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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
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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Spidey13

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been saving this beer for Christmas Eve. Pours a dark brown with red highlights, kind of the color of Coca-Cola. A small white head faded quickly. The smell is very sweet malt. The taste is also very sweet with a bit of hop bitterness in the back. The aftertaste is a light, bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is medium this with some almost-fizzy carbonation. A decent novelty beer for the season, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 03:55:15 | More by Spidey13
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CRichardsMN

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Dark Reddish Brown with a creamy off white head that fell fairly quickly to a ring around the glass. Laces down the glass.

Smell:
Very sweet nutty roasted malts.

Taste:
Nicely sweet and a lingering roasted flavor. Very smooth and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Got this as a gift from a friend who lost the bottle in the back of a cupboard. May explain the incredible smoothness and very light carbonation. Still very enjoyable.

Drinkability:
Pretty easy and smooth to drink. Very dense though and might have to stop after one or two.

Comment:
Curious to try a "fresh" one of these to see the difference. Held up pretty good to age and can only guess what a good one tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 21:57:41 | More by CRichardsMN
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-brown-black with a tan head; very little retention, no lace.

S: Coffee, roasted nut & grainy bread.

T: Licorice, coffee, roasted nut, smoke, pumpernickel rye bread, great fruityness, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 23:14:40 | More by Derek
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AgentMunky

California

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Stamped F13 266.

A: Two fingers of creamy head. The beer is dark brown in the shade and a clear, brilliant red in the light. Some bubbles within. Looks great!

S: It smells...like a pilsner? Sweet and grainy. Maybe a hint of darker fruit like plum.

T: Yummy! Sweet fruits, banana foremost amongst them. Malty, perhaps lightly spiced (clove? anise?). Distant bitterness on the aftertaste. More like a winter warmer than a porter in my book, but I'll roll with it. Touch of chocolate.

M: Sweet-wet then (barely)bitter-dry. Interesting...

O: Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer; it seems underrated. I received it for Christmas in a mysterious beer of the month box that a stranger signed me up for. I look forward to drinking the rest of these beers and would recommend it others.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 22:52:13 | More by AgentMunky
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ black color with a tan head, In the aroma, a sweet malt, small cocoa and caramel notes. In the taste, a roasty malt and a nice sweetness. A small bitterness and light malt in the mouthfeel and a malty, small cocoa presence in the aftertaste. A very nice English porter, small bite and a nice malt, nice cocoa presence as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 17:10:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this funny labeled big beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The color of the beer was black and it had a ice head at first. It was not long though that the head dissapeared to nothingness. The lacing eas fair though. The smell was of caramell and it was a pretty good beer. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 16:21:16 | More by Minkybut
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head of light brown foam, with good clinging lace. Color is a 35 on the SRM beer color chart. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, currant, and roasted malt. Flavors are chocolate, dark roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and malt. Thick creamy body in my mouth with good carbonation. Too heavy for drinking more that a couple at a sitting, but would be good with cheese and cake.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 18:07:47 | More by beerprovedwright
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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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Dukeofearl

California

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

Single bottle purchased at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in November (December?) 2006 and conusmed in mid-January 2007.

Poured into my Abbey Ales Imperial Pint glass. Pours a cola-like medium brown, fairly opaque, with ruby highlights when backlit, with a fair amount of small bubbles formed on the sides of the glass and no head at all. I've seen other porters step up and do a much better job.

Aroma of roasty caramel malt, not very strong, but decent. Flavor is quite tasty- OK, I can do better than that. It has a nice cocoa and burnt caramel (in a good way) flavor in a rich black bread malty goodness. A slight cream and slight hop fruit weave themselves in and out of the mix. A hint of alcohol burn at the end of the swallow.

A nice full, solid mouthfeel, easy down the throat. Good stuff, although I've recently had some other English Porters I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 02:08:32 | More by Dukeofearl
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

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

No obvious date

A: Light for a porter. Modest head dissipates quickly without lacing.

S: Spicy hops, brown sugar and alcohol. Not bad but for the alcohol.

T: Brown sugar and nuts, some sweet, slightly roasty malts and some spicy hops on the finish. The alcohol comes thru too clearly, but the finish is quite dry.

M: Very thin for a porter but pretty nice for a brown ale. Medium, nice and slick and with prickly carbonation.

O: I like this a fair bit as a nut brown ale. It is too thin and lacks roastiness for a porter, though. If it didn't say "porter" on the label, it wouldn't have occurred to me that this was anything but a darkly colored brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:02:17 | More by greybeardloon
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weasbri

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a lot of people, I picked this beer up in protest due to it being banned in Maine or some such. The label really isn't that bad, I mean, come on, people!
Anyway, it was a pretty nice beer. Deep brown color with reddish tones when you hold it up to the light. I got a malty aroma with some chocolaty overtones.
There's a bit of coffee in addition to the chocolate flavor. A tinge of bitterness crept in, but not overly so.
I expected it to be a little more full-bodied than it was, the flavor left the tongue quickly. Pretty good, but obviously not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 00:09:30 | More by weasbri
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark mahogany hued blackness with a small capping of lightly tanned firmly creamed foam on top. Keeps a good skim always present and the lacing is low and droopy leaving some thicker strings.

Aroma is light but clean and fairly present with a dryness of cocoa, husks, nut raisin bread, and graham cracker crust.

Taste is mild yet fulfilling enough for a quick little ride of dryness that is bagged full of bakery-like goodies and treats. Stinted bits of cocoa and graham cracker dust up most of the taste with tiny packages of old muffin bits, cake, bread, nuts, and some very touchy grassy herbalness that eludes to a gift of husks.

Feel is just below medium with a lowered carbonation making for a soothing softness of lightly textured fluffy smoothness as it floats across the palate with a particular ease like a sled through the snow.

A calming little porter that fits with the season. Not quite as big as this Santa would have liked to have stuffed in his palate stocking, but a good gift to get non-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 22:25:24 | More by tavernjef
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked that a previous reviewer called this a "run of the mill English porter." I'd agree, however I must say that it is very drinkable and I wouldnt mind using it as a session beer. Has a bit more flavor than a lot of highly drinkable brews, yet it is very light and modest, making it enjoyable to pound a couple away. speaking of which, i may go do that now...

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 04:43:55 | More by Lnedrive14
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wangbruins

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick, dark black, standard porter color, with a very small head and the top looks thin and slick

S- Coffee and chocolate and very smokey. It also has a black licorice scent which is new to me

T- Really smokey with lots of coffee. To my surprise and enjoyment, I do detect a bit of black licorice. Not bad

M- More thin than I expected with an initial bite but the aftertaste is smooth and refreshing

D- It's a really good beer but may start to weigh you down after a couple

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:53:39 | More by wangbruins
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Newport Storm snifter.

A: Nearly black in color with a mild, frothy head of tan foam which left a little soapy resin.

S: Nutty and herbal with a hint of bready sweetness, some chocolate and a musty, earthy aroma.

T: A deep initial sip reveals some black and pale English malts with a building bittersweetness towards mid-palate where a full, dark chocolate and herbal hop palate is revealed. Becomes a bit weak through the finish, with just a slightly malty and bitter finish.

M: Though not as robust as I was hoping for, this porter had a palatable feel and was medium-full bodied with fine drinkability.

O: Not the rich, wintery treat I was hoping for, but still pretty good. This 6% ABV English porter has enough character to keep your palate interested and searching, though the malt base at times seemed pedestrian. A slightly richer flavor would improve upon an already decent porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:39:53 | More by Gambrinus1184
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 02:56:16 | More by scruffwhor
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. 2005-2006 vintage.

This porter poured a very dark, red-brown color with thin, tan foam that settled. The smell was malty with faint dried fruit and a very light sweetness. The taste was upfront dry caramel with some tangy maltiness and a bit of molasses. There was a very light hoppiness coming through the malt flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low (flat) carbonation. The finish was richly sweet. This was an OK porter, though a bit lacking. It did grow on me by the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 23:44:28 | More by UncleJimbo
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Nibbley

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/rootbeer color with a little ivory white head that disapates into a tiny ring around the glass.
Aroma is raisins and dark fruit, mabye dates.
Taste does'nt live up to the aroma.
I was a bit disappointed in the taste and mouthfeel.
Was hoping for a bigger, more chewy mouthful.
Not bad, but, I'm not running out to buy a fridge full.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 21:17:53 | More by Nibbley
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bheilman

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer! Great name and I had to admit that influenced the purchase. I probably won't buy it again because of the expense, but it is a solid porter. It's rich and warms the tongue as it layers with flavors of chocolate malts. It does have a smooth hop balance, and is a high quality porter. Fairly drinkable, but not a beer I'm going to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:56:18 | More by bheilman
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on December 3, 2011. The pour is dark chestnut-amber with no head but good clarity. Lots of sweet roasted malts in the aroma along with sugar and a nip of laid back hops. The bodu is in the medium range and also rather smooth and creamy.It definitely espouses a pleasant bitter flavor but it really reminds me of most sweet British ESB's which always seem to have this soft water characteristic and lots of approachable flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:41:43 | More by puboflyons
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to lie. I purchased this exclusively for the name and for the picture on the label. I guess that's what they're betting on. 500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Pours a pleasant ruby-brown colour, with a lightness to the body and good clarity. Head is a disappointing film of off-white, not really creating itself to begin with, and then fizzling out to a minor ring. Carbonation is fine. Some streaks of lacing. It's ok, without looking magnificent.

Nose is sweet and toasty, with a slightly nutty, slightly buttery character coming through above a solid, standard grainy English malt character. It's really quite sweet and quite potent—even if it's something of a one-character aroma, it at least has conviction on its side.

Taste is light, but pleasant. Again, toasty grain notes drive it forward, with a smoothness in the flavour, if not in the feel. Mild watery coffee tones, a suggestion of red cherry, and a rather dry finish, again with some weak roasted tones. It's pleasant enough, but the strength on the nose isn't really present here.

Feel is a little weak and watery: if it were fuller I think it would really help the beer.

Overall, this is decent stuff. It's not really exciting, but there's a little interest there, and it's structured in very much the way it should be. In the end, there's a little class hiding behind the gimmicky label, at least.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:31:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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eb003

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 21:21:12 | More by eb003
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first heard about Santa's Butt beer because they
banned it in Maine because, I guess, the brewery
was insufficiently respectful of a Coca-Cola spokes-
man. I was excited to see that they had a bunch of
Ridgeway Brewing's efforts at Westside Liquor,
including Santa's Butt.

Santa's Butt Porter pours out a thick tan head over
a black brew. Carbonation is sedate, and the nose is
of roasted malt. The flavor is of malt with a hint of dark
fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy- not overbearing
at all. A very pleasant porter- it's something decent but
nonthreatening- a good choice for holiday drinking, or
introducing somebody to the Dark Side. Alcohol by
volume is a respectable 6%.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 23:23:05 | More by shadow1961
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Pours a deep brown with a pretty shade of ruby showing through when held up to light. Nice. I got about a finger's worth of light tan head. It fades all too quick but lacing is nice.

Aroma is of roasted malts and cocoa. Interesting. Taste is roasty and somewhat of alcohol. This porter finishes quick with not much lingering beyond a few seconds.

Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice drinkable porter that I would be glad to share with friends on a cold winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 03:16:23 | More by ZimZamZoom
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.