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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ybnorml on 11-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,415
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
466
pDev:
14.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
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Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of briancathy
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown and lets a little light through along the edges. Head is fizzy and leaves quickly, leaving decent lacing. Aroma is very light but malty. Taste is really light, really too light to be called a porter IMO. Flavors are there, just subdued and slightly watery. Mouthfeel is decent but does not have that thickness and mouth coat of a porter.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MTNboy
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to try this beer as soon as I saw it. I remember there was a lot hype last year after it was banned in several States. NY being one of them.

Appearance- Great lace but the head was a little thin. The head was not quite tan but was a little daker than off white. The body was a dark caramel color.

Smell- The scent was weak. There is some malt but not much.

Taste- Not to bad but the overall flavor was faint. There is a little roasted grain flavor but not very bitter.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability- Smooth and easy to drink a little watery.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on a whim, the unusual name must have caught my attention. The beer pours deep dark chestnut brown color with a wispy head that quickly disappeared. Fairly light in the aroma with caramel malt and some dark sweet malt lurking in the background. Fairly light on the palate for the style. The flavor is sweet malt with some coffee notes shining through. Finishes about as uneventful as it begins. This beer lacks the complexity and depth that I prefer is a winter warmer.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PicoPapa
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with some light brown hues. Very little head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of earth, booze, caramel, malts, and toffee. Taste is rather light. Toffee, caramel, earth and malts. Thin mouthfeel and somewhat watery. Not much else going on. Malt near the end. This beer doesn't pack much flavor. Overall, nothing special and not worth having next Xmas.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish brown with a two-inch off-white head. Head fades quickly, but leaves lots of thin, delicate lacing in its wake.

S: Sweet. Toffee, caramel, cola-like sugary smells. Fruity esters of fig and candied apple. There's almost a very mild cinnamon-like spiciness to it as well, unless I'm imagining this.

T: Follows the smell almost exactly. Sweet and estery. Cola, caramel, a bit of toffee. Esters get a little out of control with tastes of green apples, raisins, grapes, and slightly tart cherries. Faint grassy English hops. Quick, boring finish has nothing to offer but more of the same sweet and estery tastes.

M: Moderately thick, full, and creamy. Slightly syrupy and slightly astringent. Low carbonation.

D: Easy enough to drink, but doesn't leave an impression on the palate. I'd rather be drinking something else.

Notes: Not terrible, but it lacks depth and roundness. It's just too sweet and estery. Not enough roasted malts, and not quite enough hop bitterness to balance it out. There are a great many beers I would prefer over this one.

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Photo of chimaylvr
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance is typical for a porter, very dark, but a notch below average because of the lack of a frothy head as with Anchor's exeptional variety.

smell is good but nothing of note. subtle rosted malts, coffee, mocha-like, not overwhelming

taste: not strong, mild, subtle coffee, "drinkability" as they say. not too bitter or sweet, kinda pale. drinks like a stout

mouthfeel: low carbonation, not syrupy and as with the taste, low on bitterness and acidity.

I think I'm being generous with this rating but since there's worse out there average is appropriate. It's marketing and naming are far better than the beer but you didn't waste your money. Kissing your sister!

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

Photo of orbitalr0x
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle with a unique shape shared with the girlfriend. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlights shining through when held to the light. A light fizzy brown head appears and then fades as soon as it came. Aromas start with light roasted grain with a hint of cocoa. Some cardboard/metallic oxidation is present, maybe I held onto this a bit too long. Subtle hops with some raisins and molasses. Not really doing it for me here.

First sip brings a roasted somewhat caramel malt upfront along with a touch of a burnt, almost smoky flavor. Light cocoa flows down with some dark fruits and raisins in tow. Finishes with just a dash of herbal hops on the way down. Overall this one just ends up boring me for a porter.

Mouthfeel is rather light with fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy but doesn't really satisfy me like a normal porter would. Almost seems a bit watery. Overall, I personally found this to be a pretty forgettable brew and I don't see myself going back to it again. Maybe I'll have to try some of the other Ridgeway offerings.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 466 ratings
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