Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale
Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Riggwelter Yorkshire AleRiggwelter Yorkshire Ale
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From:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Strong Ale
Ranked #12
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,184
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.16%
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
82
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 18, 2022
Added:
May 31, 2002
Wants:
  15
Gots:
  18
SCORE
86
Very Good
Riggwelter Yorkshire AleRiggwelter Yorkshire Ale
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.98 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Mar 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by Daneve76 from Australia

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by James94 from England

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L: Clear chestnut, lacing lasts a while
S: Up front there is very well done toasty malts, bit of chocolate and coffee, spiciness and smokiness, notes of some kind of meat
T: Dark chocolate, malts, dark fruits
F: Nice flavours but a very slightly watery feel.

O: 4
Nov 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by Mattias from Sweden

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L- A classic/trad dark ale look. Clear as a bell, deep rich chestnut, pours with 1Cm tan head.
S- Some toasty notes, and hints of the ABV% too.
T- The toast comes first and builds into a deep toasty-roastiness. It remains 'bright', and isn't quite as rich as I expected, with a brief but hefty final alcohol zing at the finish. I notice the ABV% more *after* swallowing - unusual.
M- Surprisingly refreshing for a dark/higher ABV% beer.
O- 'Tis a dangerous beast this one, zero out of place, eminently drinkable, and I now understand why it's name is just right. Absolutely superb and one of the best beer I've had this year/+. This'll be my 535th review, and I expect this should land somewhere in my top-20 of those, it's that good.
BB: 03/Dec/19. £2.95 from Premiere Wines London W2, a brief stroll from Paddington station. I always have my eyes open for new beers, and yet this little 'offie' is the only place and the first time I've seen this beer stocked anywhere. 500ml bottle.
Jun 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt and dark fruits, as well as lighter notes of estery fruit/spice and herbal/grassy hops. Taste follows the nose, with a strong malty presence of lightly toasted, bready, caramel malt, toffee, coffee and dark fruits: fig, raisins, as well as lighter estery fruit and spice notes of apple skin and clove and just a hint of grassy/herbal hops and licorice. Finishes bittersweet, with a light/medium bitterness and some toffee and and estery fruit/spice notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A great Strong Ale with a rich malt complexity and a very nice balance of malt, hops and estery yeast, as well as sweet and bitter notes. The estery spice adds a particularly interesting layer to this that almost brings to mind a Belgian Dubbel.
Mar 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by Neilos from England

Dec 02, 2018
 
Rated: 2.8 by ironmark666 from Scotland

May 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by count_von_count from Russian Federation

Mar 09, 2018
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Light copper brown color with a beige thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of chocolate, earthy English hops, mild toffee and cream.
Flavor with notes of spices, nuts, cocoa, earthy English hops, plums, oak, non-sweet apple juice, vanilla, a bit of smoke, coffee drops and licorice. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Spicy and earthy English Strong Ale with a unique dark fruity flavor. Well attenuated; not sweet as one might think. Incredible malt complexity.
Feb 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.23 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by 123321123321 from Alabama

Dec 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.56 by Kiro from Russian Federation

Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.44 by Martine from England

Nov 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by steverx8 from England

Nov 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.72 by Wowo64 from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Oct 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by beer_bottle from Colorado

Aug 27, 2017
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark brown, moderate carbonation, and a litte beige head.

Smells of bananas, cocoa, caramel and ash.

Taste follows the nose.

Medium body with medium to low carbonation.

Found this in Ho Chi Minh City, where I am now enjoying it. Aug 15, 2017.
Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Macamah from England

Dec 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Aug 27, 2016
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Reviewed by 1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Deep mahogany body, creamy milkshake-like head with a few large bubbles rising through the dense body. Nose and pupillae exhibit prune and grape, dark fruit, mild toasty malt, a gracing of brown sugar, and a bit of dust/paper. The last, flawed, notes are probably due to being capped a while ago, but with no bottling date I have no way of telling. Body is rich and a bit heavy.
Heavily reliant on the malt, which was good at best and cloying at worst. Regardless of the age of this bottle, there just wasn't enough going on to make a compelling brew.
Aug 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.62 by igl from Russian Federation

Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.81 by Arquadium from Canada (BC)

Mar 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.42 by leginsh from China

Feb 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by FCox143 from England

Feb 16, 2016
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Reviewed by DypsoBubble from England

3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This stout is very dry and lacking in sweetness. As it is so dry, the flavours do not seem to be drawn out. It does not have that rich fruity pudding taste about it that many stouts do and the mouthfeel just comes to a grinding halt on the tongue with the bitterness. Nothing creamy. Nothing rich, Fine if you like that sort of thing.

Maybe it is not a stout but more like a porter.
Feb 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Jan 26, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Just short of a stout in color and bitterness, could probably fool a novice. Deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke. Taste is chocolate , oak barrel, espresso. Finish is dry and abrupt with some lingering bitterness. If you’re a fan of stout, give this one a try.
Jan 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into pint.
Pours deep dark copper clear beer with one finger creamy beige head, moderate to low retention.
Smell - some shit off-notes, that is usual for the brewery, slightly sour, roasted malts, nuts.
Taste - toasted malts, nuts, hop finish.
Medium body and carbonation.
Good english strong ale.
Nov 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by maxist from Russian Federation

Oct 29, 2015
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Reviewed by mak83 from England

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Was surprised at strength of this ale, reminds me of porters I have tried. Very strong smell and taste of coffee, good lacing, lots of carbonation but not overpowering, really well balanced which alll of the black sheep beers seem to have this in common. Fantastic beer. Enough said.
Sep 30, 2015
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Rated by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Flashback #409
Aug 19, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark copper with nice off white head. Aroma is subtle but has chocolate and some dark fruit notes, slightly nutty. Taste is roasted malts, bitter caramel and some more nutty notes.
Jul 16, 2015
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500 ml bottle purchased and consumed in Fife, Scotland - May 2015.

This "Strong" Ale pours clear mahogany with a fine tan head that leaves decent sticky lacing.

The aroma is appealing and promising, wit ample notes of dark fruits, toffee and roasted nuts. Hints of apples and spicy hops.

Taste: not what I expected from the nose. The flavor is more malty with a darker roast, as the appearance suggests. Bittersweet with hints of burnt toffee, toast, caramel, apples, a touch of smoke, raisins, dates and other vague dark fruits. There are some earthy hop flavors in addition to the bitterness.

M: Full body; very slightly astringent; medium carbonation.

O: 5.7% ABV fully apparent in the nose, taste and feel.
May 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.86 by Tdenham from England

Apr 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by vaughtex

Oct 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Sep 17, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by mwckiltedsavage from Virginia

Aug 21, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by admh1972 from England

Aug 18, 2014
Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 335 ratings