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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
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)
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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
Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 12-22-08

Eye: Dark brown and very clear brew, when held to the light dark red hues are present. The head has nice formation and finally settles down to an acceptable size after receding. Texture of the head is a creamy tan thick blanket that covers the beer. A little more volume on the head would be nice. Lacing is rings connected by solid sheets of lace.

Nose: Hints of chocolate in the aroma. Lots of lightly toasted aromas, some malt sweetness as well though that is second to a general warmth and toastiness. Graininess and a general well rounded aroma. Oats are noticable in the aroma, probably wouldn't have been to pinpoint that without the help of the label, the aroma was very familiar but I couldn't put a finger on it till I remembered seeing it on the label. Very faint spicy aroma in the background, could be the hops. Overall a pleasing aroma, but I wish that it were a bit more potent.

Tongue: Nice chocolate taste accompanied with some light coffee tones and a roasty/toasty flavor. Very nice. Reminds me of cool hot chocolate. Hops are in there, and come through closer to the finish. Good malt backbone on this one as well, there is a general malt sweetness that permeates the entire beer. The only problem I've got with this beer is its lack of depth. Its rather one dimensional and uncomplicated. It also has a real watery character to it. However, it does taste quite nice.

Feel and Drinkability: As aforementioned this one feels a bit watery on the palate, thin, like butter scraped over too much bread. Flavor in the mouth is fleeting, but the aftertaste and roasty flavor hangs around for a bit. I'd like if this were a bit heavier, if it had some more body and weight in the mouth. Carbonation is right for this style. This one is easy to drink, I can see myself buying this again, however, this isn't a porter I'd turn to when I want something really good. Its a nice beer but not something I'd seek out. Pretty much average, I've had many that are better and I've also had worse.

becktone, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of tangentrider
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown beer with red highlights when held to the light. Smallish light brown head

S- Caramel and spice aromas.

T- Coffee, slightly sour, with a touch of sweetness on the back end.

MF- Smooth and silky in the mouth. Moderate to low carbonation.

D- I would have another if offered, though not sure if I'd buy it.

tangentrider, Feb 03, 2009
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 Zorro
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan head.

Smell is malty and quite fragrant. Lots of fruity aroma along with the malt and patent malt. Bit of brown sugar and chocolate and molasses.

Taste starts out sweet and malty with a lot of fruity English Ale yeast esters. Chocolate and molasses buttery Diacetyl flavors, butter might annoy some.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable ale and better than I expected from my experience with "Lump Of Coal." Good beer go buy some.

Zorro, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown; some red highlights when held to the light. 2 fingers of head that recede quickly into a film that leaves lacing throughout the drink.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and a modest aroma of roasted malts. No hops come through the nose.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts at the forefront, balanced by a kick of hops in the mid-taste. Both of these flavors combine in the finish with a lean towards coffee bitterness. However, the taste is not strong. No alcohol warmth detected.

M: Medium-bodied brew with decent carbonation.

D: Was decently enjoyable to drink, but it lacked the complexity and depth of flavor that I expect from winter brews. The flavor was also a bit weak. I paired the latter half with food and its weakness really came out then. I won't turn down another, but I won't pay for one either.

Arbitrator, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a deep dark brown with a moderate white head. There are ruby highlights when held up to the sun. The aroma was roasted malt, not very strong. The flavor was slightly bitter and had hints of coffee. The sweeter notes win out. The body was a bit light and the carbonation was average. A beer that can be easily quaffed.

bonkers, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown but not 100% opaque. No head.No lacing.

Smell: Smells like sweet roasted malt and molasses.

Taste: Slight roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Just wasn't impressed with this. Smelled better than it tasted. Won't be buying ever again.

rohrbachsfan, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of waldoiverson
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into us pint

A: mahogany brown with small head

S: chocolate malt and some spice of indeterminate nature

T: Tasted sweet like a tootsie roll with little floral or spice, slight chocolate aftertaste

M: clean and light

D: Unimpressed with the overall package, the abv is reasonable for warmer-style porter

waldoiverson, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Lambstrong
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.

Lambstrong, Jan 11, 2009
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 stcules
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color tending to black, with a dark cherry wood edges. Light beige foam, quite good.
Porter smell, quite, with a light roast. A hint of dustiness. Not bad, but after all, nothing exceptional.
Smooth in the mouth, thanks to the oat. A bit of roast, and cocoa. Here again, nothing really remarkable.
In the aftertaste some chocolate and dusty.
Not bad, but from a Christmas beer you can expect some more characterization.

stcules, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of tobyandgina
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, tan head - a couple of fingers. Good lacing.

Very dark in color - pretty much black.

Smell of toasted caramel notes. A little coffee, maybe some chocolate in there. Something sweet and bitter also; could be cherries.

Decent mouthfeel. Toasty flavor. Mostly toasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Pretty good finish, leaves me wanting more, so drinkability is good.

A decent one in the Ridgeway line.

tobyandgina, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

How could a label so goofy make me so sad while drinking it.

Pours almost black, with not too much of a head.

Smell is pretty bland, dry coffee and cocoa roast, a tad nutty, and im detecting more than a enough diacetal and dms sogginess.

Taste doesnt live up to the aroma at all. It's thin/watery and im getting some cardboard and cooked veggies in this. It's malt forward obviously, but it's just dry bitter roast without any complexity. Some charred wood/bark in there too.

Body is too thin for the depth of color.

SurlyDuff, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special here. Pours a medium brown with a weak head. The nose has roasty malts and a touch of cocao. The taste is equally unimpressive. Not bad, just a bit light for the style. Light body has decent carbonation. Good brew to wash down some fish and chips, but thats about it.

rye726, Jan 03, 2009
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 TheBear11D
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a bit of a red tint with a cream colored root beer-like head.

A sweet creamy coffee smell and I think I detect the smallest amount of chocolate. The malt overpower the hops. I can really only smell the sweets.

For the amount of sweet smells, there is not enough flavor to match it. The beer is pretty well balanced with a tad more sweet.

Medium body brew that feels similar to soda.

Quite easy to drink. I just wish there was a stronger flavor.

TheBear11D, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Nibbley
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.

Nibbley, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A nice dark brown beer, clear with deep garnet highlighting. Dark tan head, reduces moderately slowly to splotched bubbles.

S-Some light roastiness, but overall, not a compelling aroma.

T-Some chocolatiness with an almost sweet maltiness, followed shortly by an assertive roasted malt. Strong bitterness stays in the background with ints of hop flavors. Finishes with a slight roast-malt choco-bitter finish.

M-Medium body, carbonation was perhaps a bit too high for the style, around high-moderate. Moves slowly over my tongue, but it's not too thick.

D-A fine brew. Enjoyable more for the novelty of the beer's name than for the quality of the beer. However, still a decent brew.

CHSLBrew, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, clear garnet liquid with a slight light tan head that quickly dissipates, leaves some lacing, but very slight.

S = Caramel, toffee, roasted grains, pretty straightforward porter smells, but very clean and enjoyable.

T&D = Well balanced, I am going to count off a little for a slight watery taste at mid palate but mostly I get good strong malt flavors of caramel, toffee with a balance from the hops that comes across like just slightly burnt toast. Does drink very easily, one of my more favorite English Porters.

M = Medium bodied, quite good mouthcoating, pleasant amount of carbonation which teases the mouth without overpowering it.

Traquairlover, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on a whim, the unusual name must have caught my attention. The beer pours deep dark chestnut brown color with a wispy head that quickly disappeared. Fairly light in the aroma with caramel malt and some dark sweet malt lurking in the background. Fairly light on the palate for the style. The flavor is sweet malt with some coffee notes shining through. Finishes about as uneventful as it begins. This beer lacks the complexity and depth that I prefer is a winter warmer.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
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.

Minkybut, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark crimson red, clear, with a rather disappointing soapy laced head that was dirty beige in color and not even strong enough to muster an initial covering. Needless to say no lacing was evident and visible carbonation was hard to determine. A nice deep coloring saved this from an average or subaverage display.

S: soft, with caramel, raisins and ripe fruit with light underlying coffee notes. Nothing really stood out here and overall I felt fell short of making an impression.

T: The flavor faired much better with a clean fresh coffee taste with a touch of caramel sweetness, ripe fruit (raisins, dates), black cherries, and a light smoked woodiness. An earthy bitterness with a dried fruitiness lingers on the finish. After a disappointing aroma, the flavor made amends. While not as hearty as its American counterpart, this was fit by English standards with a nice coffee display upon warming and warrant of a good rating per style.

M: smooth, with a light carbonation and was very easy off the tongue. Viscosity was medium.

D: Overall a light-moderate drinking English porter, with a nice coffee display when drank at the proper temperature.

beerthulhu, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours a pure black color with a medium white head. Rich roasted aromas, some chocolates and light caramel in the nose also. The taste is very nice, very quaffable, smooth and full flavors of roasted malts, caramel, light and sweet fruits and chocolates. Very enjoyable.

Douglas88, Dec 06, 2008
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.