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

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RATINGS: 44   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
blobcat (3) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
If I could only drink one beer for the remainder of my days dead sheep (Riggwelter) would be it

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gjkulverston (10) - kirkby stephen cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
this beer is dark and deadly one of the best beers black sheep do great in bottels but much better on tap

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2004
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.

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 (7988) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2006
Dover Beer Fest. Dark, tingly premium bitter/strong ale. A rolling hop and malt experience which delights and intrigues in a deep and delicious manner. A very yummy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 26, 2006
Cask, Beverley Inn, Doncaster. Clear very dark caramel colour, ruby hints and a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, slightly sweet chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter but bags of malt and dark fruits come through towards the end. Finishes bitter and lasts well, easy to drink, very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dynamiteninja (1478) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14074) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2010
cask at cloister ... deep red brown ... thin tan head ... soft toffee light creamy roast malt nose ... big sweet caramel toffee malt .. big bitterness in back ... little chocolate... very nice english strong ale ...


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