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


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RATINGS: 664   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - AUG 10, 2012
Strong malty hop aroma. Chocolate then toffee then molasses. Hoppy top notes. Toasted ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (3833) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2012
500ml bottle pours a light brown color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is light roasted grains with an assertive floral and citrus hop note with some light fruits. Taste is nicely balanced between the roasted malt and citrus bitterness and and a fruity and malty sweetness. A very well done brew for the style and highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2012
This beer has a medium-to-full body, a depth of malty,treacly, toffeeish flavours and a mint-humbug hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (4531) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep copper brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was sweet malts, dark fruit and what I can only describe as candied malts. The flavor was not nearly as sweet as the nose indicated; more herbal and grassy with moderately sweet malts and a light fruitiness. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Syzzer (571) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Typical weak platonic english dark ale. It has a sour finish, rootbeer in color, slightly-somewhat malty. Finishes very weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours copper with a large beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, caramel and dark dried fruits. Roasted malt and coffee flavor with hints of caramel sweetness, dark dried fruits and grassy/herbal hops. Lightly bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2157) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Poured from a 500ml bottle. There is a slight sour character, toffee, earthy, bready. A little thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle at home. Dark cola brown, thin white head. Nice malty sweet nose, touch of treacle, touch of earthy English hops. Similar flavours, some cola sweetness, soft caramel, earthy peppery hops and a soft chocolate sweetness in the finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012
dark brown, coke-like liquidm slightly see-through. pours a foamy head that disappears. the aromascape is dark and hidden, containing malt and dark sweet tones; hint of caramel and chocolate, bread, herb/seaweed qualities, dough and earth, moist leaves. The taste is rather awesome to be honest. The sweetness changes from honey-sweet to a wide, open and mild chocolate sweetness. this dances with the bitterness that is mild but nicely uplifts the malt. The sourness is gentle but not weak; its lifts up its head nicely when you seem to forget it was there. The palate makes this work even better by having a medium body with a surprisingly thick, oily texture. the carbonation is spot on, keeping things alive but not overwhelming anything. If the aroma was more open or intriguing, it would uplift everything a notch. A good beer, a good experience after tasting boring and bland beers one after another. Best beer so far from Black Sheep that I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
Aug 2006 from BA: Dark Ruby Red, with a thick creamy coloured head which I poured into a Palm Tulip glass, this allowed the flavour and aroma to stay in the glass more than if I had just poured into a normal British pint sleeve glass. Burnt Malt and Hops come to the fore in the smell. The taste is strong on malt, but not overpowering, a slight fizz, but not gassy in any way. The throat holds the flavour (if you let it) and the mouth feel stays, this is not a watery beer. Very drinkable and must be tried with Wensleydale Cheese, they come from the same valley in Yorkshire.

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