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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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 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
nutty, earthy, bleachy, extremely meaty aroma...malty, smokey meaty flavors hinting at some chewy beef jerky

MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Nice deep reddish brown color with a thick off-white head. Sweet caramel on the nose and palate. A bit salty in taste with somewhat of a harsh mouthfeel.

Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2003
The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of hops, yeast, caramel, and berries. The color is a very dark red and it has a beutiful beige head. The flavor is of sweet and roasted malts with notes of chocolate and fruit. It ends on a good bitterness both from the hops and the malt. A very nice stong ale.

rlgk (18843) - 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 (1272) - 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 (7297) - 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!

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