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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
Ranking:
#42,396
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
464
pDev:
14.12%
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Ratings: 464 |  Reviews: 279
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 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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Photo of TheBear11D
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a bit of a red tint with a cream colored root beer-like head.

A sweet creamy coffee smell and I think I detect the smallest amount of chocolate. The malt overpower the hops. I can really only smell the sweets.

For the amount of sweet smells, there is not enough flavor to match it. The beer is pretty well balanced with a tad more sweet.

Medium body brew that feels similar to soda.

Quite easy to drink. I just wish there was a stronger flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Brown/mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt and coffee nose. Flavor has moderate sweetness, biscuity. Slight bitter aftertaste. $5.20 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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 kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting to have this one. Today seemed right. It pours a nice black color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is chocolatey, slightly creamy, maybe a touch of butteryness. The flavor is interesting...a little odd. Its almost a little spicey, slight anise, slight oxidation I think. I'm not really enjoying it all that much. The feel is a touch thin. Overall, this one is a bit of a let down for me.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany beer with a tall (but short-lived) pancake batter-colored head. Smells of warm, bready malt.

Bitter taste, with coffee and yeasty notes and an alcoholic spiciness. Loose mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

The uninitiated around the maundythirsty home give it good reviews. I'll chalk that up to Christmas cheer spill-over. A middling porter.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, 6% alc./vol.

A: Pours a dark, clear brown, with an average off-white/slightly tan head, good retention, limited lacing.

S: Light caramel malt predominately and chocolate.

T: Very malty, light caramel and treacle, molasses and brown sugar at the end, very sweet and sugary.

M: A little to light for this style, watery, medium-bodied.

D: A nice porter beer, but nothing really special about it to make me buy it for $4.99, try it if you can find it on the cheap after the Christmas season like I did.

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Photo of far333
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great label, except the expression on Santa's face is not so jolly. Looks a little baboonesque actually.

Inky black with ruby highlights, and an oatmeal colored head that rises up quickly like soda carbonation, and falls quickly with the sounds of exploding bubbles, also like soda. Hardy aroma of clovey spices, some spruce, and a teeny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, a bit chalky. Flavor is not my idea of a porter. Not malty or biscuity, no hints of cocoa or coffee, molasses or fig. That's what it's not, but what is it? Clove and spice, soft ripe apple, some brown sugar, a little yeasty, and minimal hops riding beneath. A bit of a tannic puckery finish. I'm actually confused by this beer. But, again, cool label.

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Photo of ADR
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown-black with a chocolate milk froth for a head. The suds thin in a minute or so. Laces sparsely but broadly. Interesting smell, some mocha intonations but strong hints of medium-grade pipe tobacco. Smooth mouthfeel, but the carbonation is too low, verges on flat. The taste showcases mainly malted milk, a lot of sweetness, minimum roastiness or hoppiness going on. There's a slight stale raisin off note going on, a funkiness that's almost mildewy. The flavor and mouthfeel didn't strike me on this one, it settles into almost tasteless on further sips, but the aroma was interesting and my favorite part of the beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear medium to dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that reduced down to a small cap and had good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark malt and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses.

The taste was lightly sweet with a roasty malt feel, a note of chocolate and a touch of molasses from the start, progressing slightly into a mildly bitter taste with a nice roasted coffee finish. The flavor lasted a decently long time after the swallow, with a roasted coffee taste left lying on the taste buds for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a brew that possessed a nice bitter sweet roasty flavor, a smooth and easy drinkability and only a moderate ABV. Although it is nothing over the top, it is still quite good and I could see my self having a few of these...

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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 464 ratings
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