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

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462
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277
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
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Photo of cjacobsen
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown. When held to the light, reddish brown accents hit around the edges. Light beige head that sticks around for a while.

Smell of biscuit with a nice roasted malt nose. Maybe a little bit of spice to it as well.

Rich roasted malt character to it. Roasted caramel plays a role in here too. Seems more like a brown ale than a porter.

It's a smooth brew, not complaints here. Has minimal bite, no underlying odd taste or aftertaste.

Again, this seems more like a brown ale along the lines of a Newcastle but with a better body and a bit better taste. Definitely on the lighter end of the porter scale.

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Photo of illidurit
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a clear chestnut color with some tan foam. Aroma is brown malts with a touch of smoke. A bit of caramel and roast in the flavor, plus milk chocolate and a bit of sourness. Medium bodied, very English, pretty generic.

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Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's dark for a beer, but not all that dark for a porter. It's a very dark brown, approaching black, but really looks like cola. There is almost no head.

Fills the nose with pleasant smells of smoke, chocolate and coffee malts.

Each flavor gently dances on the tongue, all are a bit subdued, none standing out too much. The coffee and bittersweet chocolate are obvious without being annoying.

It's very creamy on the palate. There is a bit of bitterness, but just enough to let you know it's a beer. The sweetness is very subtle.

With the moderate alcohol levels and unobtrusive taste and smell, you could easy drink this all night long. It goes down easy with no offensive qualities.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as a present from my pal Jeremy, much thanks. It pours a brown color and looks deep ruby when held to the light. A 1/2 inch light tan head forms and reduces leaving almost not lacing.

The aroma is primarily roasted malts with perhaps just a hint of pungent earthy hops. Minimal chocolate notes.

The taste has that same pungent earthy taste blended with a coffee-like roasted malt component. Not bad, but not particularly great either. Unique sweetness, almost fruity.

The mouthfeel is somewhat light bodied. Carbonation does detract from the flavor slightly. Minimal dryness at the finish. Fairly clean feeling overall.

The is actually quite drinkable to me. I do not think there is one strength but perhaps reasonable presentations of each part that suits my palate.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

#14. Humorous Christmas beer title, with an informative story to back too long to list here. To be honest, I just got this based on the name, but am hoping for something very memorable as a porter, which is a beer style that I love to death. Here goes nothing (or something)...

Poured from a 1 pint bottle to my brand new goblet (Thanks to Crellmoset) at room temp. BBF 04 10 12.

(Appearance) Beer pours a very dark cola-like hue of dark brown. Color does not penetrate except for the red edges where some ruby tones light through. A very meager carbonated head coats the surface, not much more than 1 finger depth thick, then slowly dissipates, leaving the surface cloudy but not foamy. There is very slight lacing. Average. 3

(Smell) Dark, roasted nutty tones. I can smell a good deal of coffee bean and perhaps some faint chocolatey or licorice scents, but they're faint. There is a little finishing hop bitterness, and some faint fruits, but they doesn't sting the nose. A fair scent balance. All around a very exciting smell. 4

(Taste) Light coffee, very toasty wood flavors. A touch of bitterness on the finish, could be from some strong hops or some fruits. There is mostly toasted wood or nuts here, can't find much else. As it warms, I get some deep fruits that I didn't sense earlier. It is better at a warmer temperature. Lighter than I anticipated and even hoped. Bummer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Crisp and on the dry side. Carbonation makes this one flow rather smoothly. A tad bit watery and thin, and could afford to be a bit more full bodied. Very light for a porter. There is almost no finish, just some toasty wood and nut. 2.5

(Drinkability) I could finish the first one, but wouldn't feel the urge to have another for the session. It's somewhat filling, which is a pretty good thing. I'm just looking for something a little more full bodied and with a diverse arrangement of flavors. I'm feeling let down here. 2.5

Verdict: An enjoyable one timer for me, but there are so many christmas seasonal beers out there, this one didn't have quite the kick and flavor diversity I was looking for. Good for some, worth a shot for most. I'm torn on whether I'd get it again. B- (3.3)

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Photo of wingman14
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with an off white head that fades quickly. The smell seems like a porter and a nut brown mixed, some sweet earthy notes, malty undertones. The taste starts sweet and malty with the sweetness ringing out till the aftertaste that has a hint of alcohol with a very subtle roasted malt finish. The mouthfeel is light, almost medium, but still leaves something to be desired. Not super smooth, but still an easy drinker. A good amount of flavor, and enjoyable, a nice winter warmer.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vine St Pub had this on tap, so pour it up!
Well, not very impressed with this one. Sure, it's a solid beer, nothing bad about it, but it wasn't an eye-opener or something worth the price. Looks great! Dark ruby brown, nice fluffy, semi-dense head.
Aroma was lacking and weak. Again, nothing bad, just not sure about it. I detected some cocoa and roasted malt. maybe some nuttiness. No hops whatsoever.

Flavors were pedestrian; some coffee, some cocoa. For an EP I expected some bite, hops..something. Then again, the category on here could be wrong. Either way, it's average. Which makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

I first discovered this beer several years ago while working for a store that excelled in featuring specialty beers. Since then, it's been a required part of Christmas time.

A - One-finger ecru head that's thick around the edge and foamy in the middle. It dissipates in about a minute to a thin film of lace across the surface. Very dark chocolate brown. Held up to a light, it's clear and a deep ruby red.

S - Lots of caramel and toasted malt in the nose. Smells like someone's getting ready to dip apples into a batch of melted caramels on the stove. Hints of vanilla. As it warms and the glass gets room to swirl, rasiny fruit tones emerge.

T - Gently toasted/roasted malts. Delicious caramel flavors, which dominate the taste. Hints of brown sugar. As it warms, dried cherries appear in the finish.

M - Some carbonation, but body leans toward the thin, watery side. Not much of a finish, but what remains invites another taste. This is perhaps its weakest attribute.

D - A classic English porter. Very drinkable. Flavors are delicious but restrained. Could easily enjoy several of these in a sitting. As a bonus, both the nose and the taste open up into additional fruit-based flavors as it warms in the glass. Most American porters are really junior stouts. This beer does a great job of showing off what it means to be a true porter.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 12/15/2010:

#4 - 12 beers of Christmas. 500 mL bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: The pour is black in color and nearly opaque with reddish hues and one and a half fingers of fluffy, off-white head.

S: The nose shows aromas of roasted nuts, coffee, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and a biscuity finish.

M: The body is rather thin with a very creamy mouthfeel - spot-on for the style.

D: This is a solid English porter all-around.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle procured in the middle of bumfu&k no where Maryland...An ugly water pour, light brown with a little carbonation, doesn't look great...The aroma is light stale coffee, alcohol and a little hops...The taste is horrendous, can barely drink half a glass of this. Stale coffee, not roasty at all, lots of alcohol.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- on the lighter end of the porter spectrum, a clear reddish brown but still dark enough to look black when it's not held up to the light. tan standard looking english head is smallish but dense and creamy and leaves some minor lace. the rings of lace that follow each sip are drippy and fill out like the spots on a giraffe.

S- toffee and mineral water with some roasty weak coffee aromas and damp wood. a touch of dark chocolate as well. overall seems subdued and watery. very brewery fresh grainy aromas come out as it warms slightly and make an acme of this beer's aroma.

T- fruity tartness hits first with melon and berry flavors followed by weak coffee and some chocolate. woodsy, earthy, tobacco, tea like hop bitterness and mineral water encompass the flavor profile. finishes drying and grainy. i like the fruity notes and they work well in the same way that melon and salty pork do but this isn't salty. and it tastes diluted, miserly, and rather generic. what happened to the generosity of the christmas season? i've had some damn good ridgeway brews but it seems like they bought their xmas presents and the last furkin moment. exactly the way i do. sorry baby. wink. doesn't work with beer though.

MF- carbonation is tight and prickly but overdone. this has the consistency of a pale ale or bitter and is completely lacking the smooth richness that i look for in a porter from england OR america. the body even has the lightness of dare i say... nah, i won't take that dare. but come on. the catch 23 of this bitch is (and yeah, i changed it from 22 to 23 cuz of lebron's ass) that it has the D of beer of a lighter quantification which i guess is good, but it's an english freakin porter and after a dinner with 2 sammy smith taddy porters last night i'm feeling a bit bitter and bah humbugish.

D- i guess i coulda summed it up in the last paragraph BUTT... "good beer" drinkers that expect something from a porter and have a benchmark for a style and/or something they wish to receive: this will not do it for ya. experimenters and people that are trying to drink something different around the holidays or whenever: give it a shot, you might like it. BMC fans who got this in their stocking: go for it. but me, i say although it tastes fresh and all which definitely earns some points, in the time of year when i jones for dark hearty brews, i'm disappointed in this one. put me on the naughty list bitch i don't care. after all that rambling i will conclude this yuletide tale by saying that i could drink at max 47 of these.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque dark brown with a creamy 1 finger tan head that settled quickly and left good lacing with rings; when held up to the light this beer is reddish brown.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit like dates, roasted grains, toffee, biscuit, yeast and nut; this brew has a smoky aroma and is very sweet overall with nice soft whiffs of caramel and sweet malt.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, plum or dates, roasted grains, toffee, cocoa, coffee beans, biscuit, burnt wood, yeast, nut and a hint of citrus or floral hops; it finishes dry with a lingering coffee or chocolate taste mixed with the roasted malts, which is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost watery, with a light body and a dry bitter finish; this borders on being light and crisp.

High drinkability for me, as this went down easy and had enough flavor complexities to enjoy on its own or as a session beer. A strong recommendation for any porter fan or any fan of rich roasted malt flavor in a beer.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very very dark mahagonay reddish brown color. No head, very tiny ring around edge of glass. Very chocolatey malty aroma. Roasty start, dark fruit and chocolate finish. Roasted aftertaste. Medium Body, semi-thin on the tongue. Carbonation seems on the high side adding to the thinness. Not super complex but a good basic. Quite nice, doesn't sit super heavy.

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Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark red black, a tan small head, some lacing and curtains.

A dry toast smell, some dark dried fruits as well.

The taste is sweet, candy sugar, butter scotch, dark chocolate, dried fruits.

Medium carbonation, soft and a medium body, slightly dry at the end.

Actually a bit too sweet and little bitter for me.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Very dark, near black with slight head that faded fast...probably too cold.
Sm. First thought is malt and then some hops/citris in the background. Nice.
Ta. Malt, a bit of chocolate with a tiny bit of lemon hidden in there. Nice mild finish.
Mf. Medium body, nice and full, with decent carbonation.
Dr. Very easy.

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Photo of beeragent
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown, forming a thin tan head that fades quickly. Very few light spots of lace cling to the glass.

S - Light aroma of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

T - Light roasted malts dominate the flavor, with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Very light on the flavor, but still good.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Aside from the thin taste, this isnt a bad porter. Having said that I would not wait all year just to have this as a holiday beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger tan head that is foamy and creamy, with some good retention. The color of the beer is dark brown to near opaque. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There are some visible signs of effervescence on the side of the glass.

Nose: A warm toasty malt with hints of biscuits, yeast, dark cherries, figs, cinnamon and some molasses. The aroma is similar to warm spiced Christmas bread.

Taste: A mellow toasty roast malt, slight burnt character with biscuit and yeast hints. The other flavors are cinnamon, dark cherries, phenols, wood, floral ester, and a touch of solvents.

Mouth feel: A slightly astringent thin and warming. The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish.

The beer overall is too bad well put together porter with good flavors.

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

Good beer! Great name and I had to admit that influenced the purchase. I probably won't buy it again because of the expense, but it is a solid porter. It's rich and warms the tongue as it layers with flavors of chocolate malts. It does have a smooth hop balance, and is a high quality porter. Fairly drinkable, but not a beer I'm going to seek out.

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Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-brown-black with a tan head; very little retention, no lace.

S: Coffee, roasted nut & grainy bread.

T: Licorice, coffee, roasted nut, smoke, pumpernickel rye bread, great fruityness, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Other Side in Boston, enjoyed it a lot but did not take notes, and was psyched to see it for sale a few weeks later a block away at Bauer Wine and Spirits on Newbury. Funny label and story on it. Was a bit disappointed though. Pours thin, dark brown to black and opaque in the middle, looks like coca-cola on the sides. Minimal head which dissipated immediately. Smell is very faint -- ? fruity, root beer. Taste is pretty good, hints of smokiness, coffee, tobacco and cherries. Feel is thin as predicted by the pour, very thin for a porter. Minimal carbonation. Pretty easy drinking, perhaps too easy for a winter porter. Would get it on tap if I saw it again, but not in the bottle.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of malts, some notes of chocolate. Taste is mild, some malts and chocolate, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of JoKo
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard English pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a reddish hue when held up to the light. This beer has about an inch of head that is off white and fades quickly carbonation seems to be moderate to low.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, some caramel.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor up front, some bitterness, caramel notes present as well as possibly some dark fruit type of notes.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, smooth beer

Drinkability: Very easy drinkability, a nice beer for the holiday season, enjoyable.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick, dark black, standard porter color, with a very small head and the top looks thin and slick

S- Coffee and chocolate and very smokey. It also has a black licorice scent which is new to me

T- Really smokey with lots of coffee. To my surprise and enjoyment, I do detect a bit of black licorice. Not bad

M- More thin than I expected with an initial bite but the aftertaste is smooth and refreshing

D- It's a really good beer but may start to weigh you down after a couple

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"And Santa sat on his great butt enjoying a hardy brew..." so mentions the label as the inspiration for this beer.
Live review. Poured from the 50 cl bottle that I bought at Reider's in Painesville last week. This is the third of four in a series from Ridgeway Brewing Company focusing on Christmas that I will be tasting and rating. Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet glass. F11 204 stamped on bottom of back label.

A Nice, light brown creamy head of about 1 inch after vigorous pour over a dark brown body that glows mohagany in front of direct light. Good, solid look. 4.0

S Immediate smell of a nice, light sweetness along with medium to dark roast malt. I was not sure of what it was initially (maybe a roasted marshmallow?) but repeated sniffs revealed a bit more of a light chocolate. Whatever it really is, I like it and it is inviting. 4.0

T A basic porter taste with a muted sweetness and actually the back of the taste reveals a bit of barley as well. I find English beers to be more sublte with their tastes and this beer is no exception. This is a fine beer but no one should consider it an extreme beer. Gone is the "chocolate" sweetness that I perceived with the smell but there is that light sweetness none the less. 3.5

M Somewhat smooth, creamy. Nothing too inspiring with the feel. 3.0

D Just fine for the style and for the beer itself. Again here, not inspirational in terms of drinkability. 3.0

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
3.41 out of 5 based on 462 ratings.
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