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


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RATINGS: 740   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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rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Has a clear dark amber color and a matching nice off-white head. Aroma is roasted and clearly cocoa. Flavor is cocoa as well and it turns into quite a bitter finish.

harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This was just an incredibly tasty ESA. I would really like to get my hands one some more of this. Pours a deep ruby-esque color with a big cream colored head. There are all kinds of flavors dominate here along with the taste of the malts, you get some toffee with a bitter coffee taste that mellow in a rich and creamy aftertaste, that in turn becomes bitter and unbalanced in the finish, but still incredibly tasty. A must try!

WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Beautiful reddish brown with a huge off-white head. Taste of malt, espresso, chocolate, toffee, with a bitter and sour finish. Good mouth feel for a low alcohol ale.

Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
Great presentation with rich creamy head over a copper body. It just lacks something though. Nice balance and good malty taste but it isn't a great beer.

Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2003
REd-amber coloured beer with a big light brown head. Slightly roasted, tobacco malty aroma. A rather dry bitter ale with a long dry roasted aftertaste.

larsniclas (7075) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 Bottled. Dark brown. A burnt malty and hoppy aroma. A stoutish mouthfeel with a lot of bitterness. Mmmmm!

bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2003
Deep ruby brown color. Chocolate aroma and flavor. Some coffee bitternees, licorice. Fairly well hopped, malty with a hint of apple. Medium bodied and well balanced. There is some alcohol, but that is reasonably weel hidden. Well made strong ale.

redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2003
A reddish color with a large creamy off-white head. A fresh hop aroma with a very light coffee aroma, almost tea like. Some straw. A light toffee taste, slightly bitter, slightly dry. The ABV is not noticable.

apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Looks really nice - with a frothy head on a dark amber body. Smells strongly of caramel malts, not so much fresh coffee. A sweet odor to be sure, with hints of vanilla. Not very hoppy or bitter at all - just yeasty and a little bit of a sour finish. The flavor has mostly malts, with a sweet nuttiness, like a nut brown ale. Not a bad beer, but not as robust as I like my ESA's to be.

notalush (5876) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
This beer looks outstanding - excellent, off-white head that lasts for quite a while, leaving a persistant lacing - perfect amber/brown color - the aroma is a bit disappointing, with little more than a slight roastiness, perhaps some yeast - the flavor is a bit thin for the style, actually, a bit thin in general, but still quite enjoyable - slight woodiness, with some roasted malt flavors - some hop bitterness - the finish tries to make up for the thin flavor with some hints of coffee and a lingering hoppiness that is pretty tasty, but it can't quite round out this beer well enough - not recommended if you're a big fan of the style - this is an "easy drinking" English Strong.

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