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

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RATINGS: 679   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Rich creamy lid, dissipating to a film after walking to my favorite chair. Translucent dark amber fluid. Nose of grape esters, dark roast coffee and warm alcohol. Sting of acid and fruit esters form the introduction. Transient tones of red wine, grape, roast and hops as a subtle finale. Mouth feel a tad light for my liking. I can’t compare the "Black Sheep" to any brews in my repertoire. Not a bad status.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8258) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2004
Very dark brown with hints of purple. Aromas are bread, banana, spice and some chocolate. Flavours are fruit and choclolate, quite vineous and malty. Rich with a roast malts dry finish. Nice and smooth on the palate. One of my favourite UK bottled beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinksalot (7) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2004 does not count
Well balanced, deep chestnut color. Hops and banana fruit aromas. Dry finish of hops and roasted barley malt

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2004
Bottled. Something to get your teeth into; let’s do the rounds of adjectives - no, let’s not. It’s a good peaty Islay malt whisky, it sticks to your gills, it taunts Old Peculiar and says ’here’s how to do old ale’. You really want the description? OK. Smoke, coffee, malt. Just like after a good meal.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Deep clear light brown color, beautiful off white creamy head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Light malty caramel smokey aroma, sweet nutty and smokey flavors. Medium bodied with a nice rounded soft mouthfeel, some dryness in the lasting finish, I like this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
Nice fruity/hoppy aroma. Lots of Northdown/Golding/Fuggles.Beautiful deep amber/ruby hue. Small dense head, nice lacing. Rich malt profile, caramel/chocolate/roasted barley. Excellent mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, balanced well aginst the hops. Mild alcohol flavor. An excellent British Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2004
stonefruit, floral hops, caramelised malt, and dark chocolate aromas. deep ruby red with nice creamy head, very low carbonation. dark chocolate with dark stonefruit and bitter, flowery, very british hop flavours. full body, drying dark chocolate bitterness, fizzy on the tip of your tongue. very dry-stoutish, slow drinking, very nice warming beer with nice head lightening alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
bottled: mostly some malt character here, choc malt, coffee flavors, some light hopping in the finish. easy to drink and uneventful.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
500 ml bottle; best before 01/2005 Dark brown with hint of copper and a 1" thick pale yellow rocky head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, with good dark malt and some earthy, musty hop aroma. Flavour is quite simple. Sweet, with hints of licorice. Becomes quite treacly and it followed by a fairly harsh bitterness. Not very well-balanced. Just not a brewery that I enjoy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Rerate Still pretty solid, fades just a bit in the finish with some metallic notes. Original 4.0 Dark tea and bourbon like pour with a creamy, pillowy off-white head and thick long lasting lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, slight chocolate, molasses and a wee bit of alcohol. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, coats your mouth. Complex flavor, note raisins, molasses, candied fruit and cherries. Yum. Stays strong to the finish. This is a style I am really starting to like - need to seek it out more.


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