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


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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2204) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2013
November 5, 2013 - bottle from Wine and Cheese. Bottled as Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight’s Reserve. Clear light brown pour with some head. Aroma was roasted malt, toffee and fruit. Taste was roasted malt, some chocolate, toffee, fruit and mild hops. Medium bodied and relatively smooth. Fantastic movie and a solid brew. Any movie that has a quote of "I fart in your general direction" is a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle (black knight’s reserve dark Yorkshire ale). Pour is mostly clear ruby and brown, slightly off white head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, slight fruitiness. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruits, slight herbal spiciness, some bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andriesradu (615) - ROMANIA - OCT 15, 2013
50cl bottle. Pours dark amber with a moderate but mostly diminishing head, good lacing. Aroma is quite light. Some notes of roasted malt,breadish. Flavor is light to mderate roasted malt with a long bitterness. Better as it warms a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gueuze (682) - - SEP 30, 2013
Malziger, süßer Geruch. Starke, nachhängende Bittere. Starke Röstnoten. Interessante, gut ausgewogene Restsüße.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1797) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a good frothy tan head that fades slowly to nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt. Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, bit of coffee and malt sweetness. taste follows with roasted malt, dark chocolate, with some caramel sweetness, bit of coffee and nut. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. A very medium body, clean, smooth and creamy. Nicely balanced. Enjoyable beer to relax with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3576) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2013
16.9oz bottle 9/18/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-48° in English Pint-Pours a darker brown with a big tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with a charcoal taste in the middle. This medium bodied brew is not bad as I was expecting worse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (3148) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2013
Dark copper with off-white foam head. Aroma is malty, bitter hops. Taste is bitter with chocolate tones. Nice lasting aftertaste. (Velp 201309)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours rich coppery brown with thick beige diminishing head. Malty floral aroma taste is complex mix of hop bitterness combined with malty caramel has a nice dry edge with underlying moderate sweetness. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (2083) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle, 21/08/13. Pours a dark auburn copper with a decent, beige head. Aroma is flowers, liquorice and roast. Taste is semisweet with liquorice, coffee and roast being in the forefront and having a strong presence. Some chocolate and caramel, but coffee and roast and liquorice overpower. Good carbonation, quite medium palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
#100 bottle from supermarket. Dark amber, pours thin. Light soft head. Sufficient bubbles. Lovely taste.

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