sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jgb9348 (5232) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Am earthy brown amber color with a tan head. Slightly toasted malt, dry, wanting for flavor.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roasty aroma. Almost a roasted coffee flavor in the body...balanced by a nice hop bite. Finishes to the dry side.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great name and a great beer. Nice aroma, color and flavor. A well crafted beer with a balanced flavor.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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