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Santa's Butt - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

jkd03c, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

cdwil, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

kew, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

wollefdoogylloj, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

mquinn919, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

TequilaTom, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, ruby brown and clear, nice brown head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma and flavor have a slight astringent note, a little bit of metallic as well. Toasty, nutty, malty, and a little bit of roasty flavors and smells are noted. I note a little graininess and some sweetness, like brown sugar.

The body could be thicker, it's a bit thinner than I'd prefer my porters.

Overall it's an interesting choice, but not particularly outstanding.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

cwd, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

bf7, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

pastramionrye7, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

WOLFGANG, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

twenty5, May 15, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to lie. I purchased this exclusively for the name and for the picture on the label. I guess that's what they're betting on. 500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Pours a pleasant ruby-brown colour, with a lightness to the body and good clarity. Head is a disappointing film of off-white, not really creating itself to begin with, and then fizzling out to a minor ring. Carbonation is fine. Some streaks of lacing. It's ok, without looking magnificent.

Nose is sweet and toasty, with a slightly nutty, slightly buttery character coming through above a solid, standard grainy English malt character. It's really quite sweet and quite potent—even if it's something of a one-character aroma, it at least has conviction on its side.

Taste is light, but pleasant. Again, toasty grain notes drive it forward, with a smoothness in the flavour, if not in the feel. Mild watery coffee tones, a suggestion of red cherry, and a rather dry finish, again with some weak roasted tones. It's pleasant enough, but the strength on the nose isn't really present here.

Feel is a little weak and watery: if it were fuller I think it would really help the beer.

Overall, this is decent stuff. It's not really exciting, but there's a little interest there, and it's structured in very much the way it should be. In the end, there's a little class hiding behind the gimmicky label, at least.

lacqueredmouse, May 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

jefftuck47, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

date reviewed: 25 January 2013...
glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick...
occasion: research paper grading, round one...
appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa...
aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldn't diminish the effect....
palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern...
taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable...
overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santa's nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...

dacrza1, May 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

agreenman19, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

moreyswig, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a finger width, off-white head. Poor retention, leaves behind no lacing or bubbles.

Smell - Slight metallic aroma. Watery hints of toffee.

Taste - Not much. Ghostly earth tones. Slightly metallic. Really watered down toffee notes.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, in the least.

Overall - One of, if not the most disappointing porters I've ever had. I've had BMC Light products with more flavor. I bought this at a severe discount, and I still feel like I got ripped off.

TheSixthRing, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

DmanGTR, Feb 06, 2013
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.