Santa's Butt | Ridgeway Brewing

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Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

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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Photo of westcott
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jefftuck47
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of frazbri
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep brown with ruby accents, short head that dissapates quickly. Chocolate aroma and little else. Chocolate malt and a hint of vanilla in flavor. Thin body with modest carbonation. Easy to drink.

I admit it. I bought Santa's Butt because of the label. That, and I am a fan of porters. If it's worth a giggle, buy one. The beer inside the bottle is mediocre.

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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 sjdevel
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: 4
Pours a dark brown/nearly black. Decent 2 finger head after pour. Head retention is not great. Fades, but never totally goes flat.

Smell: 4
Caramel, coffee, fig, and a bit of chocolate. A bit fruity and smoky smelling.

Taste: 4.25
Nice malty / bready flavor up front. Strong caramel and roasted malt come through. This one tastes like a decent brown ale, but I’m not getting much of a Porter taste here. It does have a great British yeast tang and goes quickly from sweet at first sip to drying out and making room for the maltiness. There are some plum, coffee, and nut flavors throughout.

Feel: 3.75
Middle of the road / Medium bodied. I expected a fuller feel, but it feels a bit thin. The carbonation does fade out and leaves tiny foam ring, but hoped for more.

Overall: 4
This beer is not what I expected as it is listed as an English Porter. I was expecting a thicker, fuller, and chocolatier brew (more like a Baltic Porter). But even though I felt it was off the style mark, I still believe it was flavorful and an interesting brew. I would call it more of an English Brown Ale. I got this one on sale for about $2.50 and am thinking about going back and buying a couple more. Definitely can’t beat it for that price.

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Photo of northaustin
2.47/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very dark brown that is pretty thin and has a reddish hue when held to the light. head is very thin and disappears rapidly and leaves no head and no lacing.

the smell is very hidden, some subdued sweet malts. smells very syrupy if anything.

taste: very syrupy, carbony and a bit overpowering.

mouthfeel. initially very dry due to the over carbonation. but ends with sort of an over sticky molasses type feel.

drinkability: wouldnt recommend this one. its too over carbonated and syrupy. no distinct or unique flavors and overall just pretty light.

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Photo of horndecker
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another silly name and label.

Coal black and slick, oily. Little or no head as expected.
The aromas are of espresso beans, leather, burnt and smoky, a woody whiff.
The body is, of course, lighter than it's appearance would suggest, and the flavors are of coffee, soy, roasted (almost burnt) malt. Smoky and murky, but all in a good way.
I like the aromas and flavors, but somehow the slick and oily prescence detracts from my enjoyment. I can't see drinking more than one these, and then only occassionally.

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Photo of avwrite
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty accurate title for this beer (I kid, I kid). Seriously though, had a rather strange taste to it and it was not a smooth ride going down.

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

Ap. Very dark, near black with slight head that faded fast...probably too cold.
Sm. First thought is malt and then some hops/citris in the background. Nice.
Ta. Malt, a bit of chocolate with a tiny bit of lemon hidden in there. Nice mild finish.
Mf. Medium body, nice and full, with decent carbonation.
Dr. Very easy.

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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 Spidey13
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been saving this beer for Christmas Eve. Pours a dark brown with red highlights, kind of the color of Coca-Cola. A small white head faded quickly. The smell is very sweet malt. The taste is also very sweet with a bit of hop bitterness in the back. The aftertaste is a light, bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is medium this with some almost-fizzy carbonation. A decent novelty beer for the season, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another holiday/novelty import from Ridgeway brewing.

Pours dark brown with about 1.5 fingers of tan head which quickly fades to nothing.

Roasty, slightly earthy aroma. A touch of fruity esters.

Taste is roasted malt, dark cocoa, and black coffee. A hint of hop bitterness. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow.

A smooth, easy drink. Mildly carbonated.

A pleasant, well-balanced porter. I'd buy it again!

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Photo of Ryan1423
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of waldoiverson
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into us pint

A: mahogany brown with small head

S: chocolate malt and some spice of indeterminate nature

T: Tasted sweet like a tootsie roll with little floral or spice, slight chocolate aftertaste

M: clean and light

D: Unimpressed with the overall package, the abv is reasonable for warmer-style porter

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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 jwg782
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bcgill
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Snooprobirob
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Douglas88
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours a pure black color with a medium white head. Rich roasted aromas, some chocolates and light caramel in the nose also. The taste is very nice, very quaffable, smooth and full flavors of roasted malts, caramel, light and sweet fruits and chocolates. Very enjoyable.

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

No obvious date

A: Light for a porter. Modest head dissipates quickly without lacing.

S: Spicy hops, brown sugar and alcohol. Not bad but for the alcohol.

T: Brown sugar and nuts, some sweet, slightly roasty malts and some spicy hops on the finish. The alcohol comes thru too clearly, but the finish is quite dry.

M: Very thin for a porter but pretty nice for a brown ale. Medium, nice and slick and with prickly carbonation.

O: I like this a fair bit as a nut brown ale. It is too thin and lacks roastiness for a porter, though. If it didn't say "porter" on the label, it wouldn't have occurred to me that this was anything but a darkly colored brown ale.

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Photo of B-Land
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LionHeart88
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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 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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Santa's Butt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 476 ratings