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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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 LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark red brown, thin tan head and little lacing. Aroma of faint dark malt and dark fruit. Taste follows with light malt and dark fruits. A modest dark ale, light body, mild corn aftertaste. These Ridgeway beers have a nice presentation and generally taste good, but have really muted and bland flavor levels.

LiquidAmber, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

claspada, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of crbnfbr
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

crbnfbr, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of mntlover
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

mntlover, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

bigfnjoe, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

scottbrew4u, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

KeyWestGator, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Asgeirr
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Asgeirr, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

bigred89, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of kobeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

kobeer, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Gregwa, Thursday at 12:45 AM
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

harpus, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

mmilyko, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of benloho
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

benloho, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Blakaeris
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.

Blakaeris, May 06, 2008
Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

jwps214, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Pencible
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.

Pencible, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of scottoale
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!

scottoale, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of jwc215
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.

jwc215, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
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.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of satowns
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.

satowns, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Hunter
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.

Hunter, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of dtivp
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.

dtivp, May 21, 2011
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.