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

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RATINGS: 683   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheresthepath (1660) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 [16/11/2007 - 500ml bottle from Asda, High Wycombe] Very very bitter indeed; in fact the bitterness put me off initially. However, then I finished it and really really wanted another, yet I couldn’t explain why. It’s dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength. [18/1/2012 - re-rate, 500ml bottle from Maureen & Dave - cheers!] This was one of my very early rates, so I was glad to be given the opportunity to re-rate it (especially given the disparity between my low original rating and the site average). It pours a chestnut brown with a moderate creamy head and fizz clinging to the sides of the glass. As the appearance suggests, it is a little too fizzy in the mouth for the style. There’s a vinous hint in the initial taste, followed by a little chocolate, but the whole thing is pervaded by the bitter metallic taste of over-enthusiastic pasteurisation. A little dryness in the finish, but also a bit sticky. Still didn’t like it, and this time I really didn’t want another one.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (4843) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Clear dark chestnut with a small rocky head. Aroma was malty and roasty with a little bubblegum and a little raisin. Flavor was full bodied but odd flavored. Nutty earthy malt tones mix with some dry dusty yeast tones, accompanied by that odd banana tone from the nose, as well as a bit of dark raisin, and roast. Not terribly fond of this one.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Clear dark copper colour with thick tan head. Mild malt nose. Slightly sour malt taste with warming alcohol finish.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lenrick (11) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2006
It has a medium-to-full body, a depth of malty, treacly, toffeeish flavours, and a mint-humbug hop finish.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Black/brown, clear, with a good sized tan head. Weak nose, with a bit of a charred note, some diacetyl seemingly, a touch of tamari sauce. Quite bitter in flavor, with buttery toast notes, a hint of malt sweetness.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (1985) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour to a, thin head. Smells like berries, and ha an appealing earthyness. Roasted coffee in the finish. I have to say Ihis beer is not for me.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Very dark brown pour. Bottle from world of beer in S Fla. Aroma of dark malts, overripe fruit, some toffee. Flavor is pretty boring and actually not so good. A bit of overripe fruit, spent malt, spent hops...meh.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3514) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2013
500ml bottle courtesy of mr_h. Chestnut brown, decent beige foamy head. Sour vanilla malt aroma. Dry soapy resin malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (4855) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2013
500ml bottle from Asda, Dunbar. Pours dark brown, no head. Aromas are mostly metal and dark sugar. Taste is more of the same. Thin texture, sticky finish. Not very good.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Brilliant ruby-red color (though not "chestnut brown"). As far as aroma is concerned it’s sort of like a caffe mocha (though not of "fresh roasted coffee"). Very smoky flavor - surprising that the color is not more along the brown side. However, the smokiness of this particular brew is more like a can of dollar-store sardines in mustard sauce (including the tinniness of the container) and is not pleasant in the least. Cloying, metallic aftertaste. Being near the bottom of the ratings on this one I readily admit that I have a personal penchant against smoky beers - but nevertheless l hold this rating as-is based on this beer’s candidly perceived deficiencies as described above. It would have been even lower Overall but for the fact that Riggwelter packs a great alcohol kick at 5.7%.


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