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

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RATINGS: 670   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mt_hall (102) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Bottled. Dark red-brown colour, with a think, long lasting, light brown head of fine bubbles. Malt and hop aromas both strongly evident, with chocolatey flavours too. Generally smooth and well balanced, but the finish is slightly too dry and hoppy for my liking. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2002
Smells of caramellmalt and pepper,A nice and pleasent bitternes,maybe a taste of sweet banana

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Poured a dark red, with a finger of head. Very sweet and fruity nose. Tastes amazing. Very sweet initially, followed by a very sweet dry chocolate finish. Very smooth and finishes exceptionally. Great lacing. The chocolate finish is delayed on my palate almost perfectly. One of the few beers I find myself savoring and being disappointed when the bottle is empty. Highly recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUL 25, 2006
1/2 liter bottle. Poured a jewel red brown of polished mahogany with an impressive off-white creamy head and superb lacing. The best looking beer I’ve poured in some time. Aroma is sweet and moderately malty, lightly hopped, light doughy yeast, some honey, and banana bread. Flavor is full of lovely sweet malt with a finely crafted balance of bitter and yeasty notes. Some brown sugar. Finish is medium long and light-to-medium bitter with pronounced caramel flavors. Medium carbonation, medium body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This was the perfect picture of an English ale. I had this years ago at the brewery, but forgot about it until I saw it on a trip to California. I really wish I could get my hands on a few more of these. I could easily drink this by the gallon. One of the best!

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
not so good. metallic and underhopped. looked malty but wasn’t. of the three english ales Baugh and I drank today, this was the disappointment

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
Medium dark colour with complex aroma...can smell caramels and light chocolate. Very pleasant taste which is as complex as the aroma. Again can taste hints of caramels and chocolate. Not overpowering...a very satisfying strong ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
chocolate malty smell. dark colour with medium creamy head. strong malty flavour with fruity after taste. one of my favourite beers,

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
Wow Big head. Bubble texture. Creamy Rich smoky flavor. Mouthful is sweet and biter at the same time and it leaves this bubbly feeling when its gone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 24, 2006
It’s really one of my favorites. This ale had a great chocolatey sweetness but it was well balanced with a slight malty flavor. The aroma was phenominal and it really brought me to higher standards for an ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours deep ruby color. Smells sweet and chocolatey. Taste is slightly salty almost... Decent malty sweet taste with some hints of fruit (definitely raisins) and undercut with a nice hoppy feel. A decent beer.


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