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


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RATINGS: 734   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 sheeps 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.
Whats 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5340) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2172) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (5053) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (6014) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2004
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of very foamy fine to large sized long lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind an excellent clinging vine like lace. The body was transparent softly carbonated and brown in color. The aroma was malty and contained caramel notes. The mouth feel was initially smooth malty and thin then it finished with a lingering mild brown beer aftertaste sweet malty and mildly hopped. The flavor was that of a mild caramel brown beer. All-in-all a nice session brew that left me with a nice frothy mustache! Good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjoschko (3) - Montgomery, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2004 does not count
I didn't notice the smell as I did the color, a beautiful dark brown, with a tinge of red. I drank it from an english pint glass and enjoyed the thick head, though it did dissipate a little too quickly. Perhaps it was my glass, I don't know. I was happy with the taste, a good mix of sweet and bitter. There is a slight aftertaste of alcohol. Besides, any beer named after a term for a sheep stuck on its back can't be that bad, right? Overall, a good beer, enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (6317) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
As they describe, it's a deep chestnut brown, though it has a big red tinge to it. Mostly clear with a large medium-sized, creamy eggshell colored head. Smells of wet grass, light watery coffee beans, some milk and maybe a hint of ripe red fruits. Begins with a slightly creamy, slightly fluffy mouthfeel, gaining malt flavor as the medium body sets in. Light fruit flavors of cherries and light milk chocolate make themselves known. Finish gains some bitterness, and a touch of lemon merengue even. Some brown sugar and a hint of roast are present on the very end and aftertaste. Lightly astringent with a touch of thinning, but very clean and just sweet enough to be balanced. The longer it warms, and the slower I drink it, as usual per the style, the more I get out of it. Very good, not as much depth of malt or exciting hops/fruit flavors as Fuller's Vintage ales, but then, it does not seem to be trying to be a beer of that magnitude. The low alcohol is wonderful as well.

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