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


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RATINGS: 725   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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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.

willt23 (4) - Saltburn, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
One of the nicest beers ive tasted. Can really taste the coffee and liquorice. Great dark roasty aroma too. I could drink this all night. (May blow my head off though lol.)

Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 An excellent old ale, this reminds me of a lighter, more lively and flowery Old Peculier or a lighter, complex porter. It is very dark red brown with a big, thick, dense tan head and some lacing. The aroma is rich, toasty caramelly malt. The taste is a little earthy, chocolaty, caramelly malt, coffee, all mild, and toasty (not burnt), and some flowery, bitter hop character. It is smooth with a sweet and bitter finish. It’s lively, complex, smooth, and tasty.

shorlin (736) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 25, 2000
I love this beer! Earthy, spicy. Little creamy, little sweet. .........

HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
A fine strong ale. The aroma is simply stunning - malt, hops, nutty and a hint of coffee. Pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. Lovely flavours - again, the malt and hops shine through, with subtle background tastes (coffee, nutty). Smooth on the palate with lingering tastes. Overall, a fine nutty brown elixir. Serve at or slightly below room temperature.

ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 3, 2007
Exceptional nose of bubblegum & figs, some sulpher at first, wheat, raisins, fruit & flowers. A whole lot goin’ on here. The brew pous a sparkling ruby with copper highlights. The majestic cascade resolves into a massive off-white, tight & creamy head that is fully lasting and leaves great lace. The brew has a floral front, a sweet middle, and a finish that is big on raisins and coffee. In a word; WOW! The full body is creamy and soft. The finish feels dry. This beer perfectly illustrates why I would never return home if I ventured to the U.K.!!

Tangaroa (10) - - SEP 7, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2017 Dark brown coloured ale with beige foamy head. Caramel and nutty aroma, roasted malts to taste. Overall a great dark beer.

BBrew100 (4) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006 does not count
Great English Ale. Nice head. Distinctive malt flavor - smooth finish. Flavor is excellent - caramel and toffee hints.

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