Santa's Butt | Ridgeway Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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#40,579
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283
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477
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
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Photo of matjack85
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of ordybill
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.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
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..

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Photo of sisterofba
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bear1964
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of iheartmyTHO
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.

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Photo of Soul_Train
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Gregf51
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a modest head, soon diminishing to nothing. I get raisins and vanilla in the nose. The mouth gets the sweetish flavor, caramel and malts. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a mostly black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head quickly sliding off and leaving a modest semi-speckled lace running here and there.
The aroma had a nice blend of dark fruit sweetness (plum/raisins) with a touch of fig and roasted malt. Some dark and milk chocolate and a fine blend of sweet coffee bean (somewhat espresso?, perhaps). Light earthiness and a little bit of anise spice and sweetness.
The flavor was mostly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas. Nice full and rich chocolate notes come in and touch down on a little bit of sweet cake-like character. Slight aftertaste of chocolate and dark fruits.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under and having a wonderful sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a little under but I wasn't too bothered by this. ABV felt on par. Super nice smooth dark fruity sweet finish with some light stickiness, but not cloying.
Overall, as an English porter, it definitely works. I'd have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am continuing my 2017 Christmas in July celebration, inspired by the good peeps at The FGBS who held Christmas in July on Tuesday. I had meant to drink these on Christmas day 2016, but I got rather blotto early on & set them aside as part of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody. Today, 28 July 2017, marks the 16th year of my Pops' passing & so I wanted to drink something a little cheerful to boost my spirits.

From the bottle: "One of our range of very special Christmas beers brewed in England for the USA. We all know of course, that Santa is really from Lapland!"; "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 in England, 'butt' refers to a certain sized barrel customarily used for beer - a very large barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Ge your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year."

I could barely restrain my excitement upon Pop!ping the cap. The previous beer from this series was kind of lackluster, but I am always up for a Porter! They tend to be more flavorful & receptive to adjuncts than Stouts + I just wanted to taste Santa's Butt. 8=O My slow, gentle pour was followed by a vigorous, in-glass swirl which raised a finger of foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention, slowly falling back to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose smelled of black coffee, dark chocolate, raisins & vanilla + a light woodiness (was this bbl.-aged?). Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more like chocolate pudding than anything else, but with raisins & washed down with black coffee. I am now inspired to try this at home. My, but this was tasty! Finish was semi-sweet with the chocolate flavor leading the way, but it was offset by the back coffee & raisin flavors to the point that I would not argue with semi-dry. Either way, this was quite nice & if it were cooler out, I might mull it in a double-boiler just to see what happens.

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Photo of csurowiec
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Toast, roast, nuts, and some light cocoa notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. A little thin for a porter, but not bad. Finishes with roast mostly.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown with rocking frothy head that lasted quite awhile. Carbonation is full on in my San Smith's pint glass with nucleation points.

Smells like a watered down American Porter. Notes of chocolate and roast but quite faint. Hops seem like some sort of classic English type. The bottle label says this beer was aged in barrels but I don't get any wood character.

Taste has caramel, chocolate, and some roast - all subdued by today's standards. Quite a lingering bitterness. Seems a. It thin, probably well attenuated. Some astringency is present which distracts. Alcohol warmth is okay.

Overall, an average beer probably bought for novelties around the Christmas holiday. This was a gift to me. Enjoyable but one inprobably wouldn'tever purchase for myself.

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Photo of briancathy
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of edthehead
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 477 ratings