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


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RATINGS: 726   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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Hooker (468) - 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

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.

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.

sayravai (4711) - 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 I’ve had so far)! I only wish they imported this to Finland, too...

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.

DocLock (11189) - 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.

Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Roasted malt and sweet malt aroma. Ruby red body tan body and little lacing. Favor was mild flavored cherry licorice. Also had somewhat roasty flavor. Rich and creamy a good beer.

TBone (18561) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled (BB 02/2006)
Dark ruby with a big creamy expresso head. Aroma has brandy, fruits, oak and hops. Medium-bodied. Woody flavor with a good malt profile. Hops are quite dazzling. Bitter, alcoholic aftertaste.

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle. Various roasty aromas - coffee, chocolate and liquorice - with fruit and earthy hops. Well balanced tending towards the unexciting (rather than refined subtlety) perhaps as a result of pasteurisation.

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