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Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed on my droid

Pours a brilliant orange red color with two fingers of sticky foam. Aroma is a nice malty sweetness.

The flavor backs up the smell. This is a sweet malt bomb with minimal hoppiness. Nice crystal malt flavor, the sweetness is reAlly smooth.

I am really pleased with this beer. Hadn't heard of the brewery and bought a single on a whim. Very pleasantly suprised.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 04:47:51 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a Dogfish Head tumbler. Pours a hazy red-orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and orange peel. The flavor was of malt, oranges, and chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. All of the aspects of this one seem to be very nice. If it were perhaps a little more complex it could be even better. I am glad I have been sending this out as an extra in some of my trades.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 18:20:16 | More by thagr81us
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 22:46:38 | More by oberon
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

RJ Rockers Bell Ringer is earthy, sweet, and smooth.

It poured a beautiful dark cloudy copper, with less than a finger of head and it left no lace. The smell was malty and sweet, and the flavor was earthy, with a great deal of pine resin followed by caramel sweetness. It had a clean watery feel and left very little behind. As Strong Ales go, it was extremely refreshing and smooth, with the drinkability of a session ale.

Considering the high ABV, Bell Ringer is dangerously smooth and easy-drinking, with a nice rich earthy flavor. It's simultaneously, a rich and smooth experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 19:58:20 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper and caramel colored with a nice thick sticky cream colored head that last until the glass is empty. Lot's of sticky lacing on the glass.
Sweet smelling with some candied apple. Nothing really stands out.
Balanced flavor. Maybe too much so. Grassy, piney, and citrus hops but nothing really stands out. Oatmeal cookies and orange marmelade.
Medium to thick mouthfeel. Not a lot of carbonation but I like that.
It's kind of funny. What I don't like about this beer (too balanced) is what I like most about this beer (it's wonderfully balanced) and very easy to drink for a strong ale. I'd like to see RJ Rockers tip the scale to one side or the other and still keep the great drinkability. WIth all that being said it's a good beer that I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 02:18:39 | More by wcudwight
Photo of mgbickel


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large, plastic cup...drinking this one pool-side! A pretty thin layer of sandy white foam formed on top of the brownish-amber body. Man...I wish this one was in a glass, the color looks pretty sweet!

The nose has sweet caramel malts, some piney hops, a hint of woody spice and an earthy character (barley maybe?).

The taste follows the nose perfectly...a little grainy up front, some sweet characters take over the middle and the finish finds a tiny, hop bitterness. Hmmm...getting a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste...oh...8.5 ABV explains things a little...

The mouth feel is on the heavier side of medium, drying with very mild carbonation.

Not the easiest beer to drink, but still tasty and complex. Would like to see the booziness hidden better, worth a shot, but I will probably not buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 14:15:35 | More by mgbickel
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy copper with an eggshell white head. Keeps a good creamy head that sticks to the side of the glass. The beer keeps a solid white top on the beer the whole drink...Very nice looking! The beer is cloudy, Like I said but very hazy. Almost unfiltered looking. Looks like tea!

Smells mainly of caramel, malt and slight spiciness of hops.

The taste is very reminiscent of an American Barley wine. The hops bite in, earthy, oily and fresh tasting citrus spiciness. The bready background, malt and caramel help balance it out. The beer does taste a bit "warm"

The mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick. Very Creamy.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:13:11 | More by jhammel01
Photo of CHADMC3


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lively brew filled my goblet with an opaque orange/copper body and a thin off white head that leaves just a touch of lacing floating atop the beer.

The aroma is a bit mild, but features sweet malt and perhaps fruit, and a root like spice similar to ginger.

The flavor consists of sweet malt, brown sugar, perhaps black pepper, some toasted notes, and some earthy hops at the finish.

This brew is medium in body and carbonation with a slightly drying finish.

Pretty good brew for the catch all category of Strong Ale. No one feature sticks out too much, which I am on the fence as to whether this is bad or good.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 01:57:23 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 05:32:36 | More by Mora2000
Photo of ghostmech007


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wiezen glass. It's not the proper glass but sue me.

Beautiful deep red / bronze coloring. Great head with foamy bubbles. Head clings the glass like it's holding on for dear life.

Smells like a fruit orchard! Apples, peaches, apricots and I think a bit of berries as well. Smells delicious.

Tastes is sublime. Full body with a sharp carbonation. You sip the alcohol everytime but you really get the rest of the flavors as well. Caramel cross with a very heavy yeast. Hop balance is superb with a slight citrus flavor with the finish. Very nice brew.

This is the first strong style ale that I will stock permanently in my collection. Very drinkable with a nice kick, right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 01:48:24 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of marvin213

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 21:52:32 | More by marvin213
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with about two inches of off white/tan head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing.

Relatively mild nose mainly consisting of citrusy hops, but there is also a burnt character, and maybe a bit of caramel as well.

Taste is a bit bolder than the nose, but not a huge flavor by any means... Lots of hop flavors; some spicy notes, some citrus, and some grassy notes as well. I also get a fair amount of caramel, and maybe some honey too. The alcohol is present, but not breathtaking.

Does not seem to fit any one style catagory, I have seen it refered to as an ESB, a DIPA, and a strong ale. I'm not sure exactly where it fits best, but it is a good well made, well balanced beer. Rather enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 19:52:08 | More by CBlack85
Photo of Minkybut


2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a strange apricot color and was cloudy. It poured a tan head. The smell of this beer was hoppy for sure. There was maybe a little hint of caramel taste but it was blown away bt the high alcohol content. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:45:29 | More by Minkybut
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is primarily of hops. Taste is very hoppy up front, a bit of malts at the end, a good degree of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 14:00:47 | More by tone77
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clougy amber color with nice off white head after a vigorous pour. Mild lacing around the glass.

S: Malts, floral hops and slight hints of sweetness. Maybe some caramel and/or toffee.

T&M: Medium bodied and smooth. Tastes better than it smell. Floral hops hit up front and fade to bitterness and a nice tangy finish that is dry.

This is a great strong ale that doesn't taste too strong. Excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 23:04:47 | More by cdizinno
Photo of taigor

New York

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

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront with slight hints of caramel, toffee and hops.

T - Bitter upfront followed by sweetness of caramel and malts.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Drinkable but a bit high in abv which was not well masked.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 15:29:01 | More by taigor
Photo of mempath


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good looking pour. some retention and a nice head that settles fast. orangey hazy appearance.

nose is an interesting fig preserves smell. sweet organic earthy bready. deep malt funk. in a good way.

wow. an AESB...i haven't had alot of ESBs but this seems to be a nice interepretation, taking 'balance' to a new level. a laid back explosion? very hoppy blast fits just perfectly in the normally staid ESB experience. i still get all the usual ESB notes of rich maltiness and almost sour dough breadiness, but the hop butter slathered on this is unmistakable. still very balanced. the mouthfeel helps keep this where it needs to be. and at this ABV, it is 'sadly' quite drinkable...session this. and be prepared for a potential hangover. i really love the sweet pale ale sense of an ESB mixed with the rich hoppiness. something different about this. only thing to improve? the label.


Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 23:27:02 | More by mempath
Photo of glamphetamine


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a minimal head, less than a finger, that quickly fades to a light surface film. A dark red and yellow beer. Cloudy, almost completely opaque.

S: Hints of citrus and flowery hops that balance out well with a sweet maltiness.

T: Loaded with floral and bitter hops. Almost tastes like I'm biting into a plant stem, kind of earthy, with a hint of orange peel. The malt tastes are dominated entirely by the bitterness of the hops, rendering them almost indetectable. The plus, however, is that for a beer with 8.5% ABV there's no alcohol sting at all.

M: The aftertaste is pleasant and strong. The malt is more present in the aftertaste, sweet and mild, and finds a balance here that it doesn't while being imbibed.

D: It's good, but it's nothing special. If you like ESB, this might be up your alley, and I might grab a bottle of this again one day when I want something with a good hoppy punch to it. I want to like this beer, I really do, but I have to say that it doesn't really stand out on the first try.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 01:43:12 | More by glamphetamine
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very strong gold with orange hues. 1/2 finger head lingers, something I have not seen a Rockers beer do much of. Laces well, which all Rockers beers seem to do.

Aroma is very puzzling. Main smell is just dirty. Getting some bread, faint citrus hops. Mainly just well-turned dirt. Not as bad as it sounds, though.

Big, thick hit on the tongue. Nice peat flavor. Turns bitter mid tongue and finishes with a nice weak citrus kick. More fruity than dry. Decent but not great. Tastes slightly unfinished.

Feel is right for the style.

Hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 03:05:34 | More by beer2day
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this brew.

Pours a pretty nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, and some citrus. The taste is malty, hoppy, slightly sweet, bitter, nice citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 01:41:09 | More by Wasatch
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot nectar color with a modest head that leaves plenty of dribs and drabs of lace

Smell: Biscuity malt with caramel tones; rather understated

Taste: Opens with a brown sugar and caramel flavor that adds a bit of biscuity spice cake and a hint of pine; after the swallow, the mellow sweet tones dominate, with the piney bitterness aspect held in check to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More of an English barleywine than an ESB, maybe an English Strong Ale; nicely balanced with understated hops, although the beer was brewed on 2/24/09 and it is now October

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 21:56:37 | More by brentk56
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz bottle, gifted to me by bleakness

appearance: boring label design - a bit of a gusher when cracked open but it was stored on its side for its entire stay with me. when poured, it settles considerably leaving only a light beige lace. murky amber body - served in a delirium chalice

smell: grassy hops, doughy, a touch metallic

taste: definitely past its prime - faded hops flavor, doughy, a touch of pine, caramel, toasted grain...just kind of boring i guess and i'm not really getting anything remotely ESB

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, a touch spicy

drinkability: ok

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:51:00 | More by dirtylou
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a long-lasting, one-finger, tan, bubbly head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral with strong citrus notes. There was a burnt toast maltiness in the nose, too.

T - This really hits you with spicy hops on the first sip. It had sweet caramel and honey flavors to balance the hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This doesn't really seem like an ESB. The color seemed too light. It really reminds me of a strong ale. That being said it is still a very tasty brew that may defy styles.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 00:44:12 | More by zeff80
Photo of Slatetank


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of this at Outlet Liquors in Rehobeth Beach DE. Poured chilled into a goblet.

A - A light tea shade of amber w/ bone white 1/2 inch cap which provides well clinging lace and mildly hazed appearance

S - A caramel and bready malt nose w/ dry toasty aromas, mild roasted malt w/ grainy tinge

M - A slightly spicy feel w/ moderately high carbonation and very roasted dry nutty textures w/ mild astringent and alcohol notes in the finish

T - A mix of roasted barley and mild piney hops combine and diverge as an alcohol flavor comes forward. The flavor gets dry and stays very roasted throughout w/ a generally sweet malt flavor

D - The beer is drinkable, but it's not ringing any bells for me. The drinkability is standard, I could take it or leave it

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 16:40:15 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Deuane


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capital Ale House, Fredericksburg, VA

A-Deep copper with a thin light tan head that held on strong and left nice lacing.

S-Spicy citrus and sweet malt in near perfect balance. All rather light though.

T-Very balanced with neither the malt nor the hops being more prevalent than the other. Malt sweetness to start that ends in a spicy hop bitterness. Nice, but I would prefer more of an up front hop pop.

M-Medium to medium heavy bodied. A rather rich and hefty brew for an IPA. Quite smooth with good lingering bitterness.

D-Certainly nothing wrong with this one but it misses the mark for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 11:18:48 | More by Deuane
Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.