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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Riggwelter Yorkshire AleRiggwelter Yorkshire Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

298 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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2/5  rDev -48.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of bark
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is deep copper. The foam is yellowish, firm but quite small.

The smell is fresh with a burned touch of malt (Goldings?)

The carbon dioxide is balanced and medium strong.

This beer got a full-bodied burned flavour with a bitterness that disappears quickly. The aftertaste is a little bit sourish and bitter with a burned taste that somewhat resembles of a dry stout.

A nice session ale if you want something dryer and more robust than a pale ale, but not as dark and dry as a stout. It is OK, but not one of my favourites.

bark, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a nice reddish copper in color and with very little to no foam or lace. The smell and taste was just like a Scotish Ale and I'm not overly impressed with Scotish Ale. So the taste was below average. I thought I could taste a sort of vinyl flavor to this brew. I'll pass on this style of beer!

BeerManDan, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

According to the label, Riggwelter is an Old Norse term for a sheep that is on its' back and cannot get up without help, I'll get back to that in a moment....

Poured a light, almost clear brown with slight chestnut hue, a hint of cherry hardwood floors gleam. Light brown head, thin, covered the surface with large and small bubbles, nicely carbonated with lacing. The smell of fresh figs and dates predominates, a touch of leather. There is a warm, alcohol taste and mouthfeel, buttery, burnt toffee, I find it harsh. As well, there is a sharp sourness at the roof of the mouth that clobbers your tastebuds and almost provokes a pucker. The aftertaste is not very pronounced, a short finish.

My impression is of an excess amount of malt that throws the brew off balance, so it's unbalanced like the Riggwelter that it's named after. The beer was certainly crafted this way and likely a good example of the style but I find it unpleasant for the most part so I reflected that in my scores. I didn't like this nearly as much as the Black Sheep Ale I enjoyed recently from the same brewery, usually in good supply at the LCBO.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a brown bottle - Pours dark brown with almost no head or carbonation. Smells of sweet caramelized malts with lust a tad of light hops. First sip is very sweet with caramel notes and very little hops. Finishes with a welcome bitterness. Well under carbonated. Not much happening here. Worth skipping this one!

ATLbeerDog, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown color, clear, thick head that settles to very nice 2 fingers deep, lots of lacing
s: burnt malts overpower bits of hops spiciness
t: malty taste quickly gives way to the long-finishing dry coffee taste
m: medium body, surprising amount of carbonation at the end that mitigate the overpowing coffee flavor
d: a great-looking beer with overpowering coffee flavor that just didn't do it for me

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Jeffo
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium thick off-white head that quickly fades into a thin film. Colour is brown or russet and is pretty clear. Film quickly disappears and leaves zero lacing. Looks quite flat by the halfway point. Very average for the style.

SMELL: A pretty weak nose, even weaker than the norm for the style. Some sweet caramel malt and a faint biscuit touch as well. A faint hint of hops in the background as well. Pleasant but too weak to really be noticeable, which seems to be the norm for the style.

TASTE: A caramel malt start with some toasted grainy malt as well. Biscuits in the middle with some hop bitterness through the end. A very long lasting hop bitter aftertaste dominates for quite a while, while a bit of sweet wood competes for space as well. The aftertaste is a bit too much, but some might like this degree of forcefulness.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher end carbonation with slightly prickly carbonation. Goes down just a tad rough and finishes with a touch of stickiness. Wasn't all that impressed.

OVERALL: Not the most drinkable brew I've every had. The strong and dominating hop bitter aftertaste is slightly offensive and would make it hard to drink this in great quantities. I didn't look forward to the next sip. I could see someone who loves strong dominating bitter hop aftertastes really enjoying this, but I prefer a bit more malt ballance in my beer.

Jeffo, Feb 17, 2009
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2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate brown with good clarity. Stout like nose, some burnt malty notes with a slightly hard edge. Quite light bodied in the mouth, seems like a true cross between a stout and an ale. Very nice feel although the malt does drop off a little. Just lacks a bit of excitement. Not sur ehow or why this thng is rated so well..

barleywinefiend, Jan 10, 2008
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

innominat, May 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Schmoog, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of prosper
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a tan head that receded quickly.

Smells slightly toasty with some hints of tangerine and pine hops.

The first thing you notice about the taste is the roasty bitterness. There's a ton of roast and dark malt character to this beer. Coffee, dark chocolate, and the like. There's a faint hoppy bitterness, but it's overshadowed by the dark malt bitterness. Some hints of caramel. As it finishes, banana-like esters become apparent.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with low-ish carbonation. Slightly cloying.

Not too drinkeable, I'd say, between the bitter roastiness and slightly sweet finish, I'm just not dying for the next sip.

Average right down the line. No major faults, but no charm or likeability, either. Forgettable.

prosper, Jan 30, 2009
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

barnzy78, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jimbotrost
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 06/11/05. Pours a beautiful ruby hue with a tightly compacted head of medium thickness. Carbonation appears to be full, maybe a touch more than this style commands. Nose is full of malt, crystal malt comes through in a big way. Mouthfeel starts off dry, not too dry, very nice. Flavor runs from malty dryness to malty sweetness, interesting. Some diacetyl and mid flavor cloying sweetness. Finish dries out and then the sweetness returns, may be an old sample and lacking the hop influence for balance.

jimbotrost, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brown hue with ruby highlights, topped by two fingers of off-white head that works its way down slowly, leaving a trail of lacing in its wake.

S: Malty aroma that is sweet, yet light, and smells rather tasty. This is complemented by a noticeable hop presence that also doesn't overpower, but smells great with the beer's bready notes.

T: Malt base is smooth and sweet, yet smaller than expected in the introduction. Seems just below adequate in terms of balancing the bittering hops that rush in through the middle and carry into the finish. Mostly a light hop bitterness in the aftertaste, with some sweetness from the introduction sticking around.

M: Bubbly and silky mouthfeel, carbonation is agreeable and there is a smooth character to this beer.

D: Easy flavors make for easy drinking, but something about the hop profile doesn't seem to mesh well with the sweet malt. It seems as though the question isn't whether or not there are too much hops, but rather the flavor presence not complementing the malt well enough. Still, a mild ale worthy of a sip.

CharlieMopps, Oct 20, 2007
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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pour brown, dark walnut even. There was a fair dollop of head that left trails all over the sides of the glass. The smell is sharp and pointed with the inviting scent of caramel and toffee. The taste is refreshing, something new for me. The roasted malt and bitter hops scream England in my mouth. A good representative I think. Finishes quite dry, would have been a little higher had it not been so dry in the aftertaste.
Had a good nice feel in the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation.
I loved the color of this beer, sometimes there is a lot of reddish hues in brown ales, but this one has none of that...just brown and beautiful.

fosterific, Mar 17, 2009
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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish-brown pour with a fair-sized off-white head. Roasted malt, caramel, and banana in the nose, with some straw. Taste was a ton of straw, popcorn, and bitter, bitter malt. The straw is nearly overwhelming when you get to the bottom. Strange beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This past Friday night I did a blind tasting of brown ales with my wife, because I figured it was time for me to re-evaluate a style I don't think much of. We each poured samples for the other, noted what was what and then brought out the beers, so while we couldn't taste the same beer at the same time, we were both able to taste without bringing any bias to the table.

Riggwelter is a seasonal beer that turns up at the LCBO every once in a while. I've had it before and never understood the fuss about it.

Fairly standard brown ale appearance. The brown is exactly in the middle of all the shades I see, and it produces a cream coloured head which gradually fades to a film. The aroma is subdued but pleasant enough, runnning the malty gamut, with hints of bread, caramel and nut. It would be good, but its too subdued, even at warmer temperatures. I also found the flavours to be tame, although they did gradually improve as the beer warmed. There's a fair bit of toast, along with caramel and faint coffee notes. The palate is fine, smooth and medium-bodied, with a lightly bitter finish.

When I discovered that this was the Riggwelter I wasn't surprised - its pretty average both as a beer and a representative of its style. There's just too little of interest going on to justify purchasing it again.

bobsy, Feb 28, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear ruby red with a copious creamy head.

S - Slightly cheesy, some coffee and tangerines. Light touches of honey and grass

T - Slightly boozy, fairly malty, and with an assertive hop bitterness. aftertaste is really long lasting. A touch of astringency up front, and a very dry fruity middle.

M - feels very light on the tongue with a spritzy carbonation

D - Not terribly impressed with this one. Feels overly boozy and somewhat one dimensional.

allergictomacros, Jan 06, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

PolishMathGeek, Jun 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

ajs4bd, Jul 11, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really an attractive clear mahogany color, like real maple syrup. Has nice lacing. Smells roasty and alcoholic. Tastes burnt and bitter, with an astringent alcoholic bite. Some banana if you hold it in your mouth. The lingering bitterness after the alcohol fades away is the best part. This beer falls into the category of overrated, predominantly alcohol-flavored brown ales, along with Samuel Smith's Nut Brown and Tommyknocker's Imperial Nut Brown. At least this one was slighty roasty and nutty.

Thanks to nsmit17 for sending this to me.

battlekow, Jul 14, 2005
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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a clear dark brown. The aroma is lemony - perhaps a bit metallic. Flavour is a balanced maltiness and of a decent strength. It's all decent stuff, I suppose, but I'm finding it a bit boring really. I suppose it's just not my style.

sstackho, Feb 20, 2008
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3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, rich bownish-orange. Small head.
Smell is malty, sour, yeast, apple and grape.
Taste is malt, hops and oak. Not exactly what I was promised by the scent. Would have liked it a lot better if those notes had transferred over to the taste.
Medium body and effervescence with a hoppy finish.
Overall a solid English ale bt nothing special.

PorterLambic, Apr 20, 2008
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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
87 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.