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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hub66 (486) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 8, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Belle couleur brun-rouge avec une petite mousse blanche; arômes de café et chocolat; goût bien équilibré entre douceur et amertume

Mr_Pink_152 (5009) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from Asda. Pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate. Taste also has caramel, with roasted malt, and chocolate.

sdmmb (1826) - BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Wakefield. Strong ruby ale with creamy head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kpoterlo (4) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014 does not count
Bought it in the local tesco store it has been stored in the fridge. Pours ruby brown with a white rocky head. Coffee, roast aroma with mild bitter finish.

Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2014
Nutty, strong caramel aroma bit of bitterness early. But thick and meaty as you'd expect of Yorkshire brews. Not much bitterness. Nice for winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mkel07 (5988) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2014
500ml bottle from Cellarbrations Sandy Bay. Toffee red in colour with a tan head. Thin bodied but flavoursome.

edsspoon (900) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark red with a sizeable off white head which gradually disappears to a ring. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, blackcurrant and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, blackcurrant and mild bitterness. Slightly warming, medium sweetness, medium body, kind of grainy, low carbonation.

stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
Brown copper pour off white head. Nutty brown very English style. Dry nutty caramel malt grainy grist. Simple English beer with nice flavors.

RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle at home; clear dark chestnut brown pour with bubbly off white head, rich fruit aroma, taste is sweet, with some bold fruit, caramel, nut, a porterish sweetness, coffee.

MrTipple (4968) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Aroma: caramel malts, pine, some hay. Appearance: very dark brown/black, medium frothy white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: molasses, sweet dried fruit, light bitters coming up towards the average- to long-finish. Overall: very nice English Strong Ale, complex aroma and palate! Bottle from Beer Hawk, England.

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