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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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kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Deep brown with hints of red. Vigorous tan head. Malty aroma, but not much of it. Toffee flavor with some hops. I agree that it is porter-like

3.2
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2003
Red-brown w. large beige head. Malty, nutty, roasted, bitter. Sharp edges, medium body.

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apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Looks really nice - with a frothy head on a dark amber body. Smells strongly of caramel malts, not so much fresh coffee. A sweet odor to be sure, with hints of vanilla. Not very hoppy or bitter at all - just yeasty and a little bit of a sour finish. The flavor has mostly malts, with a sweet nuttiness, like a nut brown ale. Not a bad beer, but not as robust as I like my ESA's to be.

3.2
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2003
A reddish color with a large creamy off-white head. A fresh hop aroma with a very light coffee aroma, almost tea like. Some straw. A light toffee taste, slightly bitter, slightly dry. The ABV is not noticable.

3.2
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
I Didn’t care for the aroma but it seems most are liking it. Medium body. Malty nutty earthy bitter flavour, it’s fairly complex.

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bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
bottled: mostly some malt character here, choc malt, coffee flavors, some light hopping in the finish. easy to drink and uneventful.

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davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Nice dark color, creamy head. Sweet aroma. Flavor was a little sweet and chocolatey, also creamy. Smooth finish as well. I thought it was ok.

3.2
Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2007
(Bottle) Pours nutty brown to red. Light roasted, buttery aroma with milk chocolate/nougat, fruits and bananas. Small notes of roseleaf, soft fudge and sweet liquorice. Roasted flavour with some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Salty and light bitter finish. Medium body.

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doubelknv3 (1093) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2007
A dark red / brown colour with creamy off-white head. Malty, black berry aroma. Flavour is quite roasty with hints of black berries and mild hops. Has a medium body with a mild bitter finish.

3.2
DenverLogan (1302) - North Bend, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Pale brown; lingering amber head. Earth, straw, wheat, carob in aroma. Rich body of carob, molassas, hops, wood, some smokiness, pepper, cheap coffee, with a bitter dry finish.


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