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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462
Reviews:
277
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Amalak
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a very dark brown color to the point that it's almost purple. Limited head and lacing. Very strong alcohol scent to it.

Surprisingly, this is a very dull, floral porter. If you want a porter, this wont cut it, though, and as an XMas brew it's lacking significantly. There's a bit of spicy cinnamon to it.

There's a very tart aftertaste. Just not a good porter nor a good winter offering. It's not bad, it's just...meh.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/20/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Dark body with notes of ruby when held up to a light. 1/2 finger tan colored head. Leaves a nice cap on the beer the entire time.

Smell had some light ester and yeasty aroma. Some caramel and chocolate notes. Roasty notes as well.

Taste had a nice, light, roasty flavor with some chocolate in the finish. Mild nuttiness with light ester flavors. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. Slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability I felt was good. Light flavors, good on style and no signs of ABV

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coca cola with some light shining through two fingers of mixed bubble beige heading...

Milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and some marshmallows in the nose, also a hint of dill for some reason or other, kinda like it though

Puffed mallows, chocolate rice crispies and superbly semi sweat cream. Follows the smell profile like a dime down a drain

Real creamy and light. Small bubble carbonation and a certain oatmeal creaminess which I was hoping for. No burn just light and a hint sticky

Overall I am very excited about this beer and this brewery in general. I tend to grade under the average, but for the three christmas ales I've had from RB I have ranked them a bit higher than others... Slainte

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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 taigor
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown non-transparent color with thin head that dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Very faint scents of malt, chocolate and coffee but not much there - disappointing.

T - Slightly sour with slight coffee taste and malts coming through. Has a slightly bitter hoppy finish but not too strong.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation present.

O - Disappointing porter but not too bad. Overall I would not recommend it. No complexity at all.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.95/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a nice khaki head that quickly fades.

Nose is a light sweet coffee with feint purple plum tones. Tones of cocoa and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little character. Thin and out of balance.

Flavors are watery fruity coffee with little appeal.

Finish is watery and extremely short. Not one to try and would never recommend.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a .5L brown bottle with a best by date of 10 April 2012.

The beer is a very dark brown with ruby edges. The head is a creamy tan like cappuccino foam and about two-fingers thick. Decent enough head retention and sticky lace.

The aroma is a very faint, sweet, roasted malt. Not much else. Even as it warms I'm not picking up anything more.

It tastes very similar to the aroma. It claims to contain oats so I would expect a creamier body but that just isn't here. The flavor that's there is decent but one-dimensional. It has the characteristic mildly sweet roasted malt but none of the caramel, chocolate, nutty or other flavors that can add to the complexity of a great porter.

A slightly below average porter that goes down easy but doesn't really leave you craving another.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head of light brown foam, with good clinging lace. Color is a 35 on the SRM beer color chart. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, currant, and roasted malt. Flavors are chocolate, dark roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and malt. Thick creamy body in my mouth with good carbonation. Too heavy for drinking more that a couple at a sitting, but would be good with cheese and cake.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ryan1788a5
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish brown with a two-inch off-white head. Head fades quickly, but leaves lots of thin, delicate lacing in its wake.

S: Sweet. Toffee, caramel, cola-like sugary smells. Fruity esters of fig and candied apple. There's almost a very mild cinnamon-like spiciness to it as well, unless I'm imagining this.

T: Follows the smell almost exactly. Sweet and estery. Cola, caramel, a bit of toffee. Esters get a little out of control with tastes of green apples, raisins, grapes, and slightly tart cherries. Faint grassy English hops. Quick, boring finish has nothing to offer but more of the same sweet and estery tastes.

M: Moderately thick, full, and creamy. Slightly syrupy and slightly astringent. Low carbonation.

D: Easy enough to drink, but doesn't leave an impression on the palate. I'd rather be drinking something else.

Notes: Not terrible, but it lacks depth and roundness. It's just too sweet and estery. Not enough roasted malts, and not quite enough hop bitterness to balance it out. There are a great many beers I would prefer over this one.

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Photo of bum732
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: Green tree fruits, pears and apples, light rasberries, some vanilla, some coffee roastiness, toffee richness in the back.

L: Dark brown, some light shines through. Eggshell white head that dissipates.

T: Semi-sweet caramel malt leads to solid herbal notes and low bitterness. Some fruitiness arrives before a soft coffee and mineral finish.

M: Medium-light body, medium-low but prickly carbonation. Somewhat astringent.

Not waht i was expecting, no real coffee roastiness and overall, pretty meh.

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

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours clear dark brown with almost no head. This beer smells of sugar, molasses and, oddly enough, a light lager, maybe Natty light. The flavor in this beer is definitely lacking a little bit, especially for a winter porter. The nose is slightly bitter, but it has an ambiguously sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear brown color with a red hue. Poured a 3 finger rocky tan head that settled to a thick cap. Laced in thick webs.

S: Roasted nutty malt. Hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Earthy hop bitterness.

T: Coffee and chocolate. Some fruity flavors in the middle. Wet wood and nutty malt in the lightly bitter finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Malt characters linger in the finish.

D: Flavorful, smooth and rich. Not as much character as I hoped for.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
3.41 out of 5 based on 462 ratings.
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