Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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 despainmakesbeer
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very very dark mahagonay reddish brown color. No head, very tiny ring around edge of glass. Very chocolatey malty aroma. Roasty start, dark fruit and chocolate finish. Roasted aftertaste. Medium Body, semi-thin on the tongue. Carbonation seems on the high side adding to the thinness. Not super complex but a good basic. Quite nice, doesn't sit super heavy.

Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark red black, a tan small head, some lacing and curtains.

A dry toast smell, some dark dried fruits as well.

The taste is sweet, candy sugar, butter scotch, dark chocolate, dried fruits.

Medium carbonation, soft and a medium body, slightly dry at the end.

Actually a bit too sweet and little bitter for me.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Very dark, near black with slight head that faded fast...probably too cold.
Sm. First thought is malt and then some hops/citris in the background. Nice.
Ta. Malt, a bit of chocolate with a tiny bit of lemon hidden in there. Nice mild finish.
Mf. Medium body, nice and full, with decent carbonation.
Dr. Very easy.

Photo of beeragent
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown, forming a thin tan head that fades quickly. Very few light spots of lace cling to the glass.

S - Light aroma of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

T - Light roasted malts dominate the flavor, with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Very light on the flavor, but still good.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Aside from the thin taste, this isnt a bad porter. Having said that I would not wait all year just to have this as a holiday beer.

Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger tan head that is foamy and creamy, with some good retention. The color of the beer is dark brown to near opaque. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There are some visible signs of effervescence on the side of the glass.

Nose: A warm toasty malt with hints of biscuits, yeast, dark cherries, figs, cinnamon and some molasses. The aroma is similar to warm spiced Christmas bread.

Taste: A mellow toasty roast malt, slight burnt character with biscuit and yeast hints. The other flavors are cinnamon, dark cherries, phenols, wood, floral ester, and a touch of solvents.

Mouth feel: A slightly astringent thin and warming. The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish.

The beer overall is too bad well put together porter with good flavors.

Photo of bheilman
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer! Great name and I had to admit that influenced the purchase. I probably won't buy it again because of the expense, but it is a solid porter. It's rich and warms the tongue as it layers with flavors of chocolate malts. It does have a smooth hop balance, and is a high quality porter. Fairly drinkable, but not a beer I'm going to seek out.

Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-brown-black with a tan head; very little retention, no lace.

S: Coffee, roasted nut & grainy bread.

T: Licorice, coffee, roasted nut, smoke, pumpernickel rye bread, great fruityness, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: A good drinker.

Photo of EtOHMD
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Other Side in Boston, enjoyed it a lot but did not take notes, and was psyched to see it for sale a few weeks later a block away at Bauer Wine and Spirits on Newbury. Funny label and story on it. Was a bit disappointed though. Pours thin, dark brown to black and opaque in the middle, looks like coca-cola on the sides. Minimal head which dissipated immediately. Smell is very faint -- ? fruity, root beer. Taste is pretty good, hints of smokiness, coffee, tobacco and cherries. Feel is thin as predicted by the pour, very thin for a porter. Minimal carbonation. Pretty easy drinking, perhaps too easy for a winter porter. Would get it on tap if I saw it again, but not in the bottle.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of malts, some notes of chocolate. Taste is mild, some malts and chocolate, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

Photo of JoKo
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard English pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a reddish hue when held up to the light. This beer has about an inch of head that is off white and fades quickly carbonation seems to be moderate to low.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, some caramel.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor up front, some bitterness, caramel notes present as well as possibly some dark fruit type of notes.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, smooth beer

Drinkability: Very easy drinkability, a nice beer for the holiday season, enjoyable.

Photo of wangbruins
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick, dark black, standard porter color, with a very small head and the top looks thin and slick

S- Coffee and chocolate and very smokey. It also has a black licorice scent which is new to me

T- Really smokey with lots of coffee. To my surprise and enjoyment, I do detect a bit of black licorice. Not bad

M- More thin than I expected with an initial bite but the aftertaste is smooth and refreshing

D- It's a really good beer but may start to weigh you down after a couple

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"And Santa sat on his great butt enjoying a hardy brew..." so mentions the label as the inspiration for this beer.
Live review. Poured from the 50 cl bottle that I bought at Reider's in Painesville last week. This is the third of four in a series from Ridgeway Brewing Company focusing on Christmas that I will be tasting and rating. Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet glass. F11 204 stamped on bottom of back label.

A Nice, light brown creamy head of about 1 inch after vigorous pour over a dark brown body that glows mohagany in front of direct light. Good, solid look. 4.0

S Immediate smell of a nice, light sweetness along with medium to dark roast malt. I was not sure of what it was initially (maybe a roasted marshmallow?) but repeated sniffs revealed a bit more of a light chocolate. Whatever it really is, I like it and it is inviting. 4.0

T A basic porter taste with a muted sweetness and actually the back of the taste reveals a bit of barley as well. I find English beers to be more sublte with their tastes and this beer is no exception. This is a fine beer but no one should consider it an extreme beer. Gone is the "chocolate" sweetness that I perceived with the smell but there is that light sweetness none the less. 3.5

M Somewhat smooth, creamy. Nothing too inspiring with the feel. 3.0

D Just fine for the style and for the beer itself. Again here, not inspirational in terms of drinkability. 3.0

Photo of klewis
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours brown with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: A rich, chocolately malt smell with soft nutty aromas.

T: Smooth and balanced flavors of chocolate and cocoa with a hint of spice. Fairly basic, but quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Silky smooth and a pleasure on the palate.

D: Despite the mediocre reviews before this one, I find this beer to be quite nice. A solid example of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with a very small head. The aroma is very, very faint with some malty sweetness. The flavor is just simply not very good. I get a strong medicinal flavor and no real roasted malts or anything else you would expect in a porter. Not sure if something is amiss in this beer or if it is just not very good, but I barely finished a 4 oz sample. Low to medium carbonation and medium body.

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 4 beer christmas sample pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown bordering on black with virtually no foam.

Light roasted smell with chocolate and coffee hints.

Rich roasted malt taste opener that finishes surprisingly clean. Notably absent is any trace of bitterness. Very smooth and creamy. Somewhat milky in the mouthfeel.

Good, solid, drinkable porter.

Photo of scootny
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice easy drinking holiday ale that is full of flavor and relatively low in alcohol for a holiday beer. nice clear cola brown with tan head a lace. A sweet toffee and malt aroma. Taste is sweet and malty. A bit of molasses. A yeasty fruitiness and mild finish. Some toasted dark bread lingers. A light warming from the invisible alcohol. A little light on feel but a nice light carbonation. You can enjoy several of these in a sitting, quite pleasant on a cold evening. Warming and restorative with a quenching quality.

Photo of Cresant
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was a deep cola color and clear. The head was light tan and moderate in size. I enjoyed this one on Christmas night, of course!

Smell was malt syrup and metal. A little bready.

Taste was roasted malts. There was a nice dry bitterness. Crisp fruitiness. Raisins and plums maybe. Milk chocolate. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel was zippy carbonation with a smooth finish.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet brown to black in color with a small to non-existant head although there were large bubbles collecting on the bottom and sides of the glass.

There was very little in the way of aroma, maybe some smokey wood smell. The taste was mainly smoke with some dark fruits like prune or date.

This felt like a high carbonation beer, light and watery on tongue with a slight non pine bitterness at the finish. Good but I was expecting more than just a simple porter more spices that would convied Santa and Christmas.

Photo of BTPete
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from Mahar's advent of beer.

bottle to pint glass.

A: Dark brown, 1 cm head.

S: nutty character with some very subtle spice. Smells like a brown ale.

T: smooth and malty with a nutty character. Once again reminds me of a nut brown.

M: watery to me. Light bodied maybe light/med at best.

D: smooth and drinkable, just not my favorite, but could drink a few.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark black/brown body with light tan head that fades to leave some tan splotches on top

s: some light warm apple; light chocolate; brown sugar syrup; sweet spices; yeast;

t: warm yeast/fresh baked bread; a lot of fruity overtones; light bitterness; prunes; very sweet

m: a little on the watery side; mild carb

d: ok actually; a little one note and very sweet; but still drinkable; it does not taste at all like an english porter but still is pretty drinkable

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My mom picked this up for me at Bevmo.

Appearance- black color, thin head in chalice

Smell- very light aroma of spice, could barely smell anything

Taste- very light spice flavor, I couldn't taste much.

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- A little light for me, not a bad beer but way too light

Photo of mgbickel
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a tough brew to review...if you base your ratings on a blind review it may be higher than if you compare it to others in the style...in other words; this is not a good English Porter, but still a good beer...anyway...

Poured into a pint glass. Formed a 2 finger pearl head. This dissipated quickly with little lacing. The body is a clear, dark ruby brown color...nice, but not what I am looking for in a porter.

Molasses, caramel and grains are the dominant aromas. I can detect some roasted malts underneath.

The taste of this beer is more Scottish Ale than English Porter. The first flavors are caramel and honey. This is followed by toasted grains and english malts.

The mouth feel is light, slightly carbonated and pretty thin.

This drinks like a Scottish Ale...and a pretty good one at that! So, in that case this is very drinkable. Comparing this to an English Porter is not fair...

Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, I don't know what kind of porter this is. It wasn't very dark - maybe a dark, dark brown. There was little or no roast or chocolate in the aroma or flavor. But it wasn't bad. I just didn't really think I was drinking a porter.

Medium body, off-dry finish. It was drinkable, but went down fairly carelessly - no voices inside the beer calling out to me. The memory of its taste fades quickly.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the season has arrived to get into some winter brews. i start off with santa's butt winter porter.
pours black, did not appear thick coming out of the bottle. an thin off-white head that didn't last long, very little lacing.
smells like nuts roasting on an open fire. along with a nice nutty aroma, caramel is pretty dominant as well. a malty smelling beer.
the smell was pretty powerful and i liked it, but this beer lacks flavor big time. i may even say watery, which isnt said much from a dark beer that smells good. smells a little nutty i guess, and is a little bitter. thats all i can really say for the taste.
the mouthfeel, well, it feels light and as if someone poured some water in it while i wasn't looking, which didn't happen. carbonation isn't off though.

overall, well, i look forward to trying some other new winter brews!

Photo of Travlr
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Darkish brown that admits light easily, very small tan head with decent lacing.
S: Mild milk chocolate aroma, with a bit of cafe au lait.
T: Earthy flavor with a general sweetness superimposed, light spice, possibly cinnamon and nutmeg. Bitter finish.
M: too light bodied for a winter ale.
D: decent enough, but not very complex.

Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.