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


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RATINGS: 740   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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bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is deep copper. The foam is yellowish, firm but quite small. The smell is fresh with a burned touch of malt (Goldings?) The carbon dioxide is balanced and medium strong. This beer got a full-bodied burned flavour with a bitterness that disappears quickly. The aftertaste is a little bit sourish and bitter with a burned taste that somewhat resembles of a dry stout. A nice session ale if you want something dryer and more robust than a pale ale, but not as dark and dry as a stout. It is OK, but not one of my favourites.

RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown coloured, with a creamy head. Earthy, hoppy aroma. A hint of fruitiness. Coffee flavours, with some fruit. Perhaps pears? Nice bitter finish.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Great looking dark red/brown colour with a nice, log lasting, off white head. aroma is roasted coffee and malts. Flavour is great; malty, nutty, roasted, liquorice. Nice long aftertaste, with some hops and bitterness. Full to medium bodied with an excellent mouthfeel. Great beer.

JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 27, 2004
(on bottle)Mild sent of rooten fruit, in a good way. A little too much carbonation, but a nite, quiet roast. A bitterness from the roasting continiues in the finish.

dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
Dark Brown with a tight offwhite head. Lightly carbonated. Coffee, crystal malt aroma’s, with a touch of English hop character. great body that really stands out. Some coffee flavours with a good balancing bitterness. Not outstanding, but very well made, and easy drinking.

AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Dark amber color with red hue. Thick tan head dissipates. Aroma is malt, roasty and sweet. Flavor is all malt, very complex- roasty, nutty and slight alcohol. Nice full-bodied mouthfeel.

Sigmund (7539) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2004
(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). Beautiful dark reddish brown colour, large head. Fine aroma of oak, toffee, dark chocolate and Colombian coffee beans. Full malty flavour with a little alcoholic bite, but not too much. Roasted notes, hints of English liquorice, bitter dark chocolate and smoke. The long aftertaste has strong black coffee notes with a hoppy bite. This is a first class beer! You’ll need more than one to make you a "ryggvelter", though. Baaah!

TheBeerGod (6226) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Pours a muddied brown with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and faint fruits. Taste is nicely smoked with more coffee notes and roasted malt. The caramel and sweeter tones seem to be in the background. Mouthfeel is a bit smoky and dry while retaining and mild carbonation feel to it. Finish is more smoked than expected and finishes very sharply and dry with more coffee. Pretty good beer!

Hojou (19) - DENMARK - AUG 10, 2004
I took it fresh out of the fridge - a little too cold - but i was thirsty. Natrually it didn’t have as much flavor then so i also waited - probably too long, because my kid needed food - and it turned out completely different. It went from almost fruity (cold) to caramel and toffee (warm). Nice beer.

MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Deep auburn. Nose just amazing as it’s poured, loads and loads of chewy toffee with a nice chocolate backbone. Flavor doesn’t live up to the promise, some toffee and chocolate but not particularly full or rich. Finishes a hoppier than expected.

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