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


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RATINGS: 679   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olliejobbins (921) - 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 (996) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1942) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle at the Dickens. Intense and balanced. Aromas of caramel, hints of chocolate and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1322) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark ruby colour, with chocolate & coffee malt aroma and bubbly tan head. Initial fizzy sourish burnt dry coffee-malty (slighty dry hoppy) bitterness that then lingers, layered against a thick malty sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Deep dark brown amber with a red tint and a creamy lasting, tan head. Smells of deep malt, caramel (brown sugar) with a light roast and chocolate and coffee. Some berries, raisins, and other fruit elements like apple. Smells complex and rich. Medium to full oily body, soft carbonation. Sort of like a Bitter that molds into something more complex. Sweet toasted malt with toffee and caramel but then the fruit becomes more present with raisins, banana and then moves from sweet to a roast, chocolate, coffee and a hop liquorish dry finish that lingers. Easy to drink, delicious and is very moreish. Nice balance too. Mixing with rum?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemoonmatt (3) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012 does not count
My personal favorite bottled beer. A really good strong yorkshire ale. Prefer this to XB from Theakstons but its all about personal preference I s’pose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shaney (2427) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2012
#1396 Röstiges Kaffeearoma mit Zartbitternuancen dunkler Schokolade. Geschmacklich gehts in Richtung Stout: Röstmalzig, aber auch fruchtig nach Beeren (Brombeere trifft es am ehesten). Klingt sanft, nachbitternd und leicht rauchig aus. Das Schaf kommt bestimmt wieder auf die Beine, da bin ich mir ganz sicher. Lecker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
First impression is the smell of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and other dark flavors. Pronounced roasty malt flavor and sweetness without being overbearing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1473) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Tasted from 1pt .9oz brown bottle into a tall tulip glass. It poured a clear but dark reddish-brown color with lasting beige foam and lace. Beautiful appearance. Aromas of sweet malt, citrusy hops, caramelized brown sugar, very strong fruity ale yeast esters, chocolate. Great malt complexity, bittersweet hops balance, flavors of raisins, wild cherries, black plums. Likely a long-boil, definitely tastes of kettle caramelization. Drier and less bready than I expected, tart almost to the point of sour, hint of lacto acid, well-rounded mouthfeel nonetheless with strong carbonation to splash it all around, persistent fruity aftertaste. Well-crafted, no flaws, a near-perfect "Big Brown Ale." Exactly my kind of beer.

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