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


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RATINGS: 737   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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Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Stout qualities and chocolate notes burst out with the first sip. A heavy ale, but after the first few sips the chocolate and stoutness go away and reveal a nice hearty ale. Very good!

Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
Poured an amber/brown color with a moderate head and fair lacing. Nice malty cherry plum aroma with a slight metallic note. Medium bodied and slightly creamy, with lots of toasty caramel in the flavor, notes of chocolate and butterscotch or vanilla and a hint of smokiness. Finished dry with a solid bitterness. First class. Bottled.

flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
Hazy dark orangish brown color with a nice medium tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Lightly sweet malt and coffee flavor. Coffee bean finish.

heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2004
Bottle. Has a deep ruby color and starts with a HUGE off-white foamy head. The head fades to a light covering. Aroma is dirt with chocolate cake and cinnamon. The taste is a slight caramel with tangerine. Ends on an unpleasant a sour note.

Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
Pours a burnt amber colour with a big lingering head diminishing eventually to a sheet of lace. Aroma is of roasted coffee and caramel. Flavour is very nutty (hazelnuts, walnuts) and bitter with some apple caramel and banana hiding in the back. This is a darn good beer, I wish Grail was at least this good. There is a bit of a funky aftertaste though.

whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Ruby-bronze body with moderate carbonation and a rippled, velvety beige head. Unique aroma of roasted malts and grape bubble gum. Roasty flavor of coffee and fruity malts with considerable tanginess. This a pretty interesting beer. Not great, but novel.

shearmadness (2) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004 does not count
Very nutty smell with a creamy head. It has a very smooth beginning with a little bite at the end.

boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottle: This one is a reddish-brown color. There was a bit of a tight tan head (small bubbles) to it also. A fair amount of lacing down the glass. Roasted aroma with some fruit notes to it. Maybe even a bit yeasty. Roastiness to the taste, with a bit of a sweetness. Hints of coffee and fruits. Very Nice!

DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2004
Redbrown with firm beige head. Roasted aroma with tones of apple, almonds, fudge, coffee and dark bread. A bit acidic. Coffee and chocolate toffee in the mouth. Firm bitterness with coffee in the finish

hotstuff (5140) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle. When poured, this beer formed a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth and contained fine-medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was carbonated and transparent with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty with some caramel and fruitiness. The flavor was lightly bitter, smokey and burnt tasting. The mouthfeel was mostly smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with average lacing.

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