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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"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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1471) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2470) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2014
9/14/2011. From bottle. Brown color with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas, dried fruit, caramel, chocolate. Earthy, malty flavors, plenty of fruit and a light hoppy finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
christhoel (191) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Medium dark bourbon clear colour under a large size, fine bubbled mid-beige lasting head. Sweetish caramel malt ’n smokey oak aroma. Medium smooth body carrying a serious tangy, ’in your face’ bitter start. Lighter caramel sweet malt and nutty flavours with some recurring smokey woody character. Strongish bitter finish and aftertaste. Very pleasant drinking. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
decent dark ale...malty, not quite robust. medium bodied with a sweet roasty finish. I’d get again but wouldn’t go out of my way...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (655) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Holy Grail bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: 2 fingers khaki head, dark brown color, clear, ok lacing. Aroma: roast, nutty, grass, light molasses, bread. Palate: full body, average frothy carbonation, oily texture. Taste: smooth sweet malt and roast, very light bitter on the end, super smooth. Overall, the mouth feel and taste of this beer are awesome, super drinkable, well done, and just impressive. Love the US artwork too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Sweet malty aroma. Dark ruby colour with good head. Rich coffee and dark chocolate flavours with a smooth finish. Heavy body with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4564) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle shared with McTapps. Fine one with a thick background, some raisins, chocolate and leaves in the aroma. Tastes balanced with some ripe fruits, bit of malt. Good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4564) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle from Morrisons in Newport. Pours out in a dark deep brown colour woth low smooth head and medium body. Aroma of roasted malt and barley. Taste of malt, roasted barley, straw, torf, woods and leaves. Malty finish with honts of nuts and light coffee. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (169) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 8, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Belle couleur brun-rouge avec une petite mousse blanche; arômes de café et chocolat; goût bien équilibré entre douceur et amertume

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1028) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from Asda. Pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate. Taste also has caramel, with roasted malt, and chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (988) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Wakefield. Strong ruby ale with creamy head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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