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

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RATINGS: 55   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
gunnfryd (14886) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
On cask at the Wharf, Aalborg. Red brown colour with a small beige head.. Roasted caramel and ale aroma. Weak roasted caramel and malt flavour.

3.6
imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Forresters Arms, Grassington. Red brown chestnut colour with thick yorkshire head. Big fruity, sweet malt flavour with an alcohol kick, although the abv in the cask is a little lower at 5.6%. Good bitter dry finish, almost salty for some reason. Godd full beer.

3.3
Stuu666 (13425) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Cask at arrochar ale festival. Pours clear deep amber, nose is sweet toffee, caramel, taste is rich, fruity, caramel.

3.4
Rune (12795) - 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).

3.3
faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 28, 2007
Cask at the Wharf, Aalborg. Amber colour with a small fully diminishing off-white head. Mild roasty maltiness and caramel in the aroma. Hoppy, fruity and malty flavour. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

3.9
leaparsons (10551) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2005
Cask, New Road Inn, Leicester. Dark brown with hints of red and a cream head. Aromas are burnt toffee malts, banana, chocolate and earthy winter fruit. Flavours are fruity with rich malts, toffee, banana and roast character. Has mellow winter fruit. Dry and bitter hops on the finish. A very malty moreish beer.

3.3
jmgreenuk (9455) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 24, 2016
Cask at the White Swan, Solihull. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy off white head. The aroma is malt, light citrus, woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light smooth, woody resin hop, light fruit, light floral hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 1. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 31/05/2001 Dark coloured and strong in alcohol with a fruity aroma. Hint of liquorice flavour. 2. Cask Handpump at the West Riding Refreshment Rooms, Dewsbury 20/12/2008 Malt aroma. Thick white head. Mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and smooth on the palate with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter lasting malt finish.

3.6
Svesse (8601) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2010
(Cask at GBBF London Earl’s Court, 4 Aug 2010) Dark reddish brown colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, raisins, prunes, figs and sweet liquorice. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, raisins, prunes, dark bread, over-ripe pineapple and a good, spicy bitterness. More than medium body, with a solid malt sweetness. Well balanced and tasty, mooreish. Very nice.

3.1
The_Osprey (7996) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2016
Cask handpull at Hamilton Hall London as ’Black Sheep Riggwelter’. Dark brown with a ruby hue to the light, foamy beige head leaves very full lacing. Aroma is airy even as it drains. Get some chemical later on, some glue. Body is a touch frothy with soft carbonation. Taste is toasted teacake, toast, black pepper, prunes, glue, rum-like booze, salty finish with some liquorice stick. Burnt astringency with a lasting tang. Big flavour but it’s quite harsh for its abv. I want to love it but I don’t. A half was too much.


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