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

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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3655) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2603) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Bottle. Am earthy brown amber color with a tan head. Slightly toasted malt, dry, wanting for flavor.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3066) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5328) - 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.

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   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Not a bad brew. Deep red body with nice beige head. Complex nose of fruit, nuts, hops, yeast, candy. Good full body. Taste is a nice hoppy bitterness without being too sharp. Sweet and malty. Some fruit and nuts. Interesting.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2005
A Mes rate: Not overly impressed to be honest. Aroma is a little funky but not in a good way like a decent gueuze. Slight hint of alcohol in there too. The flavour to me is just a typical one dimensional English ale with the pasturisation being all to apparent with plenty of iron filings in there. Looks wise it is ok, a red-brown body but with a crappy head. Finish is shortish with more iron. Yeah not too great. Amazed it gets such a generous figures from the top raters.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1550) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2006
Smokey malt hop aroma. Dark brown clear colour with good head and lacing. Bitter malt smokey flavour. Fizzy palate.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Large foamy off white head. Malt and molasses smell with a medium body. The mild sweet malt flavor is a little overwhelmed by the bitter and its not all that bitter. Still it’s a nice beer and I like that the head was still there at the last drink.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO. Too much malt for me in both the aroma and taste. Other flavours include caramel and coffee. The palate is fine, smooth and full-bodied, with a bitter finish. I went to school in Yorkshire, so I wanted to like this, but I guess I should stick to my Timothy Taylors.


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