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

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Introducing the big-hitting, the fabled, Riggwelter. You asked for a strong ale, we gave you….Riggwelter, a real powerhouse of a beer. Much thought went into the creation of our flagship ‘strong’ ale. To create something with real strength and depth we developed a unique recipe featuring rich espresso aromas, dark fruit and roasted malt flavours. Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Norse roots; “rygg” meaning back, and “velte” meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or ‘riggwelted’ when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance. What better name for a strong beer from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire? Riggwelter is available in cask and bottle.

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3.6
gegwilson (3752) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Cask in the Forester’s Arms, Grassington. Pours chestnut with a cream head. A quite rich malty flavour with toffee, a little liquorice and coffee. A decent drop.

3.5
SaintMatty (7439) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2014
Cask (Black Sheep Visitor Centre, Masham) - Dark brown in colour. Liquorice, roasted malt and raisins in the aroma. Roastef malt, liquorice and banoffee feature in the taste.

3
Finn (7836) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
NWAF 23 Jan 13. Mørk gylden. Lavt skum. OK maltaroma. Litt søt. Smak av syrlig frukt. Bra fylde. Litt tørr plommesmak. Syrlig ettersmak. OK øl.

3.7
kerenmk (4901) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at the Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, September 2013. Ruby red-brown, clear with white head. Aromatic caramel aroma and dried banana, malty, dry taste, caramel and some toffee too. Sweet undertones, full-bodied and slightly carbonated.

3.4
Rune (13186) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2013
Cask by handpump at NWAF ’13, half pint shared by Finn. Deep, mahogany coloured body. Spotty lacework. Roasted caramel malts to the nose. Dark caramel taste added by notes of chocolate and mixed with marmalade. Mid-dry, dark bitter finish. Well bodied. Pleasing (Manchester, 23.01.2013).

5
blobcat (3) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
If I could only drink one beer for the remainder of my days dead sheep (Riggwelter) would be it

3.3
anders37 (26824) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2011
Cask @ GBBF 2011. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Roasted malty caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a roasted malty dark fruity finiah with hints of caramel.

3.8
tombyars (1724) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black with a thin white head. Intense malty aroma with molasses and damsons present. Creamy rich mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives maltloaf with raisins, figs, plums and treacle toffee. Slight hint of liquorice with the spicy hops to give a good robust aftertaste. Sweetness returns with a sherry like alcoholic warmth. A cracking strong ale and completely different from Old Peculier, try them together for comparison - that’s a festival in itself!

3.4
Ober (2814) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
Cask @ GBBF 2011. A dark brown colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma fresh fruits like cherries, some malts. The taste of dark fruits, malty with bitterness. The aftertaste is some bitter with sweets.

3.7
prawlie (1633) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2011
Half pint at the Black Sheep Visitor Centre. Dark brown with a well formed head. Very nice chocolate/coffee taste. Sweet and nice. Chocolatey aroma. Very pleasant indeed but a little too sickly sweet to be a session beer.


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