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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (4279) - 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 its more of a strong english bitter. The hops really come through in the finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2008
A pleasant, mild ale that is delightfully creamy and malty much like porter. Good carbonation and coffee and nut flavors are highlights. Not a life-changing experience but very drinkable and satisfying nevertheless. Overall, good.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jefcon (1674) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Dry and roasted, to be sure. If guinness were an ale, this is what I would expect. Chalky, dry roast coffee aromas. Some dry chocolate and a slightly bitter, very roasted palate. The question here is on the tongue, where the beer is slightly thin and lacks assertiveness. Its clearly not a smoked ale, but there is little to advance the palate beyond the roasty, yet watery, texture.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (3435) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours very dark amber with a large head. Aroma is bread, slightly sour dried fruits. Sour, dry finish. Great in the mouth, but just nothing to write about on the taste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hrning, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2011
Dark ruby brown color with fine tan head. Sweet aroma. Flavor is sligthly roasted and bitter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1964) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Henway (3) - - NOV 24, 2013 does not count
Not bad. Kinda coppery to me with a weak nose. Good for some points in a beer club I guess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1732) - BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Wakefield. Strong ruby ale with creamy head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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