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

bottled
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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3048) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Poured out a good solid head that left a good lacing,Red brown colour, malt in the aroma (butterscotch?), mild bitter taste of coffee and licorice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2003
Red-brown w. large beige head. Malty, nutty, roasted, bitter. Sharp edges, medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4027) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Cool label, bottle, and the name explanation struck me as a rather deft turn of phrase for a strong ale. Nice looking clear, black walnut brew, tall head with very fine bubbles which turn to seafoam. Aroma is very muted porter, whiffs of cocoa in the foam. Very quaffable, despite its ABV and darkness. Dry. Notes of coffee, sour fruit, artificial bacon bits (perhaps that's nitrites or smoke or both). Medium, lightly tart, nut and roast finish that didn't leave a lot of coffee char. An ale-yeasted schwarz.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Well carbonated mahogany body with sparse island chain head. The insistent coffee grounds aroma surprised me for a beer of its appearance. Mocha notes seemed apparent as well. Robust roasted malt with a noticeable hop finish and satisfying burnt coffee aftertaste. A taste of gum appeared after awhile in this english strong ale meets coffee porter.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
7/19/03: bottle.
sweet tea aroma. deep tea colour with an almond head. lacing = yes. sour tea taste with some malt flavor. slight bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
A dark red to copper body with a thick, everlasting beige head that goes rocky after some time. Thick lacing.
Malt and coffee in the aroma. Some fruit, smoke and alcohol in the nose. After warming to room temp, a brown sugar aroma becomes apparent.
Very fruity first impression of the taste. Sweet and malty. Alcohol very evident in the middle of the tongue. Bitterness of the hops comes out in the lingering aftertaste. Coffee is delicately inlayed into the aftertaste too. Layers and layers of malt that sum into complexity and depth. There's many flavors cruising around my tongue...
Very crisp and dry. Works nicely with the huge mouthfeel and body of this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Very good Strong ale... roasted coffee finish is wonderful. A little mild for a Strong ale, but very tasty. A good intro beer to the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
the same color as many porters but flavored like a smokey brown ale. Had a nice dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Deep brown beer with solid head. There's a high alcohol-brown sugar scent. The beer is very dry, woody, bitter and sharp. It leaves the same impression as an ice coffee. Pretty good strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 Looks great! Dark brown/red color with a big head. Aroma of dark burnt malt. Dry, bitter and roasty flavour. Some dark coffee, oak with hints toffee in background. Long bitter finish.


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