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


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
armando629 (2451) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 16, 2009
0,5 l bottle, bought at Bierei, Vienna. Nice appearance with a dark amber-brown-reddish color, medium foamy beige head. Nice roasted malt andcoffee in the aroma, fine espresso coffee and roasted grains in the flavor with some sourish top-yeast. Long roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (2242) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Cask in the Forester’s Arms, Grassington. Pours chestnut with a cream head. A quite rich malty flavour with toffee, a little liquorice and coffee. A decent drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2140) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
part of my 2013 backlog. Dark amber colour with a thick white head. Flavour has fruit, malt, and a caramel sweetness.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dynamiteninja (1681) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2010
Cask. The CB Inn, Reeth. Thick off-white head via sparkler. Dark, reddish-brown body. Initially very strong fruits, followed by bread. Then grass detectable. Chocolate starts to show itself, followed by burnt toffee on the finish. Dry finish, full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2008
Tasted at Gallows Bird RALE 05. Dark reddish brown colour. Coffee in the taste. Average hoppiness. Like a "coffee break".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1494) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black with a thin white head. Intense malty aroma with molasses and damsons present. Creamy rich mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives maltloaf with raisins, figs, plums and treacle toffee. Slight hint of liquorice with the spicy hops to give a good robust aftertaste. Sweetness returns with a sherry like alcoholic warmth. A cracking strong ale and completely different from Old Peculier, try them together for comparison - that’s a festival in itself!

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1302) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2011
Half pint at the Black Sheep Visitor Centre. Dark brown with a well formed head. Very nice chocolate/coffee taste. Sweet and nice. Chocolatey aroma. Very pleasant indeed but a little too sickly sweet to be a session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
Hand pulled cask at the brewery visitor centre and several North Yorkshire pubs over the years. Ruby brown with a thick sparkled beige head. Sweet fruity malts with some chocolate and a hint of peat along side some very fresh hops in the finish. A rather underated ale.

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