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

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RATINGS: 679   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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoestring (274) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2009
Heavy bitterness that didn’t seem to be ’countered’ by anything else. The sourness came through for me too. Not a bad beer but just not right for me to want more

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Dry and roasted, to be sure. If guinness were an ale, this is what I would expect. Chalky, dry roast coffee aromas. Some dry chocolate and a slightly bitter, very roasted palate. The question here is on the tongue, where the beer is slightly thin and lacks assertiveness. It’s clearly not a smoked ale, but there is little to advance the palate beyond the roasty, yet watery, texture.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (2815) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours very dark amber with a large head. Aroma is bread, slightly sour dried fruits. Sour, dry finish. Great in the mouth, but just nothing to write about on the taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2011
Dark ruby brown color with fine tan head. Sweet aroma. Flavor is sligthly roasted and bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1458) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Henway (3) - - NOV 24, 2013 does not count
Not bad. Kinda coppery to me with a weak nose. Good for some points in a beer club I guess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (956) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Wakefield. Strong ruby ale with creamy head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Harsh burnt front end. Thins out quite a bit on the backside.somewhat bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
Great presentation with rich creamy head over a copper body. It just lacks something though. Nice balance and good malty taste but it isn't a great beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1742) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
Darl chocolate brown with good clarity. Stout like nose, some burnt malty notes with a slightly hard edge. Quite light bodied in the mouth, seems like a true cross between a stout and an ale. Very nice feel although the malt does drop off a little. Just lacks a bit of excitement.


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