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 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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davidtjm (1074) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle. Pour is black with a foamy head, aroma is sweet, light toffee. Taste is sweet, malty, chocolate, gently bitter towards the finish. Unspectacular

SinH4 (4759) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 26, 2015
Brown color with small tan head. Aroma is very malty, some fruitiness. Taste is malty, estery, warming booze in the end. Carbonation is soft but high. This only has 5.7%? Not bad English Strong.

gegwilson (3701) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Morrisons. Pours deep ruby with a thin cream head. Peppery malt aroma. The taste is very malty with spice and butter. Some nut and toast notes too. Not bad.

Iphonephan (6985) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
From a 500 cl bottle. Pours a clear cola with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel. Smooth finish.

samsmith33 (772) - - APR 4, 2015
Appearance: dark copper color. Small white head. Aroma. Hat, barley. Taste. Smooth ale, some hops. Better than I would have thought. I’ll give it a 5 (3 sir), yes 3.

Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: ASDA (Bristol). Foamy head with burnt notes.

The_Osprey (7980) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
500ml bottle, BB Aug 2015, 5.7% at a BYOB. Golden brown, hazy, very lightly sparkling, large foamy tan head. Aroma is light burnt toffee, spice, some TCP. Body is medium to light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, molasses, liquorice, spice, metallic hops, a little alcohol, wood varnish. Not amazing.

triskaideka (369) - Killarney, IRELAND - JAN 19, 2015
500ml bottle - pours dark amber with white head. Aroma is malty, taste is malty,caramel. decent ESB

Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 5, 2015
Pour is mostly clear ruby and brown, slightly off white head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, slight fruitiness. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruits, slight herbal spiciness, some bitterness.

scottsideleau (2) - Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 30, 2014 does not count
A dark pour with a thick head. Strong, but smooth, malty flavor with a nice dry hop finish.

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