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


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RATINGS: 726   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 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
I kind of like these English Strong Ales. I believe the last one I had was Coniston Old Man in Toronto with the First RB convention crew. This is quite similar...damn near smacks of those high-backed English chairs in red leather with the buttons in the upholstery, leather bound books in a musty, earthy library with some old guy (like Q [RIP] from the old Bond films) as the librarian. A small smoky fire crackles in the corner and it is humid and slightly cold, and you’ve got this concoction to keep you warm. Hmmmmmm...the malt is equisite, with a touch of rolling hop presence (you can’t call it a bite) at the close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4623) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2003
This is more like it! I had just been bummed by a Wychwood Hobgoblin, and didn't expect much more from this; pleasantly mistaken I was. Dark cherrywood/brown complexion to this beauty, with a huge thick lasting head. Nose is malty and powerfully scented with peaches in syrup and cinnamon, really just amazing if rather simple. Overpowering, even. Flavor just as good, sweet, complex, earthy, toffee, licorice; lots going on here. Finish is smooth and beautifully balanced between sweetness and dryness, with just a hint of hoppiness all the way through. Excellent example of the type; I just wish I didn't have to wade through all the mediocrities in these $3-5/bottle English beers to get to the occasional beauties.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2003
As I like to know where a beer's name if applicable comes from, or something of its history, I often peruse the label and or the beer website for pertinent “poop”. “Riggwelter” basically means “a sheep on its back”, well so much for that piece of trivia. The beer pours a sparkling sangrineous color, the head portly in size, foamy in texture and the color a light tan, as the head dissipates it leaves a fine filmy sheet to cover the glass. Nose is mostly malt, a tad sweet; start is rich in malt, the top middling its feel. Finish has an insignificant acidity, the hops are agreeable in their understated presence, dry and a bit vinous, a drinkable brew even if it is named after a “smelly animal laying on its back that needs help to get up”! On second thought, I’ve needed help getting up off my back a few times

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2794) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Big, rocky, light brown head with minimal laceing. Dark brown chestnut color. Malty, yeasty, sulfury nose. Med/full body. Good, kinda creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sour, chocolatey with some grainy and tobaccoish notes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Stout qualities and chocolate notes burst out with the first sip. A heavy ale, but after the first few sips the chocolate and stoutness go away and reveal a nice hearty ale. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pi2za (18) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
Great Dark beer - nice head with a nice foamy white colour. Sweet and malty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2005
I don’t give a good goddam if it is filtered and pasteurized, it’s incredibly tasty. Pours a deep amber color with a frothy tan head and sticky lace. Full aroma and flavor of caramel, date, banana, and berry. Medium to full bodied and incredibly easy drinking. Top notch stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doublebock (554) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Auburn color, light carbonation, nice layer of thin froth at top of glass. Rroasted malty aroma and taste, initial sweetness around the tongue followed by a burnt toastiness at the back of it.

   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 (1467) - 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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