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

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RATINGS: 731   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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (8184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Clear dark chestnut with a small rocky head. Aroma was malty and roasty with a little bubblegum and a little raisin. Flavor was full bodied but odd flavored. Nutty earthy malt tones mix with some dry dusty yeast tones, accompanied by that odd banana tone from the nose, as well as a bit of dark raisin, and roast. Not terribly fond of this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8171) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2015
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 20.05.2016
Aroma has licorice, toffee and ripe fruits. Flavour has licorice, some fruity hops, mild menthol tones and toffee. Dryish finish with hints of hay. Quite pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8060) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
Pours with a reddish transparency and creamy tan head. Richly malty nose with a hint of mandarin hop leafiness. Smoothly creamy mouthfeel. Pungent lingering bitterness and smooth, slatey maltiness. Hints of chocolate and caramel. No-nonsense Yorkshire abruptness in the finish. A tasty brew, but one is plenty enough.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a clear burnt orange to brown colored body and a decently sized off-white head. Aroma of earth, wet leaves, toffee, chocolate, leather and a hint of freshly cut fruit (stone fruit or pears, not sure, very faint). Taste is light roast, toffee, leaves, decently harsh bitterness, smoke, and the brulee part of a creme brulee. Medium bubbles. Easy to drink. Lots of nuances.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
10/24/11. 16.9oz bottle labeled as Monty Pythons Holy Grail Black Knights Reserve. Brown/red pour with a nice thick, creamy tan head that sticks and laces a teensy bit. Weird aroma od chalk, burnt bread, metal, and caramel apples. Sweet caramel entry with a burnt toast flavor followed by lingering chalk and a huge metal kick. Blech.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7719) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2011
500. Thanks to one of the finest people you can imagine, hand-delivering this bottled delight without warning out of the goodness of his heart. Fetchez la vache! Pours an opaque ebony, nearly black, with a dense and creamy tan head that falls quickly to a sturdy disc. Not a bad looking beer at all. Naughty, naughty Zoot. Big tart treacly molasses and plums nose, kind of sweet and Christmassy, which wasnt what I was expecting from a bitter, but its not at all unpleasant. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Dark pitted tree fruit and some gingerbread on the mid palate. Big acetic crackery hop finish, kind of airy and peppery. Nothing about this beer did what I expected it to do, which is kind of cool. Why do you think I have this out-a-rageous ac-sawnt?

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 15, 2001
have to agree with the earthy comments. sticky, soft froth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7614) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Rerate Still pretty solid, fades just a bit in the finish with some metallic notes. Original 4.0 Dark tea and bourbon like pour with a creamy, pillowy off-white head and thick long lasting lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, slight chocolate, molasses and a wee bit of alcohol. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, coats your mouth. Complex flavor, note raisins, molasses, candied fruit and cherries. Yum. Stays strong to the finish. This is a style I am really starting to like - need to seek it out more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Dark ruby/brown colour. Roast malt aroma with some coffee accents. Flavour is fruity and nutty with some hop bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. theres also a tang that nods in the direction of an old ale. Good balance and rich mouthfeel. Somehow, though, and Im not entirely sure why, I didnt find this beer all that exciting even though all the elements were pretty good. 500ml pasteurised bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (7434) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 3, 2009
Bottled(500ml). -Nice dark red ruby coloured, medium sized lasting beige head, malty chocolate nose. Light roasted malt, chocolate and toffee taste with notes of coffee and caramel. Bitter and mild spicy finish.


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