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


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RATINGS: 737   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 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.
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
Pours a dark copper. Good malt presence, but well balanced by the hops. Lightly bitter finish. Very easy drinking ale for a winters day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
the same color as many porters but flavored like a smokey brown ale. Had a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2009
I had this in the bottle at the French Laundry in Fenton, MI. It poured a darker amber, and had a very pear like aroma. The flavor was also of pears, and was really light. Good session beer, but I dont think I would get it again. Cheers!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2006
Very dark and very bitter. Lots of hops. The aroma i quite fruity. not crazy about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
I found a bottle of "Monty Pythons Holy Grail Black Knights Reserve", and ratebeer redirected me to this page. 16.9 fl oz / 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Aroma: Dark roasted malts, very slight yeast, and some slight hops. Smells kind of like a less hoppy Black IPA. Appearance: Translucent dark ruby, with a creamy tan head that sticks around a little, but dissipates after a minute or so. Very thick lacing coats the glass. Taste: Lots of caramel, lots of roasted malt that starts of bitter but goes sweet. Very, very mild hop bitterness contrast the malt. Subtle chocolate. Palate: Full body, creamy and rich. Overall: Not bad at all! Actually, its really quite good. The flavors in this beer compliment each other very, very well; they all work together, and play nicely on the palate. I wish I could find this stuff again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours a very dark amber. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt. Slightly less malt taste than the aroma would predict. Very drinkable for a dark ale, slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Enjoyed in a 16.9 oz bottle at the movies. Slight roastiness, medium to full body Ale delights the palate. A little too watery for me but it is definately a great brew for the flicks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4/10/05 500ml light mahogany with large off-white head. Nutty sweet malt tastes. Good contrasting with hops. very light for an old ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Amber-Ruby. Big creamy head. Aroma: Roasted malt, fruits. Flavor: Fruits, burnt malts. Burnt finish. OVERRATED! Perhaps I got a bad bottle but it was more than "roasted", it was the most burnt beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Outstanding beer. Kind of like a lightly smokey, oaky brown ale or German alt. Really complex. Medium, slightly watery body. Dry aftertaste lingers for a long time. Has enough flavors and body unlike a brown like Newcastle. Rerate 061805: Very nice toffee, tootsie roll aroma. Flavor is decent with the same characteristics as the aroma. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with roasted malt. Body is slightly watery. Changed score from 4.1 to 3.9

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