Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ridgeway Brewing Santa's Butt Winter Porter

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first review of the New Year. Hope everyone had a safe and most enjoyable one. Today’s beer is an English beer (Porter), Ridgeway Brewing Santa’s Butt Winter Porter, 6.0% ABV. If you find the name amusing the brewer likes to point out that “Butt” refers to certain sized barrel customarily used for beer-a very large barrel in fact, holding one-hundred eight imperial gallons. Santa’s Butt pours a deep dark brown color with a beige/chocolate three-finger head that is very slow to fade, and leaves great whips of lacing behind. No light was found streaming through the glass and the tiniest amount of carbonation was found due to the dark nature of this beer. The aroma is a roasted scent with hints of chocolate and coco sweetness. Santa’s Butt has a sweet nutty taste upfront with nice hints of chocolate and the tiniest amount of a bitterness that comes and goes super quick. This beer isn’t overly sweet, but has just the right amount of sweetness and nuttiness to satisfy you. The mouth feel is mild to medium with a nice richness, and the finish is nice clean, sweet with a fuller richness, that leads into a sweet chocolate nutty after taste that stays for just long enough to really enjoy it. Overall this is a good solid English Porter. So I give Santa’s Butt A-, it’s a good beer and an easy drinker for winter, but does have one quality that stands out over the others to make it a perfect A+ beer, but still a really great English Porter. So please go out and try Ridgeway Brewing’s Santa’s Butt Winter Porter and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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