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

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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8150) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 [1021-20070131] 500mL (w/ jerc). Old wet hay hints in aroma also indicates alcoholic grains. Clear, dark dark red brown body with a big foamy off-white head. Grainy malt flavour has hint of alcoholic earth wood. Medium body. Fair. (5/4/6/3/11) 2.9

[1995B-20090213] 500mL bottle. Wet wood toasted malt aroma with mild chocolate hints throughout. Clear, dark amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Rich creamy wood chocolate malt flavour with a long sweet malt aftertaste. Medium-full body. Great texture, great depth. (7/4/7/5/15) 3.8
(c/o a friend, w/ him, jerc)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2015
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 20.05.2016
Aroma has licorice, toffee and ripe fruits. Flavour has licorice, some fruity hops, mild menthol tones and toffee. Dryish finish with hints of hay. Quite pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7735) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep copper brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was sweet malts, dark fruit and what I can only describe as candied malts. The flavor was not nearly as sweet as the nose indicated; more herbal and grassy with moderately sweet malts and a light fruitiness. Meh.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (7724) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 15, 2001
have to agree with the ’earthy’ comments. sticky, soft froth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - 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.


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