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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Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Drinkable dark ale with a pleasing dark color and smooth taste. Reviewers go on about the rich aroma but I found it rather meager. Multiple flavors are claimed by others that I can’t’ detect. To be honest, I find the ale’s name and humorous explanation of Riggwelter more interesting than the ale itself.

Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I love this beer hoppy nutty and maltly. Hope to find this on tap one day. Rerate on tap at the brewery fucking amazing. Page 61 of MJ’s Great Beer Guide and only 462 Classic Brews to go.

MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Nice deep reddish brown color with a thick off-white head. Sweet caramel on the nose and palate. A bit salty in taste with somewhat of a harsh mouthfeel.

BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Brilliant ruby-red color (though not "chestnut brown"). As far as aroma is concerned it’s sort of like a caffe mocha (though not of "fresh roasted coffee"). Very smoky flavor - surprising that the color is not more along the brown side. However, the smokiness of this particular brew is more like a can of dollar-store sardines in mustard sauce (including the tinniness of the container) and is not pleasant in the least. Cloying, metallic aftertaste. Being near the bottom of the ratings on this one I readily admit that I have a personal penchant against smoky beers - but nevertheless l hold this rating as-is based on this beer’s candidly perceived deficiencies as described above. It would have been even lower Overall but for the fact that Riggwelter packs a great alcohol kick at 5.7%.

triskaideka (369) - Killarney, IRELAND - JAN 19, 2015
500ml bottle - pours dark amber with white head. Aroma is malty, taste is malty,caramel. decent ESB

deepdrinker (369) - 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

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.

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