Posts Tagged ‘Black Sheep Brewery’

Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale by Black Sheep Brewery

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!

Rating:  A

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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale by Black Sheep Brewery

“Its just a flesh wound”.  I love that scene from  Monty Python and the Holy Grail where King Arthur comes upon the Black Knight and an epic battle ensues.  Good stuff.   So when I came across this beer I had to pick it up and try it out.

Will this beer, Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale, live up to the movie?  Lets pour and see.

This brew hails from England and is was created by Black Sheep Brewery to commemorate the 30th anniversary in 1999 of the movie it is named after.  This ale is an English Pale Ale with a ABV of 4.7%.

A clear amber, honey colored drink awaited me in the tulip glass I poured this into.  There was a small white head that remained for the entire time I drank this drink.  A very nice bouquet of apples, sort of like apple cider or juice, greeted the nose.  There was also some grain, bread, & malty goodness going on in the aroma also.  Apples were up front in the taste followed by some bread tones.  This finished very dry.  Mouthfeel was really light with very light carbonation.  This turned out to be a very easy drinking beer that was quite refreshing.  This would make a good session beer.  A session beer is one that has a low ABV that could be enjoyed multiple times in a session without getting one totally blitzed.  This fits that bill perfectly.

I wasn’t expecting much from this but I was pleasantly surprised.

Rating: B

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