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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2602) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4687) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjp12 (1420) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Decent enough bitter , not as creamy as many black sheep , better hop balance , a good glugging beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (6524) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear, reddish chestnut colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Malty and fruity aroma, notes of red berries and their parings, a touch of cherry. Taste is dry malty, slightly fruity, cautious hints of cocoa powder. Nice, not more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
500ml Bottle from Tesco, Dragonville, Durham. Pours dark ruby brown with a foamy, light tan head and moderate carbonation. It smells gassy in the way that pasteurised beers do while there’s also some caramel malts to be found in the nose. Smoke hits the palate first but gives was to robust malt character than finishes pretty sweet with caramel and toffee flavours. Maybe a little too sweet for my liking but on the whole it’s a solid and enjoyable strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sarauckelman (420) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Clear dark amber with minimal head that dissipates. Not much aroma -- maybe a hint of the barley -- so the complex flavor is a surprise, with nuts and coffee and an underlying sweetness. Warm palatte with a bit of a burn on the end. Surprisingly pleasant!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Has a clear dark amber color and a matching nice off-white head. Aroma is roasted and clearly cocoa. Flavor is cocoa as well and it turns into quite a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8435) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2004
Dark and pours with a big head, lacing. Burnt and alcoholic aroma. Flavor is bitter and burnt. A little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5295) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2004
Bottle. Has a deep ruby color and starts with a HUGE off-white foamy head. The head fades to a light covering. Aroma is dirt with chocolate cake and cinnamon. The taste is a slight caramel with tangerine. Ends on an unpleasant a sour note.

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