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Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Bell RingerBell Ringer

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327 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our high gravity offering weighs in at 8.5% ABV and is delightfully loaded with malt and hops. This is an ale worthy of your sturdiest goblet or most treasured stein. Ring it!

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 08-16-2007)
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Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks clear and dark amber while pouring, but fills a Dogfish Head snifter murky old bronze (SRM 17-18). Some yeast likely migrated to the glass. A scant white head leaves spotty lace and a thin white film.

Bell Ringer is quite malty with some hop resin and pine straw. Caramel and honeydew melon add to a dark tea aroma.

Light bitterness and tea aromas translate directly to the flavor profile. So much so that it is all that I perceive long into the finish.

Alcohol is as expected in this medium-bodied Strong Ale. A silky texture and acrid notes are brought out with soft fine carbonation.

This beer was sampled both fresh and after 2 ½ -years-age. Neither version was particularly notable, however, age did clean up some muddled flavors and added to complexity and the aroma. Alcohol did tone down as well. Both versions scored similarly.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:02:24 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of barczar


3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a dense, lingering cream head.

Nutty, toasted malt, booze, acetone, caramel, and fruity esters form the aroma.

Citrus in the form of muted grapefruit and lemon lies under toasted, bready malt, which dries out and becomes fairly bitter at the finish. The acetone carries through in the flavor, but the citrus makes it tolerable.

Body is full, with moderate carbonation and slight fusel heat.

Don't drink this one quickly, or the fusel alcohol will make you choke. Not a bad sipper, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 16:43:04 | More by barczar
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

R.J. Rocker Bell Ringer has a thin, cream-colored head (which thickens up, once the bottom contents are swished and poured), a hazy, brilliant orange-mellon appearance, with gray chunks at the bottom and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is very strong, sweet, pungent, and of overly-ripe (rotted) light fruits. Tastes is also rich, with turned fruit, medium malt, sugar, fairly strong bitterness, and even a brandy wine aspect. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and R.J. Rocker Bell Ringer finishes cloying, sweet, semi-dry, and even harsh. This is a most excellent and challenging strong ale.


Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 14:18:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Mikecap


3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a clear deep orange with a short off-white head that fades quickly from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, not much notable lacing.

Smell: Hop forward with pine, grass, resin and some caramel sweetness. There are hints of citrus as well and this is similar to what I'd expect from an IPA.

Taste: Well balanced with some malty sweetness, hop bitterness and citrus fruits. I get some grapefruit and a bit of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a moderate hop bitterness. Not a palate wrecker but definitely decent bitterness.

Overall: This is a solid beer from a brewery I'd never heard of but I'd drink again. My rating may even be low because I"m not sure I had the freshest bottle. As much as I think the catch-all category of "American Strong Ale" is a bit stupid, I guess I'd compare this to a poor man's Arrogant Bastard. But I love Arrogant Bastard, so this is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:57:25 | More by Mikecap
Photo of HardTarget


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear hazel amber beer has the hue of stained glass. The pearly white head also has an angelic air about it. Surprised at the level of retention given the high abv.

Smell: Ah, that's a lot of malt in there, explains the head retention. No skimping on the malt bill. There's an estery alcoholic vapor involved as well, I wonder if that will come through in the

Taste: Surprisingly not really. It's not that it's mild, but thin. The alcohol is there and gives a whiskey/bourbon edge to fairly well balanced beer. There's something about the

Mouthfeel: That's disturbing. It's fizzy, which given all the gravitas and grain that should be through around shouldn't happen. It contributes the the overall lighter beer heavy alcohol experience that can be called malt liquor. As it degassed, the beer got slick and heavy,, odd.

Overall: A bit of a mixed bag. Too light to support the hot alcohol, but some nice mellow flavors working too. I'm worried that aging will cause what's good to fade, but night help the overall flavor.

Thanks to Illucium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 01:30:58 | More by HardTarget
Photo of godlessape


3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Sam Adams pint glass. The body is a bloody, murky, cloudy, high orange amber shaded brew. Brilliant. Drop a hit of acid or smoke a boat load of weed and stare at Jimmy Pages sunburst Les Paul while watching The Song Remains the Same and you'll know what I mean, as far as coloring goes. The head is a frothy beige.
The nose picks up fruit basket, cantaloup, honey dew melons, home brew, along with really expensive brandy.
The taste is everything the nose told you about, with a decent hop bite on the end. If I didn't know any better, I would think this was a really high end pale ale.
The mouthfeel is thick--very thick with medium carbonation.
Overall this is a perfect strong ale, with great balance.. Nothing for amateurs or beginners here.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 04:49:34 | More by godlessape
Photo of HereWithTheBeer


4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well, if you do the math on this, this is a beer that is not for the light drinkers. The name is Bell Ringer, it's a Strong Ale, and it comes in at 8.5% ABV...this is some heavy stuff. Let's see what this one is all about. Bottoms up!
Poured into a Standard US Pint
A- Pours almost a dark orange/mahogany color with a thin tan head. A few bubbles alongside the edges of the glass. Very warm colors that make it inviting. 4/5
S- Smells almost reminiscent of a western style Pale Ale. Malt and hops up front and present. Very strong smell. 3.75/5
T- Really nice blend, goes down smooth and clean. Full-bodied flavor that's very rich and bold. 4.25/5
M- Incredibly bitter, but it keeps pulling me in. The aftertaste starts off mild but then goes wild with a burn after a while. What I've come to expect from stronger ales. 3.75/5
O- A fine beer for experienced drinkers. Definitely something I'd recommend for anyone into a darker or stronger craft. 4/5
If you like the dark side, definitely give this one a try. You'll be dragged in by the smooth yet bitter taste of this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:37:13 | More by HereWithTheBeer
Photo of Chug-a-lug

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is without a doubt a STRONG ale.

Very nice amber color. Cloudy.

Had to pour it fast to create a nice finger thick white head. Beautiful lace.

Aroma pretty much nonexistent. I don't smoke.

The hops come on strong initially. Reminds me of eating a grapefruit.

First couple of swallows tasted the sweetness on the back end. Replaced by a slight burn after that.

Holding a mouth full the flavors blended well. Taking straight swallows they didn't.

Nice weight, not too heavy, not too light.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 22:49:30 | More by Chug-a-lug
Photo of tbryan5


3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A reddish copper with a one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. And some yeast can be seen floating around.
S-Lots of bread. Smells more and more like a bakery as it warms. Amazing.
T-More bread but less than the smell indicates. Followed by a nice balance of hops.
M- Medium carbonation and thickness. Nice.

If I can find another single to put in a make your own six pack then I am all over it. And it's really good for it's 8.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 21:52:04 | More by tbryan5
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear copper with no head to speak of. A smattering of froth.
Smell: not much happening at all.
Taste: a bite of hops up front with a bit of malt that softens the bite. These don't balance IMO, they're battling a little.
Overall: I know this sounds contradictory but the beer was a more satisfying experience as a whole than it would seem from the individual scores. Gonna have to revisit this to make sure I give it a fair shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 22:54:11 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of acevenom


3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours orange copper with a creamy white head, lots of tiny bubbles, and some floaters. The head sticks around for a while. The beer smells nice and malty with some sweetness. The beer tastes bready with some hint of bread crust and some toffee and earthiness. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little dry, but it drinks pretty well for the higher gravity. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:39:06 | More by acevenom
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in hotel glass

A: dark brown; thick creamy head; nice lacing; good carbonation
S: sweet malt aromas, much like a porter or milk stout
T: malty; molasses and brown sugar; flavor of chocolate and nuts with overtones of banana; relatively simple flavor profile, but more interesting than the Euro strongs I've had in the past; hops at a medium level; well balanced
M: thick mouthfeel

A decent beer; the alcohol is nicely matched with the flavor profile, so would be worth having on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 22:22:25 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

i have had this on tap before- but this is the first i have had "bell ringer" in a bottle. it pours cloudy and brown with a nice almost red tint. the smell is almost non existent. its not unpleasant, just not very potent. the taste starts off pretty hoppy and finishes with a strong alcohol finish. i like this beer. it lives up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:38:33 | More by mattkoon
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into (as suggested) a goblet.

A: The beer is a rusty amber sort of color. Blood orange and cloudy with a 2 finger thick off white head that sticks around for a few minutes and then settles to a half finger layer that stays around for much of the remainder. Nice looking beer.

S: Very malty up front with lots of bread, caramel, toffee, toast. A buttery note in the middle. Has a nice twinge of sweetness in there with apricot and some other fruit. Indeed balanced.

T: Beginning is nice and balanced with light malts getting the palate warmed up. Very boozy/strong up the middle, then finishes strong with a nice blast of hops to the back of the tongue. Finish is of piney hops, and a pleasant way to end an alright, if a bit strong tasting, ale.

F: Very smooth, nice velvety texture up front but then leave a drying sensation near the end that keeps you wanting to back for another sip.

Overall: Lives up to its name. This thing will knock you around a little bit, but a good offering from a solid SC brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:00:06 | More by BucBasil
Photo of morimech


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a full, overflowing glass of foam. Continues with each additional pour from the bottle. The liquid, when it eventually forms, is an attractive deep amber color. A lot of lacing is left down the glass. Yeast sediment from the last bit poured in. Knocking the score down because of the obnoxious pour. Seems the bottle-conditioning got carried away.

Smells sweet. Fruity esters and caramel malt. Also some musty grain in the background that adds some interest. Also get some English type of hop aromas.

Flavor of caramel, raisins, prunes, bready malt, and alcohol. Overall a sweet beer. Alcohol is definately there, but is not overly hot or harsh. Bitterness is low with just a slight herbal hop flavor. Tastes like the yeast did not really complete their job with the raw malt flavor.

Full bodied with a smooth texture. The carbonation lost a bit with the pour but still enough left to give a pleasant feel.

An above average beer that was not exactly well executed. There is potential there that was not fully realized in this example.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 18:33:18 | More by morimech
Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a big 3-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Really nice retention and excellent lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles – lots more than I was expecting.

S – It’s tough to get much of an aroma here, but I’m getting bready and rich caramel malt, peppery yeast, and some citrus and maybe pine hops. There’s maybe a little bit of alcohol here, too. Not much in the way of dark fruit or molasses that can usually be found in strong ales. We’ll see what the taste brings.

T – This is more like it. It starts off sweet with bready and caramel malt, molasses, plums, and oranges. As the taste progresses, hop bitterness builds with grapefruit, orange, pine, and earthy notes. Lots of hop/yeast spiciness comes into play at the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, creamy, and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Hop bitterness and spice lingers nicely and blends well with the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This turned out to be a nice strong ale. I was a little skeptical after the aroma, but the taste, mouthfeel, and look were great. The taste is maybe not as complex or layered as better strong ales, but the beer is still very tasty. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the spice and alcohol heat combination makes for a great finish. This is definitely better than I expected it to be coming from Spartanburg (sorry, Sparkle City). Tasty and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:44:44 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of thain709


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy and cloudy muted amber hue with two fingers worth of thick and creamy head...the head is an off white color and retains nicely leaving some decent lacing

S - Rather light and pretty sweet with a grainy backbone...can't pick out too much

T - Here's where the beer really turns around, especially from the lacking nose...a surprising fruitiness is present with citric fruits leading the way...apricots and oranges...everything working together creates a sweetness, but nothing that's overpowering...there's a graininess coming through towards the finish...but the finish has a mild earthiness to it

M - Medium bodied...smooth, soft carbonation, some chewiness

O - When I was given this bottle I was told it was a style of it's own...and I would have to agree with that...I see the notes say an Imperial ESB, but the bright citrus flavors go against that...other than the light nose I enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 12:52:52 | More by thain709
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light amber color with a thin white quickly disappearing head. Aroma of malt and citrus with a little pine. Taste is very complex of malty sweetness, citrus, piney hop bitterness, well balanced. Ends with a slight alcohol note and a lingering bite of hops. Medium carbonation and a full body slightly creamy mouthfeel. This beer is very interesting and keeps me coming back for more and more sips. Easy drinking, and a very well done Strong "Imperial" Bitter. I will probably be having this beer again, and would recommend for those that love bitters or pale ales especially.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 20:48:13 | More by scvance
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey brown with a 1 inch foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, brown sugar, and malt. Taste is of candied citrus zest, brown sugar, and toasted malt. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 03:22:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of jifigz


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Commis for hooking it up on the trade.

Okay, so the appearance is a very hazy orange colored beer that is filled with sediment. The head is small but very long lasting and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is fruity with esters in the nose with the hops and the malts dancing nicely together. The flavor is rich and tastes almost like Fruity Pebbles at first and then yields to intense malt sweetness. The lingering aftertaste is very enjoyable. It is slightly burnt and toasted and lasts quite a while. The MF is thick and creamy and rather chewy.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty offering. I would gladly enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 16:01:53 | More by jifigz
Photo of soulfly1492


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: High munich, crystal and pils malt aroma. Very little esters. Hops are floral and mildly fruity. Rather mild for an American Strong Ale. An touch of wortyness.

Appearance: Glows a deep bold orange. Very hazy. Tan head develops into little height. Great retention and lots of lacing. Some sediment at the very end of the pour. Very little stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Bold Munich and pils malt. Bitter lemon and some butterscotch. Hops are moderate and taste floral. Some dark worty malt at the aftertaste. The residual yeast at the end of th pour improves the taste some.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Chalky. Mild and smooth carbonation.

Overall: This would be more of an American Strong Pale Ale if this style was even recognized. A far cry from the Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Stone or other top American Strong Ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 23:08:51 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of ZAP


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A malty strong ale...caramel breads...brown sugar....real bready on the aroma....not much for a hop bite which is fine with me I like how this drinks....not immense in stature....maybe high side of medium bodied....finishes with just a little hop twang but this is a malt-forward ale all the way with big bready caramel/brown sugar notes..

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:03:39 | More by ZAP
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a faint orange hue that has a big, thick, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - bread, plum, figs, alcohol, cherry, medicine

T - plum, cherry, bread, faint pine, faint herbal hops, dark fruit, alcohol, faintly medicinal

M - a bit crisp, medium bodied, warm, a little overcarbonated

This is a rather complex and flavorful beer, but unfortunately there are a few off flavors in my opinion. The cherry in both the nose and taste are a bit medicinal which over power the bready malts and nice dark alefruits. There's a nice underlying hop character which lends a little balance. Overall, not a bad beer, but a bit of a more balanced flavor would really make this an awesome ale. As it stands it's worth a try, but I'll probably avoid it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:44:08 | More by tdm168
Photo of chefhatt


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a burnt orange color body with no head, just a real thin lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is of sweet malt and a little bit of fruit. The taste is maltey and tart fruit. I don't get a lot of hop taste just a tiny bit on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is ok, kinda leaves a after taste in my mouth. Overall this ia a ok beer in my book, i'm not a big malt loving guy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 19:24:56 | More by chefhatt
Photo of metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of booze and malts in the nose; these are similar to a barleywine but not as pronounced.
T: The taste is a bit sweet and has flavors of fruit and malts along with hints of caramel and oak.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves some warmth from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is not too difficult to drink considering the strength; the alcohol is noticeable but doesn’t detract from the taste. It’s a real guzzler coming out of the bottle so you need to pour it carefully so you don’t get a glassful of head.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:08:27 | More by metter98
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Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.