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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

299 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 15
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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3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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.

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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
87 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.