Ridgeway Brewing Company - Santa's Butt
Serving Temperature:50-55° F
Suggested Glassware:English Pint Glass, Mug or Stein
Clearly, the unusual name is caricaturized on the label, but the term "butt" doesn't really mean what you might think it does. But hey, it's tough to avoid the temptation of using the name to its fullest double entendre potential. Consider for example this statement that originally led our panel's review notes: "our panel really loved the taste and feel of Santa's Butt." But what does the name really mean? Let's get down to the core of Santa's Butt… OK, OK, sorry! As you can see, the possibilities are endless… "Butt", though today a bit archaic, originally referred to an especially large barrel that held exactly 108 imperial gallons. Diehard fans of porter (or your average beer geek) will recognize the term from porter's original name: entire butt. The term 'entire' referred to the fact that porter, which originally came in three different 'threads' or varieties, was eventually blended in 'butts' at the local pub (come on, we're trying to be serious here!) and this blend, which had the characteristics of the 'entire' range of porter threads was the incarnation of porter that made it profoundly popular with London's local "porters".
Santa's Butt has a rich, ripe nose (do we have to ask again? Be serious!) featuring notes of figs and plum, hints of licorice, and a touch of smoked peat. Expect rich, syrupy malts to flood the palate, with hints of milk chocolate, plum, figs, coffee, anise, and smoky, roasted malts. The finish is mildly bitter, with characteristically English porter notes that distinguish themselves from the chalky, resolutely dry bitterness present in many domestic interpretations of the style. Great with fig pudding, or chocolate covered raisins, pretzels or nuts. Ahhh, nuts and Santa's Butt, what could be better? People, please! Get your minds out of the gutter!! Fact is, Santa's Butt smells and tastes great… Oh geez… we've done it again… Happy holidays everyone!
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