Santa's Butt | Ridgeway Brewing

Santa's ButtSanta's Butt
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22.1%
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3.39 w/ 462 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ybnorml on 11-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,637
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
462
Liked:
102
Avg:
3.39/5
pDev:
14.16%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 462 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a deep dark brown body. no lacing really.

S: roasted malt, vanilla and some chocolate but overall light aroma.

T: semi sweet with chocolate and vanilla. the roasted malts are there but mild and provide little bitterness. a very simple porter. But, is on par for an English porter.

M: this one is really really thin. moderate carbonation.

Overall: the lightness makes this one very drinkable. Its jwhat you expect for the style. Good name though, I guess.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid aromas, but the flavors are a bit muddled in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.95/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a nice khaki head that quickly fades.

Nose is a light sweet coffee with feint purple plum tones. Tones of cocoa and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character. Thin and out of balance.

Flavors are watery fruity coffee with little appeal.

Finish is watery and extremely short. Not one to try and would never recommend.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color, with dark red visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a light source. It poured with a thin layer of large white bubbles covering the surface that quickly died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste seems rather complex and has flavors of dark fruits, cola and nuts along with some notes of chocolate. There are some hints of sweetness and no bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some interesting flavors but seems like it could use some bitterness and more carbonation.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A must-purchase beer just because of the name. After the laughter (and the amusement of reading the lable), I can begin to evaluate the beer. There seems to be a mix of porter characteristics and Strong Ale characteristics even as eary as the nose. There is a big malty aroma showing sweetness, syrup, and chocolate; as well as strong fruity (cherry), booze, and caugh syrup strength. Flavors reinforce the nose with strong chocolates, cherries, berries, grapes, plumbs, spicy hops and a dominant alcohol sensation. The body is full and rich, thinned only by the alcohols and tart fruit flavors and mild astringencies. Finishes with a firm malt / fruit character, a fermentation twang, and alcoholic warmth. Interesting brew that offers more than just typical Porter expectations.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a relatively dark brown color with a soda head that quickly dissipates and fails to lace

Smell: Vague roasty notes with a touch of chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a malted milk flavor that is joined by some fruit, mid-palate; after the swallow, it all pretty much fades out after a mild bitter flavor; slightly smoky

Mouthfeel: Rather watery with low carbonation

Drinkability: With all the fuss about this beer, it is truly disappointing

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes in late Jan.

A - Poured out a mahogany colro with a bubbly, tan one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled very earthy. It had a mild hop and malt aroma.

T - It tasted of chocolate. There was also a sweet caramel maltiness. It had subtle hop flavor.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an okay porter. Nothing from Ridgeway has really blown me away.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although the name might be slightly off-putting to some men, Santa's Butt enjoyed at cellar temperature delivers a thoroughly rewarding and drinkable pint!

It's opaque black body barely lets any light through, and only the occasional glimmer of ruby through the body, or its cusp of dark mahogany along the rim of the glass can be seen. The creamy, dark tan head holds well; but it leaves little more than tiny spots of lace about the pint.

The nose is clean and, surprisingly, restrained; yet it's combination of delicate malty roastiness and soft, berry-like yeasty fruitiness is quite charming.

It's oh-so smooth across the palate with a medium body and an exceptionally fine-bubbled and moderate, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

The flavor is perfectly balanced with caramelish and subtly toffee-ish malt notes upfront; a yeasty fruitiness developing across the middle; and some lighter chocolate notes that appear towards the swallow. It's alcohol is never apparent; and it's low-key bitterness never does more than play a supporting role from backstage. It finishes drying with some fruit-drenched, subtly roasty, and milk-chocolatey malt that slowly erodes in the aftertaste.

For lovers of English style ales, this one is not to be missed! It's brilliant in it's delivery of rich and satisfying character... meaning that unlike many American ales, it sweeps you off of your feet rather than clocking you in the back of the head! It's a delicate and supple beer in so many ways - and that's a huge part of its charm. Brilliant!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam that recedes rapidly and leaves light lace. The body is an opaque black color.

S - Light caramel malt with some very distant coffee.

T - Watery mocha notes up front with some brown sugar. A bit of herbal hop character in the middle and a finish of dry cocoa, caramel, and dark bread.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit on the sweet side, but not unpleasant. Nothing complex, but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with ruby tinges & 2+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Some iron & bit of cocoa, plus coffee

T: Chocolate & iron up front. As this warms, dryness comes through, more chocolate & slight fruityness. Finishes dry with a bit cocoa & brown sugar

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, just not very interesting, more malt please

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Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Impressive three-finger head that leaves some light lace on the glass. Dark brown, but light does shine through.

Light cocoa aromas; very mild

First impression is the relatively thin body--almost like a dark lager. The flavor is relatively light as well--some semi-sweet chocolate, light hop for balance.

Overall, this is an innocent beer that doesn't do anything wrong. No flaws but nothing unusual either.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wet tobacco leaf brown with dusky amber accents. The beer straddles the border between opaque and translucent when backlit with weak, late afternoon winter sunlight. The cap is the color of the inside of a malted milk ball and falls quickly and noisily, leaving almost no lace in the process.

The aroma is pleasant enough and consists of roasted malt, black coffee and a smidgen of hops (in that order). There isn't much chocolate, which I normally like in my porters, but it's a pretty good nose all the same.

The beer is lighter, in terms of both flavor and body, than expected. Still though, Santa's Butt is an enjoyable porter. It's a little lacking in the malt department, yet manages to be just sturdy enough to build good beer on. The flavor profile, although it contains the same elements as the nose, isn't quite as roasted malty and is only subtly coffee-like.

Warming brings about some degree of flavor degradation as well as allowing a sourness to creep into the picture. While the body/mouthfeel doesn't rise much above light, the beer is smooth and fluffysoft in the mouth. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel also loses a great deal of its charm once room temperature is in sight.

Santa's Butt is a better than decent, lighter-end-of-the-spectrum porter. It doesn't bowl me over with its magnificence, nor is it bursting with flavor, but it is a friendly, drinkable beer that I would consider buying again next holiday season if it wasn't for the $4.99 price tag.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
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 mikesgroove
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it from Mom for xmas as a novelty, but its been begging me to try it so here it goes. Poured a really dark black, which suprised me. No head at all, a nice lace was left, really carbonated, audible carbonation in ithe pour. Smell was very strong and robust, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, very sweet smelling I was actually really enjoying the aroma as it warmed. The feel was a bit thin and watery to me. Not as robust as the smell would have led me to believe. Their was a slight roasted caramel flavor to it, but it was rather uninspiring. A hoppy back came through towards the end, but barely. This came across as a really dark english brown to me as opposed to a porter. Overall I was not really blown away by it, though it could be sessionable I suppose. More of a novelty afterall.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL and they had plenty of Ridgeway Brewing bottles for sample. I tried the Santa's Butt Porter. The beer poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle with a deep amber color that you can still see through. There was a small slightly off-white head. Smell is of peat, roast and malt. Taste is mild, with roast and peat tones. The mouthfeel is actually light in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black tone at first with ruby highlights when held toward the light. Aroma is upfront with dark fruits and roasted malts a bit of chocolate coffee and mild cherry nice. Flavor has dark roasted malt flavor blended with a bit of Christmas spunk including dark fruits and other variables into the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied solid medium bodied even carbonation. Drinkability is solid all around solid drinking Christmas ale I look forward to more of.

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 22.1% out of 100 with 462 ratings
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