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

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RATINGS: 697   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.


seymour's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1650) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (848) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 4, 2015
Sample at bjcp course. Pours chestnut brown. Reddish hues. Grass, nut, earth, caramel nose. Caramel, nuts, biscuit, roast malt. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Plenty of flavour. Some sherbert dark fruit aftertaste. Toast light bitterness. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
simongladding (10) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Hints of coffee aromoa,dark brown in glass. Interesting & enjoyable beer, not that familiar with the style.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackradioboy (95) - SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Asda. What a strange beer. Smooth-ish mouthfeel. But...almost no flavour at all. 5.7%? Your joking! This is water being sold as beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weark (422) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Bouteille - De couleur brun rubis avec une belle mousse beige qui tient longtemps et laisse une jolie dentelle sur le verre - Au nez des arômes de malt, de caramel, de biscuit, une pointe de fruits rouge, des houblons floraux typique de ces bières anglaise - En bouche des houblons floraux et terreux, toujours beaucoup de malt, caramel et biscuits - corp léger, forte amertume, carbonation légère, sèche, final sèche et amère avec une pointe de caramel - très bonne bière facile a boire et rafraîchissante, sans défaut

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (530) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma is quite sweet of dark fruits, chocolate, slight liquorice, some marzipan and bread. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, some resin and spicy hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and an oily texture. A bittersweet, spicy hop finish but slightly metallic. This is quite decent, complex and very drinkable. Although I’ve had better of this style.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (878) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2015
50cl bottle at home from BeerRitz.co.uk. Body is clear brown, head is medium, beige, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Nose is slightly roasted malt, flavor is chocolate, malt, mild coffee, raisin. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, light sweet, chocolate, light alcohol warmth. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Easy tasty dessert beer, simple, good one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (289) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
OK strong ale maybe to subtle for its own good nice flavours coming through just not pronounced enough for the style OK but would like to see more from the flavours.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
davidtjm (885) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle. Pour is black with a foamy head, aroma is sweet, light toffee. Taste is sweet, malty, chocolate, gently bitter towards the finish. Unspectacular

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (944) - SWITZERLAND - APR 26, 2015
Brown color with small tan head. Aroma is very malty, some fruitiness. Taste is malty, estery, warming booze in the end. Carbonation is soft but high. This only has 5.7%? Not bad English Strong.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1939) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Morrisons. Pours deep ruby with a thin cream head. Peppery malt aroma. The taste is very malty with spice and butter. Some nut and toast notes too. Not bad.


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