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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Riggwelter Yorkshire AleRiggwelter Yorkshire Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%


Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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Rumrunner

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pint .9oz. bottle. The ram on the front of the bottle appears to have had a snoot full.

Wow this is a very nice find.

Pours a dark mahogany. A big fat tan head and excellent lacing. The scents are somewhat harsh. Burnt coffee hits the nostrils hard. Some musty grass and dark fruit. Also a tangy spice that is sharp on the nose.

The flavors are opposite the scents. They are deep and smooth. Some dark toasted coffee grounds give it some bite at first but find themselves smothered by some sweet and heavy dark fruits. Large earthtones in the middle. There is some unsweetened dark chocolate which blends well with spices and a very toasted and oak finish.

Feels deep and smooth. Medium bodied and a frothy afterfeel. This ale has an ease to it that is exceptional. A very laid back ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 07:39:10 | More by Rumrunner
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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-10-2014 19:54:47 | More by ecoons
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. A local hero; named after a Yorkshire term for a sheep that has rolled over and got stuck on it's back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear, dark reddish-brown hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of vaguely fruity malt with hints of roasted grain, caramel, ale yeast esters, faint dried fruit and stewed hops. A twinge of warming booze in the background. Nice.

Tastes of caramel malt and subtle roasted grain with a seriously bitter finish. Notes of roasted malt, caramel, fruity yeast esters, mild dried fruit, leafy stewed hops and faint earthiness. Well-attenuated, with a hint of alcohol in the background and a strident hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the style. Could stand to be a shade thicker. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter stewed hops, fruity malt and ale yeast.

A solid, nicely-balanced example of a strong ale. In fact, Riggwelter forms my mental template of the style. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour have a rich malt presence accompanied by a considerable hop bitterness. Subtle roasty and fruity notes mingle on the palate. Mouthfeel is OK but could be slightly more substantial. Well-crafted and traditional; shame it's filtered as I imagine live yeast would add an extra dimension to the character. Doubtless a cracker on cask. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:04:21 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Romania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Brenden

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer lets a little bit of light into the body but is otherwise a very dark brown. The brown head is about 3/4 of a finger, nice and tight with good retention. Lacing is somewhat more than moderate, spotting and lacing with a few legs here and there.
I'm not sure how to tag this beer upon first inspection. It seems initially to have lots of dark fruits along with creamy sweetness, maybe a touch of roast, and some dark cocoa. It's got a hint of nut and something leafy.
I might initially have pegged this for a traditional Scottish ale, but there's a bit of transition that occurs. It has a warmth that seems to be from alcohol despite being below 6% with lots of caramel, roast, nut and dark chocolate. While not peaty, there's some earth with just a ghost of something smoky. Hops aren't neglected, but this is allowed to be malt-forward, and it's good here. Lots of fruity sweetness and gentle tanginess run through as an undertone from beginning to end. This beer, ultimately, is rich, deep and complex with some layers to sift through.
This has a big body for a brown, particularly an English brown, though it doesn't stray from its purpose. It has depth in the feel, too, with dryness underneath a sweeter overtone and a certain richness to it. Crispness is light but firm and consistent from first hitting the tongue to the back of the throat in every sip, while it goes creamy smooth for the duration.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:59:00 | More by Brenden
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep amber color with a good frothy tan head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, bit of coffee and malt sweetness.

T: taste follows with roasted malt, dark chocolate, with some caramel sweetness, bit of coffee and nut. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: A very medium body, clean, smooth and creamy. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

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Romania

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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
86 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.