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

bottled
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RATINGS: 702   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2007
Huge creamy tan head, dark chocolaty brown with ruby highlights. Flowery hops in initial aroma quickly overtaken by liquorice and dark, well roasted malt. Goes down smooth and rich, dry bitter taste but very drinkable - like a decent stout but less chewy. Very very good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
Dark amber brown with minimal head. Smells a tad malty and roasted. Tastes a bit fruity and malty, strange combo, but seems to work. Again you get that roasted malts taste. It does have a dry and slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
triskaideka (238) - Killarney, IRELAND - JAN 19, 2015
500ml bottle - pours dark amber with white head. Aroma is malty, taste is malty,caramel. decent ESB

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Sherry and molasses in the aroma. Nice two-finger, tan head. Deep reddish-brown color. Tastes of molasses with carmel and a hint of licorice. Very rich body and a notably bitter finish. Enjoyable complexity, very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Nice dark color, creamy head. Sweet aroma. Flavor was a little sweet and chocolatey, also creamy. Smooth finish as well. I thought it was ok.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 For krisbierjaeger who has obviously missed the point entirely: The name; Sheep on back as in, an 'entity' falling over drunk, unable to get up again because of being pissed.... get it..? Anyhow, this is a quality ale. On opening the bottle the first whiff you get is chocolate. Slightly burnt, but syrupy and creamy. Clean palette that leaves that smokey tang. Done it again and again. Can't get enoght. Tonight she was all mine, wool an all

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2005
bottle. dark dark rugby colored, white head laced very well. Semi sweet roasted malt with a nice hop balance. A really nice example of an English style ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexi91 (208) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: ASDA (Bristol). Foamy head with burnt notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2007
Bottle -- Pours a light brown with no visibile carbonation and a huge frothy beige head with some retention and heaps of lacing. Quite a subtle aroma of roasted malt with a little bit of, perhaps, banana and fruit. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Flavour is a treat, with lots of roasted malt, stewed fruit and some bitterness near the end. A nicely balanced drop.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Nice short-lived rocky head. Rich reddish-brown color. Fragrant flowery hops and nice malty aroma. Well flavored with chocolate, raisin and sherry notes. Distinctly bitter finish. Another fine British ale - brewed by one of the original Theakston family (Old Peculier).


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