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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Grzesiek79 (4381) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Super dobre i tresciwe angielskie Ale. Wreszcie spora i puszysta piana, do tego trwala. Kolor brazowy dosc ciemny, ale o przezroczystej barwie. Piwo jest naprawde wyraziste, slod ale taki z podgrzanymi tostami, nieco przyrumienionych orzechow na patelni, glownie laskowe. Uzupelnia te tostowosc goryczka srednia ale utrzymujaca sie w podniebieniu dosc dlugo. Na zakonczenie wraz z goryczka otrzymujemy placek czy moze tarte francuska z jablkami smazonymi. Super Ale

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Great looking dark red/brown colour with a nice, log lasting, off white head. aroma is roasted coffee and malts. Flavour is great; malty, nutty, roasted, liquorice. Nice long aftertaste, with some hops and bitterness. Full to medium bodied with an excellent mouthfeel. Great beer.

Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I love this beer hoppy nutty and maltly. Hope to find this on tap one day. Rerate on tap at the brewery fucking amazing. Page 61 of MJ’s Great Beer Guide and only 462 Classic Brews to go.

JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
Wow Big head. Bubble texture. Creamy Rich smoky flavor. Mouthful is sweet and biter at the same time and it leaves this bubbly feeling when its gone

SanfordBrewer (1642) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Lucent brown, thin beige head, medium-light body, medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: sweet toffee malt, fruity esters, some minerality, ant a faint hint of leafy hops.

Taste: brown malt, toasted bread, leafy hops (not notably bitter or aromatic -which means nicely balanced i guess), and a subtle hint of peat smoke.

Rich and complex, but balanced. More brown ale than old ale, as there are no descernable alcohol or oxidative notes. Would be much better on cask. It has a very nice smoke character which adds depth and complexity to the roasted malt character.

Jasonr3 (2) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
Out of the bottle in a pint glass. Nose is espresso, sweet malts, sea water, and chocolate. Palate is light yet soft with a slight effervescence. Taste starts out like a traditional english ale, and then blooms to complexity. Banana in the middle of the bell in the back of the palate, liquorice, chocolate, seaweed. Finishes with a note slight note of espresso bitteness that lingers. Tasty, complex, intriguing, drinkable, unique, a very nice beer worth picking up or adding rum or a nice peated scotch/ sweet bourbon to.

worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Deep dark brown amber with a red tint and a creamy lasting, tan head. Smells of deep malt, caramel (brown sugar) with a light roast and chocolate and coffee. Some berries, raisins, and other fruit elements like apple. Smells complex and rich. Medium to full oily body, soft carbonation. Sort of like a Bitter that molds into something more complex. Sweet toasted malt with toffee and caramel but then the fruit becomes more present with raisins, banana and then moves from sweet to a roast, chocolate, coffee and a hop liquorish dry finish that lingers. Easy to drink, delicious and is very moreish. Nice balance too. Mixing with rum?

davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle at the Dickens. Intense and balanced. Aromas of caramel, hints of chocolate and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark amber, with a frothy head.

olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
500ml bottle. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a small but nicely coloured (off white) head which lingered. Aroma is of malts, coffee and is bitter sweet. Taste is great. Nice full flavour with a decent amount of carbonation but not too much. A little coffee and smokiness with a good bitter taste of malts. I like black sheep and will be having this again.

stevoj (5440) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2013
Just short of a stout in color and bitterness, could probably fool a novice. Deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke. Taste is chocolate , oak barrel, espresso. Finish is dry and abrupt with some lingering bitterness. If you’re a fan of stout, give this one a try.

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