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


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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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. 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hens (701) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - JUN 8, 2013
0,5L bottle. Strong yeast and bread aroma. Sour apple, bread, overcooked sugar and nice bitter on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Very dark brown with a red tint. Lasting white head. Dark, rich malty and toffee aroma. The aroma is complex. The flavor has complex toffee malt character and chocolate. Its stronger, but still weak by American standards and I like that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (547) - 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 (3636) - 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 (3781) - 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 (1375) - 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 (2870) - 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.

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