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

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RATINGS: 687   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
decent dark ale...malty, not quite robust. medium bodied with a sweet roasty finish. I’d get again but wouldn’t go out of my way...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6564) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep copper brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was sweet malts, dark fruit and what I can only describe as candied malts. The flavor was not nearly as sweet as the nose indicated; more herbal and grassy with moderately sweet malts and a light fruitiness. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6500) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2006
Huge offwhite fine-laced head over dark red body. Faint, sweet, roasty aroma with hop notes. Deep, sweet, harmonic taste of roasty malts with red fruit character and bitter, tarry aftertaste with sweet chocolatey taste lingering. Complex and interesting. This is a great beer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6493) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2011
500. Thanks to one of the finest people you can imagine, hand-delivering this bottled delight without warning out of the goodness of his heart. Fetchez la vache! Pours an opaque ebony, nearly black, with a dense and creamy tan head that falls quickly to a sturdy disc. Not a bad looking beer at all. Naughty, naughty Zoot. Big tart treacly molasses and plums nose, kind of sweet and Christmassy, which wasn’t what I was expecting from a bitter, but it’s not at all unpleasant. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Dark pitted tree fruit and some gingerbread on the mid palate. Big acetic crackery hop finish, kind of airy and peppery. Nothing about this beer did what I expected it to do, which is kind of cool. Why do you think I have this out-a-rageous ac-sawnt?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear, bubbly, deep orange-copper with a large foamy off-white head. Aroma of lightly roasted caramel malt, nuts, fruit and a hint of smoke. Flavour’s even better, with lightly roasted malt, nuts, fruit and hops. Dry, lightly smoky, bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Not what I think of off the top of my head when it comes to an Old Ale, it’s almost Porter-like, but it’s still a very good and complex beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Reddish brown hue with small tan head and very good lace. The aromas hint of roasted sweet malts, caramel, toffee, sour milk and apples, hazelnut, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts nutty and lactic, the mocha sweetness is found underneath. Some bitter appears towards to end with a touch of smoke and very light spice. The mouthfeel has a chalky dryness, astringent and lively.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6290) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée à chez ANBL (Dieppe, N-B). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col crémeux avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel brûlé et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de malt torréfié en arrière goût. (Rating #818)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2012
50cl bottle shared by Kermis. Creamy white head. Clear amber pour. Nice beer. Malty aftertaste

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle (500ml?). Poured deep clear mahogany with a large light reddish-brown foamy head. Very nice aroma of mildly spicy yeast, light roast caramel malt, pungent hops, slightly woody, musty and a hint of carbonized peach skin. Taste - really interesting, chalky, peach pit bitterness, almost a old porter character to it - very dry - the fruit and malt character is very much in abeyance, although it certainly tastes yeasty and very musty. Mouthfeel is like thick cloth, or banana pith, still and dry, with a long, chalky nominally sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 3, 2009
Bottled(500ml). -Nice dark red ruby coloured, medium sized lasting beige head, malty chocolate nose. Light roasted malt, chocolate and toffee taste with notes of coffee and caramel. Bitter and mild spicy finish.


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