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

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RATINGS: 737   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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rauchbier (3882) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2002
Malty nose, deep red colour with good longlasting head.Spicy blend of malt and hops in the mouth and a warming aftertaste.

3
jazz88 (2677) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Bottle. Am earthy brown amber color with a tan head. Slightly toasted malt, dry, wanting for flavor.

3
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Poured out a good solid head that left a good lacing,Red brown colour, malt in the aroma (butterscotch?), mild bitter taste of coffee and licorice.

3
notalush (5867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
This beer looks outstanding - excellent, off-white head that lasts for quite a while, leaving a persistant lacing - perfect amber/brown color - the aroma is a bit disappointing, with little more than a slight roastiness, perhaps some yeast - the flavor is a bit thin for the style, actually, a bit thin in general, but still quite enjoyable - slight woodiness, with some roasted malt flavors - some hop bitterness - the finish tries to make up for the thin flavor with some hints of coffee and a lingering hoppiness that is pretty tasty, but it can't quite round out this beer well enough - not recommended if you're a big fan of the style - this is an "easy drinking" English Strong.

3
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2004
Dark brown color, spicy fruity aroma and taste, medium body, dry malty finish.

3
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Not a bad brew. Deep red body with nice beige head. Complex nose of fruit, nuts, hops, yeast, candy. Good full body. Taste is a nice hoppy bitterness without being too sharp. Sweet and malty. Some fruit and nuts. Interesting.

3
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Large foamy off white head. Malt and molasses smell with a medium body. The mild sweet malt flavor is a little overwhelmed by the bitter and its not all that bitter. Still it’s a nice beer and I like that the head was still there at the last drink.

3
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO. Too much malt for me in both the aroma and taste. Other flavours include caramel and coffee. The palate is fine, smooth and full-bodied, with a bitter finish. I went to school in Yorkshire, so I wanted to like this, but I guess I should stick to my Timothy Taylors.

3
robinvboyer (4611) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
dark ruby color, small head, that dissapeared very quickly. Aroma is vey malty, lots of caramel, and some faint hops. Flavour is very malty, and bready, with some grains. Nice bitter finish, not sure why this is an old ale, to me it’s more of a strong english bitter. The hops really come through in the finish.

3
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 500 ml bottle, bogth in Cardiff by my neighbour Kjetil - thanks for sharing. Brown color, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt. Flavor is caramel and roasted malt with some hoppy bitterness.


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