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Contributor: Janet Carrick

Updated: May 31, 2011

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    4.40% abv.
    • Date: December 25, 2003 (#5167)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber, slight haze. High carbonation. Big thick head. Fruity, spicy, Goldings hop aroma. Medium body, fizzy. Reasonably bitter with a big fruity Goldings hop flavor. Noticeable DMS.

  • 3.80% abv.
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  • 5.00% abv.

  • 4.70% abv.

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    • Date: May 4, 2002 (#4327)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden-amber, moderate head. Herbal hop aroma, with some diacetyl. Light body, good caramel flavor, HUGE "Sam Smith's" hop flavor, moderately bitter. I found this bottle on eBay, and while I admit I paid too much for the beer, the label on the bottle more than makes up for it. (Little did I know that the beer would be imported to the US just a few months later.)

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    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    5.70% abv.
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    • Date: September 4, 2003 (#5101)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Discount Liquor, Milwaukee WI
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Beautiful bright red-brown color. Nice dense head. Chocolatey, toasty, earthy aroma. Light-medium body, mildly fizzy. Big dark caramel flavor, fairly roasty with some oak character. Big earthy hop flavor, mild bitterness. Resiny, oaky finish. The name is said to come from the Old Norse words rygg (back) and velte (to over turn); a sheep that is on its back and can't get up is said in the local dialect to have riggwelted.