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

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RATINGS: 664   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
gnoff (7414) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Dark ruby/brown colour. Roast malt aroma with some coffee accents. Flavour is fruity and nutty with some hop bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. there’s also a tang that nods in the direction of an old ale. Good balance and rich mouthfeel. Somehow, though, and I’m not entirely sure why, I didn’t find this beer all that exciting even though all the elements were pretty good. 500ml pasteurised bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7324) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2005
A Mes rate: Not overly impressed to be honest. Aroma is a little funky but not in a good way like a decent gueuze. Slight hint of alcohol in there too. The flavour to me is just a typical one dimensional English ale with the pasturisation being all to apparent with plenty of iron filings in there. Looks wise it is ok, a red-brown body but with a crappy head. Finish is shortish with more iron. Yeah not too great. Amazed it gets such a generous figures from the top raters.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7103) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Pours dark brown in the glass. Nose and taste is pleasant malts with hint of baker’s chocolate. Rated 7/2/02

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7012) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (6975) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6935) - NUNEATON, Top 24, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Cool looking half liter bottle pours clear deep amber with tan head. The aroma is a pleasing mix of earthiness, fig, black licorice, chocolate and boysenberry. The taste is pretty full with licorice, earthiness, spicy hops and then becoming sweeter and sweeter with the addition of dates, boysenberry, grapes and red apple skins. Rich sweet earthy brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (6375) - 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.


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