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Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
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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Reviews by SLeffler27:
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

03-22-2014 20:02:24 | More by SLeffler27
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

Its to bad I cant find RJ Rockers stuff around here anymore, I think they make some quality stuff.Poured into a pint glass a clear amber/bronze with a well defined 1/2 finger white head atop,it held very well for a long time.Aromas are a mix of sweet malty caramel and sweetish dough,with a shot of piney hop that comes out more as it warms along with more present alcohol.Love the complexities on the palate,its quite toasty and warming with a big amount of caramel and sweet breadiness,there is a nice shot of piney hop in the finish.Its warming and basically a double ESB in my mind,a little light in the feel, but I really liked this beer.

07-28-2010 22:46:38 | More by oberon
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-03-2014 19:01:37 | More by Hoppin_mad
Photo of tbryan5


3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

06-13-2013 21:52:04 | More by tbryan5
Photo of marvin213

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +3%

It looks like a barleywine, but I guess a lot of strong ales do. Dark brown, with only the slightest head. Really--it looks pretty normal.

It's got a caramely vibe to it, and both the malts and the hops are aggressive on the nose. The smell--with all that malty hoppiness--is more aligned with a strong ale, but this toffee-like edge still leaves me thinking barleywine.

Malts dominate the taste, but I'm fairly certain it was hoppier the first time I tasted it. It's still like a barleywine, with a malty sweet mouthfeel countered by a bittering hop presence. Oddly, this is like an Arrogant Bastard Ale mixed with its more potent brethren, the Double Bastard--and the 8.5% ABV is probably spot-on for such a mixture! It's a pleasant enough beverage, and one I'll likely pick up again when I come across it on the shelves.

04-07-2010 21:52:32 | More by marvin213
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-04-2013 13:13:05 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.98/5  rDev +7%

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Hazed copper color with a good amount of foamy suds and good head retention from that as well. Smells fruity, hoppy and faintly buttery with a clean ester alcohol in back. Smooth with a medium to full body and slightly prickly carbonation. Underlying breath of alcohol with each sip. Hint of caramel within the maltiness yet there is more of a dry bready and toasted biscuit flavor. Hops come across with a balancing bitterness and a semi-pungent orange-mint combo flavor. Finishes a little bitter and dry.

I really do love strong ales like this where there is some balance and still drinkable. A thumbs up!

01-05-2009 06:08:16 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-10-2014 20:04:24 | More by Andrew_Rios122
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from the great state of South Carolina.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very malty with caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is lots of caramel malt but not too much else. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-18-2010 05:32:36 | More by Mora2000
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North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +28.5%

Found this at a local grocery store. So I had to give it a try, being that its a localy made microbrew.

Nice orange beige color, that poured up thick with a velvety head. Not much in the way of lacing, but has decent head retention.

Very nice aroma, hints of vanilla and caramel to be sure.

The taste reminds me of a fine congnac, something to be sipped and savored. Very malty, but not at all overly sweet. The hops seems to balance out the sweet malt wonderfuly, with a finish that is neither to bitter, nor to sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full and satisfying, velvety smooth as it hits the back of my toungue.

Overall, one of the best brews to ever grace my palate. Not a beer to be guzzled down by anymeans, as it does have a much higher alcohol content then your standard beer.

It would be a disgrace to simply chug down such an outstanding brew. Savor this beer slowly and enjoy!!

09-28-2011 01:57:09 | More by startreker
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

06-19-2012 02:52:33 | More by DubleAs
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3.44/5  rDev -7.5%

08-16-2014 18:26:16 | More by dankjohn
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

11-09-2012 06:12:52 | More by dirtysanchez843
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash snifter. Thanks to theghost3 for this!

Pours a deep gold, fairly hazy with a small head, nice lacing. Smell is malty and sweet with a tinge of hop bitterness to it.

Taste is very malty with a bitter finish, body is a bit light and watery but still very solid. You would never know this is 8.5% either. Nice and easy drinker.

09-14-2009 00:06:43 | More by kingcrowing
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-15-2014 19:33:20 | More by Karyyk
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Very cloudy copper coloured body with an orange glow and a thin-ish tan head. Aroma of strong malt, alcohol, caramel, pit fruits. Malty flavour with not much behind the initial taste showing some alcohol, a bit of pit fruits and not much else really. Aftertaste shows a little bit of hops (I'm pushing the envelope here to find something positive) and a tiny bit of pit fruits and almost nothing else. Overall, a pretty uninteresting beer - I was expecting much more from the taste, but this one is very weak in the flavour - the look and smell are okay, but there is nothing at all to this beer. I think I've grown tired of giving RJ Rockers my money to be uninspired by their work. It's almost as if they throw 3 ingredients in and a little hops, and call it a day on all their stuff.

07-14-2011 23:31:24 | More by PatLarsen
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-06-2013 01:41:03 | More by williamjbauer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-18-2013 19:48:06 | More by kwkdmk
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. No indication of beer style on the label. Were it just a bit less sweet, I'd guess DIPA.

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a modest tan head that has great retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Has a sweet and fruity (spicy citrus) aroma with the high ABV fairly well hidden. Sweet malt base.

T - Sweet and malty up front with hints of orange hard candy. Plenty of hops in there too, athough more might be better given the heavy sweetness. Rather than balancing nicely, the sweetness and bitterness seem to battle each other with the early dominance of sweetness eventually losing out to hop bitterness in the bittersweet finish. Alcohol is hidden except in a slight warming sensation and a very mild tongue burn.

M: Full body with very good carbonation. Sticky. No ill effects of the alcohol.

O: A bold and flavorful beer that is reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam, albeit much sweeter and less finely crafted. In fact, my main reservation about this beer is that it seemed a bit roughly put together, like a very good homebrew. Some of that impression comes from the high levels of both sweetness and bitterness, with the bitter losing out until the aftertaste. It also lacks the complexity of a world class brew. Still, as a local brew it is about about half the price of Hopslam. Worth a try, for sure.

09-20-2011 01:25:06 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-11-2014 22:19:21 | More by Beer21
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-06-2014 20:03:14 | More by BrianCuoz
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

(Served in a snifter) Thanks to cbak999 for this brew
A- This beer has a hazy orange body with a bubbly yellowish -beige head that stays creamy for a good while. There are a few tiny bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.
S- The rich citrus hops blends with caramel malt and some rich graham aromas come through as the beer warms.
T- The pungent quality of green hops mixes with the soft orange hop flavors. This blends with the caramel malt that has some softer biscuit malt qualities to it. There is a dry finish with a pungent note that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is creamy as long as the head last and doesn't have any alcohol heat. There is a gentle carbonation prick in the finish.
D- This beer has a full pungent hop flavor with support from caramel malt and other softer hop flavors. This is really easy to drink especially for 8.5 %. It would be nice to taste this with a bit of age as I suspect the hops would soften and the malt would grow.

09-05-2010 13:06:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-29-2013 18:36:32 | More by acurtis
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-19-2013 02:31:09 | More by TheLevi4000
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3.83/5  rDev +3%

Received in a trade from casemw!

Pours to a orange color that is cloudy with a slight off white head. The head had some retention with good lacing left on glass.

Mainly get the strong aroma of the hops in this brew. Nice!

You get a sweet tasty bitterness with the hops in this brew with a hint of malts.

Full body with a good carbonation!

A nice very drinkable brew!

12-12-2008 22:28:37 | More by LordofTime25
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Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.