Aroma: Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
Taste: This strong, velvety ruby brown beer really is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It is deceptively clean drinking, with a wonderfully complex palate of coffee, bananas and liquorice which rewards you with a long, dry Goldings hop finish.
Ingredients: A̴ base of Maris Otter malted barley, but add plenty of Pale Chocolate malt to give Riggwelter its rich dark colour, espresso nose and roasted malt flavours. A touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!̴Ì_
What's in a name?
Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Old Norse roots; 'rygg' meaning back, and 'velte' meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or 'rigwelted', when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance. It seemed the perfect name for a strong beer from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire.