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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Very heavy coffee and black licorice flavor; dry and a bit of hoppiness. Slow pour has an off-white head, and an aroma of black licorice and coffee. All around earthy with hops. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
greenmanalishi (483) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 a reddish amber roasty malt with weak palate ...didn’t take proper notes on this one but it wasn’t so memorable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1469) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2008
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Appearance: Dark redish brown. Nice amount of head. Longlasting. Aroma: Malt and fruit. Taste: Malty. Dry. Bit of fruit. Bitter aftertaste. Prunes. Coffee-ish. Info: 500ml bottle, 1/10-2006, 102/500, 5/300M

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
500ml bottle. medium brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of butter toffee, rich sweet malt extract and a bit of toast, and age. Flavor has a bit of roast, some nutty character, burnt sugars. Lots of roast and a bit of smokiness. Light bodied. I could drink a pint or two while enjoying the evening news.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Serving: 500 ml. bottle. Appearance: Brown with garnet highlights. Foamy, light tan head. Decent lacing left behind. Aroma: Vinous notes, raisin, caramel, and a slight metallic note. Not terrible, but not stellar either. Flavor: A little fruitiness, caramel malt, slight roasted notes, herbal hops, and perhaps a slight burnt note. Something I can’t quite place. Palate: Smooth, medium-low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Long, bitter and roasty finish. This one had odd aftertaste that seemed to stick to my mouth. Not exactly pleasant. Overall: Decent flavor at first, but the lingering bitter aftertaste that wouldn’t go away really dragged this one down. Okay, but certainly not worth seeking out, especially since you pay a premium for this one to be shipped across the pond.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6156) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
10/24/11. 16.9oz bottle labeled as Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight’s Reserve. Brown/red pour with a nice thick, creamy tan head that sticks and laces a teensy bit. Weird aroma od chalk, burnt bread, metal, and caramel apples. Sweet caramel entry with a burnt toast flavor followed by lingering chalk and a huge metal kick. Blech.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mr_h (3084) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2013
500ml bottle from Morrison’s, Ayr - clear mahogany, thin beige head, malty, resinous aroma, toffee, resin, metallic, high carbonation, dry metallic aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - JUL 1, 2013
500 ml bottle in New York. Pours a deep brown and a creamy, light tan head. Aroma has a strong toasted brown malt presence, very light banana notes with some very light grassy hops finish to the nose. Flavor starts off with a smooth toasted malt note with some light nuttiness, mild banana middle and finishes with a dry palate, bitter roasted presence.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 The aroma is vinegar, and figs but it does not work well. The appearance is nice. It has a dark red brown color and a wonderful tan head. The flavor is acidic, (like vinegar) with raisins, and coffee. The palate is average. This is not one of the better beers out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cirrhosis (1224) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
Very dark brown crystal clear with some red elements. Cap is thick and nipple shaped , has very good retention. Lots of banana, caramel, milk chocolate, and mild hops show up in the aroma. After a minute all aroma seems to vanish. First sip seemed watery but then coffee and malty wood, with the some bitter hops starts showing up. Taste is so clean not a single trace of the beer lingers. Hops are very noticeable but I can’t seem to nail down what they taste like. Ok beer to have but I’ll most likely never purchase again

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