Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

very good
248 Reviews
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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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 316
Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  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.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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

Aroma: Lots of fruit, some Banana. Dark Caramel.

Appearance: Deep amber almost red color. Thick creamy long lasting head. Lots of lacing.

Flavor: Medium bitterness. Raisin bread slightly toasted with fig. Dark caramel and sugars. Low to none hop flavor. Very fruity.

Mouthfeel: Chewy. Medium carbonation. Alcohol noticeable and warming.

Overall: A lot going on with this beer. Fruit and dark caramel malt mix very well. An excellent beer. I was a little surprised to see this categorized as a brown ale. I'm getting a lot of complex malt but nothing screams to me brown ale. This could easily be called an ESB.

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Photo of stewart124
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with over an inch of light tan head. Faded away as I drank and left just a few bits of lace. Brown with dome dark red highlights.

Smells of toffee, cocoa, brown sugar and currants hit the nose. This comes off very well and enticing.

The taste is just as complex as the nose. Loads of caramel sweetness with a silky feel. Medium body with notes of currant and fig. Slightly earthy tones and subtle bits of vanilla, toffee and milk chocolate.

A very nice english brown ale that I would like to keep around in the fridge.

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

Pours a clear brown/amber, with a nice heavy 1" beige head. Looks the part.
Complex aroma of caramel, faint char, slight sherbet, dust.
Flavour starts with caramel, moving to a char & coffee, finishing with a herbaceous yet metallic/rusty hop note. Bitterness is good and balanced.
Feels astringent at first, with lightness in the mid-palate. Finishes dryly. This makes it a good drinking ale, as there is no cloying stickiness at the back.

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

Poured into an imperial pint at 45°F. Thanks to my gf's mom for a lovely Easter present!

A - Poured a lovely dark amber, the color of a dark violin bow rosin, with copper hues in the light. A lovely off-white creamy head that retained wonderfully and gave ample lacing all over the glass. True eye candy right here. 5.0

S - Lovely esters, hint of pears and apricots, a biscuity backbone and a bit of earthy hoppiness. A hint of sweet tobacco and leather rounds out the nose. 4.0

T - A rather robust beer, hints of sweet caramel and light fruits are followed closely by raisins and earthy hops, lending a bit of bitterness near the finish, and finishes mildly roasty with a touch of metallicness and caramel. 4.0

M - Medium bodied, or at least, that's the perception that the carbonation gives me. Rich and satisfying, a touch of dryness in the finish. 4.0

D - Quite. I finished the bottle pretty quickly and wanted more. 4.0

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass mar26 2010

A clear reddish copper with a loads of bubbles floating up to a long lasting thumbs width of head that left a good amount of lace

S mild coffee and chocolate with a little leather and prune

T not far from the smell a little sweeter and I pick up on a little molasses

M rather thin but good carbonation helps its cause

D nothing to be ashamed of but its not going to knock your socks off either, went down smooth enough and tasted decent but I may not drink it again for a while

I can't give you a reason to not try this beer if you have a second one will be up to you

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- a nice darker amber- to brown appearance tan-white head

s-very nice fragrance of a hint of coffee and nice chocolate flavors that emmit from this beer

t- has a taste of coffee or a darker chocolate taste that makes for a very good combination of flavors and is very smooth with a slight bitter taste of chocolate for the aftertaste of this beer

m-good feel medium like body it is very smooth and you can always find something new about this beer to enjoy

d-this is a good beer that should be enjoyed, possible to have more then one and still taste good

Ive had this beer several time after the first time i reviewed it and each time ive had this beer i love it a little bit more. This has become one of my personal favorite beers and would recommend it to anyone

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

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a deep brown body with a slight garnet glow at the base showing its slightly dense but clear body. There is a thick light tan head that last and last and a good carbonation of big bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.
S- The soft balsamic vinegar aroma becomes more vinous as the beer warms but quickly gives way to a woody dry toffee note that is light but pleasant.
T- The soft toffee flavor has a slight tartness to the finish and a soft bitterness lingers after each sip. I can't tell if the bitterness is hop or roasted malt but there is no hop aroma or flavor otherwise noted.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight watery but almost chewy texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.
D- The nice soft toffee and toasted malt flavors are nice but I'm not sure if the tartness and woody notes suggest this is old or just the "traditional flavor" of this beer. A little more depth would have been nice in the flavor and aroma.

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

A - Dark mahogany brown and ruby with a moderate sized beige head that sticks around for a while.

S - Toasted malt and some dark earthiness. Some chocolaty and coffee in there too.

T - Toasted malt and chocolate and coffee are the most present. Hints of tobacco. Kind of like an earthy flavored stout. Very slight hop bitterness. The sweetness edges out this though.

M - Fairly chewy and smooth but probably medium body at most.

D - I really liked drinking this and would probably be able to drink a few.

Note: Seemed kind of like a lighter and earthy stout, and was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clearish very dark brown with a nice head and a bit of lacing

smell is nice, some smoky vanilla oak notes along with some cocoa malts - subtle but nice

taste is some cocoa, and a hint of smoky woody texture - it it then switches to a bit on the overly boozy side at the end for such a weak ale, and has a bit of offish yeasty taste in there...the aftertaste is nice again though, it does leave a pleasant malty, nutty finish

overall its a quite nice brew that is certainly drinkable just a slight cut above average but without anything to define it as being anything great.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer name!

Pint glass pour with a nice caramel colored ale and a frothy beige one and half fingered head with lacing. Nutty, malty aroma with some prunes thrown in. Full of flavor. I wasn't expecting to get so much flavor packed into the sip. Chewy and smokey with nuts and leather coming to mind in the taste. Major backlash on the taste after the swallow. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is somewhat lower as more than a pint or two would get my taste buds wanting to switch gears.

Overall I wasn't expecting much from this as usually the cool labels sometimes mask a ho-hum beer but this is a great take on the English brown ale. Full of flavor and complex to match...and a cool upside down sheep to gaze out during the session.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, light brown in color

Smell: toasted malt, leaves, and earth

Taste: toasted malt, tea, hops, and a leafy tobacco

Mouthfeel: light bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation, sweet for the style

Drinkability: An above average brown, but not among my favorites. I could have two. The leafy/tobacco taste I get here sets this apart from others in the style.

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Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at BBC in Walpole 12/17

A: This beer pours a nice ruby, mahogany color with a 1/4 inch of khaki head. Head retains decently leaving spotty lacing.

S: Nose is very sweet - caramel malts, slight smoke, and grain are present.

T: Taste is sweet caramel and toffee up front with some hints of nuttiness. Middle is filled out with grain, cereal flavoring mixed with a roasted malt. Finish has a touch of hop spice to it and some smokiness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, feels somewhat thin yet smooth.

D: Pretty tasty, goes down easily, a touch light on the tongue, but other than that a fine beer to sit with for a few pints.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 16.0oz. Bottle

Smell: Raisiny, slightly roasted, even some banana, though subtle. Very interesting!

Taste: Very creamy. Crystal clean roasted malts which are earthy. Smooth, and balanced. Slightly sweet at the finish though quite bitter throughout. Slightly heavy mouthfeel which is really pleasing and mild carbonation.

Notes: Very drinkable and, while dark, very refreshing. I picked this up randomly at my local Bevmo and it was very nice, though this isn't my favorite style. Not quite sure if its worth the price $4.50, but very tasty.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- malty, syrupy, toffeeish flavors, minty hop finish

color- chestnut brown

clarity- very clear

smell- mild oatmeal, chocolate malt

body- medium weight

appearance- dirty head

notes- this review is for a 2004 vintage tasted in 2004

glassware: weihenstephan glass

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Photo of Offa
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lively, complex, yet smooth ale is a lot like a lighter, more lively and flowery version of Old Peculier.

Very dark red brown, it has a big, dense tan head and leaves some lace.

The aroma is rich, toasty and caramelly with light earthiness.

The taste is toasty and lightlyearthy with hints of chocolate, dark caramel, coffee, slightly flowery with a bitter sweet finish.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a really good beer.

Appearance- dark brown, good lacing, good head retention

Smell- sweet malt

Taste- chocolate, malt

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. I enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale reminded me of an amber, but a touch darker and with roasted malt flavor.

It was a ruddy red with nice head. Surprisingly clean, good amount of carbonation with amount of malt present.

I haven't had a beer like this before and I rather enjoyed it.

It's smooth, somewhat lighter feeling, a touch roasty and well carbonated. I would love to try a beer like this on tap at a pub. I'd probably have a few and not even realize it.

I wouldn't rush to buy it again, but for the style it was a tasty brew.

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Photo of wertperch
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer that I've loved for years, and I make no apologies about singing its praises. It's a perfectly delicious brown ale that I first sampled at the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire's Wensleydale (yes, the place where the other great English cheese comes from).

It's the brown of dark chestnuts, topped by a dark-cream head. Lift the glass to your nose and get that roasty-toasty nuttiness, a hint of coffee and some brown sugar. There's little floral about this one, it's a little more rugged, and that ruggedness continues as you sip your way down. There's the dark malt, there's the slightly warm-bread flavour, and at the back of it all is a nicely balanced sweetness, and then the hop. Not to forget the caramel, coffee and (did I dream this?) cinnamon.

The body is smooth and creamy, the slight carbonation makes your cheeks laugh, as my Grandpa would say. In short, it's a delightful drink, and at 5.7% alcohol, not too strong. The flavour is full enough to satisfy, and yet it's light enough to enjoy daily, assuming you're lucky enough to get it. It was enough for me to go back to the Davis Co-op and ask Tom Nolte to get it in on a regular basis, which to his great credit, he did.

Of course, this tasting was from a bottle imported from England, and whilst it's very good, my best memory is of Riggwelter on draught at the pub. There it's better yet, smoother and easier to drink. One of these days I'm going to work out (or have someone tell me) why beer on tap is usually so much better than bottled. Presumably, there's some science involved, possibly a little art and certainly a lot of magic.

Meantime, go out and find this great English ale and forget forever about Newcastle Brown. You'll thank me, I have no doubt.

(Some of this review is cross-posted on my blog.)

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

Poured a dark brown with a good 2 fingers of fluffy light tan head. Head retention was average, lacing was good.

Smells of roasted malts and some darker spice.

Taste is very complex, alot of roasted malt, dark sugary notes, some dark spice, hop, and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is there but undetectable, a very nice touch. After drinking my mouth was coated and sticky.

Drinkability is good. This is an amazing fall beer/winter beer and the flavor makes it easy to put a few away.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- clear reddish mahogany with a very nice creamy khaki colored head. looks really great for an english brew due to the richness of the foam. leaves tons of sticky lace.

S- caramel and lightly metallic, nutty and sweet, brown sugar, cassia, some milk chocolate, woodsy, banana, fig, date, and sweet red holiday fruits.

T- rich, deep, and complex, with notes of chocolate covered nuts and burnt caramel all over the place. roasted peanuts, hazelnuts, and almonds make up the nutty flavors and the chocolate roast adds to that depth. stone vats and mineral water, metallic, tree bark, old wood, figs, dates, cranberries, and goldings are sublime with a delicate earthy spicy hop flavor in the finish. supremely balanced.

MF- slick and dessert like, but leaving a dryness on the cheeks. lingering aftertaste leaves a a roasted feeling. low carbonation fits perfectly with the near full body.

D- very thirst quenching for such a full flavored brew and maybe the best brown ale i've had to date. the brewery calls it an english strong ale and as for that, i don't know. i could drink this until i'm on my back like that sheep.

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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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