Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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.
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.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[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.
Thure (152) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cast @ "The Wharf", Aalborg - 2nd Cask Festival. Dark brown colour. Roasty aroma with some hop hints. The flavor is roasty with some nut and and a bit of coffee and hop bitterness.
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I've had this bottles and in the pub fresh from the cask. Cask is better. A dark beer with plenty of character and bite. Salt of the earth. An honest drop. Strong.
gjkulverston (10) - kirkby stephen cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this beer is dark and deadly one of the best beers black sheep do great in bottels but much better on tap
blobcat (3) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If I could only drink one beer for the remainder of my days dead sheep (Riggwelter) would be it
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