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


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RATINGS: 725   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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YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Not a bad brew. Deep red body with nice beige head. Complex nose of fruit, nuts, hops, yeast, candy. Good full body. Taste is a nice hoppy bitterness without being too sharp. Sweet and malty. Some fruit and nuts. Interesting.

Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
Dark amber ale with little head. Has a weak aroma with burned malt and nuts and something metallic. Roast malt also dominates the flavour with a long dry aftertaste.

RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2004
A fine ale. Dark brown in color with ruby-amber highlights with a thick, lasting white head. Rich, roasted malt aroma and flavor with sugared-coffee and caramel notes. Thin in body, but not unpleasantly so, it builds to a mildly hoppy and bittersweet finish. A very good looking beer, well balanced. Tasty.

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark Brown...White Frothy Head. Smoke...Malt...and Then Very Dry at End. Much More Decent Than Monty’s.

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Bottle. Sweet malty smell. Mild malts and roastiness. Very UKish. Has the SAME aftertaste as the SS Nut Brown Ale. That grapeish sweetnes.

BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Brilliant ruby-red color (though not "chestnut brown"). As far as aroma is concerned it’s sort of like a caffe mocha (though not of "fresh roasted coffee"). Very smoky flavor - surprising that the color is not more along the brown side. However, the smokiness of this particular brew is more like a can of dollar-store sardines in mustard sauce (including the tinniness of the container) and is not pleasant in the least. Cloying, metallic aftertaste. Being near the bottom of the ratings on this one I readily admit that I have a personal penchant against smoky beers - but nevertheless l hold this rating as-is based on this beer’s candidly perceived deficiencies as described above. It would have been even lower Overall but for the fact that Riggwelter packs a great alcohol kick at 5.7%.

badgerben (5328) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Dark brown color with a thin head. Smokey aroma. Very thin body. A bit of malt with some smoke that doesn’t remind you of a good smoked beer, but more like smoked hot dogs. Not inherently bad, but not wonderful. Definitely not a typical English Strong, but it’s enjoyable.

LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Beautiful deep chestnut colour. Very nice and quite complex English Strong Ale. Hints of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and bitter coffee ending in a classic long and dry bitter finish.

MiP (15973) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle. Nice brown colour. Plenty, very stable head. Roasted, malty flavour with a long bitterness.

BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Better than the regular ale. Nice brown beer with a white head. Aroma is roasted coffee. Flavour is coffee with hints of liquorice and slightly hoppy with a semi-dry finish. Nice complex beer.

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