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

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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.
Aroma
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
Taste
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.
Ingredients
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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3.6
madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Brownish dense medium sized head. Lasting long. Malts, liqourice, hops and herbs in the nose. Flavour is malty as well, with not so distinct liqourice taste. Notes of fruit and some vague chocolate. Is light bitter on a nice maltbase in the end. Nice one.

3.5
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottle. Orange and raisin bread aroma. Dark copper color with small head. A doughy orange flavor with moderate hops and alcohol finish. Good but not great.

2.5
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Very dark brown pour. Bottle from world of beer in S Fla. Aroma of dark malts, overripe fruit, some toffee. Flavor is pretty boring and actually not so good. A bit of overripe fruit, spent malt, spent hops...meh.

3.8
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2003
This ale is sparkling clear with a deep copper hue and a slight orange tint. Large, rocky, khaki head. Mostly, but not fully diminishing. Great, full and creamy lacework. Very malty nose with notes of homemade soap, butter, milk chocolate, cherries and cinnamon. The flavor is moderately malty up front with notes of cocoa and citrus. Very well balanced with a moderately bitter and lightly pungent hop addition on the backside. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter and astringent finish with freshly cut buegrass and wet straw at the earthy end.

3.8
DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle from Peace St. Market, Raleigh. Pours deep copper/ruby with medium ecru head. Aroma of dark fruit, including figs, plus scotch, cabernet, oak. Tastes like the little brother of Weyerbacher Insanity with some hops, oak, caramel malt, cabernet. Very nice.

2.5
allmyvinyl (11020) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2013
500ml bottle from Asda, Dunbar. Pours dark brown, no head. Aromas are mostly metal and dark sugar. Taste is more of the same. Thin texture, sticky finish. Not very good.

3.4
gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
(50 cl bottle form Systembolaget) Clear dark red color, big lasting fluffy tan head. Sweet and hoppy scent, also a bit chocolate. Sweet, roasted malt and hops taste. Coffee and roasted malt aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.8
ManVsBeer (10951) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Brown ale with next to no head, but very tasty. Has plenty of burned coffee notes throughout.

3.6
Fin (10917) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
Bottle from Morrissons, Banbury 20-04-07. Pours a ruby colour and has a good fruity and malty nose, good malty and full bodied beer some sweetness but strength whilst apparent isn’t overpowering. Nicely bittered and all in all thoroughly decent beer.

3.3
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 2009-02-05. Brown body with a modest khaki head. (3+) Interesting aroma, light metallic notes over dry malt, earthy notes. (6+) Similar flavour, dry malt with light bitterness, finishes very lightly astringent. Earthy character. Average plus palate. Decent but I am not sure it is one I would return to. 6+/3/6/3/14 Bottle from LCBO

Jan 2008. Bottle from the LCBO. Dark amber tinged brown body with a good sized pillowy off white head. (4+) Dusty, toasty malt aroma of scorched caramel, earthy undertones. Similar flavour with an earthy chestnut character, malty, toffee sweetness with moderate malty base. Something odd about the overall impression is off putting to me. It grows on me as the glass goes on but I just can’t really get into it. Smooth slightly fuller than average palate. Slight ’grabby’ astringency at the back of the throat. Well crafted but not really to my tastes. 6/5/6/3/13 - 3.3


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