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

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RATINGS: 676   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2003
A great dark brown colour with a dense tan head. The smell is almost completely malt, but there are definately some roasted qualities as well. A full-bodied beer with a good roasty flavour and a long-lasting aftertaste which consists of strong malty flavours. A pretty well done beer...really no complaints. I bought this in a 16.9 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Malty, but not really sweet, more roasted, toasted flavor. Nice looking dark brown with a rocky head. Nice full body. Might be slightly too dry for my taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Bottle. Am earthy brown amber color with a tan head. Slightly toasted malt, dry, wanting for flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2004 Bottled. Deep nut-brown color, off-white head. Somewhat burnt in the flavour after the malty aroma. Malty flavour, a bit burnt with pumpernickel(would that be a metallic bready touch?) and tiny notes of licorice. Medium to big bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Deep brown with hints of red. Vigorous tan head. Malty aroma, but not much of it. Toffee flavor with some hops. I agree that it is porter-like

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Pours a deep garnet color with a tan head. The aroma was roasty, coffee, malty, a bit of alcohol...much like an English porter. The flavor was more on the malty side...coffe still, and some hops. The finish was pure coffee. Soft, very wet feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Nice roasty aroma. Almost a roasted coffee flavor in the body...balanced by a nice hop bite. Finishes to the dry side.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Great name and a great beer. Nice aroma, color and flavor. A well crafted beer with a balanced flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2003
As I like to know where a beer's name if applicable comes from, or something of its history, I often peruse the label and or the beer website for pertinent “poop”. “Riggwelter” basically means “a sheep on its back”, well so much for that piece of trivia. The beer pours a sparkling sangrineous color, the head portly in size, foamy in texture and the color a light tan, as the head dissipates it leaves a fine filmy sheet to cover the glass. Nose is mostly malt, a tad sweet; start is rich in malt, the top middling its feel. Finish has an insignificant acidity, the hops are agreeable in their understated presence, dry and a bit vinous, a drinkable brew even if it is named after a “smelly animal laying on its back that needs help to get up”! On second thought, I’ve needed help getting up off my back a few times

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (587) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2003
malty/nutty nose, dark copper hue with an off-white head, strong roasted malt flavour, thick oily palate, strong malt/coffee aftertaste


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