeer
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

03-20-2014 18:44:41 | More by harpus
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mmilyko

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

09-14-2012 01:42:51 | More by mmilyko
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benloho

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

02-08-2014 14:41:53 | More by benloho
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with a moderate, but creamy looking tan head.

Aroma is surprisingly slight. Roasted malt, chocolate and mild dark fruit.

Taste follows the roasted profile of the nose. However, initial dark fruit sweetness turns sour in the middle. Bready with a mild nuttiness. Dry cocoa and coffee. Finish brings some hops to balance the general sweetness. Flavor is subdued but unified.

Mouthfeel is rather light. A fuller body would have done wonders for me.

A mild beer with no off flavors. Drinkable, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 00:04:14 | More by Blakaeris
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-25-2014 04:42:45 | More by jwps214
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Pencible

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like subdued coffee beans and barley malt with a bit of dark chocolate and oak. It tasted like watered-down coffee and earthy barley malt with prominent copper hops. It was thin with moderate carbonation, and had a very metallic bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a decent porter, very British and metallic. It tasted good but not great, and had a decent body. It was easy to drink, but was generally not exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 15:03:37 | More by Pencible
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scottoale

California

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2006 10:22:38 | More by scottoale
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cola-like color with ruby highlights. A thin head soon fizzles to a patch.

Some charcoal smokiness is detectable in the aroma, but otherwise not much else other than a slight alcohol tinge. Thin, but non-offensive. Very soft aroma.

The taste is of mild, dark-roasted grains - sweet with a subtle smokiness. A touch of smoked wood. Balancing hops in finish gives it a bittersweet character. Very mild.

Thins in the feel to low end of medium. Some fizzy carbonation noticeable.

Not a bad drink - Hovers around an average English porter. Nothing much wintry about it. Funny label and name. Worth having only to have. Inoffensive, but rather dull.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 01:13:49 | More by jwc215
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a black with a red tint when held up to the light, a small tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of coffee, cocoa, a touch of malt, and some roasted nuts.

taste is a little creamy, milk chocolate, coffee, and some malt, ends with just a touch of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 17:24:24 | More by froghop
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illidurit

California

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a clear chestnut color with some tan foam. Aroma is brown malts with a touch of smoke. A bit of caramel and roast in the flavor, plus milk chocolate and a bit of sourness. Medium bodied, very English, pretty generic.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 21:53:26 | More by illidurit
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown bottle with cool label

Appearance: Black beer with ruby tints (it's kind of dark in here so I can't see much other than that)

Smell: A very mild roasted grain presence...not much else going on actually...maybe just a touch of coffee.

Taste: Mild, smoky grain with hints of dark cocoa and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin for the style/abv

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: Not a bad stout, but the label's the coolest thing about this beer...in the end, it's not bad, but it's definitely not worth the $5 dollars a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 05:16:03 | More by BedetheVenerable
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satowns

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark amber. decent head retention.

Slight fruit, bright caramel. Distinct english yeast and malt aromatics.

flavor reminiscint of cigarette smoke, tobacco and some spiciness. big roast in the finish.

full bodied but quite slick on the mouth.

singular, a bit smoky for my taste and not enough alcohol for the winter warmer style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 05:35:31 | More by satowns
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Hunter

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 03:11:57 | More by Hunter
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with ruby red highlights, a half finger tan head with very little retention and little lacing.

Aroma was very weak with dark malt and a hint of sweet dark fruits.

Taste was semi sweet with chocolate, dark cherries and slightly balanced with a hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall this beer lacked the character of a good porter which places it in my average column. The best part of the beer was the name and label.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 13:02:03 | More by dtivp
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HereticDivine

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I'm gonna review this beer as a dark ale, rather than a porter. It lacks a lot of "porter qualities". This beer poured a dark burgundy color. Once again, it would be a nice looking dark ale. It had a nice dark chocolate smell, with a touch of bread. It definitely lacked the porter smokiness in taste. It really has a dark chocolate taste, with some raisin bread qualities. The aftertaste is where you really taste the alcohol. At 6.0 abv, the alcohol taste should be nonexistent. This beer was very watery for a porter. I would drink this again, but at $6 a bottle, there are better options.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:52:52 | More by HereticDivine
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet brown to black in color with a small to non-existant head although there were large bubbles collecting on the bottom and sides of the glass.

There was very little in the way of aroma, maybe some smokey wood smell. The taste was mainly smoke with some dark fruits like prune or date.

This felt like a high carbonation beer, light and watery on tongue with a slight non pine bitterness at the finish. Good but I was expecting more than just a simple porter more spices that would convied Santa and Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 13:21:25 | More by ImusBeer
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a fat bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark brown, not quite as a porter and clearing with poor carbonation. The head is smell tan and leaves little lace.

The smell has a twinch of chocolate and some dark fruit.

The taste follows, a couple of chocolate notes and a hint of smokiness, mostly raisons on dark toast.

The mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation.

The drinkability is so so not really worth it unless you are hard up for a new review. MK

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 03:03:27 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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shrek806

New York

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

The pour revealed a dark brown color with a thin, lazy 1/8 inch head. Little to no lacing.

The smell was sweet with caramel and slight hints of cocoa and vanilla.

The taste was all sweet malt. It tasted like i was drinking a liquid "Sugar Daddy".

The mouthfeel was much like the pour; Lazy. Not a lot going on. It came and went with little to no fanfare.

The over drinkability for me is low. Not really my kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:55:29 | More by shrek806
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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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DogFood11

California

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 05:21:13 | More by DogFood11
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 02:14:35 | More by taez555
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Lambstrong

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very dark, with a slight mahogany hue when put to the light. Initial there is a nice creamy head which dissipates almost immediately. I would describe the aroma as musty, almost like a wet sock (not that I smell a lot of wet socks, but if I had to imagine what they smell like this would be it). I did like upfront toasted malt flavor. There is not much in the way of a hop presence but then again this is a porter. Overall, this is an average beer with a somewhat disagreeable aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 16:03:33 | More by Lambstrong
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.