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

bottled
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RATINGS: 733   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 sheeps 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.
Whats 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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
500 ml bottle; best before 01/2005 Dark brown with hint of copper and a 1" thick pale yellow rocky head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, with good dark malt and some earthy, musty hop aroma. Flavour is quite simple. Sweet, with hints of licorice. Becomes quite treacly and it followed by a fairly harsh bitterness. Not very well-balanced. Just not a brewery that I enjoy.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9368) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2007
bottle. Clear and dark colour, medium-sized head. Aroma of hops, coffee and wild berries. Hoppy flavours dominate, solid malty background with hints of wild berries and coffee. Short finish but pleasant aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (9243) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma of berries cocoa hops and alcohol plus roasted malt. Relatively hoppy berries flavor in combination with roasted malt. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer with a tan puddle for a head. The aroma has caramel, chocolate and boozy dark fruit. The taste has dusty chocolate and caramel. Decent alcohol. A little smoky character comes through also. A decent Old Peculier-a-like, and easily Black Sheeps best beer. Score 3.6
Subsequent ratings scored 3.6 and 3.5. Average unaltered

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 [1021-20070131] 500mL (w/ jerc). Old wet hay hints in aroma also indicates alcoholic grains. Clear, dark dark red brown body with a big foamy off-white head. Grainy malt flavour has hint of alcoholic earth wood. Medium body. Fair. (5/4/6/3/11) 2.9

[1995B-20090213] 500mL bottle. Wet wood toasted malt aroma with mild chocolate hints throughout. Clear, dark amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Rich creamy wood chocolate malt flavour with a long sweet malt aftertaste. Medium-full body. Great texture, great depth. (7/4/7/5/15) 3.8
(c/o a friend, w/ him, jerc)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8712) - ITALY - FEB 16, 2016
bottle bb 23/9/16 ruby bright clear good malty nose light earty caramel light roasty good bitterness nice bitterness

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (8660) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from one of supermarkets. Poured a clear dark brown with a broken off white head. The aroma is dry malt with a little yeast. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth hop liqourice bitter palate and a short bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Super a refreshing. A beer for all seasons.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (8657) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Clear dark chestnut with a small rocky head. Aroma was malty and roasty with a little bubblegum and a little raisin. Flavor was full bodied but odd flavored. Nutty earthy malt tones mix with some dry dusty yeast tones, accompanied by that odd banana tone from the nose, as well as a bit of dark raisin, and roast. Not terribly fond of this one.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8543) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2004
Dark and pours with a big head, lacing. Burnt and alcoholic aroma. Flavor is bitter and burnt. A little thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8458) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Cool looking half liter bottle pours clear deep amber with tan head. The aroma is a pleasing mix of earthiness, fig, black licorice, chocolate and boysenberry. The taste is pretty full with licorice, earthiness, spicy hops and then becoming sweeter and sweeter with the addition of dates, boysenberry, grapes and red apple skins. Rich sweet earthy brew.


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