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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mr_h (3457) - 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 (2132) - - 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 (4304) - 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 (1252) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Narnad (1495) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Marketed as the Holy Grail Ale Black Knights Reserve. Pours a deep brown with some ruby notes in the coloring 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 dry, bitter roasted presence. The beer has a nice creamy feeling with a pretty good amount of mouth feel. Overall an okay brew but nothing special to write home to my wife about.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2919) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
500ml bottle, BB Aug 2015, 5.7% at a BYOB. Golden brown, hazy, very lightly sparkling, large foamy tan head. Aroma is light burnt toffee, spice, some TCP. Body is medium to light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, molasses, liquorice, spice, metallic hops, a little alcohol, wood varnish. Not amazing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
500 ml bottle; best before 01/2005 Dark brown with hint of copper and a 1" thick pale yellow rocky head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, with good dark malt and some earthy, musty hop aroma. Flavour is quite simple. Sweet, with hints of licorice. Becomes quite treacly and it followed by a fairly harsh bitterness. Not very well-balanced. Just not a brewery that I enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is deep copper. The foam is yellowish, firm but quite small. The smell is fresh with a burned touch of malt (Goldings?) The carbon dioxide is balanced and medium strong. This beer got a full-bodied burned flavour with a bitterness that disappears quickly. The aftertaste is a little bit sourish and bitter with a burned taste that somewhat resembles of a dry stout. A nice session ale if you want something dryer and more robust than a pale ale, but not as dark and dry as a stout. It is OK, but not one of my favourites.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2006
12 Feb 06 - LIght sweet smokey malt aroma. Clear medium brown colour, reasonable head and suds lacing. Roasted malt and some fruit flavours. Fizzy finish with a roast malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheresthepath (1743) - 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.

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