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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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3.8
dynamiteninja (1895) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2010
Cask. The CB Inn, Reeth. Thick off-white head via sparkler. Dark, reddish-brown body. Initially very strong fruits, followed by bread. Then grass detectable. Chocolate starts to show itself, followed by burnt toffee on the finish. Dry finish, full bodied.

3.8
tombyars (1776) - 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!

3.7
prawlie (1684) - 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.

3.2
JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2008
Tasted at Gallows Bird RALE 05. Dark reddish brown colour. Coffee in the taste. Average hoppiness. Like a "coffee break".

3.4
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Cask at DBF 2004. Dark brown appearance with a redly tint. Malty aroma backed up with some smoke. Same is the flavor. Rather nice!

3.7
bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
Hand pulled cask at the brewery visitor centre and several North Yorkshire pubs over the years. Ruby brown with a thick sparkled beige head. Sweet fruity malts with some chocolate and a hint of peat along side some very fresh hops in the finish. A rather underated ale.

3.8
RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 26, 2006
Cask, Beverley Inn, Doncaster. Clear very dark caramel colour, ruby hints and a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, slightly sweet chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter but bags of malt and dark fruits come through towards the end. Finishes bitter and lasts well, easy to drink, very enjoyable.

3.5
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2005
[cask at black sheep brewery] pours a dark brown with a moderate, lasting head. Aroma has bitter chocolate and coffee notes with some background fruit notes. body is good, finish is bitter.

3.6
rumore (806) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 3, 2016
Pours black with literally no foam. Aroma is not intense, and gives terrain and some coffee. Body is tendentially light but a bit creamy and oily. Taste is balanced between sweet and bitter, with an enjoyable final bitterness.


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