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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Riggwelter Yorkshire AleRiggwelter Yorkshire Ale

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very good

293 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 5 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

06-03-2012 00:27:47 | More by PolishMathGeek
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-31-2012 08:26:55 | More by bh123
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-27-2012 09:44:47 | More by Nosferateu
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-16-2012 18:22:25 | More by MrVonzipper
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-01-2012 04:05:13 | More by LJWalker
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another score for Black Sheep. Deep brown, excellent volume to the head - you'll have to wait it out to pour the whole thing. The smell is more evident at room temperature - roasted coffee, as others have noted, and sweet carob. Good earthy flavor with more than a touch of umami and a whole lot of English yeastiness and malt. I guess coffee and malt are the predominant characteristics. It is a little astringent, but I wouldn't say bitter in the least. Robust is a great word to describe this beer. The roasted malt stays with you long after the last sip. Certainly an English brown with character.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 22:14:20 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of bwyu


4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2012 05:46:18 | More by bwyu
Photo of sfprint


3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had in the UK in Nov 2011

A: Reddish cola, with a cola head and cola bubbles lining the glass, soda like lacing and soda like rising carbonation.
S: Wood and smoke which is thick like motor oil, coffee ice cream.
T: Very smokey, under that is an unsweet coldish soda between mild and moderately bitter. Similar to German smoked beer.
M: Moderate sting, slightly astringent.
O: Decent, smokey, Ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:51:57 | More by sfprint
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich chocolate brown body with an off white big fluffy head impressive.

The aroma, wow not smelt that since I was in a brewery, a real smell of the mash, rich hoppy hints of roast and real beer smells that make the mouth water.

We are on fire here and I've not even sipped it yet
then it falls a part a little.

A real mix of tastes going on nice roasted malts come through and some great hops tastes start to develop when a smackering of burnt coffee and tin comes in a crash the party
I bet that on cask this disturbing aspect is not there.

Nice carbonation if a little thin on the mouthfeel leave a flawed beer that still remains quite drinkable thanks to its positive elements.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:41:22 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish body with one-finger head and lace patches. A hearty aroma of dry, roasted, bready malts as well as a touch of caramel and dark chocolate along with a leafy, grainy hop presence. The roasted malts and bitter hops give this beer a dry, roughish edge, even slight coffee notes hit my tongue. Medium to full body, a heavier brown ale that places the emphasis on dry malts and bitter hops as that's the predominant taste and it finshes with a sry, crisp bite. Some caramel and dark chocolate in there for sweetness but they're overpowered. The carbonation and dryness made a few sips rather unpleasant or else would've given this beer higher rating.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 19:42:32 | More by clayrock81
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-03-2011 18:59:56 | More by somma4189
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-27-2011 00:05:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-22-2011 05:05:17 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 00:28:16 | More by Annesemj
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Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This pours a cola color, and is for the most part clear hued. There is a modest looking taupe colored head that starts out about one finger thick but settles quickly to a thick patch ridden layer over the beer. It would appear that there is very mild carbonation, which is a good sign I would say! As for lacing, there is all sorts of sticky goodness clinging to the side of my glass. A very good looking beer, especially if the head would stick around a little longer!

S- There is a distinct roasted aroma going on here. It is primarily of roasted coffee beans, burnt almonds and with a hint of burnt brown sugar...there is even a bit of black licorice on the nose. The finish is a blend of fruitiness....more like bitter rinds, and a hint of hops too.

T- This is a very tasty beer....very rich indeed! I find it contains an oak character, even though this isn't the case. Deep toasty malt sweetness followed by small doses of slightly unripe banana or even plantain fruit. Also blended in here is dark chocolate, coffee and I have to say again, a hint of licorice root. The finish is dry more so than bitter, but clean.

M- Solid medium body and very smooth to drink, as the carbonation is very mild and refined. The alcohol is very well hidden, as a good English Brown should be. The flavors really shine with this one and the roastiness of the malt is very noticeable.

O- Another stand out English Ale, and to be more specific, by Black Sheep! Nice strong flavors, well hidden alcohol, and very easy to drink! As it warms, it becomes even better...I let this review linger over an hour, which I never normally do! I very highly recommend this one and consider this to be amongst the great English brews!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:55:24 | More by ChrisCage
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle (no date) poured into a Tulip Stout glass.

Appearance: Dark brown orange on the table, clear dark copper-red beer when held up to the light. Poured a light tan 1/4" head initially, and this died down a 1/16" persistent foam across the top. Thick sheets and strands of persistent lacing noted. Good looking beer.

Smell: Burnt sugar and faint leafy hops / English bitter smell. Some malt in the back of all these smells. A bit too faint though. With a swirl I can pull out more malt and something that smells more like a porter with some chocolate, alcohol, and coffee notes.

Taste: Bitter flavor (burnt sugar again) moving quickly into malt and blended with an English bitter hop flavor. Very much an English brown ale, but with a distinct English ale bitter flavor. Tasty and simple, and only gets better as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly high amount of carbonation for an English ale - quite spicy on the tongue. Borderline fizzy but not quite. Carbonation dominates - hard to sort out anything else.

Overall: Not crazy about the mouthfeel on this one, but the taste, smell, and appearance work out to a nice English brown ale. On the bitter side of flavor, but it works well with this beer. Paired well with a burger for dinner and good by itself after the meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 22:15:14 | More by damndirtyape
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half Liter bottle,

A: Pours a deep brown with a medium soapy white head. Solid retention and lace.

S: Toasted malt, hint of chocolate.

T: Strong biscuity flavour, lots of rich English malt and minerality. Like a Burton Ale/Old Ale hybrid, just has something extra.

M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy, well structured.

O: So English, and just a tasty brew. Can't believe I haven't had this in 5 years. Just as full-flavoured and exciting as the last time I had it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 05:14:31 | More by Halcyondays
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful clear mahogany color with a thin creamy head that is forming a nice lace as I'm consuming this pint.
S - Dark carmel, molasses, with a hint of roast.
T - Carmel malt, with some hints of peach and vanilla. Followed with some roast and a slight alcohol finish.
M - Nice medium body.
D - Very nice brown ale and one I will drink again with out hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 04:23:35 | More by wremrats
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had the appearance of a stout, more brown than black, dark coffee roast color. Small foaming head with smell of metal barrel, Dark roast coffee with espresso taste to it. An overall good beer the smell wasn't the greatest but I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 10:45:03 | More by Francepants06
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 25oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint. Colour is a dark toffee brown with a bit of a reddish hue. Big fluffy head fades with excellent lacing.

Smell: Malty, nutty, sweet.

Taste: Plenty of roasted malt with a nice smooth nut character. A slight twinge of bitter, a hint of alcohol. Very nice and balanced. Milky-sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, mildly carbonated. Finishes sticky.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer; flavourful enough to keep me interested, nothing too overpowering. Warms you up nicely. I would love to try this with a nice hearty stew and biscuits.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 02:47:38 | More by EkimGram
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is mahogany in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts and nuts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very nutty and also has some flavors of caramel from the malts. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The flavors are interesting enough to sip and savor, although it doesn't go down easily enough to be considered sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 15:49:49 | More by metter98
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich ruby color, clear, with a nice cap of tan head that retained nicely throughout.

The smell is a dark fruit mash, tofee, and caramel malts.

A nice smooth taste, grape skin fruitiness upfront followed by a nice caramel flavor and some dark fruit (prunes, raisin, etc).

Nice blend of bitter and sweet, smooth mouthfeel and an all around good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 06:04:30 | More by donteatpoop
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ruby/copper with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows rich malt with sultanas, dried figs and caramel. After swirling, some banana can be detected.
Flavours are similarly rich and sweet with more dried fruit, caramel and bready malt. Finishes weakly on an oxidative note.
Carbonation is too high for these flavours and cuts out the finish unnecessarily.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 10:36:21 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from pint into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Poured a nice dark amber with two finger tan head - lots of lace and bubbles.

Smell was pleasant and malty

Taste had hints of burnt coffee - toffee - vanilla ? .

Drinkability - Not a bad Yorkshire Ale - I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 23:37:25 | More by InebriatedJoker
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Bombardier Traditional cone pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with a hint of Ruby. The head is large afoamy but receeds slowly and laces down the glass.

S - Stewed sweet fruits and yeast.

T - Initially bitter before giving way to lots of Vanilla that is creamy and smooth, a little bitter on the finisg with some nice burnt caramel flavours.

M - Medium to full body, very very smooth and very good balanced medium carbonation.

D - This is an extremely hig quality Brown Ale and probably the bench mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 13:59:00 | More by eric5bellies
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