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


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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Nice dark brown color with a huge head. The aroma is malty and quite alluring and the flavour is very malty and full with notes of roasted malt, at hint of coffee and caramel and the hops gives a nice bitterness all the way through the flavour. Nice and full mouth feel. Perfect for the dark months of winter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9823) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
A brown ale with abundant ice cream float head. Hoppiness and malty character and complexity, some cocoa. Earthy, touch herbal, bit astringent mouthfeel, which is fine with food.Lace in glass. Definite nuttiness. Surprisingly drinkable. Satisfying. Good for its style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9482) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2005
Bottle: Dark amber coloured, medium off-white lacing head; malty and fruity nose, a bit vinous, traces of liquorice and roasted malts; dry malty taste, leading to an also dry, slightly bitter (chocolatey) finish. A goodie, especially in winter........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9287) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottle. Orange and raisin bread aroma. Dark copper color with small head. A doughy orange flavor with moderate hops and alcohol finish. Good but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
500 ml bottle; best before 01/2005 Dark brown with hint of copper and a 1" thick pale yellow rocky head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, with good dark malt and some earthy, musty hop aroma. Flavour is quite simple. Sweet, with hints of licorice. Becomes quite treacly and it followed by a fairly harsh bitterness. Not very well-balanced. Just not a brewery that I enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8975) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2004
Very dark brown with hints of purple. Aromas are bread, banana, spice and some chocolate. Flavours are fruit and choclolate, quite vineous and malty. Rich with a roast malts dry finish. Nice and smooth on the palate. One of my favourite UK bottled beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8929) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
(50 cl bottle form Systembolaget) Clear dark red color, big lasting fluffy tan head. Sweet and hoppy scent, also a bit chocolate. Sweet, roasted malt and hops taste. Coffee and roasted malt aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8862) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2007
bottle. Clear and dark colour, medium-sized head. Aroma of hops, coffee and wild berries. Hoppy flavours dominate, solid malty background with hints of wild berries and coffee. Short finish but pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 2009-02-05. Brown body with a modest khaki head. (3+) Interesting aroma, light metallic notes over dry malt, earthy notes. (6+) Similar flavour, dry malt with light bitterness, finishes very lightly astringent. Earthy character. Average plus palate. Decent but I am not sure it is one I would return to. 6+/3/6/3/14 Bottle from LCBO

Jan 2008. Bottle from the LCBO. Dark amber tinged brown body with a good sized pillowy off white head. (4+) Dusty, toasty malt aroma of scorched caramel, earthy undertones. Similar flavour with an earthy chestnut character, malty, toffee sweetness with moderate malty base. Something odd about the overall impression is off putting to me. It grows on me as the glass goes on but I just can’t really get into it. Smooth slightly fuller than average palate. Slight ’grabby’ astringency at the back of the throat. Well crafted but not really to my tastes. 6/5/6/3/13 - 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer with a tan puddle for a head. The aroma has caramel, chocolate and boozy dark fruit. The taste has dusty chocolate and caramel. Decent alcohol. A little smoky character comes through also. A decent Old Peculier-a-like, and easily Black Sheep’s best beer. Score 3.6
Subsequent ratings scored 3.6 and 3.5. Average unaltered

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