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


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RATINGS: 704   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.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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.
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5631) - 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 (1506) - 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 (10184) - 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 (1135) - 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.

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