Santa's Butt
Ridgeway Brewing

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Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
English Porter
Ranked #128
Ranked #28,590
3.4 | pDev: 14.41%
May 28, 2023
Nov 25, 2004
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Notes: This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved children's storybook: "And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..." In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel customarily used for beer. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your home entirely this year.
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
500mL bottle stamped L24 196 poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours bright dark brown with chestnut highlights and dark khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is mild with toasted & roasted malt. The taste is bittersweet roasted malt with with earthy, tangy notes. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, ok.
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Jan 01, 2023
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Dec 27, 2022
Rated: 3.36 by irishevans from California

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%. Mahogany colour, moderate beige head. Moderate aroma of medium dark malts, chocolate and vanilla. Moderately roasty and nice flavour, notes of chocolate, raisins and fruit cake. Can’t blame Santa for sitting on his butt and enjoying this one.
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Rated: 3.74 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Cola reddish-brown, almost darkly opaque but actually clear when held up to light, with a tall khaki head settling to a thin but creamy tan blanket that retains well.

Pleasantly mild and chocolatey with a tobacco roast, Santa's Butt actually has a light semi-bitter woody tang, and also a bit of sweet yet toasted brown malt.

It at times reminds me of Samuel Smith's Chocolate or Oatmeal stouts, but for a bit of herbal spice that I can't quite put my finger on. It's an almost gingerbread character, but very faint.
Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades fast, leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a brown bread and caramel aroma. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a toasted and roasted malt smell as well as a decent bit of molasses. Along with these smells comes a bit of nut and a touch of cocoa.
Taste – The taste begins with a toasted and roasted malt flavor mixed with a decent showing of some sweeter molasses. Along with these tastes comes a bit of cocoa and a bit of nut. The nuttiness gets stronger as the taste advances, with a bit more molasses and some more toast and a bit of roasted oat coming to the tongue, one is left with a toasty and roasted, lightly sweetened but more malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the moderate side. For the style the feel is good and makes for a nice roasty sipper.
Overall – A decent roasty porter. Nothing out of the ordinary, but fun to try none the less.
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Rated: 3.27 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I found this beer quite enjoyable and festive. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear dark brown color with good beige head and good lacing. Sweet spicy smell and taste. Rye spice and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit thin feel but overall this is a nice warming beer for the season.
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12/11/2020 Dark (It's a porter), light tan head, big at first, recedes, but not too fast to a nice film, lacy; Not much aroma; Mild slightly chocolatey flavor; Mild carbonation, not unlike some other porters and stouts; Not too bad if only it had better carbonation.
Dec 11, 2020
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Sep 12, 2020
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Rated by JoeChicago

1/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Tastes like watered down domestic lite beer. What a disappointment!
Dec 06, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
L- Under this halogen light it's a very dark cola colour, with a glint of ruby flashing through when held near the lamp. Clear (filtered), pours with thin off-white head. - A partial surface covering + lacing remain 5mins later.
S- Some notes of roasted grain.
T- Roasted grains, some coffee notes, initially it seemed thin but the 6% ABV comes through just before the first swallow, accompanied by some punchy and rising coffee taste. This rather unusual ebb and flow of the taste repeats on the next few swigs.
F- Similar ebb and flow on the feel. From 'thin for 6.0% and light on Feel', to pretty punchy when the ABV% and dryer coffee amps up.
O- I haven't read the lable yet (I will once I'm done drafting and rating this), and I wonder if it'll give any clues; plus might it have some added coffee? FWIW I don't read other reviews here until I've concluded by own findings. Overall I'm not quite convinced, IMO there appears to be something potentially a bit synthetic about this.
500ml lable. Wholefoods London W8, £3.49 BB: 03/08/2021.

ps. Reading the bottle now...
'Brewed in England for the USA' - curious.
Explains that 'Butt' refers to an English barrel, and not what Americans might assume - Hohoho, sheesh!
Ingredients says simply 'Contains barley and oats'; so no way of knowing what's in it, not reassuring IME.
Dec 05, 2019
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Rated by Gordono from Nevada

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Not a bad beer, just not what I think of as a porter. Light of color and flavor, it’s a Porter Lite.
Nov 29, 2019
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Dec 26, 2018
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Dec 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
16.9 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(F20 261 printed on label)

L: clear dark brown with some purple in it; weakish head of offwhite foam about 1/4-inch thick that dissipates quickly; no sticking or lacing

S: fruitcake, plums, dates, fig ... all very light aromas

T: fruitcake, toasted fruitcake, molasses ... like the nose, the flavors are not intense but relatively subtle; something earthy in it, a bit of English hops giving it some complexity; as it warms, a bread-malt flavor starts tasting like; the earthy bitterness almost gets medicinal or peaty at times, especially with a big swallow ... that almost-peatiness is the beer's most porter-like note — everything else is from the English pale ale/strong ale family

F: lightweight, plenty of carbonation ... arguably weak but it works fine for me

O: much more of an English strong ale than a porter; the flavor and aroma notes don't crack 5-6 on an intensity scale of 0-10, and it's also overpriced compared to the brewery's Reindeer's Revolt or Lump of Coal, so it's sub 3.5 rating makes sense; I like it more than that, for it does deliver enough decent English bitter notes to call it a B-; it's worth trying once, not worth revisiting
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Starting a week of Christmas reviews, this brew is dark brown (almost black). The head is light brown and thin. The aroma is faint...slightly nutty, and has a somewhat modest roasted note. Light roast coffee. The taste is balanced. Some malt notes. Smooth, with low carbonation. Pleasant finish. This is not an aggressive beer, but it is satisfying.
Dec 19, 2018
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Reviewed by jettjon from Florida

3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
From a bomber into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, this one is a pitch brown color with no penetrating light. Vigorous pour yields no head at all, just a thin collar of tan-brown bubbles. Nose is decent, nice toasted malt and sweet sugary malt. In the mouth flavor follows nose with a toasted malt-forward flavor with nice roast character and a small bit of coffee, balanced against a perhaps too-sweet backbone. No alcohol presence. Somewhat one-note and unassuming, certainly a “sessionable” brew. Overall, a rather boring example of style. Would not try again.
Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

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Reviewed by matjack85 from Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
The Ridgeway Brewery people are having fun with a play on words by using the word "butt" here. A butt is an actual unit of beer equal to 108 imperial gallons, or roughly 3 barrels. That's a lot of beer. Santa's butt, as pictured on the label, is extra large as well. While not 108 gallons , this beer comes in a 500ml sized brown bottle and is made seasonally for the winter months.

The beer poured a dark yet clear brown color with some nice ruby red tinting to it when held up to the light. The head was a full 3 fingers high, khaki in color, and lasted about a minute before settling down to a thin rim. Not much lacing to speak of though.

The aroma was pleasant but weak. I was picking up some traces of caramel and malt along with some coffee, dark breads, and a touch of dry cocoa powder.

The taste had all the flavors that were in the nose but there just wasn't enough of them. This is a very weak porter. It had mild everything including a touch of mild hops, giving it a mild bitterness. There were no bad flavors but my problem with it was that it lacked much of ANY flavor.

Thin, almost watery mouthfeel with only moderate carbonation. No warming alcohol either despite having a 6.0% alcohol content. Usually it's a good thing when the alcohol is well hidden, but in the case when you're trying to make a warming winter brew, then you want to feel some alcohol going down like when you drink a good brandy. This beer doesn't have that.

Drinkable, but not the best porter I've ever had. Lacks character.
Apr 17, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/25/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, and plum; with lighter notes of nuttiness, coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aroma with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, coffee, light dark fruit/herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a delicious English porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Nicely rich porter malt complexity with mild earthy hop balance. Usually their beers I've had in the past were very yeasty, but this was a lot cleaner with no diacetyl at all. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.
Feb 24, 2018
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a small off white head. The aroma is malt and chocolate. The taste is very mild malt with some chocolate.
Jan 30, 2018
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Rated by tfsimpkins from Florida

5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Decent porter. Recategorize your lump of coal stout. Its not a stout..
Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by sisterofba from Maryland

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by dcmchew from Romania

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 2.88 by Staceyqueen from Texas

Dec 25, 2017
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Reviewed by iheartmyTHO from Georgia

3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
I bought this beer more so for the novelty aspect. It's not even that good of a porter. The mouthfeel is too thin and a bit hoppy in the wrong kind of way for me.
Dec 25, 2017
Rated: 2.98 by Soul_Train from Virginia

Dec 25, 2017
Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
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