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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

Not Rated.
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271 Reviews
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Reviews: 271
Hads: 438
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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Reviews: 271 | Hads: 438
Photo of scaliasux
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L - Medium dark brown. Clear. Short, soapy, just off-white head.
S - Roasted malts. Coffee, caramel, chocolate.
T - Lighter than expected. Somewhat watery roasted malts. Mostly chocolate and coffee; bread.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- very dark brown with very little head

S- roasted dark malty aroma

T – Not too heavy for such a dark beer malty somewhat sweet

M- Nice and smooth light carbonation

D- Very drinkable, nice on a cold winter night or an early spring with a slight breeze would get it again if I could find it locally.

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Photo of hopbar
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mo's Wines and Spirits, Fairfield, CT
1 pt. 9 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Poured a dark, brownish color with cranberry hues; Thin head did not leave much behind.

S: Sweet but a little metallic smelling.

T: Strong metallic taste; almost like "The Champagne of Beers" - Miller High Life

M: Refreshing but not very thick.

D: Maybe I got a bad one yet many of the reviews I have read do not hype this one up. Probably makes its most sales on the label. Anyone read the WSJ article on this one? One thought came to mind as I drank this: "Make it a High Life."

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Photo of abedenbaugh
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an average head but falls pretty quickly. Color is a dark brown.

S: The smell is very pleasant with mostly coffee aromas.

T:A small amount of malt flavor with a pronounced amount of chocolate. Slightly bitter.

MF:Light body, but seems a little too thin.

Overall, it's okay but it isn't anything impressive and I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had very little head that disappeared in a blink of an eye. The aroma was malty with a little caramel in it. The mouthfeel was thin and watery even for a porter. The taste was pretty bland and won't have me looking for more. Overall just an OK beer that I won't be trying again unless only macros around. (2.5, NA, Tie, N)

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Photo of roblowther
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a frothy, large-bubbly (adjective trademark pending), thin tan head. The smell is sweet chocolate and malt. The taste is surprisingly subdued. Doesn't really have the character I'd expect from a porter. Hard to describe, it's so subdued. Malt, a hint of anise. Hints of stuff my brain is trying to invent to fill the void. Odd. Odd, odd odd. Mouthfeel is thin, but with a silkiness that's not unpleasant. Drinkability? Sure, you could drink more but I'm not sure why. Nothing bad about this, just nothing good.

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Photo of hophugger
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown and lets a little light through along the edges. Head is fizzy and leaves quickly, leaving decent lacing. Aroma is very light but malty. Taste is really light, really too light to be called a porter IMO. Flavors are there, just subdued and slightly watery. Mouthfeel is decent but does not have that thickness and mouth coat of a porter.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to try this beer as soon as I saw it. I remember there was a lot hype last year after it was banned in several States. NY being one of them.

Appearance- Great lace but the head was a little thin. The head was not quite tan but was a little daker than off white. The body was a dark caramel color.

Smell- The scent was weak. There is some malt but not much.

Taste- Not to bad but the overall flavor was faint. There is a little roasted grain flavor but not very bitter.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability- Smooth and easy to drink a little watery.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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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 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 chimaylvr
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance is typical for a porter, very dark, but a notch below average because of the lack of a frothy head as with Anchor's exeptional variety.

smell is good but nothing of note. subtle rosted malts, coffee, mocha-like, not overwhelming

taste: not strong, mild, subtle coffee, "drinkability" as they say. not too bitter or sweet, kinda pale. drinks like a stout

mouthfeel: low carbonation, not syrupy and as with the taste, low on bitterness and acidity.

I think I'm being generous with this rating but since there's worse out there average is appropriate. It's marketing and naming are far better than the beer but you didn't waste your money. Kissing your sister!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle with a unique shape shared with the girlfriend. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlights shining through when held to the light. A light fizzy brown head appears and then fades as soon as it came. Aromas start with light roasted grain with a hint of cocoa. Some cardboard/metallic oxidation is present, maybe I held onto this a bit too long. Subtle hops with some raisins and molasses. Not really doing it for me here.

First sip brings a roasted somewhat caramel malt upfront along with a touch of a burnt, almost smoky flavor. Light cocoa flows down with some dark fruits and raisins in tow. Finishes with just a dash of herbal hops on the way down. Overall this one just ends up boring me for a porter.

Mouthfeel is rather light with fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy but doesn't really satisfy me like a normal porter would. Almost seems a bit watery. Overall, I personally found this to be a pretty forgettable brew and I don't see myself going back to it again. Maybe I'll have to try some of the other Ridgeway offerings.

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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Brent
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
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!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- on the lighter end of the porter spectrum, a clear reddish brown but still dark enough to look black when it's not held up to the light. tan standard looking english head is smallish but dense and creamy and leaves some minor lace. the rings of lace that follow each sip are drippy and fill out like the spots on a giraffe.

S- toffee and mineral water with some roasty weak coffee aromas and damp wood. a touch of dark chocolate as well. overall seems subdued and watery. very brewery fresh grainy aromas come out as it warms slightly and make an acme of this beer's aroma.

T- fruity tartness hits first with melon and berry flavors followed by weak coffee and some chocolate. woodsy, earthy, tobacco, tea like hop bitterness and mineral water encompass the flavor profile. finishes drying and grainy. i like the fruity notes and they work well in the same way that melon and salty pork do but this isn't salty. and it tastes diluted, miserly, and rather generic. what happened to the generosity of the christmas season? i've had some damn good ridgeway brews but it seems like they bought their xmas presents and the last furkin moment. exactly the way i do. sorry baby. wink. doesn't work with beer though.

MF- carbonation is tight and prickly but overdone. this has the consistency of a pale ale or bitter and is completely lacking the smooth richness that i look for in a porter from england OR america. the body even has the lightness of dare i say... nah, i won't take that dare. but come on. the catch 23 of this bitch is (and yeah, i changed it from 22 to 23 cuz of lebron's ass) that it has the D of beer of a lighter quantification which i guess is good, but it's an english freakin porter and after a dinner with 2 sammy smith taddy porters last night i'm feeling a bit bitter and bah humbugish.

D- i guess i coulda summed it up in the last paragraph BUTT... "good beer" drinkers that expect something from a porter and have a benchmark for a style and/or something they wish to receive: this will not do it for ya. experimenters and people that are trying to drink something different around the holidays or whenever: give it a shot, you might like it. BMC fans who got this in their stocking: go for it. but me, i say although it tastes fresh and all which definitely earns some points, in the time of year when i jones for dark hearty brews, i'm disappointed in this one. put me on the naughty list bitch i don't care. after all that rambling i will conclude this yuletide tale by saying that i could drink at max 47 of these.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Santa's Butt pours an almost black color (with ruby at the edges) with a thin off white head from a brown 50 cl bottle. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts. The flavor is on the light side for the style, the roasted malt is very tame by porter standards. There is some roasted malt, but it's not as strong as I would expect. There are some chocolate notes and some mild fruity notes too. Just kind of an average beer.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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

Impressive three-finger head that leaves some light lace on the glass. Dark brown, but light does shine through.

Light cocoa aromas; very mild

First impression is the relatively thin body--almost like a dark lager. The flavor is relatively light as well--some semi-sweet chocolate, light hop for balance.

Overall, this is an innocent beer that doesn't do anything wrong. No flaws but nothing unusual either.

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.