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

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279
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466
pDev:
14.12%
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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
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 GuinnessSmurf
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a milky, brown coffee color. There is slight ring of big bubbles, tan color, surrounding the lip of glass.

Smell: Its a nice warm cocoa smell with a nutty, roasted peppering.

Taste: Roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, a slightly sweet and milky aftertaste. Reminds me of a cold, real dark hot chocolate, but served warmer. Its very good.

Mouthfeel: It isn't very heavy, but it still makes a big statement in terms of presence.

Drinkability: Oh yeah...watch out Santa. I'm not leaving this with my cookies!

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Photo of tjarcher
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of longarm
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First of all...great bottle label: Long live the first amendment! Hopefully the "authorities" in New York pull their heads out of their asses and worry about more important issues.

Appearance: Very little to no carbonation. In and of itself not a a big deal.

Aroma: Roasted malt with a small bit of cocoa aroma. I just reviewed "Lump of Coal" from this brewery last night, and it has nearly the same aroma with less spice or cherry character. Aromatically it seems like a stripped-down version of "Lump of Coal", in that it's not quite as complex. Less hops shine through as well than "Lump...".

Flavor: My first taste almost made my knees buckle. The second and third sips reveal a surprising and nicely balanced beer. Nothing overwhelming here, but still a solid interpretation of the style. A little hops nicely creep-in, but these fade quickly on the finish. This is one of those beers where understated flavors blend well to form an easy drinking beer with enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Mouthfeel: Awesome....crisp, clean, enough of an aftertaste to seduce multiple sips. "Tops" in this category.

Drinkability: This is truly a fine beer and was a bit of a surprise. I must say that if you're expecting something "wintery" or "christmasy" as the name suggests, you might be disappointed. Flat-out, this is nothing but a porter. Plain, yet glorious in its understated beauty.

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
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 mnapier
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Judging Glassware, Belgian Tulip, 12 ounces.

This is going to be a quicky, since much the grey and white foamy head, it dissipates throughout.
Observing, the dark pool I don't really detect much light or clarity. The foamy head that is produced from this beer is mostly grey and white with no lace. A waft of sweet mild citrus creeps across along with some roastedness blends together. Tasting it I detect roasted, licorice, and some mild chocolate & coffee. Overall mouthfeel is mild to medium.

Cheers

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of imbuckeye
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a mostly black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head quickly sliding off and leaving a modest semi-speckled lace running here and there.
The aroma had a nice blend of dark fruit sweetness (plum/raisins) with a touch of fig and roasted malt. Some dark and milk chocolate and a fine blend of sweet coffee bean (somewhat espresso?, perhaps). Light earthiness and a little bit of anise spice and sweetness.
The flavor was mostly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas. Nice full and rich chocolate notes come in and touch down on a little bit of sweet cake-like character. Slight aftertaste of chocolate and dark fruits.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under and having a wonderful sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a little under but I wasn't too bothered by this. ABV felt on par. Super nice smooth dark fruity sweet finish with some light stickiness, but not cloying.
Overall, as an English porter, it definitely works. I'd have again.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the 4 beer christmas sample pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown bordering on black with virtually no foam.

Light roasted smell with chocolate and coffee hints.

Rich roasted malt taste opener that finishes surprisingly clean. Notably absent is any trace of bitterness. Very smooth and creamy. Somewhat milky in the mouthfeel.

Good, solid, drinkable porter.

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Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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