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

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RATINGS: 730   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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Nice chestnut red-brown, poured a massive foamy tan head which faded slowly to a skim and 2 fingers of lace. Aromas of butterscotch, apple, banana, brown sugar, raisins, citrus and coffee. Taste was fruity and sweet, with notes of butterscotch, treacle, raisins and dark roast malt. Big Golding hop bitterness -- lingers blythely on the tongue and quietly departs. Good mouthfeel -- starts heavy but leaves no pasty feel behind. Nice moderate carbonation and modestly high ABV gave good "have another" drinkability. I enjoyed this good strong example of an EBA.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Pours a real dark brown with an off white head.The aroma is of coffee,roasted malts, and strong fruit notes.The flavor is a nice mild coffee with bitter hops.The finish is dry and the aftertaste is a little bitter.Overall a good brew from the UK.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle. Dark ruby/brown with dissipating head. Fruity aroma with some metal. Creamy taste of toffee, butter and malt with a touch of fruity sourness. Dry finish of raisins, almost like a drier trappist.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bark (255) - Linkping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is deep copper. The foam is yellowish, firm but quite small. The smell is fresh with a burned touch of malt (Goldings?) The carbon dioxide is balanced and medium strong. This beer got a full-bodied burned flavour with a bitterness that disappears quickly. The aftertaste is a little bit sourish and bitter with a burned taste that somewhat resembles of a dry stout. A nice session ale if you want something dryer and more robust than a pale ale, but not as dark and dry as a stout. It is OK, but not one of my favourites.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a clear dark brown. The aroma is lemony - perhaps a bit metallic. Flavour is a balanced maltiness and of a decent strength. Its all decent stuff, I suppose, but Im finding it a bit boring really. I suppose its just not my style.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours a dark amber. Smell of hops, yeast, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, with a bitter back end. Very short on the tongue with a medium body. Delicious Ale that goes well with cheese and bread.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2002
Gorgeous ale with a beautiful head, very aesthetically pleasing in the glass and darn good on the tongue as well. A nice discovery.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervis (243) - Taylors Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2007
Huge creamy tan head, dark chocolaty brown with ruby highlights. Flowery hops in initial aroma quickly overtaken by liquorice and dark, well roasted malt. Goes down smooth and rich, dry bitter taste but very drinkable - like a decent stout but less chewy. Very very good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
Dark amber brown with minimal head. Smells a tad malty and roasted. Tastes a bit fruity and malty, strange combo, but seems to work. Again you get that roasted malts taste. It does have a dry and slightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Sherry and molasses in the aroma. Nice two-finger, tan head. Deep reddish-brown color. Tastes of molasses with carmel and a hint of licorice. Very rich body and a notably bitter finish. Enjoyable complexity, very nice.


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