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Bell Ringer - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | 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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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 179
Photo of PatLarsen
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a murky golden amber with one finger of cream-colored head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet caramel aromas predominate, slight hint of citrus hops.

T: Leads with the caramels notes and ends with a bit of piney, celery seed bitterness. As the beer warms, alcohol emerges a bit on the finish, and also a little butterscotch.

M: Not too heavy, pretty smooth and a bit creamy.

O: Not a bad beer, but a little understated overall. Wouldn't mind having another. Worth a try.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a room temp bottle poured into a tumbler due to splitting with my brother.
The beer pours a clear copper hue with minimal bleached white head that fades to nothing quickly.
The aroma is some caramel and toffee with a bit of dry bakers chocolate and a little chalky. There are some earthy hops and maybe a little bit of grass.
The first sip reveals an average to mild body and very fine spacious carbonation.
The flavor is similar to the nose with some caramel and a bit of general malt sweetness but it rolls to dry and slightly bitter hops that are a little bitey on the finish but dont punch you in the face, There isnt any warming from the booze and the beer is extremely easy to drink with this kind of ABV. Could be a dangerous brew and is well crafted. The flavor profile isnt robust, where a little more beefiness would improve the beer in my opinion.
I am glad I tried this one and would drink it again if offered, but not sure I would chase after the beer in a trade, etc.

Photo of SFrankBrew
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes: 12 oz Bottle. On sale -- should have known to avoid right there. Pours a cloudy orangish color with a finger nail thick white head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, no hops, fruit and brown sugar. Taste is malt, malt, bread, malt again, caramel, and a little more malt. No hops to speak of. The malt kind of beats the beejeezus out of the hops. I have tried a number of RJ Rockers brews now and they are pretty much all super average, boring beers.

Photo of EJ6759
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like to take a brewery completely in as far as profile, and RJ Rockers doesn't stack up for me. This latest offering pours with very thick orange color. Lots of floaties in this beer. White head that doesn't remain around. Aroma is sugary sweet with no hops to think of, brown sugar and sweet bread. Flavor is bitter, sharp alcohol. Sweet sugar and bread. Finish is boozy. Slightly sweet but mainly distasteful. Steer clear.

Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass. Beer is copper with a tiny white head, some lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Boozy and mildly vanilla and oaky in the nose. Some caramel and sweet malt too.

Beer is strong, hot, and boozy, some sweetness and caramel. The beer is sweet throughout with a moderate bitterness at the back of the mouth. Strong throughout. Not great but not bad either.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a medium copper color with a small white head. Sparse lacing on the way down. The nose brings some caramel malt and quite a bit of booze. Lightly-sweet bread in the background. The flavor has a bit of booze with some fairly-strong caramel notes. Sugary malt throughout. Medium body with a bitter and slightly-dry finish. Odd beer. Never came together.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is one of its better aspects. Orange brown with a half finger head that remains intact throughout.

Very little smell. Almost surprised by it's lack thereof. Faint malty scent with no hops.

Has a malty caramelish taste with pacifically no hop bitterness to speak of. Boozy taste as well. Abv comes through.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Overall this might be a bellringer with some booziness but not too impresses with flavor. Wish it was more balanced with some hops.

Photo of MayLattimore
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, I'm a little confused by this beer. It says American Strong Ale and then it says its an Imperial ESB. Clearly, this beer has an identity crisis going on. For me it was super malty. There were no hops to really speak of. While you could get that it was pretty high in the alcohol value - that's all there is to this beer. Malt and alcohol. The appearance had the look of a ESB, I guess. There was no real smell other than dominating malt. The taste was a bit boring. Just a malty carmel. Again, a bit boring. Not all that impressed so far with RJ Rockers.

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +1.4%
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 +8.9%
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 -5.9%
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 -6.5%
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%
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 -10.5%
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 -4.6%
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 -4.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +1.9%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.5%
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 -3.2%
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 +14.1%
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 +8.9%
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

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Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.