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

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RATINGS: 702   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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.


blobcat's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
blobcat (3) - West Yorkshire, - SEP 22, 2012
Heavy on the chocolate, molasses and hops a most excellent beer and my personal favorite.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKernOwl (22) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2015
• Smells like a smoked beer served a packet with prawn cocktail crisps. Slight banana esters? • Loads of chocolate malt / cocoa coming through; out-Porters many a Porter. To be fair, it is very dark brown/ruby for an ale. Put me in mind of the Porterhouse beers; this is also high register stuff, but with a bit more bass. • Ends with a slight wheatgrass kink, then bit more coffee and a nice bit of wheat to finesse the end into gentle creaminess. • Really enjoyable, but only just about retaining the house style amongst all the lovely darker-than-ale notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (772) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Aroma is sweetish, caramel, raisin, plums, slight brown sugar. Taste is sweetish ,slight toffee, raisin, slight coffee, slight roast, slight bitterness. Medium body. Maybe to watery for me but actually good beer to drink more than one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (4058) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUL 31, 2015
500ml bottle. Deep mahogany color. Small size, yellow head, stays. Metallic, caramel, sweet, dry hops in aroma. Dry grassy hops, caramel, sugars, roasted barley, very mild smoked raisiny notes in taste. Metallic spicy hops in aftertaste. Fckin this beer is served too cold. Medium body. Tingly hops. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (1863) - ESTONIA - JUL 31, 2015
Clear ruby brown beer, medium tan head. Nose is malt and caramel, raisins. Flavor is sweet and sugary, coffee hints, finishes with slightly grassy-herbal hops and metallic hints, some more coffee. Sugary, yet finishes herbally bitter. Weird.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
overtheline (90) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2015
Pours dark copper with nice off white head. Aroma is subtle but has chocolate and some dark fruit notes, slightly nutty. Taste is roasted malts, bitter caramel and some more nutty notes. Finish is quality, some surprising almost citrus bitterness and a long, warm boozy tail. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy, full mouthfeel. Pleasantly, surprisingly good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (910) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 4, 2015
Sample at bjcp course. Pours chestnut brown. Reddish hues. Grass, nut, earth, caramel nose. Caramel, nuts, biscuit, roast malt. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Plenty of flavour. Some sherbert dark fruit aftertaste. Toast light bitterness. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
simongladding (10) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Hints of coffee aromoa,dark brown in glass. Interesting & enjoyable beer, not that familiar with the style.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackradioboy (113) - SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Asda. What a strange beer. Smooth-ish mouthfeel. But...almost no flavour at all. 5.7%? Your joking! This is water being sold as beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weark (446) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Bouteille - De couleur brun rubis avec une belle mousse beige qui tient longtemps et laisse une jolie dentelle sur le verre - Au nez des arômes de malt, de caramel, de biscuit, une pointe de fruits rouge, des houblons floraux typique de ces bières anglaise - En bouche des houblons floraux et terreux, toujours beaucoup de malt, caramel et biscuits - corp léger, forte amertume, carbonation légère, sèche, final sèche et amère avec une pointe de caramel - très bonne bière facile a boire et rafraîchissante, sans défaut

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (706) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma is quite sweet of dark fruits, chocolate, slight liquorice, some marzipan and bread. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, some resin and spicy hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and an oily texture. A bittersweet, spicy hop finish but slightly metallic. This is quite decent, complex and very drinkable. Although I’ve had better of this style.


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