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


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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3991) - - MAR 9, 2006
malt and wine aroma. brownish ruby with a small off white head. smoked peat, dark chocolate, and malt flavor. dry and bitter palate. hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1276) - TAIWAN - MAR 9, 2006
brown colored with beige head. chocolate aroma with deep malt flavor. medium bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
A brown ale with abundant ice cream float head. Hoppiness and malty character and complexity, some cocoa. Earthy, touch herbal, bit astringent mouthfeel, which is fine with food.Lace in glass. Definite nuttiness. Surprisingly drinkable. Satisfying. Good for its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours dark amber with an immense fluffy head. Nose is of wild honey and embers. Medium body with a bit of a tannic finish. Taste is quite roasty with a sour note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brianprentiss (678) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2006
pretty good beer, nothing special. not sure how this is a STRONG ale with an alcohol content of 5.7. Just not all that much to talk about, avg. micro brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3685) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2002
Malty nose, deep red colour with good longlasting head.Spicy blend of malt and hops in the mouth and a warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Bottle. Am earthy brown amber color with a tan head. Slightly toasted malt, dry, wanting for flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3068) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Poured out a good solid head that left a good lacing,Red brown colour, malt in the aroma (butterscotch?), mild bitter taste of coffee and licorice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
This beer looks outstanding - excellent, off-white head that lasts for quite a while, leaving a persistant lacing - perfect amber/brown color - the aroma is a bit disappointing, with little more than a slight roastiness, perhaps some yeast - the flavor is a bit thin for the style, actually, a bit thin in general, but still quite enjoyable - slight woodiness, with some roasted malt flavors - some hop bitterness - the finish tries to make up for the thin flavor with some hints of coffee and a lingering hoppiness that is pretty tasty, but it can't quite round out this beer well enough - not recommended if you're a big fan of the style - this is an "easy drinking" English Strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2004
Dark brown color, spicy fruity aroma and taste, medium body, dry malty finish.

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