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

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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a clear burnt orange to brown colored body and a decently sized off-white head. Aroma of earth, wet leaves, toffee, chocolate, leather and a hint of freshly cut fruit (stone fruit or pears, not sure, very faint). Taste is light roast, toffee, leaves, decently harsh bitterness, smoke, and the brulee part of a creme brulee. Medium bubbles. Easy to drink. Lots of nuances.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (7881) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
10/24/11. 16.9oz bottle labeled as Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight’s Reserve. Brown/red pour with a nice thick, creamy tan head that sticks and laces a teensy bit. Weird aroma od chalk, burnt bread, metal, and caramel apples. Sweet caramel entry with a burnt toast flavor followed by lingering chalk and a huge metal kick. Blech.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7863) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle from ASDA. Dark brown with a decent off-white head. Red fruit and toffee aroma. Flavour of fruity malt with some earthy hops and a long dry finish. Very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 15, 2001
have to agree with the ’earthy’ comments. sticky, soft froth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7541) - 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?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Dark ruby/brown colour. Roast malt aroma with some coffee accents. Flavour is fruity and nutty with some hop bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. there’s also a tang that nods in the direction of an old ale. Good balance and rich mouthfeel. Somehow, though, and I’m not entirely sure why, I didn’t find this beer all that exciting even though all the elements were pretty good. 500ml pasteurised bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7479) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from one of supermarkets. Poured a clear dark brown with a broken off white head. The aroma is dry malt with a little yeast. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth hop liqourice bitter palate and a short bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Super a refreshing. A beer for all seasons.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7251) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7248) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Rerate Still pretty solid, fades just a bit in the finish with some metallic notes. Original 4.0 Dark tea and bourbon like pour with a creamy, pillowy off-white head and thick long lasting lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, slight chocolate, molasses and a wee bit of alcohol. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, coats your mouth. Complex flavor, note raisins, molasses, candied fruit and cherries. Yum. Stays strong to the finish. This is a style I am really starting to like - need to seek it out more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7180) - 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.


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