I have to say that Black Sheep Brewery always seem to deliver when it comes to good ales and I consider Black Sheep to be one of my favourite breweries. When I first saw Riggwelter I got the impression from the label that it would be a very dark almost stout style ale, so you can imagine my delight when this mouthwatering mahogany dark ruby ale poured out of the bottle. As we've come to expect from Black Sheep it has a thick tight beige head that doesn't budge a millimetre.
Dark fruit and malty aromas are released as you pour the Riggwelter followed by a metallic whiff of copper coins, almost like you've emptied a money bag full of 2p coins. There is an initial metallic taste but this quickly disappears to be replaced by flavours of liquorice, fruit, sweet treacle and malt. Each mouthful tastes different, giving a hint as to the complexity of flavours that have gone into making the Riggwelter.
It's also fizzy yet smooth and goes down far too easily for such a strong ale, with the thick creamy head leaving impressive lacing down the sides of the glass. Oh yes Riggwelter, Ale Be Seeing You Again.
Brewed by Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, Yorkshire