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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tampierre (796) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2013
Bottled 0.5l ; Devon ; UK ; Malty,roasted,fruit and cereal aroma ; Brown color with smaller head ; Medium sweet and bitter taste ; Nicely balanced ; Hoppy finish ; Great ESA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (1956) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a small beige head that reduces with time. Aroma of roasted malts, port and chocolate. The taste is of dark fruits, port, chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of treacle. Medium bodied and chewy. A lot going on with this one. I have drunk this many times in the past but never really took time to realise the different layers involved in this. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours a dark amber. Smell of hops, yeast, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, with a bitter back end. Very short on the tongue with a medium body. Delicious Ale that goes well with cheese and bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wimpyjoe (3908) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Brown ale with next to no head, but very tasty. Has plenty of burned coffee notes throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur brune-ambrée et claire. Nez de malt du genre caramel toffee terreux et légèrement rôti avec des notes de fumée de tabac, de fruits (fruits foncés), de noix et de houblon herbeux aux petites traces terreuses. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture légèrement crémeuse. Léger goût fruité (fruits foncés) accompagné de faibles traces de tabac lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de malt légèrement rôtis et aux notes terreuses avec un léger goût de caramel toffee ainsi que de faibles notes de chocolat noir puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux aux notes florales et terreuses avec un léger goût de noix asséchantes. Post-goût moyen-long et plutôt sec, léger-moyen amer de houblon herbeux aux notes florales et terreuses avec un léger goût de rôti et de noix grillées ainsi que de faibles traces d’alcool. (2006)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbopslt (347) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours a very dark amber. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt. Slightly less malt taste than the aroma would predict. Very drinkable for a dark ale, slightly dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Clear dark chestnut with a small rocky head. Aroma was malty and roasty with a little bubblegum and a little raisin. Flavor was full bodied but odd flavored. Nutty earthy malt tones mix with some dry dusty yeast tones, accompanied by that odd banana tone from the nose, as well as a bit of dark raisin, and roast. Not terribly fond of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olliejobbins (789) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
500ml bottle. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a small but nicely coloured (off white) head which lingered. Aroma is of malts, coffee and is bitter sweet. Taste is great. Nice full flavour with a decent amount of carbonation but not too much. A little coffee and smokiness with a good bitter taste of malts. I like black sheep and will be having this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
foolberry (54) - New Malden, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
Rich complex taste, sweet but a little sour as well, deep hop finish. The whole thing very rounded and satisfying in the mouth. Aroma is strong, coffee, raisins. But what’s it like? It feels serious, wood-paneled rooms, quiet conversation, tobacco smoke hanging in the air. A bit regency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (943) - SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle (500ml from Morrisons):
Once settled there is a mix of coffee and roasted malts coming through.There is some sugar and a definite fruity finish with some caramel in there too.
Chestnut brown colour with a really good, thick looking and foamy head about a thumbs width tall that manages to stay consistent without any noticeable reduction in size.
More pronounced than the aroma to begin with, there is some light caramel and a nice earthy malt taste to kick things off with. This is all followed by some bitter malts, a fruity sweetness and a nice biscuit flavour with a hint of vanilla at the end.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bittersweet mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

Starts off slow but gradually opens up and grows on you with the aroma becoming more noticeable and the taste was pretty good throughout. A very easy beer to drink and one that I’d have again.

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