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


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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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.
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
A quick whiff of alcohol in the aroma disappears quickly with nary a trace leaving behind a malty, chocolate, nutty aroma with some fruity, grape-like notes. Clear burnished copper coloured with generous and lasting off-white head that laces beautifully. Salty, smokey, deep and malty with some chocolate, nutty and licorice notes and a fair roasty bitterness. Creamy and thick in the mouth with engaging carbonation to keep the tongue interested. Bottle. Thanks, JoeMcPhee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pi2za (18) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
Great Dark beer - nice head with a nice foamy white colour. Sweet and malty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2004
This is a great dark beer. Great aroma and good bite yet still smooth enough to enjoy over and over again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Dark ruby/brown colour. Roast malt aroma with some coffee accents. Flavour is fruity and nutty with some hop bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. there’s also a tang that nods in the direction of an old ale. Good balance and rich mouthfeel. Somehow, though, and I’m not entirely sure why, I didn’t find this beer all that exciting even though all the elements were pretty good. 500ml pasteurised bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pours a dark brown, foamy off-white head. Aroma is malt and coffee. Flavor is dark and roasted, reminds me of a porter. Very nice. Thanks to Heemer for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Not a bad brew. Deep red body with nice beige head. Complex nose of fruit, nuts, hops, yeast, candy. Good full body. Taste is a nice hoppy bitterness without being too sharp. Sweet and malty. Some fruit and nuts. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
Dark amber ale with little head. Has a weak aroma with burned malt and nuts and something metallic. Roast malt also dominates the flavour with a long dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2004
A fine ale. Dark brown in color with ruby-amber highlights with a thick, lasting white head. Rich, roasted malt aroma and flavor with sugared-coffee and caramel notes. Thin in body, but not unpleasantly so, it builds to a mildly hoppy and bittersweet finish. A very good looking beer, well balanced. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark Brown...White Frothy Head. Smoke...Malt...and Then Very Dry at End. Much More Decent Than Monty’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Bottle. Sweet malty smell. Mild malts and roastiness. Very UKish. Has the SAME aftertaste as the SS Nut Brown Ale. That grapeish sweetnes.

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