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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Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 5, 2015
Pour is mostly clear ruby and brown, slightly off white head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, slight fruitiness. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruits, slight herbal spiciness, some bitterness.

scottsideleau (2) - Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 30, 2014 does not count
A dark pour with a thick head. Strong, but smooth, malty flavor with a nice dry hop finish.

Connor66 (75) - - DEC 30, 2014
From bottle. Brown dark color with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas, hoppy finish. Alcohol dose seem to bite at first but doesn’t last. Good drink over all

Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2014
9/14/2011. From bottle. Brown color with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas, dried fruit, caramel, chocolate. Earthy, malty flavors, plenty of fruit and a light hoppy finish. Not bad at all.

christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Medium dark bourbon clear colour under a large size, fine bubbled mid-beige lasting head. Sweetish caramel malt ’n smokey oak aroma. Medium smooth body carrying a serious tangy, ’in your face’ bitter start. Lighter caramel sweet malt and nutty flavours with some recurring smokey woody character. Strongish bitter finish and aftertaste. Very pleasant drinking. Nice.

slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
decent dark ale...malty, not quite robust. medium bodied with a sweet roasty finish. I’d get again but wouldn’t go out of my way...

HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Holy Grail bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: 2 fingers khaki head, dark brown color, clear, ok lacing. Aroma: roast, nutty, grass, light molasses, bread. Palate: full body, average frothy carbonation, oily texture. Taste: smooth sweet malt and roast, very light bitter on the end, super smooth. Overall, the mouth feel and taste of this beer are awesome, super drinkable, well done, and just impressive. Love the US artwork too.

Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Sweet malty aroma. Dark ruby colour with good head. Rich coffee and dark chocolate flavours with a smooth finish. Heavy body with low to medium carbonation.

MichaelAwesome (6519) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle shared with McTapps. Fine one with a thick background, some raisins, chocolate and leaves in the aroma. Tastes balanced with some ripe fruits, bit of malt. Good one.

McTapps (6889) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle from Morrisons in Newport. Pours out in a dark deep brown colour woth low smooth head and medium body. Aroma of roasted malt and barley. Taste of malt, roasted barley, straw, torf, woods and leaves. Malty finish with honts of nuts and light coffee. Nice one.

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