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


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RATINGS: 740   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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ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with beautyful rocky head with good retention. Aroma is roast and hops, with hints of diacetyl. Flavor is dominated by roasted malt with some caramel and licorice, finishing with a long bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation, but a bit thinbodied.

JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Black Sheep please me again. This excellent brew pours dark red with a wonderful beige head. The sweet malty flavour is perfectly offset by the bitter finish.

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.

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.

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 don’t think I would get it again. Cheers!

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.

wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
I found a bottle of "Monty Python’s Holy Grail Black Knight’s 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, it’s 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.

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.

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.

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.

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