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


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RATINGS: 726   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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MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Deep clear light brown color, beautiful off white creamy head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Light malty caramel smokey aroma, sweet nutty and smokey flavors. Medium bodied with a nice rounded soft mouthfeel, some dryness in the lasting finish, I like this one.

Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
Nice fruity/hoppy aroma. Lots of Northdown/Golding/Fuggles.Beautiful deep amber/ruby hue. Small dense head, nice lacing. Rich malt profile, caramel/chocolate/roasted barley. Excellent mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, balanced well aginst the hops. Mild alcohol flavor. An excellent British Ale.

Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2004
stonefruit, floral hops, caramelised malt, and dark chocolate aromas.
deep ruby red with nice creamy head, very low carbonation.
dark chocolate with dark stonefruit and bitter, flowery, very british hop flavours.
full body, drying dark chocolate bitterness, fizzy on the tip of your tongue.
very dry-stoutish, slow drinking, very nice warming beer with nice head lightening alcohol.

bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
bottled: mostly some malt character here, choc malt, coffee flavors, some light hopping in the finish. easy to drink and uneventful.

JoeMcPhee (9584) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
500 ml bottle; best before 01/2005 Dark brown with hint of copper and a 1" thick pale yellow rocky head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, with good dark malt and some earthy, musty hop aroma. Flavour is quite simple. Sweet, with hints of licorice. Becomes quite treacly and it followed by a fairly harsh bitterness. Not very well-balanced. Just not a brewery that I enjoy.

PorterPounder (8313) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Rerate Still pretty solid, fades just a bit in the finish with some metallic notes. Original 4.0 Dark tea and bourbon like pour with a creamy, pillowy off-white head and thick long lasting lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, slight chocolate, molasses and a wee bit of alcohol. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, coats your mouth. Complex flavor, note raisins, molasses, candied fruit and cherries. Yum. Stays strong to the finish. This is a style I am really starting to like - need to seek it out more.

MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Poured a cola brown with a thick tanhead. Aroma of malt, grapes, and licorice. Nice aroma. Flavor has more grapes with mild maltiness. A good beer.

Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
I Didn’t care for the aroma but it seems most are liking it. Medium body. Malty nutty earthy bitter flavour, it’s fairly complex.

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 (464) - 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.

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