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


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RATINGS: 700   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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2002
Very warm. With a bitter aftertaste. The blend is quite soothing. The head was thick and light brown in colour. A very well made beer. I split this with friends and they all enjoyed it as much as I did. One said it tasted nutty to him. I thought at times it was almost grassy or hay like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
I kind of like these English Strong Ales. I believe the last one I had was Coniston Old Man in Toronto with the First RB convention crew. This is quite similar...damn near smacks of those high-backed English chairs in red leather with the buttons in the upholstery, leather bound books in a musty, earthy library with some old guy (like Q [RIP] from the old Bond films) as the librarian. A small smoky fire crackles in the corner and it is humid and slightly cold, and you’ve got this concoction to keep you warm. Hmmmmmm...the malt is equisite, with a touch of rolling hop presence (you can’t call it a bite) at the close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4785) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2002
Beautiful, big frothy almond coloured head. A real scent of cocoa and a strong bitter finish. A good and well-rounded English Strong Ale perhaps better if less sharp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2002
pours clear brown with a big off white head. this beer has a chocolately aroma more characteristic of stouts than english ales. some nice nutty, mocha malt flavours with an earthy hop finish. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2002
Dark red / amber color, beautiful head and lace. Very nice aroma: malt, caramel, roasted malt, coffee. Rich mouth feeling, strong caramalt; it turns quickly in a very bitter ale, prelude to a long and strong final. Bitterness is the most evident character, followed by caramel and finally by some hop aroma; would be better if more balanced (less bitter, more hop-aromatic).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Deep brown color; White head with good lasting power. Good. Smooth. Malty, almost choco-coffee. Full flavored for sure. Very satisfying. Baby, baby, I hear a symphony...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 Oct, 2002 Brewed by Paul Theakston, the black sheep of the Theakston brewing family, in the old Lightfoot’s brewery that the Theakston family had bought up and closed down many years earlier. Black Sheep beers are bold and uncompromising.
This is a good dark brew. It has some of the dark twisted rooty taste of a stout, but with the sour fruit tang of a porter. A good old fashioned English ale. There is an interesting hop bitterness dancing around on an ever elusive malt body. There are chopped mixed nuts - some hazlenuts, some walnuts, some pecan - and assorted fruits - banana, fresh apple, grapes. There is toffee, caramel, licorice, some herbs and spices. There is enough going on to keep up interest to the end. And all this in a surprisingly refreshing body. The strength can quickly catch up with you - no wonder that damn sheep is rolling around cheerfully drunk! [3.4]
April, 2003 Compared with Bombardier. Dark hazelnut colour. Broken, thin, clinging nicotine cream head. Sweat yeast aroma - wet leather with a hint of cabbage and some creamy toffee. Quite complex and yielding. Stout like, roasty malt - burnt fruit cake. Fairly consistent, though occasionally a vanilla tone comes through. A dark, almost devilish beer - leaning in the roasty direction of a stout. The strong dark flavours stand up well to the pasteurisation process.[3.5]
Dec, 2006 Blind tasting with Old Peculier, Strong Sufolk and ESB. 2nd place. Dark amber colour. Frothy carbonation - some long lasting cappuccino foam. Aroma is fridge ice, vanilla, coffee, roasted barley, rubbery plastic, raspberry jam and nappies. Noticeable bitterness - lingering after the finish. Roasted barley and English hops. Burnt chocolate. The bitterness makes this stand out. A tasty, strong English ale. [3.2]
April, 2009 Strong, dark beers stand up well to being poorly processed. This is a damn good drink. Lots of flavour, pleasantly presented. I’m accep

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Harsh burnt front end. Thins out quite a bit on the backside.somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 Hmm, now lets an old sailor see. Well the aroma got me mouth a waterin, but ahoy me maties, I done lost that fruit and all kind a rosewoodish shit in that doggone well bitternessish of that there flamin broth liquor. Gots a ungood after-y-taste-y-ness too me own cobblers. Buts alls thats fair in piratin and women is alls thats fair in this here stew. Me loves a good Yorkshire-lass truly, and this be her brew.

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