Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

very good
316 Ratings
Riggwelter Yorkshire AleRiggwelter Yorkshire Ale

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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Ratings: 316 |  Reviews: 248
Photo of bloberglawp
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 60f in pint glass.

Not as malty as holy grail ale, does come around after a little while. A little more roast/burt feel to it. Faint caramel malt aroma. Bitter, earthy and a little wheaty in the same way as orval is. Could use a little more hop aroma (but thats just my homebrewing APA frenzy talking)...

Carbonisation is just the way I love these ales... weak. Nice lacing and good head retention. Dark red/brown beautilful.

Nice siping beer... seems paradoxal it comes in a traditionnal english format that makes you want to take good size gulps.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany/ chestnut in my glass with a yellowish tan head. Aroma of roasted grain and fresh baked pastry. Flavors of roasted and crystal malts with a touch of sweetness. I was reading in bed at 2:00 am with this beer on my night stand, and all of a sudden it was 9:45 am. I still had about a third of the glass left, so I continued my investigation immediately upon waking. Tasted flat and @ 60 degrees F, I noticed more husky grain and carob flavors. Next time I'll open this one earlier before bedtime, but I kinda liked how the whole affair played itself out.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a deep brown with a large head of foam that dissipates slowly but stayed throughout the session.

The smell has a really sweet malt nose...not surprising for a beer of this style. ;^)

The taste is malty sweet with anise notes that make for a nicely flavoured and easy drinking ale. Similar to the Sam Smith's Nut Brown but without the nuttiness. I like it!

Bottom line: A good, solid example of an English Brown Ale. I recommend it.

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Photo of afordney
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown, a two finger head stayed on the top for 1/2 to a full minute.

Smelled dark and hoppy, roasted malt and a slightly burnt aroma.

Tasted like a stout, deep hoppy bitterness and a hint of burnt roasted malts in the finish.

Very balanced mouthfeel kept the bitterness from taking over the beer was suprisingly light for its full taste and bitterness, very clean leaving the palate ready for another drink

Seems like a great warm weather beer for stout lovers, the beer tastes similar but doesn't weigh you down. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brown ale with abundant ice cream float head. Hoppiness and malty character and complexity, some cocoa. Earthy, touch herbal, bit astringent mouthfeel, which is fine with food.Lace in glass. Definite nuttiness. Surprisingly drinkable. Satisfying. Good for its style.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour resulted in all foam. Took a while to die down, this is a dark amber color with a tan head. Smell has some ester in it. Taste is quite good, fair amount of malt up front, the esters are pretty far in the background, actually more diacetyl taste present. Seems kind of earthy. A tasty beer for sure, well worth trying.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a mohogany with some reddish hues, good off white head that has fallen into a nice blanet over th top of the beer.
the aroma ismalty, fruity prunes with a hint of oak there is an unidentified spice maybe sage.
the flavor is malty rich, hopsack, minerally, citrus, hint of oak.
the mouthfeel is what i would expect from a english brown ale.
beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Characteristic mineral and sulphrous qualities waft up from the big, pillowy head of this medium brown beer. The palate features malt, minerals, and a fleeting hop bitterness. The taste finishes with roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Riggwelter drinks a touch on the thin side. In typical British fashion, it's a bit restrained, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ChuckD
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a chalice. Thick, creamy head - lighter than tawny color. Decent staying power - not much lacing. Kind of a boring dark brown body.

To the nose, its a roasted fruit that pops out at me. Not charred, but close. You would definitely expect a full brew from the smell.

In the mouth, it is very smooth and stable. The malt character is right on. Layers of malt flavor abound. Oddball nutty flavor that permeates it - but its pleasant. Very little hop balance - however, it is a clean and easy drink. Just enough carbonation.

As it finished in the back of the mouth, it gives off a dry musty hint. Very organic and soily.

Musings: Every time I drink this, I like it. It's not show stopping - but it's very consistent.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brew is that of a medium brown with a light orange inner circle. The body is a little hazy and the carbonation is generous.
The crown is a full finger of tight tan foam disapating to a thick lace and mountainous glass cling.
The aroma is that of a "Bailey's Irish Cream.
The taste is exceptional as the irish cream comes through with a roasted element.
The mouthfeel is creamy smooth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Largely impressed with this choice. Upon the pour, the color is a bright and rich ruby - brown color with a fim and dense head. Solid, creamy aromas of nuts, caramel, chocolate, and barley malt. Tastes even better than aromas. Throw in big roundness in flavor with heavy creaminess and smoothness. A very good brown ale. Only a light grain texture and bitterness exists in the back of the throat. Finishes sweet and a bit minty. Will have this one again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper amber--clear. Nice tight-bubbled lace that leaves sip rings.

Sweet malty aromas. A touch of caramel.

Smooth mouthfeel. Lots of malt up front but this dissipates nicely to the hop bite. The hop bitterness lasts through the swallow and the aftertaste. Also notable are the coffee and chocolate notes.

A smooth English ale with a nice hop kick. Quite dark in taste and in color.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the label is a sheep on itÂ’s back, also referred to as a Riggwelter
Color: dark brown with stable foam that sags in after a short while.
Smell burned, fruity, smells like a porter/stout, caramel notes.
Taste: licorice, dry, slightly burned, malt bitter, hop bitter, some honey flavor, just the right amount of carbonation. I also get the impression of some saltiness, but this might be more the association with the licorice. Overall, this is a very nice beer, with a lot of similar properties with a dry porter. On the label is no description what category this beer should fall.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Almost opaque initially, but to the light a deep auburn. The head is insane, huge, dense vanilla cloud. Incredible retention, eventually falling to a quarter-inch layer of froth. Lace welded to the glasswall. Impressive start.

Smell: Bready, nutty, yeasty, a bit of roasted malt, and hop spice. Mild, a bit weak.

Taste: Wow, very nice. Bright, fruity, apple, with a bracing -- but surprisingly balanced -- bittering hop bite. Mouthfeel is also top-notch, crisp, but with good weight and a nice round smoothness.

Drinkability: LOVE this brewery. Another all-day drinker, just a terrific beer.

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Photo of BitterBrian
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass and this beer looked beautiful. Dark, solid brown color, dense almond color head that stuck around for awhile and left very nice lacing.
The smell was a little nutty and as it warmed, alcohol could be detected. Nothing too strong, just barely there.
The taste was mmm-mmm goodness. This is a quality ale. Although some disagree, I would call this a brown ale as it is labeled on the website. Some use newcastle as the standard brown ale - even though it lacks quality, is flat, watery and is not a good representative for the category.
Back to the Riggwelter - Fairly heavy on the toasted malts very delicately balanced with a hint of hop. Left a woody taste. I gave it a 4 for mouthfeel because the after taste was a bit washed out. Still, a quality beer. I wish I had another!
Amid all the heavy hop talk nowadays I find it very refreshing to pick up an ale such as this. This is a tasty reminder of warm, inviting malted goodness.

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Photo of Reverand
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Riggwelter poured to a gorgeous dark brown with an off white head that left a nice lace all the way down. A bit rough on taste at first but finished off cripsp and clean. Great body, certainly way better than a newcastle. I loved the the fallen sheep it kind of made me think that if I had too many of these I might end up the same way.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 oz bottle ...pours a dark almost black but when put up to the light is almost copper colored very thin....nice lacing, very sticky.

smelled alcohol and some burnt wood flavor.

I really didn't like the first drink as it hit hard with the sour flavor up front and then gets woody/burnt in the middle then back to the sour in the aftertaste that lingers for minutes.

But after a couple drinks this brew grows on me a bit as the sour notes dont seem quite as strong and the body of the beer comes forward...very malty as it warms up. I think this beer was at its best around 55-60 degrees....Will buy this again

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Photo of battlekow
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer while touring in Ireland. I was quite pleased with it's dark roasted character, it's beautiful dark black, almost red hue. The head is thin on this, but stays fairly well. It was lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it. It could have been a little thicker in my opinion but it was a great beverage to go with our dinner. It came in a nice sized 500mL bottle and paired with the 5.7% ABV left you feeling pretty good afterwards. I enjoyed it. Hopefully I'll be able to find it in the states.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a brown ale should: almost opaque with a fluffy tan head that comes with a proper pour.
Tastes of sweeter malts, bits of dark fruits... nut a nutty brown ale. Dry on the whole. I tasted the alcohol more than I smelled the alcohol; the smell was still pleasant.
Sam Smith's Nut Brown is way better in my experience but this is worth a shot. I prefer it to Brooklyn's Brown ale because it's drier.
Not a shabby brown ale... no freshness date to be found, and this is probably older than it should be... still worth a shot.

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Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark, deep red color with a small amount of head that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. Smells... very chocolatey. Sweet, and cocoa, cocoa, cocoa. Tastes very sweet and chocolatey as well, and quite alcoholic- which is weird for a beer with only a 5.7% ABV. As if the initial sip wasn't sweet enough, the aftertaste hits you hard with yet another chocolatey blast, even stronger than before. Still, very nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, slightly bubbly, nice. Drinkability... is okay. But, I can see this getting to be too much after a while because it is so, so sweet. Overall, a sweet, tasty beer. Almost like drinking candy, or another dessert. A nice sweet treat.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola/rootbeer brown color with a nice beige/tan head that is really big and foamy. It really floats well.

The smell is very sweet. There are many dark malts and syrupy, sugary oils that hit the nose.

The overall flavor is a roasted cocoa bean blend, mixed with some dark malts and a slight oak flavor.

The mouth on this beer is very big. It has a lot of carbonation in it. But its all big bubbles.

This beer really scores well in most of the areas, but I'm still not convinced it has a drinkability too far above average. I'm just not intrigued enough to return for another.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear brownish copper with a tall dense head.

Aroma is damn nice- rich and complex. Dried fruits dominate, but there is also lots of caramel malt, butterscotch, herbal hops reminiscent of chamomile, roasted malt, nuts, and a touch of alcohol.

It falters a bit on the palate- it is thinner than the nose would suggest. But the hops, complex flavors and long lingering roasty finish save the day. Hell of a session beer!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Riggwelter's color is brown with a strong red hue. Head is light brown and quite large. Retention is great. The aroma is a little bland, just a light nuttiness. Taste is sweet and nutty, with a touch of roasted coffee. Drinkability is great, I could hang with this one all night and stay entertained, while not getting full.

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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.85 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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