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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%
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 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.
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.
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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2.8
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Purs a dark mahogony red, with an enticing smell. Lacing on the glass is evident with the head melting away. First taste has a thin feeling liquid and a sharp hops with a small hint of fruit. I have had this bottle in the fridge for 8 months and wonder if the length of storage is weighing on the flavor.

3.7
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Point off for the dead sheep on the label freaking me out, man!!! If I don’t look at it though, I’m okay. Beer’s pretty good, like everyone says, like a very dark, fruity, and heavy brown ale.

3.9
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
This had a good ,but quickly dissolving head.Color a luscious red-brown.Aroma was a rather subdued caramel malt.It has a complex flavor of biting sweet caramel malt and active sour mash.finishes with somewhat bitter hops and barley.I guess I taste some bananas,as stated in the commercial description,but I didn’t notice it until I read about it.Has a pretty good ,somewhat sticky palate.This beer is underrated.

3
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Large foamy off white head. Malt and molasses smell with a medium body. The mild sweet malt flavor is a little overwhelmed by the bitter and its not all that bitter. Still it’s a nice beer and I like that the head was still there at the last drink.

3.8
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
A dark red to copper body with a thick, everlasting beige head that goes rocky after some time. Thick lacing.
Malt and coffee in the aroma. Some fruit, smoke and alcohol in the nose. After warming to room temp, a brown sugar aroma becomes apparent.
Very fruity first impression of the taste. Sweet and malty. Alcohol very evident in the middle of the tongue. Bitterness of the hops comes out in the lingering aftertaste. Coffee is delicately inlayed into the aftertaste too. Layers and layers of malt that sum into complexity and depth. There's many flavors cruising around my tongue...
Very crisp and dry. Works nicely with the huge mouthfeel and body of this beer.

3.4
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle (black knight’s reserve dark Yorkshire ale). Pour is mostly clear ruby and brown, slightly off white head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, slight fruitiness. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruits, slight herbal spiciness, some bitterness.

3.7
christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Medium dark bourbon clear colour under a large size, fine bubbled mid-beige lasting head. Sweetish caramel malt ’n smokey oak aroma. Medium smooth body carrying a serious tangy, ’in your face’ bitter start. Lighter caramel sweet malt and nutty flavours with some recurring smokey woody character. Strongish bitter finish and aftertaste. Very pleasant drinking. Nice.

4
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Stout qualities and chocolate notes burst out with the first sip. A heavy ale, but after the first few sips the chocolate and stoutness go away and reveal a nice hearty ale. Very good!

2.2
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
From a brown bottle - Pours dark brown with almost no head or carbonation. Smells of sweet caramelized malts with lust a tad of light hops. First sip is very sweet with caramel notes and very little hops. Finishes with a welcome bitterness. Well under carbonated. Not much happening here. Worth skipping this one!

4.9
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.


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