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

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RATINGS: 730   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
Dark amber brown with minimal head. Smells a tad malty and roasted. Tastes a bit fruity and malty, strange combo, but seems to work. Again you get that roasted malts taste. It does have a dry and slightly bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle. Awesome deep scarlet/brown appearance. Aromas of cocoa powder and toffee. Average coffee-ish flavour gets more intense towards the middle, with an accompanying swell of chocolate, then finishes poorly into a watery palate. Bigger would have been better.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3575) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Pours dark amber with light tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Flavors of roasted malts. Finishes dry with a slight hop taste. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Dark amber with an off-white head. Roasted malts dominate the aroma. Smooth amd seet on the palate with a dry finish. I enjoyed this one, but its missing just a little something.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours chestnut brown with a nice, vreamy beige head. Aroma of roasted nuts, toast, and dried apricots. Flavor isnt as rich as the aroma suggests. Slightlty toasty, with a subtle fruitiness. Mildly bitter, dry finish. Somewhat thin.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Roasted/toasted aroma, dark fruits, even those are toasted. Flavor the same, gets a bit dull. Mouthfeel rather thin, especially for the roasted character presented. Ok.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2008
Drak brown with a low head. Malty aroma with lots of berries and earth. The flavour starts out sweet with notes of caramel and cafe latte and goes into a grassy hop ending.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2572) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours with four finger cream head that fades slowly leaves a good lace. Clear deep amber color. Light earthy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is nearly balanced but hops win, some initial sweetness. Hop bite at finish that lingers. 500ml bottle from Barbs Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle a WOB. Pours a dark brown/amber. Thin tan head. Malty fruit aroma with a roasted pineapple banana flavor. Dry hoppy finish. Decent brew.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2112) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Large bottle. Not a bad brew but was put off a bit by the pronounced alcohol taste despite only being a 5.7 abv.


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