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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
461
Reviews:
276
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
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Photo of csurowiec
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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 -10.9%
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 -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of edthehead
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: 4
Pours a dark brown/nearly black. Decent 2 finger head after pour. Head retention is not great. Fades, but never totally goes flat.

Smell: 4
Caramel, coffee, fig, and a bit of chocolate. A bit fruity and smoky smelling.

Taste: 4.25
Nice malty / bready flavor up front. Strong caramel and roasted malt come through. This one tastes like a decent brown ale, but I’m not getting much of a Porter taste here. It does have a great British yeast tang and goes quickly from sweet at first sip to drying out and making room for the maltiness. There are some plum, coffee, and nut flavors throughout.

Feel: 3.75
Middle of the road / Medium bodied. I expected a fuller feel, but it feels a bit thin. The carbonation does fade out and leaves tiny foam ring, but hoped for more.

Overall: 4
This beer is not what I expected as it is listed as an English Porter. I was expecting a thicker, fuller, and chocolatier brew (more like a Baltic Porter). But even though I felt it was off the style mark, I still believe it was flavorful and an interesting brew. I would call it more of an English Brown Ale. I got this one on sale for about $2.50 and am thinking about going back and buying a couple more. Definitely can’t beat it for that price.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sexmortus
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is appealing, very inviting. The smell is decent, nothing special but, nothing repulsive. The taste is great. Hoppy and sorta like your typical ale. Pretty smooth beer, I could chug it down.

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Photo of fishguyac
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsquared59
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jjd315
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hopazoid
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of scratch69
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chico1985
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh, Santa's Butt. Such an infamously corny seasonal beer that I've grown a soft spot for this ol butt over the years. Which could be said for most of the Ridegeway Christmas beers really, but something about the butt is special.

A - 500ml to a pint. Pour is dark brown and translucent, head is light beige and finger-height. A thin ring and a few lace bits remain by the end.

S - Faint with grains, cocoa, bread, and a slight roasted coffee tone.

T - Taste is also on the tame side, quite watery here actually, but overall a pretty pleasant flavor. Decent mesh of roasted and cocoa, oats and bread, with some earthy spicy flavors going on as well.

M - A bit thin with somewhat high carbonation for the style. The body isn't too bad for the ABV but the flavors are so muted. Literally tastes watered down.

O - If you're looking for a really, really light porter that's still 6%, try it out. It tastes pretty decent if you can get at it, kinda unique too with the earthy/spiciness, unfortunately it's all extremely muted for some reason. Good as a gag gift in more ways than just the label.

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Photo of Poloplaya
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nat1975
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Proclarush
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KensWorld
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2oz pour: Dark brown but light goes right through it, not good. Minimal head that fades fast. Not much smell as all some malt. The taste is very light, i mean a blind test would never guess it’s a English Porter. Apparently this is what the brewery was after so I can’t rate too low. It’s an average beer 3.50

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
3.41 out of 5 based on 461 ratings.
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