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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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2.8
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2004
Black, not much head. Weak malty aroma. Flavor from licorice and vanilla. Weak and with a mild finish.

3
JPDIPSO (6293) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Near black with a small tan shiny head. Straight forward aroma of toasted and roasted malts. HInts of coffee. Flavors of light cola, coffee, chocolate and mild caramel. Medium thickness. Just a light dark ale.

3
MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Light brown. Nose is a combination of standard roasts and peppermint. Very spicy and minty flavor, like somebody mixed toothpaste in with a standard porter.

3
sloth (2944) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Small light brown head, large bubbled, short lived with scant lace. A seriously black porter with a bit of brown edging. Faint malt nose, chocolate with a hint of roast. Med/light body. Chocolatey, cocoa flavors, caramel and maybe some coffe notes hidden in there also. Finishes dry and fast. Kewl label.

2.2
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Dark almost opaque brown body toppped by a small tan head. Medium caramel and roasted malt aroma. The flavor is cocoa, dry malt extract, and ever so light citrusy hops. Light palate that really mars things. Seems they spent more time thinking up the silly name rather than formulating a decent recipe.

2.5
hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Bottle... Very dark, crystal clear, crimson ale with a small, fizzy, beige head. The nose is chocolaty and smoky (odd, mesquite aroma). The flavor is almost totally nondescript and way thin. Very well-balanced up front, but becomes a bit sweet and smoky on the backside. Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, clean finish. The alcohol content feels and tastes like that of a mild ale. Boring. Non-offensive, but not in the least bit remarkable.

2.3
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Black body with a thin head that went away with a hiss. Aroma is a bit of cocoa, sugar and a little bit earthy. Flavor is as thin as the mouthfeel, and is a bit sugary. This comes close to a serious case for a beer, but falls short.

2.2
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2004
Bottled.
Dark brown, almost no head. Fruity nose with traces of cocoa. Flavour is from dried fruits, nothing else. This porter is lacking in both body and bitterness. It has neither of it.

1.8
omhper (25800) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown. Very phenolic. Sweet with bold, simplistic malt character. Unimpressive. Santa can keep his butt to himself.

2.8
JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 I love Porters,butt(not my usual mispell) this isn’t working with me. Appearance is very stoutish, dark black no head. Aromas is burnt and roasted, not what I look for in a porter. Flavor is burnt and slightly bitter. Body is very thin. I think Santa is making an ass out of himself with this beer, butt thats just my opinion. To all a good night.


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