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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edgallow's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edgallow (4618) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2012 16.9 oz bottle pours a deep brown with a white head. Aroma of toasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Taste of Strong bread flavor, lots of rich English malt.

deepdrinker (364) - 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 (1566) - 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 (713) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2017
Aus der Flasche im 2017-09 getrunken. Ein feines Bier für Zwischendurch. Erinnert eher an ein deutsches Schwarzbier.

Grumbo (4252) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

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

anfractuosity (491) - - JUL 22, 2017
Very good ale, lively carbonation. Darkish brown in colour. Lovely roasty notes.

vinivini (3134) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle. Deep bronze colour. Clear. Nice long living cream-coloured head. Aroma: caramel, toasted malts, brown bread, esters, spicy hops. Taste: dry caramel & toast. Medium spicy bitterness. Good ale.

nybol (2439) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Stor fylde, godt humlet i eftersmag. Der er faktisk ikke så meget mere at sige om denne øl

kalkone (29) - BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2017
Une bonne bière noire qui reste dans la tradition anglaise. Un goût très prononcé en premier lieu qui laisse vite place à un arrière goût léger mais persistant.

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