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Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: English Strong Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets. Aroma Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit. Taste This strong, velvety ruby brown beer really is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is deceptively clean drinking, with a wonderfully complex palate of coffee, bananas and liquorice which rewards you with a long, dry Goldings hop finish. Ingredients We use a base of Maris Otter malted barley, but add plenty of Pale Chocolate malt to give Riggwelter its rich dark colour, espresso nose and roasted malt flavours. We use a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer! All our bottled ales are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. What’s in a name? Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Old Norse roots; “rygg” meaning back, and “velte” meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or “rigwelted”, when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance. It seemed the perfect name for a strong beer from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Dark brown color with a thin head. Smokey aroma. Very thin body. A bit of malt with some smoke that doesn’t remind you of a good smoked beer, but more like smoked hot dogs. Not inherently bad, but not wonderful. Definitely not a typical English Strong, but it’s enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Beautiful deep chestnut colour. Very nice and quite complex English Strong Ale. Hints of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and bitter coffee ending in a classic long and dry bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (14007) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle. Nice brown colour. Plenty, very stable head. Roasted, malty flavour with a long bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Better than the regular ale. Nice brown beer with a white head. Aroma is roasted coffee. Flavour is coffee with hints of liquorice and slightly hoppy with a semi-dry finish. Nice complex beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a light brown head. Good sweet malt aroma with some nice bitter hopping. The taste is solid toffee and sweet malt with a spicy hop finish. Good drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
Pours deep ruby with a firm rocky lacing tan head. Brown sugar malt, toasty hopped nose with notes of fresh citrus. Some molases, medium roast. Lots of grapefruit hops and raisiny wine alcohol. Fair amount of depth. Caramel, vanilla, oil, leather, oak. Richens up as it warms. Salt, boullion, iron. Earthy woody sour finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10598) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Brownish dense medium sized head. Lasting long. Malts, liqourice, hops and herbs in the nose. Flavour is malty as well, with not so distinct liqourice taste. Notes of fruit and some vague chocolate. Is light bitter on a nice maltbase in the end. Nice one.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is deep copper. The foam is yellowish, firm but quite small. The smell is fresh with a burned touch of malt (Goldings?) The carbon dioxide is balanced and medium strong. This beer got a full-bodied burned flavour with a bitterness that disappears quickly. The aftertaste is a little bit sourish and bitter with a burned taste that somewhat resembles of a dry stout. A nice session ale if you want something dryer and more robust than a pale ale, but not as dark and dry as a stout. It is OK, but not one of my favourites.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown coloured, with a creamy head. Earthy, hoppy aroma. A hint of fruitiness. Coffee flavours, with some fruit. Perhaps pears? Nice bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1968) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Great looking dark red/brown colour with a nice, log lasting, off white head. aroma is roasted coffee and malts. Flavour is great; malty, nutty, roasted, liquorice. Nice long aftertaste, with some hops and bitterness. Full to medium bodied with an excellent mouthfeel. Great beer.


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