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


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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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"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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
Really enjoyed the rich maltiness of this beer. Has well balanced bitterness and a full palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mr_h (3549) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2013
500ml bottle from Morrison’s, Ayr - clear mahogany, thin beige head, malty, resinous aroma, toffee, resin, metallic, high carbonation, dry metallic aftertaste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3742) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2013
500ml bottle courtesy of mr_h. Chestnut brown, decent beige foamy head. Sour vanilla malt aroma. Dry soapy resin malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
More appropriate match ths week. Like the Norse link. Subtle malty undertones. Pleasure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1356) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2013
The aroma of this beer is fairly light with a fusion of caramel malts, banana, and sweet bread yeast, and the appearance is brown with a medium off-white head. The taste is mildly sour, slightly sweet, and a touch umami, and the palate combines an average carbonation, long astringent finish, medium body, slick texture. Overall, this beer isn’t too amazing, but it is still an enjoyable and drinkable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2818) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2013
Just short of a stout in color and bitterness, could probably fool a novice. Deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke. Taste is chocolate , oak barrel, espresso. Finish is dry and abrupt with some lingering bitterness. If you’re a fan of stout, give this one a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
(Bottle): Pours a clear mahogany, small off white head with some moderate lacing. Lovely aroma of roasted malts and nuts with hints of some dark fruits. Taste is also of roasted malts but with bits of smokiness, coffee, nuts, dark fruit and a little bit of chocolate. Brilliant ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
I found a bottle of "Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight’s Reserve", and ratebeer redirected me to this page. 16.9 fl oz / 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Aroma: Dark roasted malts, very slight yeast, and some slight hops. Smells kind of like a less hoppy Black IPA. Appearance: Translucent dark ruby, with a creamy tan head that sticks around a little, but dissipates after a minute or so. Very thick lacing coats the glass. Taste: Lots of caramel, lots of roasted malt that starts of bitter but goes sweet. Very, very mild hop bitterness contrast the malt. Subtle chocolate. Palate: Full body, creamy and rich. Overall: Not bad at all! Actually, it’s really quite good. The flavors in this beer compliment each other very, very well; they all work together, and play nicely on the palate. I wish I could find this stuff again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1033) - HONG KONG - APR 3, 2013

500ml bottle bought at CitySuper at New Town Plaza, Shatin;

Clear deep brownish red colour; Explosive two and a half finger head and light beige foam which lasted for 2 minutes; Very good sticky lacing and notable carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of sweet malt, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and hint of dark fruits. The coffee aroma can be smelt half a foot away from glass once poured; Light sweet taste of dark malt, with light coffee, strong nuts, burnt toast, light citrus and sharp grass; Mid to light body with crisp and quite oily palate, Taste profile reminiscent of a strongly hopped Dunkel, sweetness is near zero, coffee and toast like character fully wrapped in a very nutty, hoppy background. Hoppiness is expressive and nicely offset any remaining sweetness. Bitterness is mild and lasting astringency can be felt as a finish. Quite dry after taste, fairly easy to mouth.

Comments: I was expecting a red-fruit style English Ale, so I am genuinely surprised by its Brown Ale / Dunkel like character. I like it more with further sips, and my ideal Dunkel should taste like this brew: dark maltyness without sugary taste, light coffee character, strong nuttiness, and expressive but not domineering hoppiness. If you have one bad Dunkel / Dark Ale memory too many like me, then this one will help you wipe the slate clean. Worth having it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2901) - South Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 Served in a snifter, this Brown Ale pours a clear mahogany with a mostly short-lived tan head that manages to leave decent, spotty lacing. The rich aroma [8.5] is very appealing and promising, wit ample notes of dark fruits, toffee and roasted nuts. Hints of apples and woody hops. Taste: not what I expected from the nose. The flavor is more malty with a darker roast and some burnt notes. Bittersweet, with the bitterness dominating almost from the outset and leaving what I though was a slightly too bitter aftertaste. Those other aromas do appear, and include burnt toffee, toast, caramel, apples, a touch of smoke, dates and other vague dark fruits. There are some earthy hop flavors in addition to the bitterness. M: medium-full body; very slightly astringent; medium carbonation. O: Despite the comic marketing on the label, this is a serious beer worth seeking out if you like English style Brown Ales. (lightly revised with bottle purchased and consumed in Fife, Scotland - May 2015)

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