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

Poured from a bottle on Christmas Eve into my Dogfish Tulip.

A - Very dark brown, very little lacing and about a one finger head on the pour

S - Light aroma that includes caramel malt, hints of vanilla and chocolate.

T - Taste is spot on with the aroma, light vanilla and chocolate hints. Very light and a basic English style porter. Nothing really jumping off on this one.

M - Thin with decent carbonation.

O - I bought this beer to drink for Christmas, Thankfully I wasn't aging or waiting to drink this beer. it was a impulse buy and it will probably sells more because of its name. The beer is decent, not terrible. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I'd drink it if it was around. Cheers!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of hero27
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9 oz bottle. 6% abv. Snagged this one for $1 after the Christmas season at my local beer store.

I've had this beer the past couple years but hadn't gotten around to making it official ratings-wise. This comes from the lineup of Christmas brews from Ridgeway Brewing, which I'm convinced must be located very close to the North Pole.

Faded black, watery appearance. Aroma?..searching..searching..I'm stumped, either I've entirely lost my sense of smell, or this beer has nothing that can be perceived..either result is not particularly good. The taste comes around alright, though. Roasty, slight butterscotch flavors with some woody notes & hops tagged onto it..not bad. Considering the pitiful mouthfeel, I'm surprised this one could carry the flavors as well as it did. English ales seem to have some kind of commitment to being watery, so the body was no real surprise here. Overall, I wouldn't be too upset if I found this in my stocking...frankly, I'd just be happy not to make the naughty list for the 24th straight year.

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Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a relatively dark brown color with a soda head that quickly dissipates and fails to lace

Smell: Vague roasty notes with a touch of chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a malted milk flavor that is joined by some fruit, mid-palate; after the swallow, it all pretty much fades out after a mild bitter flavor; slightly smoky

Mouthfeel: Rather watery with low carbonation

Drinkability: With all the fuss about this beer, it is truly disappointing

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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 granger10
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Santa's Butt OMG let's give it whirl. Popping the top I get nice wafts of charred malts and earthy noble hops. On the pour this brew is barely translucent deep brown with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. On the taste the brew has hints of molasses right up front with a nice toasted malt, very English-like approaching a brown ale ever-so-much. A tad bit watery on the mouthfeel. A good drinker not so great a porter but what can you expect from Santa's Butt!!

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very dark, with a slight mahogany hue when put to the light. Initial there is a nice creamy head which dissipates almost immediately. I would describe the aroma as musty, almost like a wet sock (not that I smell a lot of wet socks, but if I had to imagine what they smell like this would be it). I did like upfront toasted malt flavor. There is not much in the way of a hop presence but then again this is a porter. Overall, this is an average beer with a somewhat disagreeable aroma.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Nearly black colour, with ruby hints if seen through light. A quick hint of off-white head that immediately disappears, no lacing. A bit of carbonation is visible

S- Sweet caramel malts with a hint of sugar. Maybe a slight toasted note. Absolutely lacks any kind of complexity

T- No toasted malts, just sweet bready malts with a caramel note as well. Some light chocolate notes. Slightly herbal feel in the finish. Thin in flavour, and again lacking complexity

M- Medium to light body, almost watery but with a hint of crispness in the finish that brings some life. Goes down very easy

O- Easily drinkable and sure not at all an unpleasant drink. Quite warming, expecially given it's ABV. Uninteresting

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Morris729
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown chestnut color with a short tan head that quickly fades into a sticky lace. Nose is a bit subdued but there are notes of sweet malt and dark fruit (fig, plum, and a bit of raisin). Taste is caramel malt along with fainter notes of molasses and a roasted nuttiness. Certainly not unpleasant but uninteresting to point of being boring.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter or so called holiday porter is dissapointing. It pours real thin with a head too white. The nose is almost non existent. The taste has that classic ridgeway dirty tank flavor. some hints of malt and coffee, but far too thin to be a porter much less a holiday porter. The mouthfeel is not creamy in the last, it has a lager feel. Some people like these beers alot and if its your thing im sorry, but i just cant get into them. The bottles are cool, but i just cant see myself buying any of these beers again except maybe the insanely bad elf.

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Photo of jim102864
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nicely into my imperial pint glass, filling it to the rim. Deep cherry color and settles into a light, creamy pond for a head. Really no discernable aroma...strange for a porter. Still, an inviting appearance. My first sip detected a hearty mouthfeel and yet mild, true-to-style flavor. Malty as it should be. Mild carbonation. Lace drapes the glass at the start but begins to fade with each sip. Hints of cherry in the finish. Biscuity to a degree. Hmm. Not a typical porter, not in a good way. This is a drinkable interpretation, but not overly inspired. I expect more than this, however, not an offensive effort.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa's Butt causing quite the stir on the east coast due to the bottle graphics apparently being "kid friendly" even though kids can't buy alcohol so its really a mute point. Anyway, this Porter poured aggressively into a chalice it forms a loose and fast fading head that falls to a small thin island, no lace.

Dark fruits are a factor and at the end of the day this is one of the ligher fruity Porters in my consumption history. Root beer enters the picture and combines with a low carbonation punch. Hops are present and ends there. Suggestions of chocolate in the backdrop and somewhat in the finish. Slightly sour but for the most part this is pretty light.

Notes: I gobbled this up without any troubles. Uneventful would be the best way I could sum up this review. Nothing off, disturbing, detracting or offensive in any way, just average at best.

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Photo of Travlr
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a fat bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark brown, not quite as a porter and clearing with poor carbonation. The head is smell tan and leaves little lace.

The smell has a twinch of chocolate and some dark fruit.

The taste follows, a couple of chocolate notes and a hint of smokiness, mostly raisons on dark toast.

The mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation.

The drinkability is so so not really worth it unless you are hard up for a new review. MK

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Photo of Hunter
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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 shrek806
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

The pour revealed a dark brown color with a thin, lazy 1/8 inch head. Little to no lacing.

The smell was sweet with caramel and slight hints of cocoa and vanilla.

The taste was all sweet malt. It tasted like i was drinking a liquid "Sugar Daddy".

The mouthfeel was much like the pour; Lazy. Not a lot going on. It came and went with little to no fanfare.

The over drinkability for me is low. Not really my kind of beer.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear black with an off-white head which fell back quickly but traced the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel character most notable followed by chocolate and a bit of coffee. The aroma was lightly estery as well.

The flavor was malty with caramel, some chocolate and light coffee. The fruitiness which was restrained in the aroma was let loose for the flavor.

The finish was even with some light caramel and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with and extremely low level of carbonation. An ok porter, but nothing to get excited about.

50 cl bottle.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vine St Pub had this on tap, so pour it up!
Well, not very impressed with this one. Sure, it's a solid beer, nothing bad about it, but it wasn't an eye-opener or something worth the price. Looks great! Dark ruby brown, nice fluffy, semi-dense head.
Aroma was lacking and weak. Again, nothing bad, just not sure about it. I detected some cocoa and roasted malt. maybe some nuttiness. No hops whatsoever.

Flavors were pedestrian; some coffee, some cocoa. For an EP I expected some bite, hops..something. Then again, the category on here could be wrong. Either way, it's average. Which makes it easy to drink.

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