1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

Not Rated.
Santa's ButtSanta's Butt

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

391 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 391
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 260 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of malts, some notes of chocolate. Taste is mild, some malts and chocolate, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

tone77, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of JoKo
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard English pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a reddish hue when held up to the light. This beer has about an inch of head that is off white and fades quickly carbonation seems to be moderate to low.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, some caramel.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor up front, some bitterness, caramel notes present as well as possibly some dark fruit type of notes.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, smooth beer

Drinkability: Very easy drinkability, a nice beer for the holiday season, enjoyable.

JoKo, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of wangbruins
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

wangbruins, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"And Santa sat on his great butt enjoying a hardy brew..." so mentions the label as the inspiration for this beer.
Live review. Poured from the 50 cl bottle that I bought at Reider's in Painesville last week. This is the third of four in a series from Ridgeway Brewing Company focusing on Christmas that I will be tasting and rating. Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet glass. F11 204 stamped on bottom of back label.

A Nice, light brown creamy head of about 1 inch after vigorous pour over a dark brown body that glows mohagany in front of direct light. Good, solid look. 4.0

S Immediate smell of a nice, light sweetness along with medium to dark roast malt. I was not sure of what it was initially (maybe a roasted marshmallow?) but repeated sniffs revealed a bit more of a light chocolate. Whatever it really is, I like it and it is inviting. 4.0

T A basic porter taste with a muted sweetness and actually the back of the taste reveals a bit of barley as well. I find English beers to be more sublte with their tastes and this beer is no exception. This is a fine beer but no one should consider it an extreme beer. Gone is the "chocolate" sweetness that I perceived with the smell but there is that light sweetness none the less. 3.5

M Somewhat smooth, creamy. Nothing too inspiring with the feel. 3.0

D Just fine for the style and for the beer itself. Again here, not inspirational in terms of drinkability. 3.0

adamette, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of klewis
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.

klewis, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with a very small head. The aroma is very, very faint with some malty sweetness. The flavor is just simply not very good. I get a strong medicinal flavor and no real roasted malts or anything else you would expect in a porter. Not sure if something is amiss in this beer or if it is just not very good, but I barely finished a 4 oz sample. Low to medium carbonation and medium body.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of scootny
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice easy drinking holiday ale that is full of flavor and relatively low in alcohol for a holiday beer. nice clear cola brown with tan head a lace. A sweet toffee and malt aroma. Taste is sweet and malty. A bit of molasses. A yeasty fruitiness and mild finish. Some toasted dark bread lingers. A light warming from the invisible alcohol. A little light on feel but a nice light carbonation. You can enjoy several of these in a sitting, quite pleasant on a cold evening. Warming and restorative with a quenching quality.

scootny, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Cresant
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.

Cresant, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of ImusBeer
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.

ImusBeer, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of BTPete
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from Mahar's advent of beer.

bottle to pint glass.

A: Dark brown, 1 cm head.

S: nutty character with some very subtle spice. Smells like a brown ale.

T: smooth and malty with a nutty character. Once again reminds me of a nut brown.

M: watery to me. Light bodied maybe light/med at best.

D: smooth and drinkable, just not my favorite, but could drink a few.

BTPete, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark black/brown body with light tan head that fades to leave some tan splotches on top

s: some light warm apple; light chocolate; brown sugar syrup; sweet spices; yeast;

t: warm yeast/fresh baked bread; a lot of fruity overtones; light bitterness; prunes; very sweet

m: a little on the watery side; mild carb

d: ok actually; a little one note and very sweet; but still drinkable; it does not taste at all like an english porter but still is pretty drinkable

hoegaardenhero, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My mom picked this up for me at Bevmo.

Appearance- black color, thin head in chalice

Smell- very light aroma of spice, could barely smell anything

Taste- very light spice flavor, I couldn't taste much.

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- A little light for me, not a bad beer but way too light

jeffjeff1, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a tough brew to review...if you base your ratings on a blind review it may be higher than if you compare it to others in the style...in other words; this is not a good English Porter, but still a good beer...anyway...

Poured into a pint glass. Formed a 2 finger pearl head. This dissipated quickly with little lacing. The body is a clear, dark ruby brown color...nice, but not what I am looking for in a porter.

Molasses, caramel and grains are the dominant aromas. I can detect some roasted malts underneath.

The taste of this beer is more Scottish Ale than English Porter. The first flavors are caramel and honey. This is followed by toasted grains and english malts.

The mouth feel is light, slightly carbonated and pretty thin.

This drinks like a Scottish Ale...and a pretty good one at that! So, in that case this is very drinkable. Comparing this to an English Porter is not fair...

mgbickel, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, I don't know what kind of porter this is. It wasn't very dark - maybe a dark, dark brown. There was little or no roast or chocolate in the aroma or flavor. But it wasn't bad. I just didn't really think I was drinking a porter.

Medium body, off-dry finish. It was drinkable, but went down fairly carelessly - no voices inside the beer calling out to me. The memory of its taste fades quickly.

dedrinker, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of JordonHoltzman
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the season has arrived to get into some winter brews. i start off with santa's butt winter porter.
pours black, did not appear thick coming out of the bottle. an thin off-white head that didn't last long, very little lacing.
smells like nuts roasting on an open fire. along with a nice nutty aroma, caramel is pretty dominant as well. a malty smelling beer.
the smell was pretty powerful and i liked it, but this beer lacks flavor big time. i may even say watery, which isnt said much from a dark beer that smells good. smells a little nutty i guess, and is a little bitter. thats all i can really say for the taste.
the mouthfeel, well, it feels light and as if someone poured some water in it while i wasn't looking, which didn't happen. carbonation isn't off though.

overall, well, i look forward to trying some other new winter brews!

JordonHoltzman, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Travlr
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Darkish brown that admits light easily, very small tan head with decent lacing.
S: Mild milk chocolate aroma, with a bit of cafe au lait.
T: Earthy flavor with a general sweetness superimposed, light spice, possibly cinnamon and nutmeg. Bitter finish.
M: too light bodied for a winter ale.
D: decent enough, but not very complex.

Travlr, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red brown color with a moderate, tan head bubbly head. Decent lace.

Nice toasty aroma with sweet, caramel malt and a slight hint of an earthy hops in the background to balance.

Flavor is also a little on the malty side; toasty and subtle. again, little hops, but just enough to give it a refreshing quality.

Mouthfeel is light-medium body, which is satisfying and complemented by an appropriate carbonation.

Another very drinkable holiday brew by ridgeway.

endincolorado, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of katan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml into a pint

A - Pours dark as night. Very opaque. Head formation is light, mocha colored. Breaks down quickly to a film.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted and burnt notes lead the way. Some bready type yeast scents.

T - Starts off with a light malt flavor which is immediately complemented by a chocolate flavor. Mid-stream gets a bit more bitter, but I can't pull out any UK hops flavors. Finishes with a bit of a harsher burnt astringent note.

M - Mostly a biting mouthfeel due to its carbonation. Beer is itself has a fairly thick sugary notes.

D - Moderate drinkability. Carbonation gets to me as I drink it, both in an unpleasant mouthfeel and filling my stomach. ABV is a bit potent.

katan, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 23, 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 CRichardsMN
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.

CRichardsMN, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of northaustin
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very dark brown that is pretty thin and has a reddish hue when held to the light. head is very thin and disappears rapidly and leaves no head and no lacing.

the smell is very hidden, some subdued sweet malts. smells very syrupy if anything.

taste: very syrupy, carbony and a bit overpowering.

mouthfeel. initially very dry due to the over carbonation. but ends with sort of an over sticky molasses type feel.

drinkability: wouldnt recommend this one. its too over carbonated and syrupy. no distinct or unique flavors and overall just pretty light.

northaustin, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
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!

scottyshades, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark coffee mahogany color with a whispy dirty tan head and a modest lace. The aroma is a mild coffee chocolate malt. The taste is a bit sour coffee bean and vanilla. Medium body that is fairly drinkable for the style. There is the prefunctory touch of charcoal, smooth and agreeable for a winter brew.

Durge, Feb 26, 2009
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.