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
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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 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)

Photo of ADR
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown-black with a chocolate milk froth for a head. The suds thin in a minute or so. Laces sparsely but broadly. Interesting smell, some mocha intonations but strong hints of medium-grade pipe tobacco. Smooth mouthfeel, but the carbonation is too low, verges on flat. The taste showcases mainly malted milk, a lot of sweetness, minimum roastiness or hoppiness going on. There's a slight stale raisin off note going on, a funkiness that's almost mildewy. The flavor and mouthfeel didn't strike me on this one, it settles into almost tasteless on further sips, but the aroma was interesting and my favorite part of the beer. (641 characters)

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

Although the name might be slightly off-putting to some men, Santa's Butt enjoyed at cellar temperature delivers a thoroughly rewarding and drinkable pint!

It's opaque black body barely lets any light through, and only the occasional glimmer of ruby through the body, or its cusp of dark mahogany along the rim of the glass can be seen. The creamy, dark tan head holds well; but it leaves little more than tiny spots of lace about the pint.

The nose is clean and, surprisingly, restrained; yet it's combination of delicate malty roastiness and soft, berry-like yeasty fruitiness is quite charming.

It's oh-so smooth across the palate with a medium body and an exceptionally fine-bubbled and moderate, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

The flavor is perfectly balanced with caramelish and subtly toffee-ish malt notes upfront; a yeasty fruitiness developing across the middle; and some lighter chocolate notes that appear towards the swallow. It's alcohol is never apparent; and it's low-key bitterness never does more than play a supporting role from backstage. It finishes drying with some fruit-drenched, subtly roasty, and milk-chocolatey malt that slowly erodes in the aftertaste.

For lovers of English style ales, this one is not to be missed! It's brilliant in it's delivery of rich and satisfying character... meaning that unlike many American ales, it sweeps you off of your feet rather than clocking you in the back of the head! It's a delicate and supple beer in so many ways - and that's a huge part of its charm. Brilliant! (1,566 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ho Ho Ho...I laughed at this label as I know a plumber who I think they used as their art guide. However, as nice as the label is, this beer comes up a bit short in my book as to making the label look bad...one thing I have always seemed to come to realize is, the nicer the label, the crappier the beer quality.

Pouring into Duvel Tulip glass, it pours black in color w/ a 1/2" head that dissipates to carbonation fizzing out at the surface rather quickly. Looks almost like a glass of coke w/ lots of carbonation and fizz.

Dark roast malts come through in this porter, mostly of coffee, toffee. However the overall smell was rather weak and thin.

The taste was much like the smell...thin! I've never had such a watery porter before. Slight coffee flavors come through and a bit of smoke flavors as well, and the sweetness of the toffee comes through to the middle of your tongue before swallowing.

Mouthfeel was thin as well. This was very light in body...easy to drink! Tingly carbonation throughout the whole tasting w/ little creaminess or taste. I was quite disappointed.

Next year they'll have to replace the Fat Santa with Billy Bob's Bad Santa, since his thinness would give more credit. (1,214 characters)

Photo of edchicma
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. (294 characters)

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

Pours a deep cola color with a soapy light tan head. I left this one in the fridge too long, so it's a little hard to discern much aroma. I'm picking up on a bit of star anise and some dark malted roastiness, the faintest smokiness and not much else. Light hopping to this porter. Rather roasty and chocolate malty, with a little amount of fruitiness coming through. Tinge o' chicory. Pretty nice porter, it certainly does fall into the realm of an English one (6% yet tastes thin). Lowly carbonated, but not off; other than the lackluster head. The aroma is the same cold as it is when it warms. Not bad, just too thin for my likings in a porter. (647 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.49/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I always like some ass... and have fun with the gimmicky labels... but hey, this really did wind up being a surprisingly nice one! When I heard the name, I said I had to have a case of it, just to say I've had Santa's ass, and well, now I have.
Anywhoo...
So dark and chocolately you cannot see through it, except for a bit of amber/rootbeer at the bottom. Bit of a thin ring of khaki only at the edge of the glass. Great porty/stout scents, dark chocolate yumminess, very good. Light to medium body, the carbination is there, but not too much, not too overwhelming. It does fizz up a bit for a second, but not foamy, you just feel it. Very nice dark tastes, black coffee and chocolate, black licorice, anise. the anise really seems to make it's presence known in the aftertaste. Very easy drinker, good flavors and feel.
This turned out to be not only a fun beer to share with my friends and family for the holidays, but a nice drinker! (948 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked interesting and vaguely amusing, and it was a gift, and it was Christmas Eve, so...

The beer was dark brown, with almost no head. Reminded me of Guinness draught.

The aroma was sweet, and reminded me of rum, with dark fruits and a light roast backdrop.

The taste was also like Guinness Draught in a way... it was smooth, and tasted of roasted malt, but it was somewhat flat and rather bland.

This was an easy drinking beer, though. It went down easy. Wouldn't go get another on my own, but I'd take another if it was given to me. (560 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's Christmas so I thought this would be a good gimmick to try. I'll confirm my thought that it was a gimmick.
Good dark brown and amber with a slight bit of light coming through when held to the light. No head.
Smell pine, burnt chestnuts, and small round of coffee.
Taste was bland and almost lifeless. Small hops with a bit of bark and smoothed malty flavor.
Light but slick mouthfeel which leaves a trace of chewy wood flavor.
I won't pursue this brew but would drink it again if given to me. (502 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for a gimmicky name or label, and this beer has them both - Santa with his list in one hand, a beer in the other, and his posterior amply displayed. The label explains that the beer name has something to do with a "much loved children's storybook," but I can't recall ever hearing of Santa sitting on his butt and drinking beer. The label goes on in an attempt to legitimize the name with reference to barrels used to store beer. The label is almost as verbose as a Stone, but not nearly so amusing.

Poured a wonderful black, touched at the edges with ruby. Very little head, and that lasted mere seconds. Aroma was subdued - just a mild roasted malt. Mild roasted malt flavors, just a touch of smoke and chocolate. Mouthfeel is rather thin, with a little sweet slickness. Almost more of a sweet stout than a porter. Overall, this was just okay, but not at all festive. (885 characters)

Photo of Guinness4me
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First we tried Bad Elf, then Very Bad Elf, and now Santa's Butt. All good little beers and not offensive at all. The appearance was very typical for an English Porter with it's coffee color and slight head.

My first smell was not impressive and my first thought was B.O., as in body odor. Hubby responded with something to the effect that it IS Santa's Butt. (Touche') The smell got a little better as it sat, getting maltier and sweeter.

The taste was sweet and malty with a slight hoppiness. I tasted a bit of chocolate and toffee. A good example of the beer type.

The mouthfeel was average and I will enjoy this Xmas brew again. (640 characters)

Photo of frazbri
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep brown with ruby accents, short head that dissapates quickly. Chocolate aroma and little else. Chocolate malt and a hint of vanilla in flavor. Thin body with modest carbonation. Easy to drink.

I admit it. I bought Santa's Butt because of the label. That, and I am a fan of porters. If it's worth a giggle, buy one. The beer inside the bottle is mediocre. (361 characters)

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours black with some crimson highlights if held to a light. It has very little head with no retention and little to no lacing. The aroma was of sweet toasted malt and coffee. The taste was roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel and a smokey flavor on the finish. This beer was medium bodied and very smooth.

Reflection: This is a good example of an English porter, but I don't know if I would want to have more than a couple of these in one sitting. After 2 I would want something with more body to it. (526 characters)

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

Had this brew on cast last evening at Mahar’s. Not a bad brew, poured to a black color but with a brownish tinge. Had a nice tan head that had fair retention and left some lacing. Chocolate is the scent that I was able to pick up right off along with some roasted or burnt malt. Not a bad smelling brew. The taste was fair, some nice chocolate and roasted flavors. The one thing that I noticed is that it seemed that the brew should have been thicker maybe. Over all it is a nice example of an English porter and one I would have again but do feel that there are better choices out there. (589 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark maroon, almost black with very thin tan head that fades very quickly leaving no lace.
Aroma has a chocolate and raisin nose with hints of roasted malts and some ringwood.
Flavor of sweet chocolate and dark fruits, fairly one dimensional.
Mouthfeel is sweet but very falt, lack of carbonation takes marks off.
Drinkability is average, just doesn't follow through. In my mind this was a beer that never belonged in a bottle, probably great on firkin and cask but somewhat wasted in a bottle. Kudos for a great label though. (536 characters)

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

A very dark brown, almost black ale with ruby highlights.There is a small dark beige head that disappears quickly. Has a chocolate like malt aroma with hints of biscuit in the background. The flavor starts witha nice chocolate note and finishes with a light sweetness. (268 characters)

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