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


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RATINGS: 708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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.
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 12/20
JMerritt (1903) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2968) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 From a Bottle 500ml.Black and blood in colour,good head,lot’s of malt,some coffee,christmas fruits,quite sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
500 ml bottle. Copper brown colour with a frothy and rocky off-white head. Toffee, light chocolate, and metallic aroma. Caramel, lightly acidic flavours with a fruity and metallic bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, finishing dry and lightly astringent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2005
Deep red, almost black with a frothy head, lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel, notes of coffee and yeast. Flavours are coffee, malt and metal - remember when you were a kid and stuck your tongue on the monkey bars? Well this is what it reminded me of......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Purs a dark mahogony red, with an enticing smell. Lacing on the glass is evident with the head melting away. First taste has a thin feeling liquid and a sharp hops with a small hint of fruit. I have had this bottle in the fridge for 8 months and wonder if the length of storage is weighing on the flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markwise (4898) - 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 (506) - 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 (1770) - 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

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