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


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RATINGS: 738   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (5111) - 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 (6091) - 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 (6535) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8561) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2004
Dark and pours with a big head, lacing. Burnt and alcoholic aroma. Flavor is bitter and burnt. A little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Dark copper color. Aroma is malty with a definite smoke and bourbon (?) overtone. A light to medium bodied English ale. Malts are nutty, earthy and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. There are strong vegetative and smoky qualities to this beer; making it somewhat earthy. Nicely balanced. Nice soft carbonation. Slightly astringent at the finish. Also there is a touch of bourbon-like smoke and sweetness at the finish, Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of vegetative earthiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Reddish brown. Godd sized chunky head. Full crisp malt, caramel, and slight hops. Moderate bitterness in the flavor with a nutty malt undertone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Reddish brown hue with small tan head and very good lace. The aromas hint of roasted sweet malts, caramel, toffee, sour milk and apples, hazelnut, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts nutty and lactic, the mocha sweetness is found underneath. Some bitter appears towards to end with a touch of smoke and very light spice. The mouthfeel has a chalky dryness, astringent and lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Sweet and malty nose is an accurate predictor for the initial flavor of this English strong ale which somewhat resembles a very light porter; Moderately nutty initially with a dark roasted flavor and a strong smokiness developing in the finish; The finish is also on the dry side; Moderate bitterness remains consistent throughout; Mahogany in color; Tan head has large bubbles and the pockmarked nature resembles oatmeal on top; Solid head retention with some lacing

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1692) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Dark copper color with a generous head that left good lacing. Moderately malty aroma with some spice in the nose. Bit of coffee in the well carbonated taste. Medium-bodied, with a spicy finish.

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