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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004)
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Photo of HereticDivine
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I'm gonna review this beer as a dark ale, rather than a porter. It lacks a lot of "porter qualities". This beer poured a dark burgundy color. Once again, it would be a nice looking dark ale. It had a nice dark chocolate smell, with a touch of bread. It definitely lacked the porter smokiness in taste. It really has a dark chocolate taste, with some raisin bread qualities. The aftertaste is where you really taste the alcohol. At 6.0 abv, the alcohol taste should be nonexistent. This beer was very watery for a porter. I would drink this again, but at $6 a bottle, there are better options.

HereticDivine, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Offa
2.23/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a big disappointment, especially since I love porters and had already fallen in love with Ridgeway Bitter.

It's almost black red-brown with a small light brown head that soon dissipates to a thin foamy ring and some bubbles.

The aroma is mostly of chocolate but it's not very strongly roasted smelling, with hints of fruit and brown bread.

The taste is much worse: almost nothing but prunes and alcohol, with faint hints of red wine and chocolate. The body isn't too thin but it is not complex at all and is really very bland for a porter, tasting pretty much just of alcohol-soaked prunes. It is far too bland and alcoholic. However, it is drinkable and some enjoyable feel and warmth.

Offa, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cola color brown with a big fizzy head that fades quickly. Little carbonation if any at all. Smell is lightly of chocolate and cocoa. A pinch of caramel. Mild hop bitterness. Taste certainly carries on with similar flavors but an English hop bitterness gets to me. It's kind of chalky and dry. There is a sweetness to the beer but it's hard to enjoy with the bitter flavor that lingers. Some nice chocolate, caramel, and even light hints of oat but overshadowed. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin without much body. Low on carbonation and overall substance. It's a struggle to finish this bottle. Not one I'll be coming back to, sorry to say.

ncvbc, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to make this short and sweet, so on to the beer:

Solid all-around porter with a taste of molasses and a touch-up of dark cocoa. It's worth a look if you're into porters, though at its $4.99 pricetag I can't see myself putting that money down again on this with so many better beers out there.

DoubleJ, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled, consumed on 12/24/07.

Cola colored pour yields nice, off-tan head that sticks around a while. Sweet aroma of fruit. Flavor is subdued sweet fruit, light chocolate with mild roasted bitterness that appears in aftertase. Slight astringency is not particularly welcome.

Not outstanding, but fairly good.

charlzm, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of chris19571978
1.63/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've Had this beer for a few months. I finally decided to give it a whirl. What a joke! No Lacing on head. Looked thin and watery. Smelled a tad sweet and chocolately but very diluted. Tasted like water. Was flat. Maybe a bad batch? The finish? There wasn't one. Easily the worst porter I've ever had. What a waste of money because I love porters.

chris19571978, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, 6% alc./vol.

A: Pours a dark, clear brown, with an average off-white/slightly tan head, good retention, limited lacing.

S: Light caramel malt predominately and chocolate.

T: Very malty, light caramel and treacle, molasses and brown sugar at the end, very sweet and sugary.

M: A little to light for this style, watery, medium-bodied.

D: A nice porter beer, but nothing really special about it to make me buy it for $4.99, try it if you can find it on the cheap after the Christmas season like I did.

Halcyondays, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes in late Jan.

A - Poured out a mahogany colro with a bubbly, tan one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled very earthy. It had a mild hop and malt aroma.

T - It tasted of chocolate. There was also a sweet caramel maltiness. It had subtle hop flavor.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an okay porter. Nothing from Ridgeway has really blown me away.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Last of my holiday brews lingering in the fridge....

Appearance> was pretty unimpressed with the appearance; perhaps it would be a different story were this tap and not bottle.
It poured kinda lackluster, with a small head that disappeared quickly. Looks a lot like flat Pepsi.
Smell> Much better than the appearance. It is smoky, with lovely grain aroma and chocolate. Quite enticing.
Taste> The best part, which it should be. This is a perfect chocolate porter. It has hints of burnt toast, full characteristics of an english porter, but finishing with a soft chocolate-goodness. And impressively there isn't one of those horrible over-spiced hangs that you often get with 'Christmas beer'.
Mouf> Very much like its appearance. Identical to flat cola.
Drinkability> so-so. And that says alot about the taste. If the mouthfeel matched the taste and smell, I could drink this everyday and maybe MAYBE even say it is my favorite porter, alas mouthfeel is very important.

1759Girl, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque, dark brown to off-black color. Thin tan head that retains somewhat well.

Nose is slight vanilla with more pronounced malty roastiness.

On the palate is a multi-spice, roasty flavor with prickly sweet finish at the end. Basically an everyday porter or stout with holiday spice thrown in.

Finish is somewhat short.

yemenmocha, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with mahogany highlights. One inch creamy tan foam that dissipates fast. Aroma is light and taste is thin. Has kind of a bitter cola flavor. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall this is not terrible by any means but I have had many better beers than this and I won’t be drinking this again despite the cool name.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of abedenbaugh
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

abedenbaugh, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of bashiba
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark brown/red in color with a big thick tan head. Good lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell was light with a bit of sweet cocoa and light coffee odor.

The flavor is very mild with a lightly bittersweet chocolate malt flavor with a touch of brown sugar, milk and coffee. Almost Latte like in flavor. Very mild overall.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and silky smooth.

An easy drinking light porter, not bad.

bashiba, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with ruby tinges & 2+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Some iron & bit of cocoa, plus coffee

T: Chocolate & iron up front. As this warms, dryness comes through, more chocolate & slight fruityness. Finishes dry with a bit cocoa & brown sugar

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, just not very interesting, more malt please

russpowell, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Brown/mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt and coffee nose. Flavor has moderate sweetness, biscuity. Slight bitter aftertaste. $5.20 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Squelch
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark crimson with an tan head that dissipates fast

Smell: Smells of sweet malt with a slight hop background

Taste: Very acrid bitterness, probably due to the roasted malts. Sweetness is there. Not very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation tingles in the mouth which doesn't pare well with the roasted harsh bitterness.

Drinkability: Wouldn't buy this one again. Not my style.

Squelch, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of beveritt
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has the now infamous drawing of Santa sitting atop a butt of beer and explains that a butt is 108 Imperial gallons. I lost track of exactly which states were trying to ban this.

Appearance: Pours with a thick, 2 inch head that settle slowly to a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing. The beer itself is nearly opaque, with slight reddish tones.

Smell: Sweet alcohol smell. Hints of toffee and anise.

Taste: A little bit of alcohol sweetness and bite upfront, with not much else. The sweetness has a vanilla and bourbon flavor. Very watery and bland.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation and very little body.

Drinkability: Very little taste. Watery and thin. Much too sweet. I thought this one had some potential, but it seems like just another gimmick.

beveritt, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, almost opaque, with a dusting of white foam, which rings the glass walls as well. Thin, broken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Mild notes of coffee and bitter chocolate dominate, as well as sweet vinous aroma.

Taste: Mild roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee carry the taste from start to finish. Beneath this there is a wave of sweet alcohol. Finishes with a mild coffee note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, an understated, but quite drinkable porter.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of montageman
2.25/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Another Christmas beer, but one due to labeling rather than typical Christmas spicing. The label is the best thing about this lackluster porter. The beer pours thin and light brown, but ends up moderately dark with a white head that leaves some lacing. Chocolate and coffee on the nose, however both smell watered down or somewhat diminished. The flavor is weak - some milk chocolate and roasted coffee flavor, but there is very little in the way of dominant flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and unremarkable. A disappointing beer at best - I would not drink this again unless it was on draught. Not recommended.

montageman, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Spidey13
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been saving this beer for Christmas Eve. Pours a dark brown with red highlights, kind of the color of Coca-Cola. A small white head faded quickly. The smell is very sweet malt. The taste is also very sweet with a bit of hop bitterness in the back. The aftertaste is a light, bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is medium this with some almost-fizzy carbonation. A decent novelty beer for the season, but nothing outstanding.

Spidey13, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with hazelnut highlights and a creamy white head. Some lacing around the glass. Aroma was not very prevalent, it was somewhat sweet and earthy, but to be honest not strong at all.

Chocolate and mustiness enter the palate first, followed by a bittersweet nutty flavor, and English hops. Slight metallic taste is left on the tongue. It doesn't deviate too far from your typical English porter, but that's not always a bad thing. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my liking. Novel name and an interesting conversation piece, but a bit pricey ($5.25) for what amounts to a standard Brit porter. Worth a shot though, after all, 'tis the season...

BBM, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

smcolw, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of tctruffin
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bar was out of Bad Elf, so I opted for this instead. In terms of presentation, the beer gets all the points in the world: funny name, good illustration, shapely bottle, humerous text informing you that "butt" is not what the censors think it is even if there's a big ol' picture of Santa's rear end on the label. Very nice.

The beer itself is not bad. Nice brown color with a tan head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma was a weak point; even after letting it warm up, there was little discernible aroma. The taste was roasty with bit of alcohol bite. Others have mentioned chocolate and coffee, but I was getting perhaps more of a toffee thing going on. The body was a bit on the light side. On the other hand, the lack of much aftertaste made it an easy drinker.

Not an overwhelming brew, but fun!

tctruffin, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with thin tan head that lingered awhile and left some lacing. Aroma was a muted chocolate-coffee aroma. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery, with little zing, and the flavor followed the nose as a muted coffee and chocolate. Finish was smooth, but never did catch any alcohol or warming effect.

Nice novelty beer around Christmas, but not a great beer. Should be way down on the list of Porters to try.

kimcgolf, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 20, 2007
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.