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

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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1871) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012

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   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 (1575) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Wakefield. Strong ruby ale with creamy head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
samsmith33 (772) - - APR 4, 2015
Appearance: dark copper color. Small white head. Aroma. Hat, barley. Taste. Smooth ale, some hops. Better than I would have thought. I’ll give it a 5 (3 sir), yes 3.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (759) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
OK strong ale maybe to subtle for its own good nice flavours coming through just not pronounced enough for the style OK but would like to see more from the flavours.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
simongladding (10) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Hints of coffee aromoa,dark brown in glass. Interesting & enjoyable beer, not that familiar with the style.

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 (1380) - 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 (1892) - Phuket, THAILAND - 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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