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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%
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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danlo (3236) - 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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Mjp12 (2031) - 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 (7966) - 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 (550) - 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 (622) - 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 (18844) - 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 (8615) - 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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heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2004
Bottle. Has a deep ruby color and starts with a HUGE off-white foamy head. The head fades to a light covering. Aroma is dirt with chocolate cake and cinnamon. The taste is a slight caramel with tangerine. Ends on an unpleasant a sour note.

3.1
frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle poured a deep red body with a large rocky head. The tan head reduced to a small island which clumped in the middle of the glass, yet laced reasonably. Predominant aromas of wine and rum & dark chocolate. Sour, vinous flavor with a slightly puckering metallic finish. Loved the story of the riggwelted, but this beer didn’t turn me hooves up.


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