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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%
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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3.3
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
Nuts and caramel…White chocolate smoke…Pleasant and refreshing…

3.3
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2002
Beautiful, big frothy almond coloured head. A real scent of cocoa and a strong bitter finish. A good and well-rounded English Strong Ale perhaps better if less sharp.

3.3
Crit (4102) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
Brown,thick lasting beige head.Slightly stale beery dry malt nose.Carmel and malt taste with coffee overtones. Lingering hop end. Great Belgian lace

3.3
larsniclas (7285) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 Bottled. Dark brown. A burnt malty and hoppy aroma. A stoutish mouthfeel with a lot of bitterness. Mmmmm!

3.3
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Reddish brown hue with small tan head and very good lace. The aromas hint of roasted sweet malts, caramel, toffee, sour milk and apples, hazelnut, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts nutty and lactic, the mocha sweetness is found underneath. Some bitter appears towards to end with a touch of smoke and very light spice. The mouthfeel has a chalky dryness, astringent and lively.

3.3
MiP (16054) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle. Nice brown colour. Plenty, very stable head. Roasted, malty flavour with a long bitterness.

3.3
Christian (13927) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
Dark amber ale with little head. Has a weak aroma with burned malt and nuts and something metallic. Roast malt also dominates the flavour with a long dry aftertaste.

3.3
Riggwelter (2) - KNIVSTA, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
A beer which initially can seem a bit odd...with a burnt, sometimes coarse taste. However, together with a good meal, its flavours turn out to be very tasty. A pleasant beer, suitable for meat dishes.

3.3
jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2005
Bottle Red brown, off-white creamy head. Fresh fruity nose, english hops. Roasted, slightly smoked, berries. Dry finish, medium to light body

3.3
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle: Much darker that I expected. Very dark brown with an off-white to light brown head. Mild roasty aroma with some fruity, lemony hop aromas. Smelt a little thin. Slightly sour flavour, roasty, though without much body in the middle palate. Really prominant roasty sweetness that came out with food. Quite nice but I felt the pastuerisation had removed some of the body and character.


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