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

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RATINGS: 691   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
A good, solid yorkshire ale from Black Sheep. Dark, malty and flavoursome, if a good old-fashioned spit & sawdust drinking pub flavour, this is what it would taste like. One to enjoy, as opposed to a quick thirst-quencher

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Outstanding beer. Kind of like a lightly smokey, oaky brown ale or German alt. Really complex. Medium, slightly watery body. Dry aftertaste lingers for a long time. Has enough flavors and body unlike a brown like Newcastle. Rerate 061805: Very nice toffee, tootsie roll aroma. Flavor is decent with the same characteristics as the aroma. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with roasted malt. Body is slightly watery. Changed score from 4.1 to 3.9

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2602) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Big, rocky, light brown head with minimal laceing. Dark brown chestnut color. Malty, yeasty, sulfury nose. Med/full body. Good, kinda creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sour, chocolatey with some grainy and tobaccoish notes. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4994) - 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 (2585) - 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 (3845) - 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 (2233) - 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


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