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
Ratings:
461
Reviews:
276
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
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Photo of beveritt
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has the now infamous drawing of Santa sitting atop a butt of beer and explains that a butt is 108 Imperial gallons. I lost track of exactly which states were trying to ban this.

Appearance: Pours with a thick, 2 inch head that settle slowly to a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing. The beer itself is nearly opaque, with slight reddish tones.

Smell: Sweet alcohol smell. Hints of toffee and anise.

Taste: A little bit of alcohol sweetness and bite upfront, with not much else. The sweetness has a vanilla and bourbon flavor. Very watery and bland.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation and very little body.

Drinkability: Very little taste. Watery and thin. Much too sweet. I thought this one had some potential, but it seems like just another gimmick.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Santa's Butt OMG let's give it whirl. Popping the top I get nice wafts of charred malts and earthy noble hops. On the pour this brew is barely translucent deep brown with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. On the taste the brew has hints of molasses right up front with a nice toasted malt, very English-like approaching a brown ale ever-so-much. A tad bit watery on the mouthfeel. A good drinker not so great a porter but what can you expect from Santa's Butt!!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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 crookedhalo
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cola color with a soapy light tan head. I left this one in the fridge too long, so it's a little hard to discern much aroma. I'm picking up on a bit of star anise and some dark malted roastiness, the faintest smokiness and not much else. Light hopping to this porter. Rather roasty and chocolate malty, with a little amount of fruitiness coming through. Tinge o' chicory. Pretty nice porter, it certainly does fall into the realm of an English one (6% yet tastes thin). Lowly carbonated, but not off; other than the lackluster head. The aroma is the same cold as it is when it warms. Not bad, just too thin for my likings in a porter.

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

From notes 12-22-08

Eye: Dark brown and very clear brew, when held to the light dark red hues are present. The head has nice formation and finally settles down to an acceptable size after receding. Texture of the head is a creamy tan thick blanket that covers the beer. A little more volume on the head would be nice. Lacing is rings connected by solid sheets of lace.

Nose: Hints of chocolate in the aroma. Lots of lightly toasted aromas, some malt sweetness as well though that is second to a general warmth and toastiness. Graininess and a general well rounded aroma. Oats are noticable in the aroma, probably wouldn't have been to pinpoint that without the help of the label, the aroma was very familiar but I couldn't put a finger on it till I remembered seeing it on the label. Very faint spicy aroma in the background, could be the hops. Overall a pleasing aroma, but I wish that it were a bit more potent.

Tongue: Nice chocolate taste accompanied with some light coffee tones and a roasty/toasty flavor. Very nice. Reminds me of cool hot chocolate. Hops are in there, and come through closer to the finish. Good malt backbone on this one as well, there is a general malt sweetness that permeates the entire beer. The only problem I've got with this beer is its lack of depth. Its rather one dimensional and uncomplicated. It also has a real watery character to it. However, it does taste quite nice.

Feel and Drinkability: As aforementioned this one feels a bit watery on the palate, thin, like butter scraped over too much bread. Flavor in the mouth is fleeting, but the aftertaste and roasty flavor hangs around for a bit. I'd like if this were a bit heavier, if it had some more body and weight in the mouth. Carbonation is right for this style. This one is easy to drink, I can see myself buying this again, however, this isn't a porter I'd turn to when I want something really good. Its a nice beer but not something I'd seek out. Pretty much average, I've had many that are better and I've also had worse.

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Photo of klewis
4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours brown with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: A rich, chocolately malt smell with soft nutty aromas.

T: Smooth and balanced flavors of chocolate and cocoa with a hint of spice. Fairly basic, but quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Silky smooth and a pleasure on the palate.

D: Despite the mediocre reviews before this one, I find this beer to be quite nice. A solid example of the style.

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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 scottyshades
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted a 1pt 9oz. bottle at Tiger Qwick Mart in Clemson, SC for around $5 and change, and I had to get it due to its unique label.

A: Pours a rich deep brown (almost black) color that produces a nice off-white color head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice lacing. Ruby highlights when held to light.

S: The nose is a little shy but it really shines when the temperature is perfect. Roasted malts are the dominating note, along with coffee, toffee, caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Also, the hops make an appearance after a while, which makes this nose nice and balanced.

T: To be honest, I was expecting an aggressive and bold body/flavor combination, but it was restrained, which was not bad. The flavor profile is a little different than the nose suggested, being comprised of less roasted malts, more coffee/toffee, and a little more hoppy than the nose.

MF/D: Lighter body than normal, which really bumps the drinkability up in my book. Smooth and silky going down, finished clean.

Highly recommended if you can spot one!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into a pint glass. Pours a mildly opaque brown, with a creamy ivory head.

Has a creamy nutty malty smell, with some grains and oats. Mild grassiness as well.

Smooth, mild malt, faint toffee and coffee notes. Mild yet pleasant, with a medium bodied mouthfeel.

Nice. I'd drink Santa's Butt again.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this funny labeled big beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The color of the beer was black and it had a ice head at first. It was not long though that the head dissapeared to nothingness. The lacing eas fair though. The smell was of caramell and it was a pretty good beer. I will buy again.

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Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opague chestnut brown color with a very short fizzy tan head that retreats to a ring and then disappears completely.

The aroma is mild, biscuity with hints of vanilla, cocoa and nuts.

The taste is very nice toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, anise and hazelnuts. The finish is espresso with a lingering spicy touch.

Very smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated, light/medium bodied, very easy to drink and a nice winter drink with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, clear garnet liquid with a slight light tan head that quickly dissipates, leaves some lacing, but very slight.

S = Caramel, toffee, roasted grains, pretty straightforward porter smells, but very clean and enjoyable.

T&D = Well balanced, I am going to count off a little for a slight watery taste at mid palate but mostly I get good strong malt flavors of caramel, toffee with a balance from the hops that comes across like just slightly burnt toast. Does drink very easily, one of my more favorite English Porters.

M = Medium bodied, quite good mouthcoating, pleasant amount of carbonation which teases the mouth without overpowering it.

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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 jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My mom picked this up for me at Bevmo.

Appearance- black color, thin head in chalice

Smell- very light aroma of spice, could barely smell anything

Taste- very light spice flavor, I couldn't taste much.

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- A little light for me, not a bad beer but way too light

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Photo of ncvbc
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cola color brown with a big fizzy head that fades quickly. Little carbonation if any at all. Smell is lightly of chocolate and cocoa. A pinch of caramel. Mild hop bitterness. Taste certainly carries on with similar flavors but an English hop bitterness gets to me. It's kind of chalky and dry. There is a sweetness to the beer but it's hard to enjoy with the bitter flavor that lingers. Some nice chocolate, caramel, and even light hints of oat but overshadowed. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin without much body. Low on carbonation and overall substance. It's a struggle to finish this bottle. Not one I'll be coming back to, sorry to say.

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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 richbrew
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of cwd
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of assman79
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of xdefeatsy
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of dtivp
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with ruby red highlights, a half finger tan head with very little retention and little lacing.

Aroma was very weak with dark malt and a hint of sweet dark fruits.

Taste was semi sweet with chocolate, dark cherries and slightly balanced with a hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall this beer lacked the character of a good porter which places it in my average column. The best part of the beer was the name and label.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, I don't know what kind of porter this is. It wasn't very dark - maybe a dark, dark brown. There was little or no roast or chocolate in the aroma or flavor. But it wasn't bad. I just didn't really think I was drinking a porter.

Medium body, off-dry finish. It was drinkable, but went down fairly carelessly - no voices inside the beer calling out to me. The memory of its taste fades quickly.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a pretty shade of ruby showing through when held up to light. Nice. I got about a finger's worth of light tan head. It fades all too quick but lacing is nice.

Aroma is of roasted malts and cocoa. Interesting. Taste is roasty and somewhat of alcohol. This porter finishes quick with not much lingering beyond a few seconds.

Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice drinkable porter that I would be glad to share with friends on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of In_Control_Mike
3/5  rDev -12%

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