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


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RATINGS: 729   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWorta (1530) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 2, 2006
A nice classic header with a hint of toast/bread. A pitch black with a tanned foam. A medium bitter taste going into a stout-porter direction, very appealing. A full body with a light creamy texture, soft carbonation, and lightly in fizzynes with a long finish. Overall a very pleasant and astonishing tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2007
500ml bottle from Ron’s in Farmington. Somewhat translucent dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and a little under an inch of head that leaves great lacing. Smells like roasted malt with kind of a fruity banana quality to it. Tastes sweet with toasty malt and hints of banana. Flavor is very rich and complex. Body is on the heavier side of medium-bodied, somewhat creamy. Fairly drinkable, though this one is a bit of a sipper IMO. Very impressed - looking forward to more beers from this brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Excellent beer. Pours really smooth with nice frothy head. Appearance is nice and dark. Taste is tremendous and smooth on the pallet. Highly recommended if you have an opportunity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2007
Huge creamy tan head, dark chocolaty brown with ruby highlights. Flowery hops in initial aroma quickly overtaken by liquorice and dark, well roasted malt. Goes down smooth and rich, dry bitter taste but very drinkable - like a decent stout but less chewy. Very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2007
Dark copper hue. Small reducing head. Strong nose of malt, alcohol and raisins. Luscious mouthfeel of malt and raisins, plum and hop. Nicely balanced with some hop. Low carbonation. Reminds me of a Barley Wine. A very good drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tessic (1045) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
This ale poured a deep red colour with a big foamy tan coloured head. To the nose you can get scents of caramel, butter, slightly smoked malt, coffee and a little cocoa. First taste is very smooth with flavours of roasted malts with caramel and a little coffee. The finish is a little bit hoppy with a bitter flavour lingering. Very Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
Such a lovely fluid this pours, a rich reddish brown and an aroma to match. Adequate head but the best is in the complex taste, with hints of malt and chocolate. Gotta like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 11, 2010
I was fairly impressed by this one. Shared one with my father-in-law between whiskies. Poured a clear brown with a quickly diminishing head. Roasty malt and caramel aroma. Nice caramel taste with a little bit of bitter to it. A damn good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 I would have thought more a brown ale. I quite liked this. Nice levels of roast and malt, but rather drinkable. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3516) - New York, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle 2 for afc championship game. Pours deep brown with small head and great aromas. Tastes of dark fruit, vanilla, malt, black pepper, and light banana on finish. Taste lingers a great January brew

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