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

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RATINGS: 696   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
A fine strong ale. The aroma is simply stunning - malt, hops, nutty and a hint of coffee. Pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. Lovely flavours - again, the malt and hops shine through, with subtle background tastes (coffee, nutty). Smooth on the palate with lingering tastes. Overall, a fine nutty brown elixir. Serve at or slightly below room temperature.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
yackery (159) - California, USA - APR 1, 2011
Translucent like clear, dark tea. Some head reamains next to the runny lacing both off white. Very little aroma of dough and cooked vegetables. Taste is a little salty. Palate is thin with an abrupt finish but lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012
dark brown, coke-like liquidm slightly see-through. pours a foamy head that disappears. the aromascape is dark and hidden, containing malt and dark sweet tones; hint of caramel and chocolate, bread, herb/seaweed qualities, dough and earth, moist leaves. The taste is rather awesome to be honest. The sweetness changes from honey-sweet to a wide, open and mild chocolate sweetness. this dances with the bitterness that is mild but nicely uplifts the malt. The sourness is gentle but not weak; its lifts up its head nicely when you seem to forget it was there. The palate makes this work even better by having a medium body with a surprisingly thick, oily texture. the carbonation is spot on, keeping things alive but not overwhelming anything. If the aroma was more open or intriguing, it would uplift everything a notch. A good beer, a good experience after tasting boring and bland beers one after another. Best beer so far from Black Sheep that I’ve tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2001

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2005
Dark garnet with a sticky off-white head. Sweet malt and toffee, treacle, and coffee in the nose. The body is also a little sweet, but this is rounded out nicely by a good bitterness in the finish. It has mouth-filling flavours of toffee, coffee and toasted malt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mt_hall (154) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Rich creamy lid, dissipating to a film after walking to my favorite chair. Translucent dark amber fluid. Nose of grape esters, dark roast coffee and warm alcohol. Sting of acid and fruit esters form the introduction. Transient tones of red wine, grape, roast and hops as a subtle finale. Mouth feel a tad light for my liking. I can’t compare the "Black Sheep" to any brews in my repertoire. Not a bad status.

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.

3.7
   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.


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