Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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Reviews by swid:
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This review brought to you by mikesgroove, who sent me a fine selection of beers.
Bell Ringer pours a dark amber color into my chalice. A 1/4", cream-colored head appears and then nearly instantly collapses and dissipates into the hazy liquid below. Low carbonation and lacing. The faint aroma is fairly evenly balanced between caramel and floral hops, with a bit of alcoholic spiciness.
Like the aroma, the taste of this beer is quite balanced between the malt and the hops, with the caramel and bready malt flavors being slightly more noticeable than the floral and citrusy hop flavors. After a moment, a slight dry and spicy alcoholic sweetness becomes evident, but is much less intense than a beer of this ABV. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and finishes dry and warm with an bread and grapefruit aftertaste.
Can this beer be described as inoffensive and uncomplicated? Yes. Despite that, or perhaps even because of it, is it a very drinkable and enjoyable beer? Yes.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2008 05:20:58 | More by swid
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3.61/5 rDev -3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 15:55:30 | More by woodychandler
Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.