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

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RATINGS: 676   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Great English ale. Pours a dark brown with a light colored head. Very smooth drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
Dark brown color, nice frothy head. Hints of tin in mildly malty, choclatey and slightly roasty nose. Big fruity hops in the body, finishes soft and choclatey. Very nice stong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2040) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Just like Radek said - very interesting aromas from this brew, dark brown in color, kept a very nice lacy head, some coffee and/or chocolate in the flavors & aftertaste

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 11, 2002
Interesting set of aromas, plum, coffee, choco... Rich intense flavours of same set as aroma, just more choco than plum ... Nice to have you Riggwelter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4240) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2002
Dark, rich beer with a coffee/chocolate flavour. The texture of the beer is very smooth and thick on the palate. A good English beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Beatiful deep copper/ruby colored beer. Very complex flavors and not too roasty, despite the color.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2002
The bottle scares me. I don’t the picture of the dead sheep. Its really dark and brown, with a big, frothy head. Doesn’t smell that much of coffee, it’s more earthy. I like the taste a lot. Its not the kind of beer to pass you by. Its got loads of depth of flavour - loads of roasted malts. It has quite a chocolatey afertatse. Could drinks loads of it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2239) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2002
Coffee, caramal, real nice dark amber colour. Refeshing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
Malty & fruity aroma. Interesting head. Roasty taste that has about the right depth, with maybe even a bit of chocolate. Best of the sheep.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
Nuts and caramel…White chocolate smoke…Pleasant and refreshing…


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