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


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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
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, dry Goldings hop finish.
We use a base of Maris Otter malted barley, but add plenty of Pale Chocolate malt to give Riggwelter its rich dark colour, 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!
All our bottled ales are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
What’s in a name?
Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Old Norse roots; “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.

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GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2005
Deep red, almost black with a frothy head, lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel, notes of coffee and yeast. Flavours are coffee, malt and metal - remember when you were a kid and stuck your tongue on the monkey bars? Well this is what it reminded me of......

skortila (5966) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2005
Aroma of dark, roasted malts, rye and licorice. Clear (probably hazy, it’s quite dark outhere), dark-brown coloured with a brown head. Taste is sweet, malty (dark & roasted). Licorice sweetness. Definately dome spices in it. Slightly sticky. Quite a decent and enjoyable brew.

NoiZe (2322) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2005
Red, brown dark coloured brew. Aroma is nice. Taste is nice too. Roasted malts. Herbs. Nice.

Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2005
pours a nice mohogany/red with off white creamy head. Aromas of green banana + hops, a bit yeasty, caramel like maltiness. Flavour is intensely malty upon first taste. With a lingering herbal quality. Finish is a bit peppery licorice.

dwyerpg (6365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
A nice red-brown-black in color depending on the angle; another beer where the contents don’t match the appearance. Pale beginning goes into metalli coating and too-sweet-porterish finish.

johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
All a strong dark ale should be really. The toasty malt brings flavours of thick chocolates, licorice and coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. The flavour lingers deeply on the back of the tongue. A good un.

OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
500 ml bottle. Copper brown colour with a frothy and rocky off-white head. Toffee, light chocolate, and metallic aroma. Caramel, lightly acidic flavours with a fruity and metallic bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, finishing dry and lightly astringent.

albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
dark copper color, foamy off-white head, nice lacing. Smells roasted with nutty notes and a hint of fruitiness. Flavor is nice with the roasted malt & nut flavor finishing off with hop bitterness. Verrry nice for a bottled beer. Feels like the alcohol content is higher than stated...YESS

Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Clear dark copper colour with thick tan head. Mild malt nose. Slightly sour malt taste with warming alcohol finish.

OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Couleur ambrée aux reflets rouge foncée. Odeurs typiquement anglaises, on ne peut s’y tromper. Malt, houblon noble, faiblement épicé parmi une touche minérale. Une faible présence fumée est aussi au rendez-vous, semblant de connivence avec le type de fumée d’un fromage gouda. Toujours maltée en bouche, caramel dilué et une touche de fruit telle la mangue est plutôt plaisante et laisse ensuite place au houblon aromatique. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, faible carbonatation. Bouteille, Sommerville, Dowtown Liquors, Juin 2005

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