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

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RATINGS: 685   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7177) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 15, 2001
have to agree with the ’earthy’ comments. sticky, soft froth.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (7108) - 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 (7095) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - 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
downender (6646) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle from ASDA. Dark brown with a decent off-white head. Red fruit and toffee aroma. Flavour of fruity malt with some earthy hops and a long dry finish. Very good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6579) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
10/24/11. 16.9oz bottle labeled as Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight’s Reserve. Brown/red pour with a nice thick, creamy tan head that sticks and laces a teensy bit. Weird aroma od chalk, burnt bread, metal, and caramel apples. Sweet caramel entry with a burnt toast flavor followed by lingering chalk and a huge metal kick. Blech.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 11, 2002
Interesting set of aromas, plum, coffee, choco... Rich intense flavours of same set as aroma, just more choco than plum ... Nice to have you Riggwelter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6571) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2010
bottle @ Allen St Hardware, Buffalo. Dark brown pour, roasted malts, coffee notes in the aroma. Nice roasted malt flavor, coffee, medium mouthfeel. Decent


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