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%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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.
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Dark brown ale with a pleasing tan head, which lasts long, leaving acollar of foam on the rim. Malty, spicy aroma, with hints of the strength to follow. Flavor is strong malt, with some woody character. Fades to a bitter, hoppy finish, but with plenty of malt throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
1pt 9oz bottle bought at Bayville Package Store, Selbyville, DE...pours reddish-brown in color with a sudsy light beige head...sweet smell of malt, dark fruits...taste was sharp, bittersweet, yet semi-dry with a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste...medium mouthfeel...this is a really good ale, too bad I only bought one...reminds me of a lighter Old Foghorn that I also have in my fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
1pt Bottle: Poured a dark brown with a thick.. thick head. Scent is malty. Big aftertaste that just makes you want to have another drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2004
stonefruit, floral hops, caramelised malt, and dark chocolate aromas. deep ruby red with nice creamy head, very low carbonation. dark chocolate with dark stonefruit and bitter, flowery, very british hop flavours. full body, drying dark chocolate bitterness, fizzy on the tip of your tongue. very dry-stoutish, slow drinking, very nice warming beer with nice head lightening alcohol.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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