Bell Ringer | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

184 Reviews
Bell RingerBell Ringer

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

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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather ordinary beer, though yes lots of hops, and malt, not so well integrated. OK drinkability to get the hops, a better malting would improve drinkability. little coconut.Doug’s bottle. Ordinary for the style. Decent sized retained head on hazey golden body.Some lace.

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Photo of scratch69
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Nutty, caramel aroma.

Taste- Very hop forward with a nutty, caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not bad but not too memorable either. I don't think I would try this one again.

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Photo of rangerred
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy light brown with a tiny head that is quick to fade.

Smells of caramel and toffee. Slightly nutty.

The taste is very much like the smell. Strong notes of caramel and nuts before an assertive bitterness kicks in. There is little noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky but it is not off-putting.

A fairly unique strong ale and one that I would like to revisit again sometime.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely hazy copper color. 1/2 finger head melts quickly.

Pretty nice malty caramel aroma.

Roasted malt and caramel flavor. Slight alcohol. Not a huge bitterness level, but enough to give a balance.

Smooth, medium thick bodied mouthfeel with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Good, but a little dry for my taste.

Overall, this beer is pretty good. Nothing incredibly special. If there was a style called "Imperial Amber", this would be it.

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3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to snifter. 2003 vintage (+/- 8 years old at time of review.) Thanks to berpwillie for leaving this one behind.

A: In a widemouth snifter, a small 1 finger head is produced on a pour with above average vigor. Light brown in color. Nice retention. The body is a medium dark amber orange color and completely opaque. A light dusting of sediment has settled to the bottom of the glass. Decent amount of randomly slung strings of lace.

S: Malt forward with aromas of bread and strongly toasted caramel. Hop presence is faded, but hints of orange and grapefruit can be picked out amongst the malty backdrop.

T: Aging has created very smooth and mellow flavors as well as notes of paper and toffee. Moderately oxidized as expected. Malts provide a substantial up front sweetness while the back end of the palate provides a quick shot of much needed bitterness for balance.

M: Medium to full body with an average amount of fizzy carbonation. Well suited for a beer of this strength and flavor profile.

D: Drinks surprisingly well given the age.

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Photo of socon67
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with solid foam retention. Cloudy.

S - I smell some vanilla, maybe a bit of cinnamon, and english malt.

T - Good malty flavor that has a hearty bit of spice and ends with a slightly boozy bite.

M - Very well balanced for the style. Incfedibly smooth and doesn't feel nearly as ptoent as it is. Impressive!

O - I would try this again. A strng ale that is actually one you could have a few of.

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Photo of startreker
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a local grocery store. So I had to give it a try, being that its a localy made microbrew.

Nice orange beige color, that poured up thick with a velvety head. Not much in the way of lacing, but has decent head retention.

Very nice aroma, hints of vanilla and caramel to be sure.

The taste reminds me of a fine congnac, something to be sipped and savored. Very malty, but not at all overly sweet. The hops seems to balance out the sweet malt wonderfuly, with a finish that is neither to bitter, nor to sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full and satisfying, velvety smooth as it hits the back of my toungue.

Overall, one of the best brews to ever grace my palate. Not a beer to be guzzled down by anymeans, as it does have a much higher alcohol content then your standard beer.

It would be a disgrace to simply chug down such an outstanding brew. Savor this beer slowly and enjoy!!

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Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle no bottle date.

A - Opaque, cloudy amber/tan, thin head dissipates quickly.

S - Tough read, warming helps a little. Caramel for sure, some vanilla maybe? Some hops as well but caramel prevails.

T - Similar to the nose but thin. Not much body at all. Vanilla notes, caramel, slight hoppy-ness but just very thin. Maybe its too old? Not sure if thats how its supposed to be?

M - Thin and carbonated, sweet aftertaste

O - Not sure, taste is pretty good, reminds me of Hairy Eyeball but just no body. Maybe my bottle was old or is this by design?

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. No indication of beer style on the label. Were it just a bit less sweet, I'd guess DIPA.

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a modest tan head that has great retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Has a sweet and fruity (spicy citrus) aroma with the high ABV fairly well hidden. Sweet malt base.

T - Sweet and malty up front with hints of orange hard candy. Plenty of hops in there too, athough more might be better given the heavy sweetness. Rather than balancing nicely, the sweetness and bitterness seem to battle each other with the early dominance of sweetness eventually losing out to hop bitterness in the bittersweet finish. Alcohol is hidden except in a slight warming sensation and a very mild tongue burn.

M: Full body with very good carbonation. Sticky. No ill effects of the alcohol.

O: A bold and flavorful beer that is reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam, albeit much sweeter and less finely crafted. In fact, my main reservation about this beer is that it seemed a bit roughly put together, like a very good homebrew. Some of that impression comes from the high levels of both sweetness and bitterness, with the bitter losing out until the aftertaste. It also lacks the complexity of a world class brew. Still, as a local brew it is about about half the price of Hopslam. Worth a try, for sure.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, burnt orange/amber color with a good 2 finger tannish head, which is thick and foamy and has a nice long retention and but doesn't leave behind much in the way of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer. Deep, rich malty smell, with very much of a candy sweetness to it. I keep thinking candied orange slices... Some pine comes through as well as a slight hint of the alcohol.

T: A nice beer: sweet and malty up front with that same candy sweetness from the aroma. Piney hops come through big on the flavor too, balancing out the sweetness, and reminding me again of orange gummy candy. The hops keep the beer from being cloying. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen except in a slight back-of-the-throat warming sensation.

M: Medium-heavy body with lots of little carbonation bubbles. slightly sticky but finishes dry and bitter.

O: A tasty beer. I found it in a "make your own sixer" area and picked it up. First time I've ever seen it, but definitely worth a look. I don't know that I would be quick to drink more than one or two of these, because even with the hops the sweetness builds at the back of the throat.

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Photo of devilben02
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rusty amber color, with a thick, foamy, sticky eggshell white head. It smells like a pine forest, needles, branches, and all, with a little boozy character throughout. In the flavor, all of that pine is contrasted by big burnt caramel character. The texture is fine but average. In one sense, this beer provides the bold yet reasonably balanced flavor profile of a decent barleywine with a slightly lower alcohol content. On the other hand, this beer tastes like a barleywine despite its (comparatively) lower ABV, and it is never a good thing for a beer to taste boozier than it is. In the end, though, the beer was enjoyed, which is good.

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Photo of carterbt
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A really nice copper orange color. Tight head with good retention.

S - Mostly malt - Light hops, light alcohol

T - Initially malt with some sweetness. Hops hit mid-palate, but balance very nicely with the malt. Finish is nicely balanced. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - Pretty typical for the style. Not bad at all.

O - A pretty good beer. Glad to see the SC beer scene is still heading in the right direction.

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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 sendsilk
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while on vacation in NC. Part of a mixed 6 pack of local beers that I have never tried.

Let me start by saying that I have never even HEARD of this beer before and I did not look at any ratings on it. TBH, I don't even really know the style that it is. With that in mind I will pour and review as an unknown right now:

Pours a pretty murky amber/dark orange color. 1/2" head dissipates quickly leaving some small lacing on the glass. Smells somewhat citrusy, I can almost smell orange blossoms in it. Smells pretty nice actually, much better than the appearance. Tastes pretty malty and bready and somewhat sweet. I can make out those orange blossom/honey flavors. This is not bad at all. Maybe a little maltier than I would like, but well balanced with the exception of them malt sweetness. Solid, almost thick, mouthfeel.

O- Glad I picked this up and tried it. I'm not going to seek out another one, but it's not bad.

EDIT- After reading more about the beer, I realize it's 8.5% ABV and the bottles claims it's nicely hopped, I don't find any outstanding hops to speak of in the flavor.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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