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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
bottle, dark ruby brown color with thick foam, aroma is malty nutty, caramel, flavor is good mix of ripe plum, nuts , some hoppiness, sour bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5979) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5966) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5676) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2010
bottle @ Allen St Hardware, Buffalo. Dark brown pour, roasted malts, coffee notes in the aroma. Nice roasted malt flavor, coffee, medium mouthfeel. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5662) - Montréal-Nord, 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5604) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2005
Bottle Red brown, off-white creamy head. Fresh fruity nose, english hops. Roasted, slightly smoked, berries. Dry finish, medium to light body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5600) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Deep brown beer with solid head. There's a high alcohol-brown sugar scent. The beer is very dry, woody, bitter and sharp. It leaves the same impression as an ice coffee. Pretty good strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
Aroma is reasonably bitter, with quite a bit of hops, malt character kicks in as it warms. Taste is similar, with caramel going to honey coming off the malts. Quite nice.

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