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


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RATINGS: 676   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2009
Nice aroma of flowers and grass. A summery beer in flavour with fresh cut grass being dominant. It also has a long malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Excellent brew. Malty, bready, delicious. This beer is unique and well worth the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2005
(bottle) Pours dark caramel, with a huge smoooooth and creamy off-white head. Notes of roasted malts and iron (?). Plesant dry bitterness, longlasting. Overall OK!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (112) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Belle couleur brun-rouge avec une petite mousse blanche; arômes de café et chocolat; goût bien équilibré entre douceur et amertume

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Dark amber with an off-white head. Roasted malts dominate the aroma. Smooth amd seet on the palate with a dry finish. I enjoyed this one, but it’s missing just a little something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
First impression is the smell of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and other dark flavors. Pronounced roasty malt flavor and sweetness without being overbearing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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

   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.

   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!

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