Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

very good
317 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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

Presentation: 500ml bottle all the way from my Masham (pronounced mass-ham) deep in the heart of the county of Yorkshire in the North of England. Arrives in a heavy 1 Pint 9 fl.oz. thick dark brown glass bottle embossed with hop leaves on the bottles shoulder. Listed as 5.7% ABV. The name Riggwelter refers to a helpless sheep that is stuck on its back – don’t ask!!.

Appearance: Dark tawny chestnut body that had a perfectly clear presentation. Atop the cylinder of ale is a fine looking light tan colored head

Nose: Sweet milk chocolate toffee, caramel, Devonian toffee chews.

Taste: Thick nutty malts, chocolate, dark fruits and a yeasty middle with a bitter ending. A classic Brown cum Bitter Ale, this one defies description but it shares the benefits of both styles. Smooth carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel but with an incredibly smooth body, like a well shaved Brazilian princess this olive skinned beauty begs to be licked all over and drunk in vast quantities. I love this one!!

Drinkability: This is a damn fine brew that really sinks easily. A dark tasty premium Bitter that benefits from a firm middle and a bitter fruity ending.

Overall: What a great Yorkshire beer to be drinking on August 1st, Yorkshire Day! The idea of a special day called 'Yorkshire Day' was to provide a focus for highlighting Yorkshire pride in the English County. August 1st was chosen as it has special significance in the county's history. On August 1st, 1759, soldiers, including some from Yorkshire regiments, who had fought in the battle of Minden, in Germany, picked white roses from nearby fields as a tribute to their fallen comrades. Today, all Battalions of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) wear White Roses in their Caps.

What better day to sup a Yorkshire Brew that has a fiery independent background and that is also brewed in traditional ‘Slate Yorkshire Squares’. Ey, Lad!.

I’m raising this Yorkshire Brew to my dearly beloved ‘Yorkshire Wife’, and all my Yorkshire Mates and Yorkshire folk worldwide. “Sup up Wazzacks!!!”

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Photo of Goldorak
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 21JUL2004

Deep ruby red, with good tan head.
Has a very nice grape smell, kinda like an oud bruin/grand cru, with a slight grain alcohol smell.
I was expecting more punch on my palate but this Beer is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was a bit like mineral water, it left some kind of effervescence I havn't felt very often with Beer. Strange but good.
I'd certainly give this one another shot.

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

Clear burnt ruby with a mound of creamed suds on top.
Nose of roast malt and buttered grapes.
Begins with a mild roast coffee essence that calms and heads towards bitter chocolate. Toffee-coated raisins are next, then it gallops towards diacetyl-induced butter. This is quelled and offset by the lingering roastedness and the vaporous, fleeting molasses and anise. The roast fades towards carob as caramel-bathed black grapes surge in the later half, alongside traces of rye-like smoky, bready spice. Ends assertively Goldings bittered with perks of herb and a strong, lingering black tea finish.
Tempered carbonation and an unruffled medium build. This is a good short-distance quaffer. However, It seems a bit high in butter for sessions of long duration. It's a minor gripe. Fresh off cask or tap, and this could be an all-nighter...and perhaps into the next day.
An impressive creation. Like a hoppier Brown Ale / Old Ale cross.

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

From a stout 16.9 oz bottle, it's a nice brown with a fairly thick off-white head that leaves lace. The smell is toffee sweetness with enough hop bitterness to make things interesting. Toffee sweetness is also pronounced in the taste, with jus a trace of spiciness and even a hint of mint. Again, the hops make their presence known in the taste. It's quite drinkable and a nice find. Thanks to LBB for advising me to pick this one up in an off-the-cuff call to his office from the beer shop. Cheers.

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Photo of kiya
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pouring this into a glass the first thing you'll notice is how creamy the head is and how quickly it forms. Building to an inch tall creamy tan head, the initial aroma is an almost sweet stone fruit scent that mellows out with time and forming more into a slight yeast scent with roasted hops in the backdrop.

This beer definitely works better served at a slightly higher than cellar temperature, the aromas really start to work their magic as the beer warms up and reduces a bit of the slightly astringent aftertaste that you'll get if enjoyed straight out of a refrigerator.

Being a big fan of bitter ales, i was excited to taste something so bold and not afraid to have it's bitterness so upfront with flavors of burnt caramel and a strong hop flavor. As i said before, the flavors really start to come out as the beer warms up, with short bursts of a nutty flavor giving away to some of the more dark hoppy tones that i initially noticed.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light considering the flavor and aroma of this brew, and the carbonation really plays a strong role here, making itself known at first contact. Due to it's accessible mouthfeel this would make a great session beer and something that can be enjoyed every day of the week.

All in all, i am very impressed by this beer, a bold dark flavor that goes places most don't.

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

Deep clear light brown color, beautiful off white creamy head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Light malty caramel smokey aroma, sweet nutty and smokey flavors. Medium bodied with a nice rounded soft mouthfeel, some dryness in the lasting finish, I like this one.

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Photo of cbl2
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


After a hard pour, this is a beautiful clear brown with hints of ruby as it captures the light. A nice creamy tan head of 1-2 inches adorns the top, and lingers for a while.


Not overly odorous, there are hints of bitter hops and a touch of yeast.


This is a nice pint of bitter. There is a sharpness to it at first that is somewhat unpleasant, but it mellows by midsip, letting its malt backbone expose itself ever so briefly, before the hops return for a finishing powerful blow.

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

Pours a dark ale ambber color with a nice fluffy off-white head. English in flavor with a suprising hop bite back on my own nose and lips. Not quite as smooth as I'd like this one to be. I bet on cask this is a knockout though. Solidly drinkable despite severial obvious faults!

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

Bottle: This one is a reddish-brown color. There was a bit of a tight tan head (small bubbles) to it also. A fair amount of lacing down the glass. Roasted aroma with some fruit notes to it. Maybe even a bit yeasty. Roastiness to the taste, with a bit of a sweetness. Hints of coffee and fruits. Very Nice!

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

The beer poured clear and deep brown amber. The head was off-white and compact, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was very fruity when first poured. Slight cidery aroma. No hop aroma, but a slight caramel aroma was in the background.

The flavor was crisp and bitter, but with a toasted caramel flavor. The bitterness in this beer is huge and pleasant.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter and the toasted caramel lasts for a long time in the aftertaste. The body was medium.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of bark
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is deep copper. The foam is yellowish, firm but quite small.

The smell is fresh with a burned touch of malt (Goldings?)

The carbon dioxide is balanced and medium strong.

This beer got a full-bodied burned flavour with a bitterness that disappears quickly. The aftertaste is a little bit sourish and bitter with a burned taste that somewhat resembles of a dry stout.

A nice session ale if you want something dryer and more robust than a pale ale, but not as dark and dry as a stout. It is OK, but not one of my favourites.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After warming a bit, this beer reminded me more and more of a Samuel Smith (porter, stout). Similar, almost cherry-like flavor. Very much in the English ale style, somewhat dry and subtle. Quite dark, seemed a bit carbonated at first. Settled into a very smooth, creamy ale. Nice head and significant lace. The only drawback is the price (I paid over $4 for a pint). Good enough to have again.

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

nice and dark, almost molasses in color. Vanilla and saddle leather nose. Frothy head which leaves tightly knit lacing. Lovely malt character, smooth and toasty,,, nice mellow and balancing hops, finishing with a dry hoppy glow. Good, classy brew I'm quaffing here, worth seeking out and trying.

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

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick creamy off-white head. The aroma is good. It smells like a bitter brown ale. It has a bitter smell with the addition of crystal and roasted malts. The taste is decent. It is extremely bitter with a dark malt palate. It has a dry, but creamy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine ale. It drinks well; a good sessions beer.

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

Definitely a brew that improved as it warmed. Had a very nice amber appearance with a decent head. Smell initially was faint on the malt, but as it warmed it had a rich malty nose that was very nice. Taste had a hint of apple?. Initially sweet in taste it had a decent bitter hop finish. Not an overly crisp mouthfeel, but interesting enough to be pleasant on the palate. Could have been a bit bit smoother on the drinkability side, but still improved with warming.

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Photo of sitbooboosit
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Why does the smell of this beer remind me of doing hot knives in somebody's basement? regardless, it's a good memory and a good smell too. One that felt like it was rolling around in my nose. The head poures well and when tipped the beer leaves nice lacing 'round the glass. For me the beer started malty with a nice round flavour that even hinted at a plummy/dark fruit taste that i quite enjoyed. As is the case with most strong english ales i''ve tried it finished with a hoppy bite that i've always described as metallic. I would certainly drink this beer again and maybe accompany it with a hot knife just to prove my nose right.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a copper color, tending toward brown, this beer is clear with a creamy off-white head. Settles into considerable and very pretty lace, with a thin stable, wispy head. Roasted and toasted barley. Earth-like aroma mixes with faint floral hop smells. Occasional ester aromas as well. Taste is grainy and faintly resinous. Hints of apples and vanilla. Dry and mildly bitter finish. Medium body and a tad astringent. English character throughout. This is a very tasty beer…enjoyable, moderately complex, and easy to drink..….I’d certainly have it again.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems to be a porter to me. It looks great with a nice head, dark red color, and lacing that travels all the way down the glass. There is a hint of vanilla in the taste that is usually good but can be irritating at times. Overall, it is a smooth and well-balanced beer. It is easy to drink, but I don't think I would have more than one or maybe two in one night.

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

this beer poured a dark, coffee brown with a real nice creaamy light tan head. The head satyed a while and there was some nice lacing down the side. The label said to serve cool and the first few mouthfuls were very refreshing with toasted and burnt malts flavors dominating. The beer was sweetish on the tounge, with good spice flavors lingering in the gums. As the beer warmed, the sweetness gained strenght as did the chocolate flavors. The last mouthful was different from the first, almost as if the beer matured from a cold quaffing ale to a more comples sipping ale as the pint wore on. All in all a nice yorkshire ale that I would enjoy again

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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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Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.85 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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