Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Santa's Butt Winter Porter


Santa's Butt Winter Porter is brewed by Ridgeway Brewing in Oxfordshire, U.K. and imported by the Shelton Brothers. Thanks to my parents for getting me this brew as a Christmas gift. I've never tried anything from Ridgeway Brewing before until now, so here goes:

50cl bottle with a unique shape shared with the girlfriend. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlights shining through when held to the light. A light fizzy brown head appears and then fades as soon as it came. Aromas start with light roasted grain with a hint of cocoa. Some cardboard/metallic oxidation is present, maybe I held onto this a bit too long. Subtle hops with some raisins and molasses. Not really doing it for me here.

First sip brings a roasted somewhat caramel malt upfront along with a touch of a burnt, almost smoky flavor. Light cocoa flows down with some dark fruits and raisins in tow. Finishes with just a dash of herbal hops on the way down. Overall this one just ends up boring me for a porter.

Mouthfeel is rather light with fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy but doesn't really satisfy me like a normal porter would. Almost seems a bit watery. Overall, I personally found this to be a pretty forgettable brew and I don't see myself going back to it again. Maybe I'll have to try some of the other Ridgeway offerings.

Overall I gave this brew a 3.0 out of 5.0. Pretty average all around.