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


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RATINGS: 689   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1114) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
Huge, stout-like strong ale with harsh, pagan bitterness. One of my favorite beer names.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 For krisbierjaeger who has obviously missed the point entirely: The name; Sheep on back as in, an 'entity' falling over drunk, unable to get up again because of being pissed.... get it..? Anyhow, this is a quality ale. On opening the bottle the first whiff you get is chocolate. Slightly burnt, but syrupy and creamy. Clean palette that leaves that smokey tang. Done it again and again. Can't get enoght. Tonight she was all mine, wool an all

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2003
great packaging, tho the name "riggwelter", which means something like a lame, retarded or palsied sheep, probably wouldn't occur to me as a great name for a good beer. it's a ruddy chestnut color, like a drake cinnamon teal; a pug colored head is dwarfish but gets protective and swells when the beer is aggitated. a big aroma of raw leathery malts and shoe polish, pumpkin-vanilla-caramels, wheat bread and alcohol. whispering carbonation veils none of the choice bitters, as butterscotch coffee aspects, fortified with a hickory-lemon tart and tinny twang routs a mousy sweetness. medium bodied, dry. like a great lakes burning river with a british accent. there's nothing lame about this old goat, tho it's too pricey to qualify as a great session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Musty floral nose. Thin off white head. Deep brownish/ruby hue. Malts are very assertive here. Caramel, biscuits, earthy-mustiness. Medium bodied, alcohol is slightly evident through a pleasant, bitter, floral, dry finish. Well balanced and highly quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
Brown,thick lasting beige head.Slightly stale beery dry malt nose.Carmel and malt taste with coffee overtones. Lingering hop end. Great Belgian lace

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Bummer. Nice bottle, nice label. Why do UK micros so often disappoint? Taste of alcohol. Quite bitter and harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteveAGreen (10) - Wickwar, Wotton under edge, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2002
A fruity bitter, complex underlying tastes. Long dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Beautiful beer! Pleasant balance of hops & malts. Mild fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brisbane (24) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2002
Bottle. Fine, beige head. This is an ebony, black coffee to amber colored ale. Syrupy aroma which reminds me of brittle choclate & coffee cookies I had a while back. A snarling and barky ale, yet all smooth drinking with the proper glass. Avoid the nonick pint-glass and go for a snifter with a fat gut. Drinking with a snifter has, for me, taken away any tart aftertaste. Drink on an empty stomach while cooking and feel the blunt, pounding blow that gives right to the monicker, "Riggwelter". Not the Laphroaig of ales, but a good Friday-beer. A drink for decadents, swine and warriors. Eat with chocolate or the organs of still-warm game!

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