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


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RATINGS: 738   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 sheeps 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.
Whats 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Couleur ambre aux reflets rouge fonce. Odeurs typiquement anglaises, on ne peut sy tromper. Malt, houblon noble, faiblement pic parmi une touche minrale. Une faible prsence fume est aussi au rendez-vous, semblant de connivence avec le type de fume dun fromage gouda. Toujours malte en bouche, caramel dilu et une touche de fruit telle la mangue est plutt plaisante et laisse ensuite place au houblon aromatique. Corps dpaisseur moyenne, faible carbonatation. Bouteille, Sommerville, Dowtown Liquors, Juin 2005

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Auburn color, light carbonation, nice layer of thin froth at top of glass. Rroasted malty aroma and taste, initial sweetness around the tongue followed by a burnt toastiness at the back of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Solid white head, body is clear copper. Aroma is dry, metallic, with hints of hops. Taste is all malt. Toasted, buttery, nutty, and alcoholic. Finish is bitter and tastes a little unfermented. Tastes stronger than it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 (Bottled) Deep, dark ruby red color with a medium, lacy and lasting, tanned head. Roasty, almost burned-malty, slightly wineous and oaky, licoricey coffee aroma with caramely toffee hints. Burned and roasty like a porter, yet wineous and oaky, and with a quite bitter, dry finish - very interesting and complex. Long, bitter and burned aftertaste. Medium-bodied, soft-carbonated, bitter and roasty palate. Surprisingly complex, balanced and enjoyable, without being too heavy. No signs of alcohol here. Excellent brew, especially for an English one (the best English brew Ive had so far)! I only wish they imported this to Finland, too...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Dark brown with good thick head. Aroma of sweet roasty malt. Flavor is malt and roast with a thick mouthfeel and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10574) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle from Peace St. Market, Raleigh. Pours deep copper/ruby with medium ecru head. Aroma of dark fruit, including figs, plus scotch, cabernet, oak. Tastes like the little brother of Weyerbacher Insanity with some hops, oak, caramel malt, cabernet. Very nice.

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