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


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RATINGS: 729   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
Malty & fruity aroma. Interesting head. Roasty taste that has about the right depth, with maybe even a bit of chocolate. Best of the sheep.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1093) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
Pours deep ruby with a firm rocky lacing tan head. Brown sugar malt, toasty hopped nose with notes of fresh citrus. Some molases, medium roast. Lots of grapefruit hops and raisiny wine alcohol. Fair amount of depth. Caramel, vanilla, oil, leather, oak. Richens up as it warms. Salt, boullion, iron. Earthy woody sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 (Bottled) Deep, dark ruby red color with a medium, lacy and lasting, tanned head. Roasty, almost burned-malty, slightly wineous and oaky, licoricey coffee aroma with caramely toffee hints. Burned and roasty like a porter, yet wineous and oaky, and with a quite bitter, dry finish - very interesting and complex. Long, bitter and burned aftertaste. Medium-bodied, soft-carbonated, bitter and roasty palate. Surprisingly complex, balanced and enjoyable, without being too heavy. No signs of alcohol here. Excellent brew, especially for an English one (the best English brew I’ve had so far)! I only wish they imported this to Finland, too...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mantavani (7) - ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006 does not count
Solid, tasty, toffee ale. Malty, slightly dry taste with a sweet aftertaste. Strikingly harsh from the bottle compared to the cask, though this is more of an interesting variation than a bad thing. Be sure to serve at the correct temperature; this ale is particularly sensitive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elav8 (4) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2006 does not count
Great full bodied beer, dark and slighty creamy. Decent head on this beer. was vey impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4128) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a small beige head that reduces with time. Aroma of roasted malts, port and chocolate. The taste is of dark fruits, port, chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of treacle. Medium bodied and chewy. A lot going on with this one. I have drunk this many times in the past but never really took time to realise the different layers involved in this. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Overall it's not too shabby. Good malts and hoppiness, albeit a bit thin. Nice ESB-like slipperiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
nathaniel (2) - USA - FEB 8, 2006 does not count
Ghost. Interesting bastard of a brew. Smelled like some type of wood, and there are multiple tastes swirling around inside this one. Some type of fruit, and......mint snuff? Yikes! Definitely mint Skoal inparticular. not that that is a bad thing per se. I’d buy it again. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWorta (1522) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 2, 2006
A nice classic header with a hint of toast/bread. A pitch black with a tanned foam. A medium bitter taste going into a stout-porter direction, very appealing. A full body with a light creamy texture, soft carbonation, and lightly in fizzynes with a long finish. Overall a very pleasant and astonishing tasting beer.

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