Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 428
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 08-16-2007

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!
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Photo of fuzzbalz
2.01/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No date on bottle, almost no carbonation and very murky. No hop bitterness and very very sweet, lots of malt for sure but pretty one noted. Mouthfeel was very cloying and sweet. I suspect it was a very old bottle. (213 characters)

Photo of Dontlikebud
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or not but my beer had a metallic aftertaste that was unpleasant. It was also too sweet and syrupy for me. Not awful but I won't drink it again. (179 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I managed to completely freeze a bottle of this for a night, so there's no telling if the thawed version will still deliver the typical knockout experience. Poured in to a New Belgium tulip, the exceptionally murky ruby red grapefruit colored beer produced little head, no lacing, and left only some shiny hop oils on the surface. Under the light, the drink slightly resembles a stiff bloody mary, minus the celery stalk. There's lots of aromatic biscuit malts in the nose, with some lemon citrus hop. Sweet flavors come to the fore, with a nice biscuit backbone. The counterpunch is a minty, orange zest hop bite that keeps it in balance. The bitterness linger a bit, melding with a caramel sugar sweetness. The finish is pretty juicy. The alcohol is certainly there, but it remains understated for such a strong ale. The mouthfeel is pretty robust, with a gentle, yet spry carbonation. Well, I'm glad to see that my freezer faux pas did not damage the beer. It delivered exactly what I have come to know from this brew. A very tasty, well-balanced American ale that will knock you on your ass. (1,104 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - It is amber with golden highlights and hazy. Two inches of beige head cap it off.

S - The aroma is of toast and caramel.

T - I get caramel malt right off the bat. It starts sweet. Then biscuit flavors come into play. There is a mild citrus bitterness in the finish.

F - Medium

O - This is a big, malty brew. The alcohol is well hidden, but it is not in my wheelhouse. (415 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A very neutral DIPA not too bitter nor sweet. Just malty and an average hop profile. Poor aroma. Beautiful amber slightly cloudy. Mouth feel was a bit creamy with a little bite at the end. Medium body and semi dry finish.

An average beer deserving an average rating.

Serving Type: Bottle (291 characters)

Photo of Omnium
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Bow-Tie Pint

A - Murky orange gold with two fingers off an off white foamy head, medium lacing.
S - Blehhhh alcohol, canned fruit mix, sweet malts, bready.
T - So weirdly malty, and sweetened canned fruits, some metallic kinda taste, lots of hop bitterness in the end.
M - Bitter, sticky, chewy, cloying
O - This is just flat out bad. Its not a good strong ale, nor a good double IPA (394 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -18.7%

picked up a mixed case from bell beverage, all of the beers have been either over-carbonated or infected. poured this beer in a pint glass, but it overflowed for the first 2/3, then was able to handle it. I homebrew and drink many brews over 1 year old but hard to handle this level of carbonation as a mistake so Im reviewing it s an attribute.

poured into a standard pint glass, color is amber head is is deep.

aroma is neutral malts, then heavy on caramel like malts and older, but previously fresh hops.

taste is sim-ilar to the aroma, malt forward but lightly hoppy. interesting ale, but mixed results. I like the idea but would need to try this fresh

mouthfeel is neutral for an ale, a bit biting from some thinner carbonatoin but not unpleasant (758 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop has really turned me onto this brewery's beers. I am finding them to be really worthwhile, especially at their price point.

From the bottle: "Handcrafted. Every Beer. Every Drop. Every Time."; "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!"

A goblet, eh? That sounds like a challenge! I have not broken out a goblet in a while, but I am happy to take up the goblet gauntlet. Holy Heavy Foam, Batman! My goblet may have proven stronger than their Strong Ale, but I backed off and allowed it to settle some before proceeding. I have to admit, though, that the density of the head was phenomenal, creating a mound of dense, rocky, light-tan head with excellent retention. Nose was rich with caramel and toffee notes as well as a decent alcohol burn that tickled my nostrils. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Mouthfeel seemed to be on the thin side and man, it brought the heat right from the outset! This would have been illegal to make and sell in South Carolina up until recently and they seem to be making up for lost time. I hold with my initial assessment about it being rich and malty sweet, but I was not getting much in terms of hops. My goblet was ringed with dense lacing as I drank. Phew! Finish kept up the heat, then slowly reduced to near candy-like sweetness. One of these will be plenty, thanks. (1,496 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

RJT (599 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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! (1,076 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of HereWithTheBeer
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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!
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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
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Verdict:
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Chug-a-lug
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,530 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.71/5  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 (919 characters)

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Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.