Bell Ringer | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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474 Ratings
Bell RingerBell Ringer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
rjrockers.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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!

Added by mikesgroove on 08-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
474
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
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Photo of StarSAELS
1.69/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Huh? "Strong Ale?" Since when? I found this completely, totally boring. The appearance was the best thing about it, though compared to other strong ales, this was... odd. Cloudy amber with bits in the bottom of the glass. No aroma, even with vigorous swirling. Taste is -- where is it? Nothing on the palate, no aftertaste, not even a hint of what I drank when I burped... and it was a little burp, because carbonation was -- where was it? Body was only a little bit denser than water. Heck, I'm not even sure I'm getting a buzz off this.

I wish I could say, "Maybe it was just this bottle," but this is the third of three in the sampler pack, and they were all the same. Dull, boring...

*edit: okay, I take one thing back: the buzz kicked in* ;-)

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Photo of sansho
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of fuzzbalz
2.01/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No date on bottle, almost no carbonation and very murky. No hop bitterness and very very sweet, lots of malt for sure but pretty one noted. Mouthfeel was very cloying and sweet. I suspect it was a very old bottle.

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Photo of DubleAs
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of DIM
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: This was a clear, golden blood orange color. It poured with a large, firm, sticky head.

s: Potpourri or tea-like fruit and some toffee.

t: Weak tea-like fruit and a short, sugary finish.

m: Pretty this for the high abv.

o: Bland and uninspired.

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Photo of nmann08
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Spence7103
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Snodman
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of sweemzander
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Drewvel
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired as part of the RJ Rockers variety box - which I purchased at Hi Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California.

Served refrigerator cold.

A: Pours a one finger head of light fluffy cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Colour is a semitransparent dark amber-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Cream, toasted malt, butterscotch (diacetyl?), and dark malts. A moderate strength aroma. Not especially appealing, but generally inviting I suppose.

T: Clean malts with butterscotch atop - quite a pleasant addition. Nice amber hops are scarce but present. Cream. Mildly dark malts form the foundation. A simply built but enjoyable brew. Balanced and built decently. Lacks complexity or subtlety, but it's pleasant to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. A touch overcarbonated, likely a byproduct of mass production. Thick enough. I find it too smooth.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Fans of the style will enjoy it but it's nothing to write home about. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't have it again, but I don't regret purchasing it. Might be better on draught or even nitro.

A poor candidate for aging. Might pair well with gloucester.

C

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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.

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a non-iced pint glass. Pours a pleasant-looking bright light amber with a pretty good sized foam head. Probably a majority of the beer is made with 2-row grain without a large hop bill. Not a IPA. Some dark notes. Tastes slightly malty. Carbonated okay with a mouthfeel.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.85/5  rDev -23%
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

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Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Omnium
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Bow-Tie Pint

A - Murky orange gold with two fingers off an off white foamy head, medium lacing.
S - Blehhhh alcohol, canned fruit mix, sweet malts, bready.
T - So weirdly malty, and sweetened canned fruits, some metallic kinda taste, lots of hop bitterness in the end.
M - Bitter, sticky, chewy, cloying
O - This is just flat out bad. Its not a good strong ale, nor a good double IPA

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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.

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

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Arch-Harris
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of hopmeister
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Photo of Dclynch79
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

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Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
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