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

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Cask: Regular.
Aroma Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit. Taste Dry palate with a complex mixture of hops, fruit and roasted malt with a dry refreshing finish. 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 refreshing Goldings hop finish. Food and Beer Pairing The pale chocolate malts and inherent strength of Riggwelter means it stands up to any strongly flavoured rich red meat or strong cheese. At the same time, the rich espresso and chocolate flavours combined with strong fruitiness makes Riggwelter the perfect accompaniment to decadent deserts such as dark chocolate torte. Riggwelter is also the best beer to soak fruit in to make a deliciously rich fruitcake. Ingredients We use a base of Maris Otter malted barley, but add plenty of crystal malt, specifically a Pale Chocolate Malt. This very dark roasted malt gives the beer its rich dark colour, its 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! What’s in a name? Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Norse root; “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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
Cask @ Dover Festival 06: Lovely amber ruby colour. Choco, roast, liquorice and some nice caramel notes. Tasty stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 1. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 31/05/2001 Dark coloured and strong in alcohol with a fruity aroma. Hint of liquorice flavour. 2. Cask Handpump at the West Riding Refreshment Rooms, Dewsbury 20/12/2008 Malt aroma. Thick white head. Mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and smooth on the palate with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter lasting malt finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Good, at least not booring. BUt it was not has dark as in the photo. MAybe the conditioning of the Cask. The aroma is good, and the foam nice. A little hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
(Cask, The Wharf, Aalborg) - Dark brown colour. Toasty nose, with hints of raisins. The taste is potent, yet reasonably easy drinking, with a full- flavoured sweet malty, slightly dry hoppy taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2005
[Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen] A nut brown beer with a nice long lasting brown head. The flavor is sweet fruity combined with strong notes of toffee, but also hints of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, and toffee. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
Strong, nutty, fruity, aroma with notes of liquorice and dark malt roastiness. Clear copper-brown body with decent and lasting, fine-bubbled, off-white head. Thick and malty chocolate flavour is nutty in character with some lightly salty, smoky, liquorice notes and roasty finishing bitterness. Rich, creamy, medium-full body with lively carbonation that awakens the tastebuds. I enjoyed this one in the bottle previously and find it to be every bit as satisfying on cask. Cask at GBBF 2005.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2005
Cask, New Road Inn, Leicester. Dark brown with hints of red and a cream head. Aromas are burnt toffee malts, banana, chocolate and earthy winter fruit. Flavours are fruity with rich malts, toffee, banana and roast character. Has mellow winter fruit. Dry and bitter hops on the finish. A very malty moreish beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2005
[cask at black sheep brewery] pours a dark brown with a moderate, lasting head. Aroma has bitter chocolate and coffee notes with some background fruit notes. body is good, finish is bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4184) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Cask@GBBF, 05. Dark brown beer with a light head, the aroma is light and chocolatey and the flavour is deep, intense and dry. Overall a nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Cask at DBF 2004. Dark brown appearance with a redly tint. Malty aroma backed up with some smoke. Same is the flavor. Rather nice!


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