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


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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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.
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.

edgallow's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edgallow (3190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2012 16.9 oz bottle pours a deep brown with a white head. Aroma of toasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Taste of Strong bread flavor, lots of rich English malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcinG (206) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Butelka 500 ml. Ciemny brazowy kolor z srednia palon? pian?.w zapachu karmel kawa i orzechy. Goryczkowy posmak tlumiony przez slodkawe karmelowe nuty. Wodniste o lekko metalicznym posmaku. Dobre

Marcin G

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hippoman (525) - Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
500ml Bottle from Tesco, Dragonville, Durham. Pours dark ruby brown with a foamy, light tan head and moderate carbonation. It smells gassy in the way that pasteurised beers do while there’s also some caramel malts to be found in the nose. Smoke hits the palate first but gives was to robust malt character than finishes pretty sweet with caramel and toffee flavours. Maybe a little too sweet for my liking but on the whole it’s a solid and enjoyable strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1037) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle at Põrgu in Tallinn. Reddish amber colour, small light beige head. Wow, cranberries! Such nice cranberry jam aroma, albeit a bit metallic. Flavour’s similar, sweet and malty, with a dry bitter finish. Body lighter side of medium, yet kind of chewy, carbonation mild. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ngunity (95) - - DEC 1, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2015 From bottle; pours a deep dark brownish black with nice head and shows red when held up to the light. Malty but not as rich/ sweet as a beer like Pride. Has a little coffee. Bottle seems to have traveled well; i dont recall it being better in UK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (1403) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 30, 2015
Botella, Regalo. 29/11/15 Color marron claro, sabor maltoso, toques caramelo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caribou43 (237) - Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 23, 2015
It is a typical black beer between a normal one and a porter. We can feel this side bitter with the malt that it is grilled. The carbonation is average and the colour is a classical black.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1140) - CROATIA - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle; pours clear, dark brown with a khaki colored head; aroma is roasted malt with some nuts and caramel; taste is lightly sweet with malt caramel, and a hint of nuts; finish is roasted malt with a hint of bitterness; good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (1199) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2015
500 ml bottle. Labeled as Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight’s Reserve Dark Yorkshire Ale. Whew! Dark copper color topped by a small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is toasted malt with toffe notes. Flavor is same as aroma. Toasted malt and salted caramel. Finish is dark cinnamon toast and one eyed newt. All hail Brave Sir Robin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2015
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 20.05.2016
Aroma has licorice, toffee and ripe fruits. Flavour has licorice, some fruity hops, mild menthol tones and toffee. Dryish finish with hints of hay. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2103) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark copper with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, malt, caramel. Flavor mostly follows the nose with some herbal hops thrown in. Finish is dry bitter. Overall: nice.

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