Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 8
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 Winter
2.59/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very, very dark brown in color with a thin khaki head. Spicy aroma with hints of fruit. Slightly medicinal. Thin mouthfeel with scrubbing carbonation on the tongue. Chocolate malt flooded with an odd medicinal taste that was apparent in the aroma. Alcohol soaked plums follow. Anise and dry burnt malt in the finish. It leaves you with a dry sour bitterness on your tongue.

I'm not a fan. Too many odd flavors combining here. Doesn't exhibit enough vinous and roasted malt flavors to be an enjoyable porter. Plus, I can't get past the medicinal aroma and flavor. (565 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque, deep brown, almost black color; it is topped by a thin pale brown colored head that fades to a creamy ring after a bit of time. The aroma is a mix of buttery diacetyl, toffee, butterscotch and a hint of roast and roast acidity.

The taste is lightly sweet, and actually a tad tart, almost like a plum. There is a light roast character that is a mix of coffee, and toasted malt notes. There is a definite fruitiness here as well, with the aforementioned plum as well as some notes of grapes and perhaps some notes of burnt raisins. I am not quite sure about this beer, is it off, if it is it is only lightly so. It could just be an idiosyncratic English yeast strain. The beer is a bit thinner than I would like, a bit more body would accentuate and balance the coffee and chocolate notes a bit better. (820 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a milky, brown coffee color. There is slight ring of big bubbles, tan color, surrounding the lip of glass.

Smell: Its a nice warm cocoa smell with a nutty, roasted peppering.

Taste: Roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, a slightly sweet and milky aftertaste. Reminds me of a cold, real dark hot chocolate, but served warmer. Its very good.

Mouthfeel: It isn't very heavy, but it still makes a big statement in terms of presence.

Drinkability: Oh yeah...watch out Santa. I'm not leaving this with my cookies! (537 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head.When I opened the bottle I got a good wiff of roasted malt,but as I poured the beer into a glass the smell has pretty much disappeared.The has a nice roasted flavor with small hints of both coffee and chocolate.The m/f is a little weak,light, and unbalanced.This is not a bad beer,and I would try it again,if I couldn't find some of my favorites of course. (405 characters)

Photo of sacfly
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned, no freshness date.

Pours a very dark brown, but not opaque. Very little carbonation, no head to speak of. Almost zero smell. Very faint notes of burnt grain and crystal malt.

Body is light to medium. Taste is very disappointing, almost nothing up front. Very light malt sweetness. Finish is overly astringent.

500ml is way too much of this gimmick beer. I dumped the last bit so I could move on to something better. (446 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with no light penetration at all. Tan head drops fast and leaves no lace. Give it a bit of a swirl before emptying cuz theres' yeast in that thar bottle.
Smell is almost non-existent with just the slightest hint of smoke and fruit.
Taste is much better, though still mild, with notes of malt, smoke, caramel & vanilla. Drinks smooth with medium effervescence. A decent beer but I expected a lot more. (420 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep mohagany color with a thinnish tan head. Aromas of chocolate and cinnamon dominate but there's also a sour lactic note in there along with a bit of saltyness. Taste is grainy and minerally in the body with ripe dark fruits and spices filling in. Some roasted flavors and hop spices towards the finish. This really is just a bit too weak in body and mouthfeel to really be anything much above average. Cool bottle design but decent beer at best. (449 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours to a very dark brown, nearly black, with a thin and creamy off-white head.

The smell is distinctly English. Very high mineral content. Must have used burtonized water. A mild chocolatey malt aroma shows through under the minerals. Even a tad bit of a spicy hop shows up with a big enough whiff.

The taste more or less proves to me that this beer is made with burtonized water. Has a huge mineral flavor to it, but it blends well with the porter. Chocolate is also quite prominent in the flavor. Has a very mild herbal hop in the finish. I was expecting more spices in an xmas porter, but it still makes for a wonderful porter.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and harsh from the acidity and carbonation. Also finishes quite dry with little to no bitter. Drinkability is good, but could be better. (815 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

50 cl bottle with label as shown here. Pours a very dark brown body with a small tan head that leaves some sheet lacing. Body exhibits good clarity when held to light.

Aroma is one dimensional, with roasty coffee and notes of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and some syrupy chocolate.

Lots of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate in the taste. Maybe a hint of almond nuttiness and a fleeting note of earthy hop bitterness. The chocolate syrup character is disconcerting here, and diminishes drinkability. A decent English porter, but I wouldn't care for another. (598 characters)

Photo of MarineHokie
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark, clear but nearly opaque mahogany. Thin off-white head, vanished quickly.

S- Malty, caramel notes, indiscernible faint hop aroma.

T- Smooth malt, caramel, almost toffee finished with a slight roast malt bite and a hint of licorice.

M- Smoothly carbonated, slightly thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

I assumed from the label that this was a holiday ale, so I was prepared for more body and spice. BUTT it turned out to be a lightly spiced porter that I enjoyed. Overall decent brew, but there are many other porters I’d search high & low for before this one. (584 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opague chestnut brown color with a very short fizzy tan head that retreats to a ring and then disappears completely.

The aroma is mild, biscuity with hints of vanilla, cocoa and nuts.

The taste is very nice toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, anise and hazelnuts. The finish is espresso with a lingering spicy touch.

Very smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated, light/medium bodied, very easy to drink and a nice winter drink with just a bit of alcohol warmth. (489 characters)

Photo of fretlessman71
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to chazwicke for providing this one.

Santa’s Butt? Hardly appetizing, to say the most. But I understand that the name comes from the very origins of Porter, when three beers would be blended into one to create the brew. Bottle conditioned, too – let’s hope it survived the journey Christmas eve!

APPEARANCE: Dark root beer brown; barely translucent even to light. Tight, fluffy tan head with lots of staying power.

AROMA: Bottle conditioned – yep. Yeast comes right through; guess this bottle didn’t set enough or something. Fair amount of chocolate in the nose, some dark fruit, biscuits.

FLAVOR: Roasty, almost smoky chocolate malt, somewhat metallic (yeast again?), some toffee, bits of black licorice (which gets much stronger as the beer warms), spent coffee grounds and lemongrass. Mild hop bitterness, not much. Clean finish. A pleasant mild sourness as it goes down.

MOUTHFEEL: Rather light; mellow mouthfeel. Nice.

DRINKABILITY: At 6% ABV it’s just right for a cold winter’s night waiting for your presents to arrive.

OVERALL COMMENTS: If you’re a chocolate and licorice fan, you’ll like this one. Not a bad way to while away an evening. But not one I’d be likely to seek out on a regular basis. (1,280 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
2.51/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yikes. The name was not that good, but you never know. Picture of Santa's Ass on the label.

Tasted like ass too! Hehehehe. My sample was infected. Definitely had a trace of Brett in it... is this intentional?

It kind of stole away from the whole chocolate/burnt/hops thing they had going on in there, which was (otherwise) nice.

Too bad it did taste like ass! Careful of what you name your beer. (404 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark mahogany tone. Thin brown head that sounds fizzy. Soon it's just a thin collar, which leaves sparse amounts of lace behind. Nice nose of toffee, chocolate, butter brickle, nuts and caramel. The mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, so much so, this is teetering on becoming flat. But it's not quite there. The body is barely medium, if that. More like "light-medium" in viscosity. There's some nuttiness and buttery tones on the tongue. A little black malt bite. And some bittersweet chocoalate. All in all though, this is just there. It's there, but not making me take note of anything real redeeming. (613 characters)

Photo of horndecker
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. (515 characters)

Photo of far333
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great label, except the expression on Santa's face is not so jolly. Looks a little baboonesque actually.

Inky black with ruby highlights, and an oatmeal colored head that rises up quickly like soda carbonation, and falls quickly with the sounds of exploding bubbles, also like soda. Hardy aroma of clovey spices, some spruce, and a teeny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, a bit chalky. Flavor is not my idea of a porter. Not malty or biscuity, no hints of cocoa or coffee, molasses or fig. That's what it's not, but what is it? Clove and spice, soft ripe apple, some brown sugar, a little yeasty, and minimal hops riding beneath. A bit of a tannic puckery finish. I'm actually confused by this beer. But, again, cool label. (735 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with some glints of purple light peeking throught the sides, topped off with khaki frothy head cap that quickly settles to a ring in my mini-nonic glass.

Deep roasted cocoa scents and dry biscuit. This is what a porter should smell like. Also has some vanilla twist and slightly vinous.

First swigs: Ok, so what does Santa's Butt taste like? I never thought I would answer that question but, slight dry cocoa and pancake. Some chocolate ice cream and stays focused on the well done vanilla porter flavor that lends to a creamy feel. Easy roasted maltsand the tiniest bit of citrous hints.

Soft plush carbonation. Medium body, with a middle of the road carbonation feel that leads to an easy drinkability. Smooth porter.

Last swigs: Gentle cocoa and cream. Curiosity about the label influenced trying this one, I'll admit, but seriously good. Thanks to Shapudding for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (938 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color, with a short 1" head that quickly fell to a surface foam. Spotty lacing forms on the glass. The aroma is of mellow chocolate and weak coffee. The flavor is of roasted malt, watered down coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and prunes. Also sports a buttery tone with some light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a dry finish. Nicely drinkable. Didn't put me in a christmas mood, but enjoyable. (425 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa's Butt. Hilarious. Pours a dark color with a small head that dies down quickly. There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma as well as a light bit of hops. The flavor has some of the chocolate character, but it also has something that I can't identify. Not sure what it is, but it's weird. Drinkability is good. Bit of diacetyl there as well. (345 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting to have this one. Today seemed right. It pours a nice black color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is chocolatey, slightly creamy, maybe a touch of butteryness. The flavor is interesting...a little odd. Its almost a little spicey, slight anise, slight oxidation I think. I'm not really enjoying it all that much. The feel is a touch thin. Overall, this one is a bit of a let down for me. (432 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head.
Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, that's a plus.
Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. It's really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind...
Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but it's yet another too-expensive English ale that can't hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not. (885 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wet tobacco leaf brown with dusky amber accents. The beer straddles the border between opaque and translucent when backlit with weak, late afternoon winter sunlight. The cap is the color of the inside of a malted milk ball and falls quickly and noisily, leaving almost no lace in the process.

The aroma is pleasant enough and consists of roasted malt, black coffee and a smidgen of hops (in that order). There isn't much chocolate, which I normally like in my porters, but it's a pretty good nose all the same.

The beer is lighter, in terms of both flavor and body, than expected. Still though, Santa's Butt is an enjoyable porter. It's a little lacking in the malt department, yet manages to be just sturdy enough to build good beer on. The flavor profile, although it contains the same elements as the nose, isn't quite as roasted malty and is only subtly coffee-like.

Warming brings about some degree of flavor degradation as well as allowing a sourness to creep into the picture. While the body/mouthfeel doesn't rise much above light, the beer is smooth and fluffysoft in the mouth. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel also loses a great deal of its charm once room temperature is in sight.

Santa's Butt is a better than decent, lighter-end-of-the-spectrum porter. It doesn't bowl me over with its magnificence, nor is it bursting with flavor, but it is a friendly, drinkable beer that I would consider buying again next holiday season if it wasn't for the $4.99 price tag. (1,484 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well I bought this one for the gimmicky label, which made me chuckle in the store. I am drinking it at just below room temp in a snifter. The brew pours a dark brown color with a 2cm tan head faoming up and fading to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with some brown sugar sweetness and a bit of grassy hop.
First sip reveals average carbonation but much lighter than expected body and an almost watery finish. I think I have gotten used to bigger "robust" porters. So I find the density of the beer not very exciting, although I think it is true to the original porter style.
Flavor is chocolate and roasted malt just as the nose was with a bit of roasted malt lingering on my palate for the finish. Overall the flavor is mild and light. An enjoyable brew that goes down easy. I prefer some more umph though! (837 characters)

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