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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUL 25, 2006
1/2 liter bottle. Poured a jewel red brown of polished mahogany with an impressive off-white creamy head and superb lacing. The best looking beer I’ve poured in some time. Aroma is sweet and moderately malty, lightly hopped, light doughy yeast, some honey, and banana bread. Flavor is full of lovely sweet malt with a finely crafted balance of bitter and yeasty notes. Some brown sugar. Finish is medium long and light-to-medium bitter with pronounced caramel flavors. Medium carbonation, medium body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This was the perfect picture of an English ale. I had this years ago at the brewery, but forgot about it until I saw it on a trip to California. I really wish I could get my hands on a few more of these. I could easily drink this by the gallon. One of the best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I love this beer hoppy nutty and maltly. Hope to find this on tap one day. Rerate on tap at the brewery fucking amazing. Page 61 of MJ’s Great Beer Guide and only 462 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
Wow Big head. Bubble texture. Creamy Rich smoky flavor. Mouthful is sweet and biter at the same time and it leaves this bubbly feeling when its gone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1502) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Lucent brown, thin beige head, medium-light body, medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: sweet toffee malt, fruity esters, some minerality, ant a faint hint of leafy hops.

Taste: brown malt, toasted bread, leafy hops (not notably bitter or aromatic -which means nicely balanced i guess), and a subtle hint of peat smoke.

Rich and complex, but balanced. More brown ale than old ale, as there are no descernable alcohol or oxidative notes. Would be much better on cask. It has a very nice smoke character which adds depth and complexity to the roasted malt character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jasonr3 (2) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
Out of the bottle in a pint glass. Nose is espresso, sweet malts, sea water, and chocolate. Palate is light yet soft with a slight effervescence. Taste starts out like a traditional english ale, and then blooms to complexity. Banana in the middle of the bell in the back of the palate, liquorice, chocolate, seaweed. Finishes with a note slight note of espresso bitteness that lingers. Tasty, complex, intriguing, drinkable, unique, a very nice beer worth picking up or adding rum or a nice peated scotch/ sweet bourbon to.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (3933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2013
Just short of a stout in color and bitterness, could probably fool a novice. Deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke. Taste is chocolate , oak barrel, espresso. Finish is dry and abrupt with some lingering bitterness. If you’re a fan of stout, give this one a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2898) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2005
Mr. Paul Theakston surely pulled it all together for this absolute gem of a beer, and as far as pasteurised bottled Ales go, it was one of the most flavoursome and appetising. Pours a clear, deep cola brown, ruby-red in the lights, with a big dense beige head that lasted the distance and laced well down the glass. Generous and complex malt nose. Coffee, aniseed, dark chocolate, bittering hops and cherries, and a waft of peppered spice made the aroma. Follows well into the mouth, with it’s light carbonation and medium light, creamy mouth feel. Flavours of raspberries, cherries, cinnamon and light spices mingle with hints of cocoa powder, liquorice, grassy hops and fruity esters. Little sweetness in it, and quite malty bitter in the back, it finishes with a long lived, malt and coffee swallow. A lovely drop and a credit to this master brewer. Lovely!!!

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