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


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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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.
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
A good, solid yorkshire ale from Black Sheep. Dark, malty and flavoursome, if a good old-fashioned spit & sawdust drinking pub flavour, this is what it would taste like. One to enjoy, as opposed to a quick thirst-quencher

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1149) - SCOTLAND - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle Morrisons, dark red brown, good light brown head that lasts well. Aroma is rich and malty,almost treacley, fruity hops very much in the back ground. A big complex malty flavour without being overly sweet balanced with good robust hops...super beer,but not one for a session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Poured a dark red, with a finger of head. Very sweet and fruity nose. Tastes amazing. Very sweet initially, followed by a very sweet dry chocolate finish. Very smooth and finishes exceptionally. Great lacing. The chocolate finish is delayed on my palate almost perfectly. One of the few beers I find myself savoring and being disappointed when the bottle is empty. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2012 16.9 oz bottle pours a deep brown with a white head. Aroma of toasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Taste of Strong bread flavor, lots of rich English malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Tasted from 1pt .9oz brown bottle into a tall tulip glass. It poured a clear but dark reddish-brown color with lasting beige foam and lace. Beautiful appearance. Aromas of sweet malt, citrusy hops, caramelized brown sugar, very strong fruity ale yeast esters, chocolate. Great malt complexity, bittersweet hops balance, flavors of raisins, wild cherries, black plums. Likely a long-boil, definitely tastes of kettle caramelization. Drier and less bready than I expected, tart almost to the point of sour, hint of lacto acid, well-rounded mouthfeel nonetheless with strong carbonation to splash it all around, persistent fruity aftertaste. Well-crafted, no flaws, a near-perfect "Big Brown Ale." Exactly my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeermole (14) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Robust, rich and complex, but very well balanced. For me, espresso coffee and chocolate made the first impression, then not too far behind were malt, hops, liquorice and isoamyl acetate. Perfect combination of sweetness and bitterness. Drink enough of this and you’ll end up like the sheep on the label!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Sweet malty aroma. Dark ruby colour with good head. Rich coffee and dark chocolate flavours with a smooth finish. Heavy body with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Deep dark brown amber with a red tint and a creamy lasting, tan head. Smells of deep malt, caramel (brown sugar) with a light roast and chocolate and coffee. Some berries, raisins, and other fruit elements like apple. Smells complex and rich. Medium to full oily body, soft carbonation. Sort of like a Bitter that molds into something more complex. Sweet toasted malt with toffee and caramel but then the fruit becomes more present with raisins, banana and then moves from sweet to a roast, chocolate, coffee and a hop liquorish dry finish that lingers. Easy to drink, delicious and is very moreish. Nice balance too. Mixing with rum?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle at the Dickens. Intense and balanced. Aromas of caramel, hints of chocolate and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
500ml bottle. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a small but nicely coloured (off white) head which lingered. Aroma is of malts, coffee and is bitter sweet. Taste is great. Nice full flavour with a decent amount of carbonation but not too much. A little coffee and smokiness with a good bitter taste of malts. I like black sheep and will be having this again.

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