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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1356) - 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!

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7353) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 Cask (gravity dispense) at White Cliffs Beer Festival, February 2006. Attractive rich ruby colour. Plenty of berry fruit on the nose. Also some marzipan and a hint of smoky malt. Licorice comes through on the palate with more plummy fruit and touches of caramel. Fairly dry and nicely balanced. Full mouthfeel. Smooth and mellow. Quite a classy drop.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
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.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1256) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1141) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2371) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at the Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, September 2013. Ruby red-brown, clear with white head. Aromatic caramel aroma and dried banana, malty, dry taste, caramel and some toffee too. Sweet undertones, full-bodied and slightly carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10210) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Forresters Arms, Grassington. Red brown chestnut colour with thick yorkshire head. Big fruity, sweet malt flavour with an alcohol kick, although the abv in the cask is a little lower at 5.6%. Good bitter dry finish, almost salty for some reason. Godd full beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Cask (Peterborough BF 2007) Very dark ruby brown. Coffee and maly aroma. Strong sweet malty taste. A very rich roast. The guys at the Black Sheep stand had intended to serve this with a sparkler - shocking!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2010
(Cask at GBBF London Earl’s Court, 4 Aug 2010) Dark reddish brown colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, raisins, prunes, figs and sweet liquorice. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, raisins, prunes, dark bread, over-ripe pineapple and a good, spicy bitterness. More than medium body, with a solid malt sweetness. Well balanced and tasty, mooreish. Very nice.


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