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


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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3663) - 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 (3315) - 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 (2182) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (481) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2013
500ml bottle - light tan headed dark ruddy ale, aroma of malty molasses, smooth bodied; nice taste of bitter, caramel, and a nuttiness - all rather fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/13/2011: Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight Reserve Dark Yorkshire Ale... Aroma: Caramelized malt. Appearance: Clean amber color with a lofty, foamy beige-colored head. Flavor: Malty, caramelized, roasty coffee undertones; mild, DRY herbal hoppiness in the finish. Palate: Medium-body; average mouthfeel. Overall: Actually, this is surprisingly flavorful, well balanced, and easy and enjoyable to drink; the commercial deScription is spot on: "A deep, ruby-chestnut brown ale topped by a near-white creamy head; rewards with a complex palate from roasted Marris Otter and Pale Chocolate Malts, and a dry Goldings hop finish. Cheers!"

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle (5.7% alc/vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #636 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle. 7/31/13. Pours a bubbly red with a fluffy but fleeting off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bread, licorice, baker’s chocolate, dried fruits (banana, berries). Taste is surprisingly fruity, very dry; red berries, caramel, toffee, unsweetened cocoa, some grassy bitterness; finish is dry fruit, leather. Some light lacing. Medium-low carbonation. Mouth feel is oily, slick. Worth drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1510) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2013
500ml bottle, pours a ruby red with a small off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet caramel malt, with some chocolate & coffee in their too, berries and dark fruits come through with hints of ripe banana and a touch of alcohol. The palate is thick and creamy and the carbonation is low to medium. The finish is long and quite sweet, the bitterness is coming through but the sweetness lasts on the tongue. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark nut brown with a half finger of khaki head. Aroma of roasty coffee malt, biscuits, caramel and dank herbal hops. Taste is light sweet. Caramel, brown sugar abd grassy hops. Light bodied with a thin yet slick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. Nothing special but decent.

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