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Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

391 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by devilben02:
Photo of devilben02
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rusty amber color, with a thick, foamy, sticky eggshell white head. It smells like a pine forest, needles, branches, and all, with a little boozy character throughout. In the flavor, all of that pine is contrasted by big burnt caramel character. The texture is fine but average. In one sense, this beer provides the bold yet reasonably balanced flavor profile of a decent barleywine with a slightly lower alcohol content. On the other hand, this beer tastes like a barleywine despite its (comparatively) lower ABV, and it is never a good thing for a beer to taste boozier than it is. In the end, though, the beer was enjoyed, which is good.

devilben02, Aug 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

oberon, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

tbryan5, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of marvin213
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

marvin213, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Jason, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Andrew_Rios122, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, May 18, 2010
Photo of startreker
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

startreker, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of DubleAs
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

DubleAs, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%

dankjohn, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of dirtysanchez843
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

dirtysanchez843, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kingcrowing, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Karyyk
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Karyyk, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of PatLarsen
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

PatLarsen, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

williamjbauer, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kwkdmk, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

chinchill, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Beer21, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of BrianCuoz
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BrianCuoz, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

TheLevi4000, Mar 19, 2013
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Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.