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Riggwelter is another beer from one of my favorite breweries, Black Sheep Brewery!
The word Riggwelter means a sheep that is unable to stand, and after a few of these it will totally have you riggweltered!
It is fairly strong, and the flavor is lovely and intense, nice malt with several different hop flavors throughout! I am planning on making an All Grain clone of this beer, at the weekend, because it really is one of my favorites!
The price is usually quite a bit more than you're bog standard supermarket beers, but as really nice ales go, it is not to badly priced. I really do recommend a chilled bottle of this, for a treat at the weekends. I also believe it goes well with food, but is not necessarily a good session beer. For that, I would recommend their standard Black Sheep Ale.
Overall, a very nice pint, but don't drink too many. It is rather strong, but incredibly tasty, and not at a bad price for Ale!
Riggwelter: from the Old Norse words "rigg", meaning back or shoulder and "velte", to overturn. If a sheep rolls over onto its back and can't get up without help, local Dales dialect says it is rigged or riggwelted.
Riggwelter is a full flavoured strong Yorkshire ale brewed using our unusual Yorkshire Square fermentation system. The result is a well balanced, deep chestnut coloured ale.
With its distinctive roast malt, Golding hops and banana fruit aromas, Riggwelter has the strongest and most complex flavour of all the Black Sheep beers.
Tasting Notes: Riggwelter comes across immediately as rich, smoky and full of all those malty flavours associated with a strong dark ale. Chocolate, coffee and the banana reminded me of Bateman's Triple X although some argue with me about those banana notes. There is a reassuring bitterness with a nice dry finish. Paul Theakston's brewing heritage really comes through in Riggwelter. More flavoursome than Old Peculiar, Riggwelter does hold some reminiscences of that old favourite. With a thin head which holds its own this is a real ale which laces well and is very pleasing to the last drop.
Buy: Riggwelter is available on draught in pubs or available to buy online in a 500ml bottle
Last Thursday night we went to the Oakwood Beer Festival, held in the college buildings in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. This year's theme was beer from Sheep Country and the name of the Festival was The Great Baa! There were beers, wines and ciders from all the regions you would associate with sheep farming ~ such as Yorkshire, East Anglia, Wales and even Australia. Some of the bars were sponsored by famous breweries ~ the first one contained beers from Hardy & Hanson's, Wentworth and Black Sheep. It was at this bar that we had our first couple of drinks. We started on a Wentworth Oatmeal Stout and then went on to a beer we hadn't had for a while. This was an n old classic and a favourite of mine ~ Black Sheep Riggwelter. ~~~THE BREWERY. The Black Sheep Brewery was set up in 1992, in the Yorkshire village of Masham, by Paul Theakston ~ a member of the famous Theakstons brewing family. He left the family brewery in the late 1980's when the family business became part of the Scottish & Newcastle conglomerate ~ Paul didn?t like the way Another Independent brewery was being swallowed up by big businesses and decided it was time to strike out on his own. Since then the Black Sheep Brewery (so named by Paul?s wife, to signify the links to sheep country and that they were now the "black sheep" of the Theakston clan) has gone form strength to strength. They brew a good selection of bottled and cask beers, have a range of merchandise and a visitor centre that opens all year. Black Sheep beers are available from a great number of supermarkets, off-licenses and pubs nationwide, both in bottled and draught form. The range includes Black Sheep Bitter (the famous and classic brew at 3.8% ABV), Emmerdale (a new, sweeter beer at 5.0% ABV) and Black Sheep Special (the one that is bottled as Black Sheep Ale, at 4.4%ABV). ~~~A BIT OF BACKGROUND. Riggwelter, as the story goes, gets its name from an Ol
d Norse word for a sheep that has rolled on to its back and can't get back up ~ rigg means back and velte means to overturn! When this unfortunate event has happened to a sheep, people in Yorkshire say that the sheep has riggwelted. This is apparently the effect too much Riggwelter will have! ~~~THE BEER. ***Vital Statistics*** Black Sheep Riggwelter weighs in at 5.7% ABV and is brewed using Goldings Hops and roasted malt, along with an unusual fermentation process known as the Yorkshire Square System. Yorkshire Square refers to the fermentation vessels and a system that was introduced around 200 years ago ~ for details of this process I will refer you to http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/beers/brewprocess.cfm where it is explained much better than I ever could! ***Look, Aroma and Texture*** Riggwelter is a rich chestnut coloured beer that has a pretty thin but long lasting head. The aroma is predominately that of the hops and the roast of the malt, but this is given depth and interest by a few other elements. There is a hint of smokiness, coffee, chocolate and a bit of fruit that really makes you want to taste it! Although not exceptionally full-bodied, there is some caramelly richness there and also a chewy quality that tells you from the outset that you are drinking something strong and a little bit special. I also found that the beer was a little lively ~ there was a slight carbonization. ***Taste*** Mmmmm! I think that just about sums it up! Riggwelter initially is quite bitter ~ there is a smoky flavour, mixed with the roastiness, bitterness and the burnt taste of the malt. This leads to coffee, fruit (the brewery says bananas, but I'm not convinced of that), a slight sweetness and a strong nutty flavour; I could even taste liquorice, not unlike the flavour I associate with a nice stout or porter. The finish is quite dry and bitter and leads through to an long lasting aft
ertaste that is crisp, yet has a hint of treacle (think of Theakstons Old Peculier and you will have rough idea). ***Tange's Musings*** I am really pleased that I chose Riggwelter. It is lovely flavoursome beer that has a lot of depth of character. It is strong and should therefore be treated with the respect it deserves ~ and it IS worthy of respect! We paid for our halves using the Beer Tokens that were for sale at the Festival. Riggwelter cost us one token plus 20p (that makes £1.10) and we felt it was a fair price (free would have better but unlikely) for a good tasty beer of this strength. Every time I try Riggwelter I am impressed by it! Black Sheep have produced a beer that is strong without being too overpowering and has a BIG flavour. Often stronger beers lack depth and are just intended to be strong rather than complex ~ Riggwelter is the best of both worlds! It is a beer that warms you up, has bags of flavour and is a good quality beer. It is always great to find a beer like this is and it is also wonderful to find that it is available in a good number of outlets. A number of pubs in my area have this on draught as part of their regular Cask Beer selection and others have it as a semi-regular guest ale. Now I have reacquainted myself with this class brew I will certainly get back into the habit of drinking it! I recommend Riggwelter to anyone who appreciates a strong tasty beer...but be careful not to fall! ~~~BREWERY DETAILS Black Sheep Brewery Wellgarth Masham Ripon North Yorkshire HG4 4EN United Kingdom 01765 680122 http://www.blacksheep.co.uk/
Riggwelter is a good old fashioned English Ales brewed at the Masham brewery deep in the Yorkshire Dales. The name comes from the old the old Norse, "Rygg" shoulder and "Velte" to overturn. So, when a sheep falls over and is unable to get up of it's own accord, it was known by the farmers to have rigged or been riggwelted. Drink too much and you will feel the same with an alcoholic content of 5.7%! It is a really dark colour with a very white head. You can really taste the alcohol in it and only after one bottle, you can certainly feel it! Quoting the Black Sheep Brewery website, it has hints of coffee, liquorice and banana flavours and the aroma of fresh coffee. I can certainly agree with that but it is one of those tastes that you will either like or dislike. If you are into proper brewed English beers and ales, then the chances are you will like it, otherwise, it may be a bit of a waste of money. At under £2 for a 500ml bottle from most supermarkets, I would say that it does make good value for money. It is also available in selected pubs throughout the North of England.
I'd better start off by telling you the strange meaning of the name of this rather fine ale. In yourkshire tounge (love it or hate it) rigged means to be drunk or fallen over on your back. And the welter part of the name comes from a sheep. As depicted on the front of the bottle (or pump) a pissed sheep. The ale iteslf is a proper real ale and has a very distinctive dark hops flavour, which gives it a hint of an aftertaste similar to a very mild guiness. But this is a much lighter ale which goes down smooth and has a nice hoppy flavour. I would recomend this ale to anyone. The flavour is far beter straight from the tap because the bottled beer has been pasturised and lost some of its fine taste. Not a session beer, has a alcohol/vol of 5.7 or 5.9%. Getts you well rigged.
The strongest of the Black Sheep brews from Masham.