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

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RATINGS: 696   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2003
This ale is sparkling clear with a deep copper hue and a slight orange tint. Large, rocky, khaki head. Mostly, but not fully diminishing. Great, full and creamy lacework. Very malty nose with notes of homemade soap, butter, milk chocolate, cherries and cinnamon. The flavor is moderately malty up front with notes of cocoa and citrus. Very well balanced with a moderately bitter and lightly pungent hop addition on the backside. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter and astringent finish with freshly cut buegrass and wet straw at the earthy end.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9442) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9199) - 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........

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8836) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8784) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle from Peace St. Market, Raleigh. Pours deep copper/ruby with medium ecru head. Aroma of dark fruit, including figs, plus scotch, cabernet, oak. Tastes like the little brother of Weyerbacher Insanity with some hops, oak, caramel malt, cabernet. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
Nuts and caramel…White chocolate smoke…Pleasant and refreshing…

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8433) - 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.


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