Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

very good
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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Photo of ADR
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark copper color, big and rocky head of almost an inch in an Imperial pint glass. Lots of clingy lacing. The smell is fresh with marmalade qualities. Light medium body, nice flavor that's composed of malts that showcase sweet orange flavors re-inforced by aroma. Malt lasts past mid mouth, with a well-done floral and slightly lemon-pepper hop balance. Enough fruity depth to call the brew refreshing and interesting, there's not really a fault to the beer. Fine drinkability.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pint .9oz. bottle. The ram on the front of the bottle appears to have had a snoot full.

Wow this is a very nice find.

Pours a dark mahogany. A big fat tan head and excellent lacing. The scents are somewhat harsh. Burnt coffee hits the nostrils hard. Some musty grass and dark fruit. Also a tangy spice that is sharp on the nose.

The flavors are opposite the scents. They are deep and smooth. Some dark toasted coffee grounds give it some bite at first but find themselves smothered by some sweet and heavy dark fruits. Large earthtones in the middle. There is some unsweetened dark chocolate which blends well with spices and a very toasted and oak finish.

Feels deep and smooth. Medium bodied and a frothy afterfeel. This ale has an ease to it that is exceptional. A very laid back ale.

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

Riggwelter poured a deep rosewood brown with a light tan, long lasting, head that left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very sweet and malty up front with Kent Golding hop and tropical fruit esters in the background. Taste started with plenty of pale and crystal malt flavors upfront. This was balanced with a generous dose of hop bitterness and some roasted grain flavors. The finish was a pleasant mix of malty sweetness and hop bitterness with some pear and apple flavors in the background. Aftertaste was dry with a lingering fruity - bitter - fruity - bitter - fruity combination that was pleasant on the palate. Mouthfeel was medium to medium light with a sweetness up front and a very dry finish.
Overall a very enjoyable Yorkshire Ale.

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Photo of byrd
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a nice tan head that lingers for a decent amount of time and decreases to a thick lace of tiny bubbles. The color is a clear dark garnet brown. There are lots of sweet malts in the aroma with some slight hints of mild hops. There are also some caramel and fruity notes in the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side yet it is also a little slick. A fine carbonation that gives a slightly cola-ish feel. The start is smooth and malty with the caramel and slight fruity notes again noticeable. There are also some very slight vinous notes that are a bit unexpected. Towards the middle, there are roasted and coffee notes that begin to pick up. The roasted notes extend through the finish which they share with a mild hop bitterness.

This is the first Dark Ale that I’ve tried. It seemed to be a decent middle ground between a brown ale and a porter. Not my favorite, yet enjoyable and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color that was very clear, big white head, lace sheeted my British pint glass. Malty aromas wafted up from the glass. Very fruity tones with a long dry slighty bitter finish. Very cask like and drinkable. Despite liking this beer just fine I suspect it could have been even better. I could not tell if the freshness date was "bottled on" or "best before" If it was best before it really could have been better. (april 03) Nice brew.

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

Poured a walnut brown that, held up to the light, is shot through with amber/gold. Ripe, fruity aroma. Lots of caramelized malt and yeast fruit flavors. The malt had a sweet, roasted character that was unique, like toffee that had almost been allowed to scorch before being taken off the heat. There was a slight tang at the end that flirted with being metallic, but not quite. This went away as the beer warmed and sweet malt replaced some of the tart notes. Ripe, almost overripe, apple notes emerged when the beer was quite warm. I closed my eyes and could imagine myself in a pub.

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Photo of marburg
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes you just need a basic English ale -- and this fits the bill nicely. Not overly complex, the flavors a little of the sloppy malt variety with hints of chocolate, soot, and wafers. The initial aromas are wet, slightly floral, and some burnt chocolate. The body is a little thin for what looks like a meaty brew.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a nice reddish copper in color and with very little to no foam or lace. The smell and taste was just like a Scotish Ale and I'm not overly impressed with Scotish Ale. So the taste was below average. I thought I could taste a sort of vinyl flavor to this brew. I'll pass on this style of beer!

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

The beer pours with an off white head that leaves a good lace. Dark ruby red color. Starts and finishes with a mix of malts and hops. The porter style is here but it is a mild version. Don't let the wierd label with a helpless black sheep throw you - its a good ale. 500ml is $4.29.

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Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I like to know where a beer's name if applicable comes from, or something of its history, I often peruse the label and or the beer website for pertinent “poop”. “Riggwelter” basically means “a sheep on its back”, well so much for that piece of trivia.

The beer pours a sparkling sanguineous color, the head portly in size, foamy in texture and the color a light tan, as the head dissipates it leaves a fine filmy sheet to cover the glass. Nose is mostly malt, a tad sweet; start is rich in malt, the top middling its feel. Finish has an insignificant acidity, the hops are agreeable in their understated presence, dry and a bit vinous, a drinkable brew even if it is named after a “smelly animal laying on its back that needs help to get up”!
On second thought, I have needed help getting up off my back a few times.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown, almost black, and the head is thick, tall, lush, and creamy. Aroma is soft, sweet, buttery, with hints of butterscotch, toffee, cinnamon, cocoa.
The labeling and name give little clue about this beer. "Yorkshire Ale"? It tastes like a brown ale, but I look above and see that the site designates it as a porter. Maybe it's a bit of both.
Taste is good, malt feels dominant, flavor is full, rich, delicious. Good texture and body, wholly satisfactory. I liked this beer, in a generous 16.9oz. serving, all the way down. One of the best brown ales,( or is it "porter, robust/baltic"?) I've had in a while, and a delightful surprise. Horray for uglyradio, who sent it out to me.

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Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. .9 oz brown bottle. Hop leaves etched in the glass like the others from this brewery. Label depicts an overturned black sheep, seemingly drunk or rather happy. "Riggwelter" is stamped to appear that you are seeing double. Pretty cool.
"Riggwelter: from the Old Norse:rygg-back and velte-to overturn. When a sheep is on its back and cannot get up without help, local dales dialect say it's rigged or riggwelted"
Deep Mahogoney color, shimmering in the light. Hints of dark ruby also present. Dense and creamy beige head foams up, laced the glass to the bottom. Smell is very earthy, peat and hints of smoke. I immediately thought scotch ale. First taste response was "oh wow good !" Earthy malt richness hits the tongue. Lots of toasted malt, carmel malt toasted over and over. Coffee bitterness also present. Very easy going down. Raw hop taste also hits hard. Earthy and very stark. Resounding Hop burps, even Venom would appreciate. Medium to light bodied for a dark flavorful beer, but very drinkable.
Ed's Note: I was really surprised this one fit into the Robust Porter Category. It lacked any chocolate flavors that I usually associate with Porters. Also it was lighter bodied, and more in line with a dark ale, or maybe a scotch ale. Tasted like a barleywine or scotch ale, but lacked the warming abv. Very interesting, unique, flavorful beer and worth a try.

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Photo of John
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich ruby-brown/mahogany color. Creamy head. Toasted grain, bordering on dark roasted malt, fruity (concord grapes) aroma. The aromas are further defined with the first sip. The flavors consist of a blend of caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee and dark ripe fruits. Alcohol is underlying, providing a subtle warming. Hops provide a leafy character and a dry snap. Mouthfeel is medium-full with moderate carbonation. I'm particularly fond of these type of English ales...brilliant. I'd stop short of catagorizing this as a robust porter, but no points off here, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a quality made yorkshire ale,nice chesnut hue witha a good rocky head.Good medium body with a nice almost rich malty flavor,good sour tinge to finish it off.First Black Sheep ale I have had the pleasure to try looking forward to many more.I will be sure to get this again.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle. Impressively thick and rocky head in a light beige (more annoying than impressive as I poured hard expecting a thin head, but it would have been great from a normal pour). Dark, slightly murky brown, with garnet tinges. An expressive aroma, some malts and fruit. The flavour is something, though. Early currants and blackberries, moving to heavier fruits like dark plums (like a plum pudding), following through with a slightly sour finish. GWAR has a good word for this: Sexcellent! Absolutely Fabulous (wait, why did I reference that, I never liked that show...)

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

The beer poured a very dark choclate looking color with a average head. Had a sort of burnt coffee aroma to it. The taste was hard for me to put a finger on but I would say roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Even though not very high in alcohol I could taste it. This beer went down very well but not as good as others from this brewery that I have tried.............CHEERS

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red body topped by a huge frothy, rocky, sticky beige head. Awesome lacing. This does not look like a porter. Of course, the bottle doesn't say it's a porter. But it is classified on this site as a porter. The beer certainly smells like a porter. Nose is coffee and liquorice. Taste adds butter notes, and dash of hops to the coffee and candy. Creamy mouthfeel. Hell of beer, whatever style it is.

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

16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Raised glass of a hop vine around the base of the neck is a bit showy. Fast to foam up and form a dense light tan head that takes a while to drop down. Solid brown with reddish amber hues glimmering off of the light.

Bit of a roasted twang, musty, fruity of black currant, caramel and earth in the aroma. The nose is creamy in a way from a very faint diacetyl.

Just as smooth as it is crisp with a sizeable dry and roasted malt character. Stable medium body with a nice flowing texture from the carbonation. Diacetyl is noticeable from the start but in a mild way, roasted flavours creep in slowly with light charcoal and coffee. Touch of fruitiness as well as a nuttiness from the yeast. Big push of earthiness middle to end. Alcoholic esters are in the back and don’t bother the palate at all. Finishes with a lingering diacetyl and toasted and roasted grain.

A fine dark ale to say the least, complex without taking away from drinkability. Went well with apple wood smoked turkey breast.

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Photo of Viking
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber body. Thick cream colored head that kind of gave the appearance of a float. Rich roasted barley aroma with a hint of smoke. Subdued earthy hops smell also detectable. Nice malty flavor with perhaps a bit of a chocolate taste. Earthy hop taste also present, adding balance to the brew. Overall, a pretty solid English ale. Definitely something to try if available, but not necessarily to seek out.

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

Pretty nice stuff, a lot more character and a little more elegant than their other brews, nice roastiness and maltiness, medium bodied, light hop bitter finish, not mind blowing, but certainly nice.

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Photo of Todd
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1pt. 9fl oz custom brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby red edges, crowned with an off-white patchy, creamy, sticky lace. The beer foam seems to crawl up the sides of the glass like it's alive.

Smell: Light carob, brownies, earth, faint coffee, background floral -- faint.

Taste: Semi-coarse around the palate, but smooth overall. Nice firm body and feel (from the brewing water). Crisp, dry. The hop flavour builds and peaks, with a raw, leafy, semi-astringent sharp flash of rind-like bitterness. It settles, then earth and a mild roasted malt character comes forward. Some carob, light toffee, coffee and touch of smoke. Malt character and sweetness is thinner than expected -- this is a very attenuated beer. Finish is dry and bitty with residual malt flavours.

Notes: Roasted, sharp bitterness / astringency ... all typical of a robust porter. Thought a bit more malt to balance would have been nice.

Regardless ... a really decent brew from the UK, not exceptional, just classic of the style with all of the traditional flavours. Good drinkin' here.

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Photo of stoutman
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of coffee, with nice long lasting head. steady carbonation, even long after being poured. Served cool, this beer is rigged and mighty tasty. Malty, roasty with a complex hop finish.

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Photo of inebrius
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label claims this beer's name is derived from lazy English sheep or something. Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy bone white head that leaves a sticky lace. Really nice looking brew! Nose of coffee, raisin and fruit. Malty, roasty and complex finishes tasty English hop and lip smacking good. Awesome beer! Highly recommended.

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