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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Dark brown ale with a fruity, malt aroma. This pour had a smallish tan head, yet created some nice lacing. Very smooth mouthfeel, with clear hops and good malt flavor, with some licorice. Finish is a balance of malt and hop.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mannika (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2007
500 mL bottle. Malty aroma of molasses with a hint of coffee. Pours a clear dark brwn with a frothy off-white head. Flavour is very nice and malty, the mildly sweet molasses and coffee coming out again. Finish is a moderate bitterness. A very enjoyable winter beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Dark in color with a creamy head, slightly red hue. Aroma and flavours of roasted malts, burnt sugar. Slightly fruity. After an initial hint of sweetness, quite a dry hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Beatiful deep copper/ruby colored beer. Very complex flavors and not too roasty, despite the color.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2007
Nice bittery ale with chocolate and caramel hints. Good hop and malt flavour. From a bottle at Woodman’s.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle 50cl. Poured dark amber red, with a thick and lasting off-white head. Malty, bitter coffee aroma. Prominient hops and malt with a floral taste of caramel and roast nuts. You are left with a strong bitter aftertaste, a little astringent. Thick, oily and chewy palate. Quality winter ale.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mountainforest (130) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 27, 2006
shallow head. bitter and spicy on the initial taste, but hops do not linger long. sweet malty-caramel flavour. some depth. for colour - approaches dark. probably won’t make you overturn (velte) on your back (rygg) as the Old Norse name implies.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Dark brown, with hints of red, tan head that lingers and excellent lacing. Aroma of malt, and dark fruit. Taste is predominantly dark fruit with hints of chocolate. Good drinkability.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 Hmm, now lets an old sailor see. Well the aroma got me mouth a waterin, but ahoy me maties, I done lost that fruit and all kind a rosewoodish shit in that doggone well bitternessish of that there flamin broth liquor. Gots a ungood after-y-taste-y-ness too me own cobblers. Buts alls thats fair in piratin and women is alls thats fair in this here stew. Me loves a good Yorkshire-lass truly, and this be her brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
To me, this is a brown ale. Dark brown pour, tan head. A bit of hops and fruit in the nose, with just a hint of something roasty. Taste is a bit of hops up front, then a little bit of dark fruit (but not too dark), and then lots of roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee. Fairly heavy body without actually being thick, harsh, or intense.


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