1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Not Rated.
Riggwelter Yorkshire AleRiggwelter Yorkshire Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 300
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)
View: Beers (13) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 300 | Reviews: 241 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of leagr
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fizzy pale chesnut with loose cola-like tan foam that webs. Flinty grain, raisin, Irish brown soda loaf crust and autumn leaf on the nose, with undertones of cocoa and ash - roasted malt in there? (Pale chocolate, as it turns out.)
Carob, dark toast, tea brack, plum jam, some tannins and demerara sugar, a roasty chocolaty hit then dried (and drying) orange rind (Goldings) hops end.
Kendal mint cake finish and savory melanoidin linger. Medium, some chew, dry finish, lively but goes syrupy as the bubbles fade.

Lots of dark notes without ever getting heavy and an uncommon interplay of roast, sweetness and hops. Startlingly drinkable. Definitely English Strong rather than Brown.

Unique and very tasty.

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PolishMathGeek
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Nosferateu
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of bwyu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of somma4189
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of wremrats
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Francepants06
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
87 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.