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


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RATINGS: 724   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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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.

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.

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.

DarkElf (3066) - 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

guzzler67 (1696) - 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.

Shag (3041) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Aroma of cherries and caramel. Appearance is a murky brown. Sour flavor with some nutmeg and cherries. Some spice in the aftertaste. This a nice one.

Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2004
Bottled. Deep amber colour, with a fine silky head. Nice beer, petty I’ve never seen this in the UK and petty I probably can’t get it. Malty and lovely the beer offers quite a bit of flavour from the bottle.

johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2003
A dark bitter with a fairly big head on pouring.Quite bitter with undertones of maltiness.Nice example of a well balanced and pleasant beer.

slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Creamy, frothy head atop copper/amber ale. Good bitter balance. Price affects score. A pint was a little much.

DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
nutty, earthy, bleachy, extremely meaty aroma...malty, smokey meaty flavors hinting at some chewy beef jerky

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