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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pDev:
14.12%
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 50cl (16.9 oz.) bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: BevMo in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Price: $5.25 w/ BevMo card
Purchased: Dec. 23, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 25, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany semi-clear color with one finger of khaki tan head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smelled sugary malts, roasty malts, toast, nutty, caramel, toffee, cough syrup and faint coffee.

Tasted quite bland. Nutty, toffee, caramel, roasty, toasty and slightly more bitter than the nose.

Medium-to-full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

Nothing special about this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit. Won’t try it again on purpose.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle
Served in imperial nonic glass

A - It is brown with ruby highlights. It is topped with an underwhelming tan head.

S - The first smell aroma I get is cocoa. I also get some dark fruit (cherry).

T - The taste is very mild. I get subtle hints of cocoa and some dark fruit.

M - Medium

D - I don't think I would trade a Sam Smith' s Taddy Porter or a Fuller's Porter for this one.

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Photo of hopkrid
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kinger
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Subdued aroma primarily semi-sweet malts with some bitterness. Dark amber pour solid tan head and minimal lacing. Medium to light on the palate for a porter but there is a richness in the finish that helps smooth this one out a bit. Light toasty flavor with some roasted malts complimented by some molasses and brown sugar flavors. A touch of coffee. Reminds me of a couple English Strong Ales I've recently had.

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Photo of Migarland
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of roadhouse
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark brown with some mahogany highlights and a once inch creamy off-white head. Leaves some really nice web-like lacing.

Aroma is raisiny, with some lighter chocolate notes, fruity esters, and caramel sweetness.

The taste is initially of some caramel sweetness then the raisiny fruit flavors come in with a very light, almost watered down chocolate roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, but smooth and easy drinking.

Overall this wasn't a bad beer, there are just better examples. I really enjoy the English Porters but this just doesn't compare to stuff like Tadcaster, Fullers, and Meantime.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall half-liter glass, this makes for a ruby-tinted dark beer with a good solid half-inch head. Aroma, however, is almost undetectable: just a faint faint hit of malt. Caramel-flavored malt dominates, with a hint of nutty roastiness. There's a little cocoa flavor as well. General flavor is sweet, with little bitterness around. Body is creamy but light.

Nothing particularly interesting about this beer. Does Ridgeway make anything complex or unique?

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Photo of airforbes1
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer at BevMo a few days ago and decided to save it for Christmas day. Well, here I am, ready to see if this beer is worthy or if it relies on its gimmicky name.

The color is typical for a porter, appearing black unless its held to the light. The head starts about two fingers thick before receding into a thin ring at the top. The the aroma was a little bit disappointing; I smelled licorice and a boozy smell.

The taste is better, with bitter cocoa and roasted notes. It finishes a bit more thinly than I'd like, but this beer still provides a pleasant experience.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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 mikesgroove
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
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 CommanderOfAwesome
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into Snifter.

Pours dark brown with finger khaki head. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

A: Sweetness, stale coffee smell or coffee that's been out a bit and gone cold, hint of molasses, and some toffee. Almost reminds me of a baltic porter smell.

T: Sweetness is first thing I notice, followed by a bit of cold stale-ish coffee. Very mild bitter taste to finish. Really reminds me of baltic porters I've had.

M: Thin which is to be expected for a porter. Dry finish and mild carbonation.

O: Fairly sweet porter, thin and leave me wanting more. Sickly sweet feeling but not a bad beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark brown/red in color with a big thick tan head. Good lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell was light with a bit of sweet cocoa and light coffee odor.

The flavor is very mild with a lightly bittersweet chocolate malt flavor with a touch of brown sugar, milk and coffee. Almost Latte like in flavor. Very mild overall.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and silky smooth.

An easy drinking light porter, not bad.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark maroon, almost black with very thin tan head that fades very quickly leaving no lace.
Aroma has a chocolate and raisin nose with hints of roasted malts and some ringwood.
Flavor of sweet chocolate and dark fruits, fairly one dimensional.
Mouthfeel is sweet but very falt, lack of carbonation takes marks off.
Drinkability is average, just doesn't follow through. In my mind this was a beer that never belonged in a bottle, probably great on firkin and cask but somewhat wasted in a bottle. Kudos for a great label though.

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Photo of charlzm
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled, consumed on 12/24/07.

Cola colored pour yields nice, off-tan head that sticks around a while. Sweet aroma of fruit. Flavor is subdued sweet fruit, light chocolate with mild roasted bitterness that appears in aftertase. Slight astringency is not particularly welcome.

Not outstanding, but fairly good.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this from the sterling Sun Singer to celebrate the end to a long spate of grading. Enjoyed cool, not cold, the bottle emitted a thin finger of mocha tan head on a rich brown body with ruby highlights. Little duration or lacing. Decent but faint aromas, primarily toffee, chocolate, and light hazelnut. The modest nose confirmed that the taste lacked a strong malty backbone that I really enjoy in good porter. Santa's Butt is moderately flavorful and smooth, but a bit thin and, even for porter, somewhat flat.

It doesn't taste like Kris Kringle's ass to be sure, but this isn't a knockout porter by any means. Not bad, but Taddy Porter, it ain't.

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Photo of terrysjag
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kimcgolf
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with thin tan head that lingered awhile and left some lacing. Aroma was a muted chocolate-coffee aroma. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery, with little zing, and the flavor followed the nose as a muted coffee and chocolate. Finish was smooth, but never did catch any alcohol or warming effect.

Nice novelty beer around Christmas, but not a great beer. Should be way down on the list of Porters to try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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 kaseydad
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a Christmas gift. I must say the label is fun though and interesting...and...I...cannot..look..away.

Snifter pour and I am met with a dark brown ale and burgandy highlights when brought up to the light. The aroma consists of some light malts and fruit (orange, plum). The taste is somewhat spicy with a dose of toffee and slight caramel. There is a bite at the end on the swallow and long slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little too thin for my liking. It comes in at 6% though it's drinkable, I was hoping for something of a coffee-like nature and I got nothing.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head.
Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, that's a plus.
Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. It's really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind...
Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but it's yet another too-expensive English ale that can't hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa's butt has an copper amber color which does't resemble a porter really.
No head but good carbonation. No retention ability what so ever.
Aroma is sutle roasted malts.
Taste is sweet smooth and cloying. Just hints of roasted malts or malts in general.
Drinks thin and flat and is really unappealling in every catagory.

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Photo of scratch69
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer more so for the novelty aspect. It's not even that good of a porter. The mouthfeel is too thin and a bit hoppy in the wrong kind of way for me.

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Photo of beeragent
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 477 ratings