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

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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Roasted/toasted aroma, dark fruits, even those are toasted. Flavor the same, gets a bit dull. Mouthfeel rather thin, especially for the roasted character presented. Ok.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2008
Drak brown with a low head. Malty aroma with lotøs of berries and earth. The flavour starts out sweet with notes of caramel and cafe latte and goes into a grassy hop ending.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2549) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours with four finger cream head that fades slowly leaves a good lace. Clear deep amber color. Light earthy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is nearly balanced but hops win, some initial sweetness. Hop bite at finish that lingers. 500ml bottle from Barb’s Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle a WOB. Pours a dark brown/amber. Thin tan head. Malty fruit aroma with a roasted pineapple banana flavor. Dry hoppy finish. Decent brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2025) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Large bottle. Not a bad brew but was put off a bit by the pronounced alcohol taste despite only being a 5.7 abv.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (11979) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, creamy beige head, medium-short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, toast, caramel), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, toast, caramel), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2011
500. Thanks to one of the finest people you can imagine, hand-delivering this bottled delight without warning out of the goodness of his heart. Fetchez la vache! Pours an opaque ebony, nearly black, with a dense and creamy tan head that falls quickly to a sturdy disc. Not a bad looking beer at all. Naughty, naughty Zoot. Big tart treacly molasses and plums nose, kind of sweet and Christmassy, which wasn’t what I was expecting from a bitter, but it’s not at all unpleasant. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Dark pitted tree fruit and some gingerbread on the mid palate. Big acetic crackery hop finish, kind of airy and peppery. Nothing about this beer did what I expected it to do, which is kind of cool. Why do you think I have this out-a-rageous ac-sawnt?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2400) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark ruby colour, with chocolate & coffee malt aroma and bubbly tan head. Initial fizzy sourish burnt dry coffee-malty (slighty dry hoppy) bitterness that then lingers, layered against a thick malty sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4585) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Very dark brown with a red tint. Lasting white head. Dark, rich malty and toffee aroma. The aroma is complex. The flavor has complex toffee malt character and chocolate. Its stronger, but still weak by American standards and I like that.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjp12 (1371) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Decent enough bitter , not as creamy as many black sheep , better hop balance , a good glugging beer.


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