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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thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2012
A - Clean rich brown with a beautiful had that lasted until the beer was finished. . . granted this did not take very long! S- roasted malt, roasted nuts, a bit of spice, hint of sweetness T- Again, roasty toasty nutty goodness! Still a hint of spices, and a bit of coffee and maybe a fruity sweetness as well. M&D - Smooth, low creamy perfect carbonation. I could drink a couple of these and be very happy. Lot’s of flavor but it is gentle and treats your tongue like a lady.

Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2014
Nutty, strong caramel aroma bit of bitterness early. But thick and meaty as you'd expect of Yorkshire brews. Not much bitterness. Nice for winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2005
Bottled. Aroma was lightly of roasted malt, a little dark fruit (I’m thinking figs) and a little banana. Appearance was a dark, almost opaque brown. The flavor was lightly roasted like the aroma, with a fair malt and hop balance. Nothing really prominent in the flavor, though, and tasted a little watery. The palate was likewise a little watery. Overall it was just an OK beer.

StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
500ml bottle - pours a deep brown/auburn shade with a nice big off-white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a lot of malt with hints of chocolate and caramel. The flavour brings the latter two notes out a lot more and there’s a good amount of roasty malt and chocolate at the top which then moves over for a dryer, hoppy finish. The fruitier notes mingle well with the earthier ones. Some smoke as well. Very nice.

andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2006
nice pour, head could be a bit more though. pours dark brown, close to black. fuller-bodied beer. caramel creme nose, mixed with light hops and strong malts. taste follows, also chocolate malts with a coffe and bittersweet delicately balanced smooth finish.

alexmate (307) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2017
Dark brown colour decent sized head, medium carbonation. Aroma of caramel, treacle and cocoa. Taste is similar with the addition of coffee and green hops to add a slight bitterness. Pretty good. Price Paid: £1 from Co-op.

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.

Gmku (302) - 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.

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.

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