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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO. Too much malt for me in both the aroma and taste. Other flavours include caramel and coffee. The palate is fine, smooth and full-bodied, with a bitter finish. I went to school in Yorkshire, so I wanted to like this, but I guess I should stick to my Timothy Taylors.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (194) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 8, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Belle couleur brun-rouge avec une petite mousse blanche; arômes de café et chocolat; goût bien équilibré entre douceur et amertume

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - APR 4, 2008
Pours a lovely colour, Very dark red. It smells nutty, then bready. It’s malty, evidently alcoholic, It tastes of roast malt and barley, creamy, a dark berry fruit note. I imagine id love this on cask.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2002
The bottle scares me. I don’t the picture of the dead sheep. Its really dark and brown, with a big, frothy head. Doesn’t smell that much of coffee, it’s more earthy. I like the taste a lot. Its not the kind of beer to pass you by. Its got loads of depth of flavour - loads of roasted malts. It has quite a chocolatey afertatse. Could drinks loads of it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
Dark Brown with a tight offwhite head. Lightly carbonated. Coffee, crystal malt aroma’s, with a touch of English hop character. great body that really stands out. Some coffee flavours with a good balancing bitterness. Not outstanding, but very well made, and easy drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours dark amber with an immense fluffy head. Nose is of wild honey and embers. Medium body with a bit of a tannic finish. Taste is quite roasty with a sour note.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
aroma of malts and bananas. brown body with some carbonation w/ a small light brown head. taste of malts ,roasted nuts, a bit of coffee and yeast. palate is the only thing that bugs me about it as it is a bit hoppy on the finish. this is a good winter beer. ...on a side note, let this one warm up a bit before drinking. Much better as it gets warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
This dark brown and amber coffee ale looked fairly subdued in my glass with a quickly disappearing head. Its aroma of malt and hops was slight, but I attributed that to it being colder than needed for serving. The flavor seemed to balance well between the malts, water, and hops so I decided to wait for it to warm up. Twenty minutes later, it came to life with a maltier taste than I expected. It turned out to be a good ale for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2005
Deep red, almost black with a frothy head, lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel, notes of coffee and yeast. Flavours are coffee, malt and metal - remember when you were a kid and stuck your tongue on the monkey bars? Well this is what it reminded me of......

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Very good Strong ale... roasted coffee finish is wonderful. A little mild for a Strong ale, but very tasty. A good intro beer to the style.


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