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Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | 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 nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orangeish copper color with a nice off white head. Head has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S- Smell is pretty tame. A bit of citrus hops, a touch of roasted and caramel malts. Maybe a bit of grains and toffee.

T- Lots of hop flavors, spicy, citrus, and grassy. Sweet caramel malts, a bit of an alcohol burn too.

M- Fuller side of medium and nice carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all. Surprised by the Imperial ESB would of never guessed that.

Photo of ruppert2p
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice reddish copper color when poured into a standard pint glass. From first to last sip there is a good balance of hops & malt with dominant flavors of grapefruit and soda crackers. Ample lacking sticks to the glass. It finishes with a nice full mouthfeel.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange/amber with a dense off-white head that provides excellent retention. Forms islands of tightly knit micro bubbles. Impressive random patterns of lacing coat the inside of the glass.

S - Smells like an American Barleywine. Heavy citrus, heavy yeast, slabs of toffee malt, candied green pears, citrus hops soaked n alcohol.

T - Big blast of toffee malt up front, turns to a rich marshmallow sweetness, pears, over ripened grapefruit, caramel, whipped honey, with citrus hops on the back end. Finishes with grapefruit kind of clean.

M - Full, very creamy and lush feeling.

Ahh the American Strong Ale category! This seems to be a twist on the American Barleywine. Great looking brew. Strong smells and the flavor satisfies the palate after you quickly figure out what direction it's going. The empty glass reveals a very funky yeast smell that reminds me of catfish bait. This does not show up as your drinking though. Kinda weird.

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this to be quite good. The pour is a really nice looking copper color. The head is a decent yellowish white about a half inch tall. The lacing left behind is good too. The taste is soft and hoppy. The aroma is a little sweet with some hops and malt in the mix. The mouthfeel is smooth too, good carbonation and medium bodied. The abv coming in at 8.5 is pretty well hidden in this brew. Enjoyable beer!

Photo of confer
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Number 4 in the Rockers variety case.
A- Solid gold in color with a little bit of haze. Very small amount of carbonation and also head.
S- Nothing special about the smell.There is a faint hoppiness and not much else.
T- Again I dont think there is anything real special about the taste either. It tastes like a strong pale ale with an alcohol burn.
MO- This beer didn't do it for me. It's definitely drinkable and I wouldn't turn one down though.

Photo of octo
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. poured from bottle, pours amber with white head, mild lacing, smell is not anything particularly special, smells like an average pale ale- mild hops, mild alcohol as it warms, taste is good, sweet malt, bitter hop finish, also some alcohol taste. not bad for 8.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet and spicy ale.

Looks nice in the glass with handsome dark amber color and lacing up the sides. Like a Belgian golden ale but without the Belgian flavors. Interesting nose of sawdust. Tastes quite strong. some butterscotch in the ample malt. Kind of harsh in the back of the throat. Pine pitch. Long bitter aftertaste.

This seems like a mongrel of no particular style, which would be ok if it had more pleasing flavors. But it is warming and would make a decent sipping ale if only there was some gingerbread to go with it.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle picked up at the Beer Stop. Uncapped and poured into my Adnams Imperial Nonic glass. The ale appears a clear deep copper color with a finger of off white foam.

Flavors and aromas are of sweet malt, bitter white grapefruit, piney hops, caramel toffee, biscuits. Imperial ESB crossed my mind here. A bitter quaff to say the least. Medium in both body and carbonation with well hidden alcohol and a crisp, bitter finish. Certainly worth a try if you see it.

Photo of chaz01
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle from beer of the month club

A: Beer overflowed from bottle as soon as it was opened with lots of foamy carbonation. Quick pour produces hazy orange with lots of foam.

S: Orange citrus aroma with a little piney hop quality.

T: Woody and piney hop flavors with some sweet malt flavors including bready, biscuity and honey flavors. Lingering hop finish adds a nice dimension.

M: Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.

D: Refreshing easy to drink, surprised to see this listed as 8.5%. Nice session beer I enjoyed while watching basketball with salty snacks.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: caramel and some light citrus are all you can detect.

Taste: toffee, some fruity sweetness, light grapefruit, a hint of honey and some earthiness. Bitterness is mild and there is a bread-like quality to this beer. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout with a lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice beer that is a bit of a slow sipper, but a few of these could be consumed in a session.

Photo of StLThrash
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as a Beer of the Month Club selection as a gift from a buddy.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange with a 1-finger head that dissipated to a nice cap that lasted throughout. Nice lacing - left a ring after each drink. Interesting thing about the head is that it was white except for a small patch of brown in the middle. Quite a bit of sediment floaters.

S - Nicely malted, earthy, floral hops in the background.

T & M - Medium bodied brew that has a really nice balance between maltiness and hops. Starts out a little bitter, finishes sweet. Reminds me of an ESB.

D - Hard to believe it is 8.5%. Easy drinking and smooth. Not a lot of hot alcohol taste. I bet this one could sneak up on you.

Worhty effort and I'd definitely try it again.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A BOTMC brew that arrived at my doorstep. Bottle labvel says that this ale is worthy of your sturdiest goblet or most treasured stein. Well I finally scored one of Sam's holy grails so let's give it a whirl in that. Popping the top I get a huge malt smell and lots of sweet floral hops. Pours to a cloudy orange brown with a big off white head that leaves a nice lacing as it recedes. On the taste this brew hits up front with a big malt backbone then transitions into a sweet and bitter middle followed by a tart and sweet finish. The hops are very floral yet the bitterness is evident. Mouthfeel is silky smooth without a doubt due to the high AC. This is a very complex brew that indeed you need to watch or it may ring your bell!

Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RJ Rockers Brewing Company--Bell Ringer Ale--HANDCRAFTED--Every Beer Every Drop Every Time--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 53 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. No sediment. Dense tight mild lace off white medium head. Clear rich bright pretty amber color. Mild hop sweet malt front. Creamy sweet malty caramel toffee candy smooth Winter malt spice hint rich body. Herbal hop and English malt notes. Clean rich mild hop spice end develops dry hot clean EtOH notes. Big rich body finishes a touch unbalanced and rough. Nice taste. Nice aroma. Sampled 2/1/2011. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Selection received 1/19/2011.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another tick from the BOTM subscription. Hopefully this one is better than the other offering from RJ Rockers. Poured into the good ol' Duvel tulip.

The body is a hazed and slightly tarnished copper color topped by swirls of foam remnants from the 1-finger head that disappeared as quickly as it materialized. There are spots of foam, but that is really the only sign of lace. At the bottom of my glass, there are signs of ample to maybe over-carbonation, with clusters of bubbles sitting all around the glass, right where the stem meets the bulb.

Caramel, biscuit malts provide the base on which the rest of the aroma is built. Some citrus and earthy hop aromas complement the malts for a subtle and understated aroma. The palate is similarly simple, with a good balance between caramel, bready, and biscuity malts and the citrus flavor from the hops. There is a grainy component to the flavor as well. Finally, in the finish, the alcohol comes through with some warm ethanol notes that seem to complement the easy flavor profile of this brew.

To me, this is WAY over-carbonated. Far beyond spritzy, this is fizzy, almost like a soda. Medium in consistency, despite the high carbonation. The balance is striking, especially in a style dominated by over-hopped or intensely malted experimental and limited beers. Even so, I find that I am having a tough time really getting into this beer. Would I drink it again? Yes. Would I buy it if I saw it on the shelf? Not sure.

Photo of Miles2go
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: A cloudy copper with just less than one finger of uneven head, which holds on for a good while.

S: Sweet and soft in smell.

T: Sweet and citrus with a bitter hop kick coming on late. A slow build to a numbing effect on the tongue.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Quite drinkable with a complex taste. Certainly worth checking out.

Photo of karst
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first of 3 bottles shipped as part of Jan 2011 Beer of the Month Club

Bottle is free of sediments and properly filled. A rush of citrusy American hops with hints of alcohol escape with the unsealling of the cap which I drop and quietly pour a small sample to swirl in the New Belgian Rastel tulip glass that I favor as it captures the aromatics and shows off this slightly orange amber clear beer with some depth when held against good light. When a second pour is added roughly a 1 1/2 finger dense creamy head of vanilla ice cream color persists about a minute before the 8.5% abv pulls it to a quickly dissapating cap then a naked surface.

A little work could keep the head going as long or longer than many IIPAs and offer some lace to boot

The malty aroma easily supports fresh citrusy grapefruit and lightly spice which may also belong to the ethanol entirely or just in part.

The body is medium and suggest good attenuation. I was surprised to see that described as a strong ESB as it has little english yeast or hop character. (just had Fuller's ESB from tap of local Rolla, MO brewpub last night).

I like the balance which sightly favors the hop flavors. Malts are interesting with some higher Lovibond / crystals backing up some lightly toasted (2row Marris Otter like) bready basemalts. As we reach the middle malts are backstage and hops become the main player(s). Alcohol offers a bit of warmth and remains a supporting actor allowing the big finish of citrusy pithy bitterness that is pleasing and very similar to American IPA that is pushing its style limits (that I so ofter encounter when judging beer in competitions) Overall very good drinkability (probably should tweek that part of the score another half point. Will check with the brewers when I run into them regarding their yeast and hop choices. Its going to be difficult to save the last two bottles for my daughter who purchased these beers for my birthday.

Thanks, loved the present. Dad

Photo of scoobybrew
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - slightly hazy copper color with a thick, well-retained head that leaves a nice lacing

S - sweet caramel and biscuit-like malt with some fruity esters, slight hop earthiness

T - rich, complex malt flavor profile characterized by caramel, bread and biscuit; mild hop flavors accent and are most notable on finish which is moderately bitter and lingers a bit; alcohol flavors are mild but noticed; fruity yeast esters are moderate

M - medium-full body with moderate carbonation, some alcohol heat is noticed

D - This is a fine beer. It's reminiscent of a light American barleywine and a strong ESB. The fruit yeast esters give it a very English-like feel when combined with the biscuity malt and restrained hops. However, the hops are not so restrained as in an English beer which leans American. I don't know if I'd go too far out of my way for it, but it is very enjoyable and would go for it again if presented the opportunity. If I lived within the distribution area I might develop a fondness for it.

Photo of stewart124
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange copper color with a bit of white head. Carbonation visible from the top.

Caramel, vanilla and toffee in the nose with some spice.

Big mouthfeel with loads of caramel and toffee. Fruity esters with just the slightest amount of alcohol that doesn't take away from the strong ale characteristics.

Pine and citrus hop notes are present without being overpowering. There is a good balance between the malts and hops. Really a tasty strong ale that blends very well.

I am going to set one of these aside for next year.

Turns out it was almost 2 years.

Still delicious. Hops have mellowed a bit but still very present. Loving the caramel notes and hop character. Piney/resins left on the tongue and some vanilla as well as oak in the finish.

Very happy with this beer

Photo of greenmonstah
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Aggressive pour gives a finger of off-white head with some patches of big bubbles. Pours a cloudy/hazy orange copper with some nice head retention and very very impressive lacing, with head sticking to the glass for decades.

S - Definitely sweet and hoppy. A bit hard to place. Not a very strong nose.

T - Sweetly malty and a nice hop kick. Bitter hops and some citrus, with some caramel sweetness in the malts. Not getting any alcohol in the taste unless I search for it.

M - Medium bodied with a just-right finish. A bit wet in the middle, but not bad. Not much carbonation, but for the ABV that's to be expected.

D - Very very drinkable for an 8.5%. I can only taste the booze if I really try to, and I'd believe you if you told me it was a 6%. Easy to down and very tasty. A quality brew.

Photo of Noodle22
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised at how drinkable this beer was for the ABV, in my experience higher ABV beers tend to be a stout or something just as heavy and thick. Very easy on the palette, will certainly buy this beer again, and as it states on the 6 pk, be careful, you might get your bell rung.

Photo of bonkers
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce glass into a SA perfect pint glass, hazy, opaque orange with a rock solid white head. The beer leaves beutiful lacing. The aroma is light, some sweetness, some citrus? The flavors are light and clean, sweet matlt, pineapple, it has a clean finish, just a hint of bitterness. The body is medium, well carbonated. This beer is an easy drinking, smooth beer at 8.5%, imperial ESB, very interesting.

Photo of brew3crew
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked thia up on an in person trade in north carolina. Been meaning to try it for a while now

A-very murky in color. Hazy amber is the best I can think of.
S-I can't quite put my finger on it. Very sweet. On the nose
T-picking up some oaky flavors. Sweet throughout.
M-decent body with a smooth aftertaste
D-goes down smoother than the smell implys. Not too shaby.

Maybe I got an old bottle...willing to try again

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice little local extra from mikesgroove.

A- The color is ugly, its a muddy burnt orange, but the looks are redeemed by an awesome lacy foam that creeps up the glass.

S- Quite sweet on the nose. Its mostly toffee and caramel.

T- Nicely balanced between grassy hops and toffee.

M- Medium body with relatively high carbonation.

Photo of jsprain1
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clouded copper with a two finger beige head that leaves webs of lacing down the glass. Absolutely splendid looking.
S- Smell is subdued, especially if we are scoring this as an American Strong Ale (I recognize imperial ESB is not a category here and there has been debate over what this should be characterized. this being said, I'll grade it as a Strong ale). The smell is biscuity, slightly doughy. Hop presence is earthy.
T- Starts with caramel and dough flavors, not ever really mouth shatteringly hoppy as some may have expected. Sweet throughout.
M- For a strong ale it may be a touch below average body. Same with carbonation. But neither of these facts detract from the direction of this beer.
D- For a strong ale, it's very drinkable. Not until it had warmed a bit did I notice any alcohol. A quality beer. Unique idea with Imperial ESB.

Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm re-reviewing this after a bad experience with the first bottle.. Case from RJ Rockers read my review and offered to send me some known fresh stuff... Not only was that one of the coolest things ever, it made ALL the difference... A complete 180 on this beer...

Pours an orangish red appearance topped by a thick creamy head which is already a big difference from the first experience as that one was dead still and lifeless... Much different and looking good here...

Pungent piney sticky hops blended with pineapple juice and sweet caramel malts.. Damn.... This smells great. The pungency of the hops catches me off guard and now I'm getting excited.. This smells like Victory's Yakima Twilight, one of my favorite strong ales.

Sweet pineappley hoppiness mixes with caramel malts resulting in a sticky resiny hop experience... No trace of booze at all... Just creamy and hoppy and delicious.. What a turnaround!

I'm glad Case sent me another one of these as this brew went from a solid D to one of the better Strongs I've had... Intense and hoppy and scary drinkability... I'm hoping I can find some more fresh bottles in the future as I would make this a staple...

Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.