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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 436
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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 airforbes1
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer at BevMo a few days ago and decided to save it for Christmas day. Well, here I am, ready to see if this beer is worthy or if it relies on its gimmicky name.

The color is typical for a porter, appearing black unless its held to the light. The head starts about two fingers thick before receding into a thin ring at the top. The the aroma was a little bit disappointing; I smelled licorice and a boozy smell.

The taste is better, with bitter cocoa and roasted notes. It finishes a bit more thinly than I'd like, but this beer still provides a pleasant experience.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa’s Butt has a thin, beige head and a dark, clear reddish-brown (under light) appearance, with some splotching lacing. The aroma is of licorice, dark-roasted coffee, and malt. Taste is of dark coffee, cola, hops, chocolate, and malt. The mouthfeel is light and soft, and Santa’s Butt finishes fairly crisp, clean, and easy drinking. Overall, it’s pretty good and worth a try.


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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is a code printed on the label but no clear freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a tall half-liter glass. The color is very dark brown. Three fingers of lightly tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy/spotted cap and trails of foam on the glass.

Smell: Mostly dark and sweet malt action. Caramel, cocoa, toffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit plum, and brown sugar.

Taste: The mouthfeel is pretty watery but the taste is decent. It offers a nice toasted malt and earthy hop character along with caramel, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The sweetness from the smell is absent.

Drinkability: Meh. That is about it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL and they had plenty of Ridgeway Brewing bottles for sample. I tried the Santa's Butt Porter. The beer poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle with a deep amber color that you can still see through. There was a small slightly off-white head. Smell is of peat, roast and malt. Taste is mild, with roast and peat tones. The mouthfeel is actually light in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with some light brown hues. Very little head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of earth, booze, caramel, malts, and toffee. Taste is rather light. Toffee, caramel, earth and malts. Thin mouthfeel and somewhat watery. Not much else going on. Malt near the end. This beer doesn't pack much flavor. Overall, nothing special and not worth having next Xmas.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No obvious date

A: Light for a porter. Modest head dissipates quickly without lacing.

S: Spicy hops, brown sugar and alcohol. Not bad but for the alcohol.

T: Brown sugar and nuts, some sweet, slightly roasty malts and some spicy hops on the finish. The alcohol comes thru too clearly, but the finish is quite dry.

M: Very thin for a porter but pretty nice for a brown ale. Medium, nice and slick and with prickly carbonation.

O: I like this a fair bit as a nut brown ale. It is too thin and lacks roastiness for a porter, though. If it didn't say "porter" on the label, it wouldn't have occurred to me that this was anything but a darkly colored brown ale.

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Photo of bsp77
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark reddish brown with thin tan head.

Smell: Floral and spicy English hops. Muted roasted malt undercurrent.

Taste: The taste is also fairly muted, with light roasted malts, which leaves room for the spicy, floral hops to be the main component.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, with a body that is definitely too thin. Nice dry finish, however.

Overall: Not one of the more exciting Porters out there, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it is enjoyable as a nice, everyday beer. Making it out to be a Winter Porter doesn't help its cause.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on December 3, 2011. The pour is dark chestnut-amber with no head but good clarity. Lots of sweet roasted malts in the aroma along with sugar and a nip of laid back hops. The bodu is in the medium range and also rather smooth and creamy.It definitely espouses a pleasant bitter flavor but it really reminds me of most sweet British ESB's which always seem to have this soft water characteristic and lots of approachable flavor.

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Photo of Amalak
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a very dark brown color to the point that it's almost purple. Limited head and lacing. Very strong alcohol scent to it.

Surprisingly, this is a very dull, floral porter. If you want a porter, this wont cut it, though, and as an XMas brew it's lacking significantly. There's a bit of spicy cinnamon to it.

There's a very tart aftertaste. Just not a good porter nor a good winter offering. It's not bad, it's just...meh.

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Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/20/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Dark body with notes of ruby when held up to a light. 1/2 finger tan colored head. Leaves a nice cap on the beer the entire time.

Smell had some light ester and yeasty aroma. Some caramel and chocolate notes. Roasty notes as well.

Taste had a nice, light, roasty flavor with some chocolate in the finish. Mild nuttiness with light ester flavors. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability I felt was good. Light flavors, good on style and no signs of ABV

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coca cola with some light shining through two fingers of mixed bubble beige heading...

Milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and some marshmallows in the nose, also a hint of dill for some reason or other, kinda like it though

Puffed mallows, chocolate rice crispies and superbly semi sweat cream. Follows the smell profile like a dime down a drain

Real creamy and light. Small bubble carbonation and a certain oatmeal creaminess which I was hoping for. No burn just light and a hint sticky

Overall I am very excited about this beer and this brewery in general. I tend to grade under the average, but for the three christmas ales I've had from RB I have ranked them a bit higher than others... Slainte

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Photo of dtivp
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with ruby red highlights, a half finger tan head with very little retention and little lacing.

Aroma was very weak with dark malt and a hint of sweet dark fruits.

Taste was semi sweet with chocolate, dark cherries and slightly balanced with a hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall this beer lacked the character of a good porter which places it in my average column. The best part of the beer was the name and label.

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Photo of taigor
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown non-transparent color with thin head that dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Very faint scents of malt, chocolate and coffee but not much there - disappointing.

T - Slightly sour with slight coffee taste and malts coming through. Has a slightly bitter hoppy finish but not too strong.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation present.

O - Disappointing porter but not too bad. Overall I would not recommend it. No complexity at all.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.95/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a nice khaki head that quickly fades.

Nose is a light sweet coffee with feint purple plum tones. Tones of cocoa and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character. Thin and out of balance.

Flavors are watery fruity coffee with little appeal.

Finish is watery and extremely short. Not one to try and would never recommend.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a .5L brown bottle with a best by date of 10 April 2012.

The beer is a very dark brown with ruby edges. The head is a creamy tan like cappuccino foam and about two-fingers thick. Decent enough head retention and sticky lace.

The aroma is a very faint, sweet, roasted malt. Not much else. Even as it warms I'm not picking up anything more.

It tastes very similar to the aroma. It claims to contain oats so I would expect a creamier body but that just isn't here. The flavor that's there is decent but one-dimensional. It has the characteristic mildly sweet roasted malt but none of the caramel, chocolate, nutty or other flavors that can add to the complexity of a great porter.

A slightly below average porter that goes down easy but doesn't really leave you craving another.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head of light brown foam, with good clinging lace. Color is a 35 on the SRM beer color chart. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, currant, and roasted malt. Flavors are chocolate, dark roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and malt. Thick creamy body in my mouth with good carbonation. Too heavy for drinking more that a couple at a sitting, but would be good with cheese and cake.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle
Served in imperial nonic glass

A - It is brown with ruby highlights. It is topped with an underwhelming tan head.

S - The first smell aroma I get is cocoa. I also get some dark fruit (cherry).

T - The taste is very mild. I get subtle hints of cocoa and some dark fruit.

M - Medium

D - I don't think I would trade a Sam Smith' s Taddy Porter or a Fuller's Porter for this one.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish brown with a two-inch off-white head. Head fades quickly, but leaves lots of thin, delicate lacing in its wake.

S: Sweet. Toffee, caramel, cola-like sugary smells. Fruity esters of fig and candied apple. There's almost a very mild cinnamon-like spiciness to it as well, unless I'm imagining this.

T: Follows the smell almost exactly. Sweet and estery. Cola, caramel, a bit of toffee. Esters get a little out of control with tastes of green apples, raisins, grapes, and slightly tart cherries. Faint grassy English hops. Quick, boring finish has nothing to offer but more of the same sweet and estery tastes.

M: Moderately thick, full, and creamy. Slightly syrupy and slightly astringent. Low carbonation.

D: Easy enough to drink, but doesn't leave an impression on the palate. I'd rather be drinking something else.

Notes: Not terrible, but it lacks depth and roundness. It's just too sweet and estery. Not enough roasted malts, and not quite enough hop bitterness to balance it out. There are a great many beers I would prefer over this one.

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Photo of bum732
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: Green tree fruits, pears and apples, light rasberries, some vanilla, some coffee roastiness, toffee richness in the back.

L: Dark brown, some light shines through. Eggshell white head that dissipates.

T: Semi-sweet caramel malt leads to solid herbal notes and low bitterness. Some fruitiness arrives before a soft coffee and mineral finish.

M: Medium-light body, medium-low but prickly carbonation. Somewhat astringent.

Not waht i was expecting, no real coffee roastiness and overall, pretty meh.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours clear dark brown with almost no head. This beer smells of sugar, molasses and, oddly enough, a light lager, maybe Natty light. The flavor in this beer is definitely lacking a little bit, especially for a winter porter. The nose is slightly bitter, but it has an ambiguously sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear brown color with a red hue. Poured a 3 finger rocky tan head that settled to a thick cap. Laced in thick webs.

S: Roasted nutty malt. Hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Earthy hop bitterness.

T: Coffee and chocolate. Some fruity flavors in the middle. Wet wood and nutty malt in the lightly bitter finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Malt characters linger in the finish.

D: Flavorful, smooth and rich. Not as much character as I hoped for.

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Photo of Spider889
1.45/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at Bodega, review from notes.

This is listed as an english porter. Porter? WTF mate?!?

The first line of my review typed into my phone reads:
"Meh. Claims to be a porter? My butt!"

The beer is a shade of red, but muddled to the point that it looks brown in low light. No head or lace.

The smell is that of a slightly spiced holiday ale. Not a porter in the slightest. Very few malt aromas, none are dark like a porter would suggest. Instead, the beer provides that of an old spice rack - powdered stale cinnamon and dry nutmeg.

Taste is of slightly bitter european hops. This gives the beer an almost pilsnery flavor. No spices to speak of in the flavor profile, and certainly no notion that a porter was even attempted by the brewery.

Too little carbonation bordering on flat or old beer.

The last two lines of my notes read:
"Bitter finish."

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Photo of kaseydad
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a Christmas gift. I must say the label is fun though and interesting...and...I...cannot..look..away.

Snifter pour and I am met with a dark brown ale and burgandy highlights when brought up to the light. The aroma consists of some light malts and fruit (orange, plum). The taste is somewhat spicy with a dose of toffee and slight caramel. There is a bite at the end on the swallow and long slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little too thin for my liking. It comes in at 6% though it's drinkable, I was hoping for something of a coffee-like nature and I got nothing.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown. When held to the light, reddish brown accents hit around the edges. Light beige head that sticks around for a while.

Smell of biscuit with a nice roasted malt nose. Maybe a little bit of spice to it as well.

Rich roasted malt character to it. Roasted caramel plays a role in here too. Seems more like a brown ale than a porter.

It's a smooth brew, not complaints here. Has minimal bite, no underlying odd taste or aftertaste.

Again, this seems more like a brown ale along the lines of a Newcastle but with a better body and a bit better taste. Definitely on the lighter end of the porter scale.

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Photo of illidurit
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a clear chestnut color with some tan foam. Aroma is brown malts with a touch of smoke. A bit of caramel and roast in the flavor, plus milk chocolate and a bit of sourness. Medium bodied, very English, pretty generic.

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