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

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RATINGS: 739   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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after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, 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 wasn’t what I was expecting from a bitter, but it’s 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?

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danlo (3065) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark ruby colour, with chocolate & coffee malt aroma and bubbly tan head. Initial fizzy sourish burnt dry coffee-malty (slighty dry hoppy) bitterness that then lingers, layered against a thick malty sweetness.

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kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Very dark brown with a red tint. Lasting white head. Dark, rich malty and toffee aroma. The aroma is complex. The flavor has complex toffee malt character and chocolate. Its stronger, but still weak by American standards and I like that.

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Mjp12 (1864) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Decent enough bitter , not as creamy as many black sheep , better hop balance , a good glugging beer.

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Idiosynkrasie (7516) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear, reddish chestnut colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Malty and fruity aroma, notes of red berries and their parings, a touch of cherry. Taste is dry malty, slightly fruity, cautious hints of cocoa powder. Nice, not more.

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Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
500ml Bottle from Tesco, Dragonville, Durham. Pours dark ruby brown with a foamy, light tan head and moderate carbonation. It smells gassy in the way that pasteurised beers do while there’s also some caramel malts to be found in the nose. Smoke hits the palate first but gives was to robust malt character than finishes pretty sweet with caramel and toffee flavours. Maybe a little too sweet for my liking but on the whole it’s a solid and enjoyable strong ale.

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sarauckelman (540) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Clear dark amber with minimal head that dissipates. Not much aroma -- maybe a hint of the barley -- so the complex flavor is a surprise, with nuts and coffee and an underlying sweetness. Warm palatte with a bit of a burn on the end. Surprisingly pleasant!

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alvaro78 (495) - Sevilla, SPAIN - APR 12, 2017
Aromas tostados y a cafe Buen aspecto, carbonatacion media y mala retencion de espuma. En boca balanaceada, con fruta inicial, tostado y reagaliz con un final terroso y seco

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rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Has a clear dark amber color and a matching nice off-white head. Aroma is roasted and clearly cocoa. Flavor is cocoa as well and it turns into quite a bitter finish.

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Hansen (8595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2004
Dark and pours with a big head, lacing. Burnt and alcoholic aroma. Flavor is bitter and burnt. A little thin.


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