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


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RATINGS: 729   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (4739) - Ipswich, Suffolk, - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

leravel (9) - - MAR 2, 2018 does not count
From Morrisons. chocolate, can feel strong malt and a bit of alcohol. 모리슨에서 구매. 구매한 것중 제일 괜찮은 듯. 알콜향이 적당히 느껴짐.

Zlotta (4389) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2018
0.5 l bottle from 'The English Shop' (Dortmund), bottled in September 2017. Clear, ruby with a thin, frothy, stable, off-white head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity and a bit herbal-grassy aroma of raisins, prunes, caramel and some licorice. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity and a bit herbal-grassy taste of raisins, blackberries, plums, caramel and a touch of licorice, followed by a short, moderately bitter, rather herbal-grassy finish with a touch of roast. Medium body, smooth and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Pretty nice!

Zarrach76 (363) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2018
Très belle bière dans mon verre tulipe, avec des reflets brun/rubis/cuivre très profonds et une transparence parfaite tandis la mousse beige n'est pas en reste. Nez léger très malté, dans la droite lignée des Ale Anglaise, avec un côté très légèrement tourbe/chocolat/café agréable. Petit côté végétal avec de l'houblon bien entendu et l'herbe fraîche, mais aussi un peu d'iode et des saveurs marines qui font qu'on a l'impression de respirer le breuvage en bord de mer. Structure très simple mais à l'équilibre. La bouche est toute aussi simple et souple, avec une texture très légèrement huileuse/soyeuse, une amertume légère qui accompagne les notes de café et de malts à Stout, un peu de céréales blondes (blé notamment), un alcool tranquille dans ses charentaises, des levures qui sortent du lot avec leurs notes de sous-bois et une carbonatation somme toute assez faible. En rétro-olfaction, malts torréfiés, un peu de pruneau, de noix et de bois de résineux. La longueur n'est pas non plus le fort de cette bière qui est pour moi plus proche d'une Ale classique qu'une Strong Ale. Le final est un poil court et s'articule sur des notes cendrés. Une bonne petite bière du samedi pour l'apéro dans son format de 50cl et facile à déglutir sans aucune fioriture. Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

ralphdot (1118) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2018
5.7% deep dark brown with a good head, strong but very nice dark Yorkshire ale.

deepdrinker (385) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Pours ruby amber with thin white head that laces . Aroma of coffee, toffee , caramel . tastes chocolatey also . Great beer

ianwelby (1616) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2017
Dark, clear ruby-amber beer with a thin off-white head. Malty, fruit aroma. Taste has malt, apple, toffee, raisins. A touch of hop too. slightly watery in the aftertaste but decent.

dorain (824) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2017
Aus der Flasche im 2017-09 getrunken. Ein feines Bier für Zwischendurch. Erinnert eher an ein deutsches Schwarzbier.

Tangaroa (10) - - SEP 7, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2017 Dark brown coloured ale with beige foamy head. Caramel and nutty aroma, roasted malts to taste. Overall a great dark beer.

HopsDoctor83 (76) - Walsall, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2017 Dark powerful full bodied drink. Sharp malty taste. Best sipped and savoured

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