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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany beer with a tall (but short-lived) pancake batter-colored head. Smells of warm, bready malt.

Bitter taste, with coffee and yeasty notes and an alcoholic spiciness. Loose mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

The uninitiated around the maundythirsty home give it good reviews. I'll chalk that up to Christmas cheer spill-over. A middling porter. (361 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Christmas gift poured into my dogfish head pint glass.
Pours a less than eventful brown with no head. Just a slight ring around the glass.
Smell is slight, but if you try pretty hard you can get something out of it. Just a slight roastiness, coming through. Not much going on here. The taste is average at best. This is more about christmas gimmick more than it is about good beer.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and just a tad too thin.
This is a highly sessionable beer. With the flavor and mouthfeel lacking, it's begging to be drank fast and furious. (562 characters)

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loud, gushing pour with crackling carbonation. Thin and short, light tan foam atop a brown root beer bottom with ruby red highlights. Decent.

Yeasty, fresh baked bread smell. Sweet malts. Hints of caramel. Touches of fruitiness, berries. Faint nose, struggling to find much else in this one as the bread/malts dominate the aroma. A little more complex as it warms, but I served this one @ 54.

Dark, roasted malt taste with loads of dark chocolate. Sweet, hazlenut on the tip of my tongue. Oak/wood profile in the flavor. Bits of lactic-like sourness round out the taste nicely with an inkling of dark fruit. Lingering biterness from roasted character. A bit carbonation heavy. Decent body with a bite in the finish and coffee bean taste lingering.

Nice winter brew, not phenomenal, but very enjoyable. A bit better than your average porter, with a nice warming quality. (879 characters)

Photo of briman
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby notes when held up to the light. Good clarity. Quarter inch tan head, average retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty, some caramel mixed with chocolate. Maybe even a hint of alcohol in there. Lightly roasted malts come out as it warms.

Flavor has caramel, some chocolate, and a little bit of a nut brown characteristic. Very mild hop presence in the dry finish. No bitterness whatsoever, but a touch of alcohol does sneak through.

Medium body, low carbonation. Balance is pretty good. More of a nut brown to my taste buds than a porter. Doesn't have any noticeable warming affect as the label would lead you to believe, so not sure I would term this a winter beer either. Wouldn't turn another one down, but also wouldn't put it at the top of my list. (839 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear black with an off-white head which fell back quickly but traced the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel character most notable followed by chocolate and a bit of coffee. The aroma was lightly estery as well.

The flavor was malty with caramel, some chocolate and light coffee. The fruitiness which was restrained in the aroma was let loose for the flavor.

The finish was even with some light caramel and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with and extremely low level of carbonation. An ok porter, but nothing to get excited about.

50 cl bottle. (622 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another holiday/novelty import from Ridgeway brewing.

Pours dark brown with about 1.5 fingers of tan head which quickly fades to nothing.

Roasty, slightly earthy aroma. A touch of fruity esters.

Taste is roasted malt, dark cocoa, and black coffee. A hint of hop bitterness. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow.

A smooth, easy drink. Mildly carbonated.

A pleasant, well-balanced porter. I'd buy it again! (422 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints to it. Head retention isn't good, but the lacing is decent. There's about an inch or so tan head. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and raisins, but the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes like roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate. There's only a slight bitter aftertaste with this beer. The body is light/medium and a little bit slick. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. It's not close to being the best porter out there, but it's decent. (539 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
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. (493 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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%. (708 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fat, brown, 1/2 liter bottle. With an illustration of Santa's fat ass. Pours a a dark black with some reddish/brown highlights. Not much for a head, just a thin layer of tan foam. Very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, hints of vanilla grassy hops and a touch of burnt newspaper. Medium bodied, slight stickiness in texture. Nice mild blend of flavors here, malt sweetness is balanced well with roasted character and hop a low hop bitterness. Black coffee finish, very slight bitterness in back of the palate A very smooth, drinkable porter. I really enjoyed this beer.

Cheers! (586 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.92/5  rDev +15%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of weasbri
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque garnet colour....ruby hues and crimson edges. thin head and light wisps of lace. yeasty aroma. a bit of anise and chocolate too, with a slight sour note. the taste is dark roasted flavours of chocolate and nougat. alcohol spice, a bit of sour cherries... some coffee and cream. has some sweet stout qualities, and enough hop bittering to notice. it's very balanced and pleasing. the body is almost perfect for a porter, and the smooth mouthfeel follows suit. drinkability is great; i dig the all the slight nuances of flavours, all delicately balanced to provide an enjoyable holiday quaffing experience.

i liked santas butt. i wish i had a whole butt of this to myself. (700 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Big black brew with a nice thick brown head. The head has an almost reddish hue to it, and specks of yeast are floating in the bubbles. The head recedes to a firm collar that dissapears quickly leaving nothing but a big water pool of blackness. Some lacing was apparent at first, but none was observed after the dissapearance of the head.

S - Yeasty and dusty aroma with dark chocolate notes. This is pretty smokey and woody too. I also detect a tiny hint of eggnogg.

T - Roasty earth flavor is far less sweet than the nose. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate and wood predominate. This really tastes almost like a rauchbier to me, and I love rauchbiers so I'm really enjoying this one!

M - Thinner in body than I would like, and appropriately low in carbonation. The finish is dry and a little spicey.

D - Not the best porter in the world. My least favorite porters are those of the English style, but this is still not quite as good as it could be. I like the eggnogg flavors and the smokiness, but it needs to be thicker and more assertive. (1,057 characters)

Photo of eb003
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.24/5  rDev -5%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of crispy620
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this beer into the store the I work at, so of course I had to try it.

The appearance is dark brown in color, almost opaque. Slight reddish/orange tinge to it edges.

Smell was full and very hoppy, nice aroma, very slight at first and as it warms became more aromatic.

Taste is a WOW factor. At first has a nice malty taste and finishes with a little fruit on the back end.

It stays a long time on the palate and tends to stay on your cheeks for al while.

Very good drinking beer, Great with red meat (steak, roast, maybe even rack of lamb).

Agood drink, highly recommended. (600 characters)

Photo of longarm
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (1,406 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with brownish/red hues around the edges when held up to a light with a thin light tan head. The aroma is dominated by a dark roasted maltiness with a touch of chocolate. The taste is rich and extremely balanced. There is a really nice roasted malt flavor like in the nose even if it is subdued. A little thin in the taste, but still very drinkable. Overall, this beer is definately a better than average porter but not worth the $5.45 I paid for the bottle. (482 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A must-purchase beer just because of the name. After the laughter (and the amusement of reading the lable), I can begin to evaluate the beer. There seems to be a mix of porter characteristics and Strong Ale characteristics even as eary as the nose. There is a big malty aroma showing sweetness, syrup, and chocolate; as well as strong fruity (cherry), booze, and caugh syrup strength. Flavors reinforce the nose with strong chocolates, cherries, berries, grapes, plumbs, spicy hops and a dominant alcohol sensation. The body is full and rich, thinned only by the alcohols and tart fruit flavors and mild astringencies. Finishes with a firm malt / fruit character, a fermentation twang, and alcoholic warmth. Interesting brew that offers more than just typical Porter expectations. (780 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle

Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a light ruby tint. Has a small tan head that thins, webbed lacing on the glass.

Light roasted malt aroma with a mild fruitiness. Very mild aroma.

Light roasted malt taste upfront leading into light cocoa and coffee tones. There is a mild fruitiness present. Finishes slightly sweet. Mild flavor overall.

Thin body, solid carbonation.

A drinkable brew, and the ABV is completely hidden. A big difference from the robust porters that I have become accustomed to, which caught me off guard a bit. Once I worked my way into this one, I found that I quite enjoyed it. A nice change of pace from the bolder porter styles. (689 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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! (792 characters)

Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.