Beer #50, only 315 to go, is Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale by Black Sheep Brewery. Riggwelter is brewed in the style of an English Brown Ale with an ABV of 5.7%. Riggwelter is an odd word so to the bottle for the meaning. Deriving from Old Norse, rygg (back) and velte (to overturn). It was said that when a sheep was on its back and could not get up it was riggwelted. Hench the label with the overturned black sheep on it.
The appearance was a dark brown, almost ruby red when held up to the light. There was quite the off-white head topping this beer off. To the nose it went and I was greeted with roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and something nutty. The time to sip was at hand and I was rewarded with a dark fruit sweetness and those roasted malts that remind me so much of coffee. There was also a nice dark chocolate thing going on with smoky type flavors near the end. There was a bit of hop bitterness in this I liked also. The beer had a decent body, not to thin or too heavy, with some light carbonation. It left me wanting more. This was very drinkable, good flavor, nice aroma, nice and smooth…please sir…can I have another?
I’m not usually a fan of Brown Ales but this is my favorite. Good stuff indeed!