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

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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9309) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9259) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - 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?

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9088) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
Nuts and caramel…White chocolate smoke…Pleasant and refreshing…

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (9052) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2013
500ml bottle from Asda, Dunbar. Pours dark brown, no head. Aromas are mostly metal and dark sugar. Taste is more of the same. Thin texture, sticky finish. Not very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9027) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (9021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2010
500 ml bottle from The Royale. Pours a deep amber color with a finger-thick beige head that pours and settles unevenly. Aroma of toast, earth, caramel malts, overripe fruit, banana bread, and grass. Flavor is the same, with a dank, earthy, bitter quality. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy mouthfeel. These Black Sheep beers aren’t doing much for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8821) - 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.

3.6
   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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