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


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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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. 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (665) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Deep brown color with light creamy head. Chocolate aroma, smooth mouthfeel, ends dry and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2003
Malty toffeeish nose. Dark brown hue with decent light brown head. Malty toffee and treacle flavours. Full bodied dry, hoppy finish. A beer of considerable quality. A classic strong English ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Dark brown to black, thin head. Smells like berries, and ha an appealing earthyness. Roasted coffee in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Woo Hoo! I'm Back! My brother just came back from visiting with his fiance's family in the British Isles and reloaded my sadly depleted cellar. This is one dark gem igniting the cobwebs. It's a beautiful journay of sweet to bitter, with strong molasses and toffee malt action leading a chrage into tealike herbality. Something like walnut shells stain the color and flvaor, too, not unpleanantly so. It's nice to be back in business.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 16, 2003
This is more like it! I had just been bummed by a Wychwood Hobgoblin, and didn't expect much more from this; pleasantly mistaken I was. Dark cherrywood/brown complexion to this beauty, with a huge thick lasting head. Nose is malty and powerfully scented with peaches in syrup and cinnamon, really just amazing if rather simple. Overpowering, even. Flavor just as good, sweet, complex, earthy, toffee, licorice; lots going on here. Finish is smooth and beautifully balanced between sweetness and dryness, with just a hint of hoppiness all the way through. Excellent example of the type; I just wish I didn't have to wade through all the mediocrities in these $3-5/bottle English beers to get to the occasional beauties.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1427) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Deep Rich amber brown in color. Nice small head. Full heady aroma filled with malt and alcohol. Clean malty taste finishes with a tad of toasted malt goodness. good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2003
This ale is sparkling clear with a deep copper hue and a slight orange tint. Large, rocky, khaki head. Mostly, but not fully diminishing. Great, full and creamy lacework. Very malty nose with notes of homemade soap, butter, milk chocolate, cherries and cinnamon. The flavor is moderately malty up front with notes of cocoa and citrus. Very well balanced with a moderately bitter and lightly pungent hop addition on the backside. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter and astringent finish with freshly cut buegrass and wet straw at the earthy end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Another great new (to Maryland) English brew. This ale rocks! Although I'm not sure why you want to have a sheep on its back.... Boystout is right, this does pour and act like a stout at first. More dark mahogany in color than black.Slight chocolate nose and taste...hazelnut? Slight hop kick where you'd expect it, then a nice crisp clean finish. Great ale!

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