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

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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8527) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8485) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8429) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2007
Dark mahogany colour; good imitation of a B.C."H.". Caramel, a bit of old portwine, chocolate biscuit, and just a perception of smokiness. Roasted tastes, even dark, bitterish malts, in the end again a bit smoked. Subtily hopped, especially in the finish. Excellent MF, for such a modest ale. Chewy, near viscous. A very nice, tasteful Yorkshire ale. May I pray for a bottle-conditioned version?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8319) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
Bottle from Morrissons, Banbury 20-04-07. Pours a ruby colour and has a good fruity and malty nose, good malty and full bodied beer some sweetness but strength whilst apparent isn’t overpowering. Nicely bittered and all in all thoroughly decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
Deep rich red-copper, moderate tan head with good retention. Caramel and burnt sugar aromas, alcohol is also apparent. Full-bodied palate with brown sugar, caramel, and an earthy quality with a moderately bitter finish. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a clear burnt orange to brown colored body and a decently sized off-white head. Aroma of earth, wet leaves, toffee, chocolate, leather and a hint of freshly cut fruit (stone fruit or pears, not sure, very faint). Taste is light roast, toffee, leaves, decently harsh bitterness, smoke, and the brulee part of a creme brulee. Medium bubbles. Easy to drink. Lots of nuances.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7763) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma of berries cocoa hops and alcohol plus roasted malt. Relatively hoppy berries flavor in combination with roasted malt. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
Pours with a reddish transparency and creamy tan head. Richly malty nose with a hint of mandarin hop leafiness. Smoothly creamy mouthfeel. Pungent lingering bitterness and smooth, slatey maltiness. Hints of chocolate and caramel. No-nonsense Yorkshire abruptness in the finish. A tasty brew, but one is plenty enough.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7592) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2004
Dark and pours with a big head, lacing. Burnt and alcoholic aroma. Flavor is bitter and burnt. A little thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7549) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a creamy beige head and a grain and toffee aroma. There is a rich roasted malt flavor with lots of toffee and a slightly bitter finish. A pretty good brew.


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