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Style: Porter
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved children’s storybook:

"And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..."

In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that in England, "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Imaena (1791) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. This was a real let down. Thin and not as roasted as I would have liked.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (486) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2013
date reviewed: 25 January 2013... glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick... occasion: research paper grading, round one... appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa... aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldn’t diminish the effect.... palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern... taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable... overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santa’s nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (465) - - APR 13, 2013
Aroma is strong coffee and chocolate notes. Pours a dark brown, but still able to see through it unlike most porters. Taste is strong chocolate with coffee notes. Finishes very smooth with hints of chocolate that linger. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Charred/roasted aromas from a crystal clear dark amber/rootbeer colored body with a light tan head. I admire this for being a true English porter which is not heavy or creamy, but rather a fairly light bodied ale with roasted components. However, there’s not a lot going on here other than the charred taste and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. It definitely improves as it warms up (and I’m talking above cellar temperature) and develops more character like a light molasses flavor and even a bit of dark fruit. Finishes dry and a little bitter with lasting bittersweet chocolate flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (5855) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20101212.
Pours dark red-copper color with a medium sized head. Aroma of mild roasted malts, some chocolate and caramel. Flavor of caramel, roasted malts, fruits and some faint chocolate notes.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickyleepotts (98) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2013
When all of the Christmas beers dropped in price, I grabbed some. This brewing company has never impressed me, but how can I pass up a beer called Santa’s Butt? This beer is dark, has a nice malty aroma, and a malt forward flavor. The finish is smooth, subtle bubbles, and a nice copper finish. It’s not great, and I wouldn’t pay full price for this... but a $1.99 bottle of Santa’s Butt is worth every penny! No pun on the copper flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5139) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a semi-transparent brown with off-white lacing. Smells of dark malt. Tastes like it smells, only better, with some cocoa flavor too. Good on the palate with a smooth finish. Better than it’s ratings suggest IMO (at least on draft).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13206) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2013
500ml bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Very dark brown with very thin beige head. Its an ok beer, with some malt. Not very exciting. Some milk choc. Some malt. That’s about it.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillHick420 (414) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2013
Pours light brown with a white foamy head. Mild nose of some coffee. Aroma of some toffee, caramel, very bland.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (5937) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Nice dark pour with a frothy head. Nice smooth full palate. Kind of some funkiness on the aroma and taste, but it isn’t bad. A bit of cocoa here.


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