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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 467   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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4.5
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 24, 2006
50 cl bottle. This beer is a wonderful Christmas brew, and it is a fantastic example of what a great porter should taste like. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep brown to black color, with a soapy white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with really good aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and light roast. The palate is firm, with good dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and light roasty flavor on the tongue. This beer finishes with more good dark chocolate and malty up front, then ends dry and roasty, with some coffee/roast flavors that lingers. Delicious, drinkable, porter, perfect as a session brew, and a natural with oysters, or any other shell fish. This beer borders on being a stout, and a good one at that. Hope Santa will put a few of these under the tree for me this Christmas.

4.3
BlindGuardianco (104) - - MAR 10, 2015
Very tasty porter, not too heavy but nice body, enjoyable coffee aftertaste without being too bitter, mid carbonation makes it very drinkable, will buy again

4.2
obguthr (6659) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Definite aroma of tobacco, like a freshly opened pack of cigarettes, with toasted cereal and molasses underneath. Clear brown, medium tan head, fair retention, good lacing. Thin mouthfeel. Dried and toasted tobacco persists in the flavor and is pronounced. Nice smoke and charcoal finish. Dry flavor to be sure, but unusually similar to smoking a mid-grade cigar. It’s really a curiosity. Hand to God, I think if I drink a case of this, it just might be enough to kick my filthy habit (the smoking, not the beer). By a monster mile, this is the best I’ve had from what so far has been a disappointing brewer, IMHO.

4.2
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a clear dark brown, not much head. Good roast malt aroma, dark fruit too. Moderate roast malt & hop flavor. Medium body, moderate hop bitterness. I’d like to brew this.

4.1
maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a fairly small head. Nose has a lot of toasted and roasted malts. Taste has the same roasted and slightly bitter flavors. Remarkably easy to drink.

4
ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 28, 2012
If you don’t think of this as a porter, it’s pretty good. Pleasant roasted aroma. Sweet, toffee like, and some chocolate.

4
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2017
From World Market. I didn’t think this was so bad as the rating. Good minerally thirst quenching porter. Serving: Bottle


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