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

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RATINGS: 670   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13280) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 Bottle from Asda. Dark reddish brown with lasting tan head roasted malt nose with some chocolate. Nice dry hoppy finish. Really good beer with a certain richness on the aroma that carries on into the palate. 848416 4.0/5.0 Bottle from a colleague for my 40th. Aroma has malt and dark fruits. It’s pasteurised and a little obvious on the alcohol to be honest. Sting comes from the carbontion too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled (BB 02/2006)
Dark ruby with a big creamy expresso head. Aroma has brandy, fruits, oak and hops. Medium-bodied. Woody flavor with a good malt profile. Hops are quite dazzling. Bitter, alcoholic aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2001
This tasty English strong ale has a complex, earthy flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(500ml bottle) Clear mahogany body topped by a big rocky beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, tobacco/leather, caramel, earthy, light anise. Taste is medium sweet, tobacco/leather, caramel, earthy, some roast, light anise. Watery light-medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2006
Nice dark amber colour, leaning into black. Plenty of hoppiness in the aromas, even some bread appearing... Quite a powerful taste, leaning towards a stoutiness with plenty of hops. The aftertaste leaves a nice caramel impression.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11027) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
Dark amber ale with little head. Has a weak aroma with burned malt and nuts and something metallic. Roast malt also dominates the flavour with a long dry aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Riggwelter
Date: November 01, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with a nice fruity character, light earthyness
Flavor: flavor starts off dry, touch of caramel sweetness kicks in and brings some fruityness, earthyness grabs hold to dry it back out again, hint of dry chocolate, light bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 9/20
Rating: 2.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Aroma of lightly toasted malt - aka caramel? Reddish copper color with a vigorous beige head that laces a bit. Starts with coffee and dark fruit, followed by toasted/roasted malt flavor. Light fruit flavor and a bit of bitterness for the finish. Not astringently dry, but not overly malty sweet either. Good one from Masham. Ripon? Isn’t that about 10 miles away?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10538) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear garnet with a fluffy, off-white foam head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and leaves. Flavor is quite nice, medium sweet, coffee ice cream, light mocha, leafy bitterness, faint toffee and toasted sugar. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with mild bitterness, more coffee ice cream character, faint ripe bananas, light dirt and fallen leaves. A very serviceable English strong ale. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a moderate off-white head that diminished slowly. Complex malty and fruit aroma. Medium body with creamy texture. Full well balanced flavor with small sweet finish.


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