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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

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#42,698
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279
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466
pDev:
14.12%
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Photo of RBorsato
4.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with lots of mahogany to the light. Nice creamy light brown head with nice active carbonation. Light roasty and dark fruit aromas. Complex light roasted, spicy, fruity, and chocolate malt-driven porter. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty finish.

A very nice Robust English Porter.

Per Label: "Bottle Conditioned"

Tasted: 03/16/07

(11.2 oz / 330 ml bottle)

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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 cabsandking
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very little lacing sitting above this the viscous appearing, dark brown colored brew. Nice aromas of dark fruits, toffee, molasses, coffee, and prunes. Thick chewy mouthfeel that is smooth and holds very little carbonation. Well balance of flavors with smoked malts, chocolate malt, tart “old ale”, toffee, buttery and just a hint of spice that is almost mint like. The finish is dry, earthy and the tart fruit, bready notes carry over at a mild level. Very tasty, highly recommended.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brownish-garnet color, virtually no head.

S - Roasted malt, slightest hint of hops. Slight oxidation.

T - Roasted malt, sweetness, coffee, toffee.

M - Medium body, very light carbonation.

D - I'd definitely drink this one again. Not sure how it qualifies as a holiday beer, but nevertheless, a solid example of style.

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Photo of Braudog
1.68/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured a dark chocolate brown with a tan head that was thinner than I’d expected. Not much of an aroma ... just a bit of a wort-like sense. Kicks off with a bit of a roastiness, hint of ash on top. Flavors don’t quite gel. Too thin for the style. Not worth the $5.99 I paid! (#2635, 1/6/2007)

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked that a previous reviewer called this a "run of the mill English porter." I'd agree, however I must say that it is very drinkable and I wouldnt mind using it as a session beer. Has a bit more flavor than a lot of highly drinkable brews, yet it is very light and modest, making it enjoyable to pound a couple away. speaking of which, i may go do that now...

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Photo of hopbar
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mo's Wines and Spirits, Fairfield, CT
1 pt. 9 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Poured a dark, brownish color with cranberry hues; Thin head did not leave much behind.

S: Sweet but a little metallic smelling.

T: Strong metallic taste; almost like "The Champagne of Beers" - Miller High Life

M: Refreshing but not very thick.

D: Maybe I got a bad one yet many of the reviews I have read do not hype this one up. Probably makes its most sales on the label. Anyone read the WSJ article on this one? One thought came to mind as I drank this: "Make it a High Life."

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Photo of HardTarget
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Big 50 cl brown bottle, label banned for a short time listing 6% abv.

Aroma: A certain English yeast quality I find hard to describe. Nice malt base seems both toasted and roasted. Light grassy hop note.

Appearance: Deep brown/black glass shows thick edges of good clarity. A scant cover holds for about half the glass while a thick collar gives up some loopy lace.

Flavor: Malt base has some molasses flavor and a mild coffee note. A bit of toffee in there as well, I’m guessing some kettle caramelization.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, but not flat.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking English ale. No real “Christmas” elements about it, but a fine way to celebrate the season.

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Photo of BeerHonky
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with the, recently, notorious label sporting Santa's...well, butt. Nice creamy, fluffy head sits over a dark porter with a few burgundy highlights. Average aroma with your standard chocolate malts and English hops. Nothing too pronounced here or in the, otherwise, run of the mill English porter taste. Not too exciting if you ask me.

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Photo of hammer09
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer, not for myself, but for another family member who I thought would get a chuckle from the name and label. Unfortunately, given the current carry-on restrictions at our nation's airports, I wasn't able to bring this beer home over the holidays.

I have to say that I didn't expect much when sampling this beer. I figured that with a name like "Santa's Butt" and its low price, this beer would be more of a novelty than a tasty brew. In this respect, I'm happy to be wrong.

This beer pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color. Head development is thick and creamy, settling down to a nice surface covering. Everything about its appearance exemplifies the porter style. Smell is very aromatic with vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Sweet, malty overtones are present with very little hop character. Taste is sweet and malty with coffee notes. This beer exhibits a nice chocolate malt character and some bitterness at the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a little warming owed to the alcohol content. Overall, I was quite surprised at how good this beer turned out. My only disappointment is that I didn't have another bottle to try.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. It has a very deep dark amber color, nearly opaque. The head is very nice and retained well enough. The aroma is malty, somewhat roasted and rich. The flavor is dominantly roasted malt, slightly sweet but balance fairly well. There is a slight hop finish to it. It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

This is a decent porter and exemplifies the style.

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Photo of mmcave
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a gift from a friend chilled and poured into a nonic. The head disappeared fast and turned into little more than a gray film lingering on the surface, with no lacing. The body is almost opaque with small hints of ruby shining through at the base of the glass. The smell is not uninteresting, at first sniff I could swear I smelt pils malt, but now I smell hints of rum raisons, plum, subtle toasted malt and a pleasant yeastiness.
The taste however is rather less interesting, not that it is bad, its just a little thin and doesn’t quite live up to the scent. Nice round roasted character though with hints of chocolate, bread and hints of dark burnt fruit. I’m not that familiar with the English style porter, but I enjoyed this, maybe even enough to buy again, but only time will tell. Worth a try, but I’m sure there are far superior brews in the style to try.

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Photo of Morris729
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown chestnut color with a short tan head that quickly fades into a sticky lace. Nose is a bit subdued but there are notes of sweet malt and dark fruit (fig, plum, and a bit of raisin). Taste is caramel malt along with fainter notes of molasses and a roasted nuttiness. Certainly not unpleasant but uninteresting to point of being boring.

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Photo of jim102864
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nicely into my imperial pint glass, filling it to the rim. Deep cherry color and settles into a light, creamy pond for a head. Really no discernable aroma...strange for a porter. Still, an inviting appearance. My first sip detected a hearty mouthfeel and yet mild, true-to-style flavor. Malty as it should be. Mild carbonation. Lace drapes the glass at the start but begins to fade with each sip. Hints of cherry in the finish. Biscuity to a degree. Hmm. Not a typical porter, not in a good way. This is a drinkable interpretation, but not overly inspired. I expect more than this, however, not an offensive effort.

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Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a relatively dark brown color with a soda head that quickly dissipates and fails to lace

Smell: Vague roasty notes with a touch of chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a malted milk flavor that is joined by some fruit, mid-palate; after the swallow, it all pretty much fades out after a mild bitter flavor; slightly smoky

Mouthfeel: Rather watery with low carbonation

Drinkability: With all the fuss about this beer, it is truly disappointing

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. 2005-2006 vintage.

This porter poured a very dark, red-brown color with thin, tan foam that settled. The smell was malty with faint dried fruit and a very light sweetness. The taste was upfront dry caramel with some tangy maltiness and a bit of molasses. There was a very light hoppiness coming through the malt flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low (flat) carbonation. The finish was richly sweet. This was an OK porter, though a bit lacking. It did grow on me by the end of the glass.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Santa's Butt pours an almost black color (with ruby at the edges) with a thin off white head from a brown 50 cl bottle. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts. The flavor is on the light side for the style, the roasted malt is very tame by porter standards. There is some roasted malt, but it's not as strong as I would expect. There are some chocolate notes and some mild fruity notes too. Just kind of an average beer.

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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 Dukeofearl
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle purchased at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in November (December?) 2006 and conusmed in mid-January 2007.

Poured into my Abbey Ales Imperial Pint glass. Pours a cola-like medium brown, fairly opaque, with ruby highlights when backlit, with a fair amount of small bubbles formed on the sides of the glass and no head at all. I've seen other porters step up and do a much better job.

Aroma of roasty caramel malt, not very strong, but decent. Flavor is quite tasty- OK, I can do better than that. It has a nice cocoa and burnt caramel (in a good way) flavor in a rich black bread malty goodness. A slight cream and slight hop fruit weave themselves in and out of the mix. A hint of alcohol burn at the end of the swallow.

A nice full, solid mouthfeel, easy down the throat. Good stuff, although I've recently had some other English Porters I prefer.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had very little head that disappeared in a blink of an eye. The aroma was malty with a little caramel in it. The mouthfeel was thin and watery even for a porter. The taste was pretty bland and won't have me looking for more. Overall just an OK beer that I won't be trying again unless only macros around. (2.5, NA, Tie, N)

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Photo of dpool
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark but not thick like Guiness
S: Smells like chocolate and a little toffee
T: I paired this beer with chocolate covered pretzels and it was one of the best combos I have had. The sweetness of the beer was brought out with a smooth aftertaste.
M: Good, nice and smooth but the head wasn't as thick as I would have liked.
D: Perfect for a cold night with plenty of chocolate covered raisins or pretzels.

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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 FtownThrowDown
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Christmas gift poured into my dogfish head pint glass.
Pours a less than eventful brown with no head. Just a slight ring around the glass.
Smell is slight, but if you try pretty hard you can get something out of it. Just a slight roastiness, coming through. Not much going on here. The taste is average at best. This is more about christmas gimmick more than it is about good beer.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and just a tad too thin.
This is a highly sessionable beer. With the flavor and mouthfeel lacking, it's begging to be drank fast and furious.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loud, gushing pour with crackling carbonation. Thin and short, light tan foam atop a brown root beer bottom with ruby red highlights. Decent.

Yeasty, fresh baked bread smell. Sweet malts. Hints of caramel. Touches of fruitiness, berries. Faint nose, struggling to find much else in this one as the bread/malts dominate the aroma. A little more complex as it warms, but I served this one @ 54.

Dark, roasted malt taste with loads of dark chocolate. Sweet, hazlenut on the tip of my tongue. Oak/wood profile in the flavor. Bits of lactic-like sourness round out the taste nicely with an inkling of dark fruit. Lingering biterness from roasted character. A bit carbonation heavy. Decent body with a bite in the finish and coffee bean taste lingering.

Nice winter brew, not phenomenal, but very enjoyable. A bit better than your average porter, with a nice warming quality.

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Photo of briman
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby notes when held up to the light. Good clarity. Quarter inch tan head, average retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty, some caramel mixed with chocolate. Maybe even a hint of alcohol in there. Lightly roasted malts come out as it warms.

Flavor has caramel, some chocolate, and a little bit of a nut brown characteristic. Very mild hop presence in the dry finish. No bitterness whatsoever, but a touch of alcohol does sneak through.

Medium body, low carbonation. Balance is pretty good. More of a nut brown to my taste buds than a porter. Doesn't have any noticeable warming affect as the label would lead you to believe, so not sure I would term this a winter beer either. Wouldn't turn another one down, but also wouldn't put it at the top of my list.

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