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

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RATINGS: 694   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.


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 (1793) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2005. I was very looking forward to this, but my expectations were unfortunately not met. Poured red-brown with no head. Aroma of pineapple, caramel, toffee and a bit of molasses. Flavor seemed to have a lot of peat and toasted rye bread, mildly sweet chocolate malt. Decent, but nothing spectacular.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Poured a brown color with red edges and a very nice head. Lacing was solid. Aroma was of roasted malts, some peat smoke, and coffee. Flavor was similar with some licorice mixed in. Very astringent and finished somewhat bitter and dry, although not that hoppy. Not my personal liking of a beer and I’d take many an "English Strong Ale" over it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
500ml bottle, 5.7% a/v Pours a deep mahogony with a thick tan head. Aromas consist of hops, fruit (bananas?) and yeast. The flavour is roasted malt, black coffee, bitter chocolate, and a slight hint of red wine. The finish is clean and dry and the mouthfeel is generous without being overpowering. Nice winter ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2010
500 ml bottle from The Royale. Pours a deep amber color with a finger-thick beige head that pours and settles unevenly. Aroma of toast, earth, caramel malts, overripe fruit, banana bread, and grass. Flavor is the same, with a dank, earthy, bitter quality. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy mouthfeel. These Black Sheep beers aren’t doing much for me.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
obguthr (4430) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
Malty toffee nose. Crystal clear tea color, medium yellow head, good lace. Flavor is tame with little character. Malty berries, with hints of toffee. Too dry and too little flavor. I would not seek this out again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
davidtjm (831) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle. Pour is black with a foamy head, aroma is sweet, light toffee. Taste is sweet, malty, chocolate, gently bitter towards the finish. Unspectacular

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
This beer looks absolutely marvelous in my imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear chestnut with a frothy head on top. The nose is spicy and yeasty. The palate is a little thin for the beers weight; my guess is some brewers sugar is used to lighten the body. Also, on the palate, I taste iron and woody hops of restrained bitterness. The beer is on the dry side, which I find appealing. The finish is short and forgettable. I find this beer to be pleasant, but it’s not something to write home about.


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