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Ridgeway Brewing
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
North Heath, England

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

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3.8
nybol (3036) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2018
Frugtagtig porter med en del sødme fra malten. Karamel i eftersmagen. En god juleøl.

3.9
superspak (7468) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2018
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/25/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, and plum; with lighter notes of nuttiness, coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aroma with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, coffee, light dark fruit/herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a delicious English porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Nicely rich porter malt complexity with mild earthy hop balance. Usually their beers I've had in the past were very yeasty, but this was a lot cleaner with no diacetyl at all. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

2.9
dchad56 (710) - - JAN 7, 2018
Bottle - dark with small foam head. Decent aroma- slight licorice. Ok mouthfeel, quite lasting taste, thin, slight licorice.

4.2
mkel07 (7199) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2017
Bottle from Malt Traders on 26 December 2017. Not really porter weather when I drank this beer but it didn’t really matter. Burnt toast flavours and bitterness are stable mates in this dark and delicious beer. All that is good about dark beers is right here in this one – deep black colour, big full aroma, smooth velvety texture and bitter finish. What more could you want from a Porter.

2.5
Bacchus66 (1416) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2018 Tap, ADT. Clear dark amber with a thin tan head. Some mild chocolate flavors. Overall a bit thin. Gotta say, this is the fourth of these Elf beers I've had today and maybe they had a bad trip over the pond or something. They all seem a little off, this one most of all.

3.6
thebighead (28) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Perfectly stated by the brewer: This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole

3.9
mjmoen (715) - - DEC 10, 2017
C+. Pours a black color with khaki head. A little light on flavor despite it's dark color

2.8
Ktwse (6826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Pours black with low white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, Christmas spices. Taste is roasty, a bit medicinal. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

3
DraftDodger (2366) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2017
Copenhagen 14/8 2017. 50 cl bottle from Den Gamle Købmand. Santa showing off his butt on the label while his studying the wishing list from all the worlds well behaved children. Pours clear dark maroon with a red tinge and small off-white head. Settles as patchy and thin layer of foam. No lacing. Aroma is strong and fairly sweet. Caramel and milk chocolate. Light hints of bitter coffee. Medium carbonation and thick oily palate. Flavor is heavy sweet. Followed by modest bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter coffee and toffee. Sweet but indeed heartening. And not as heavy as expected for a beer where Santa is exposing his butt.

3.1
katrinaez (2962) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Very light in style. Slight nutty and malts in aroma and taste. Nothing outstanding but not going to throw it away. Bottle


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