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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Black Sheep - Riggwelter

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Black Sheep Riggwelter
The Black Sheep Brewery
Masham, North Yorkshire, England

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.7 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 16.9 

Postmortem Brew Review
Dark amber with some copper hues.
Sweet malty nose with hints of hops bitterness.
Tan head that is almost non existent after five seconds.
Very little lacing.
Sweet malty taste without being overtly sweet.
Lightly carbonated.
Light to medium body. Smooth and delicious.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Here's the second Black Sheep I've had.  I'm still impressed by the artwork on the bottles and caps. This label sports a "black sheep" on the front with the word 'Riggwelter'.  The reverse of the label goes on to explain the Old Norse meaning.  A Riggwelter is made up of two words; rygg - black, and velte - to overturn. When a sheep is on its back and cannot get up without help, local dales dialect says it's 'rigged' or 'riggwelted'.

Okay, so we can all sleep soundly at night with that knowledge...and a pint or two of this magnificent ale in our bellies!

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