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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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!


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12 oz bottle: Murky amber pour with a whimpy tan head. The nose is mostly unassuming, offering little in the way of either hops or malt. Strange for such a big beer. As it comes to room temp - some hops come out, but very faint. Very strange indeed. The body is a medium build with a nice bitterness to balance the modest caramel sweetness. Nothing about this says 8.5% and maybe that is why they call it Bell Ringer. This drinks almost like a session APA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste of malt, toffee and light hops. Has a crisp, light bitter finish

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pepsican (1486) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Hazy amber pour with a small white head. The aroma was up front garbage malts and a caramel. Flavor had more garbage, plums, raisins, caramel, and rice pudding. Boozy finish but it wasn’t too overwhelming.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 28, 2009
THOUGHTS: It was OK, but not great. Actually not even OK. This was a real downer. The other one’s in the variety pack weren’t great, but they were well made and fine for their styles, but his is a disappointing strong ale. It did get a little better as it warmed, but not much. With every sip, I hoped it would be my last. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy, medium amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was light grain and cereal, light orangey citrus hops, moderate to heavy resinous hops, moderate doughy and sweaty yeast, and candy. There was also cologne or hairspray aroma when it was still rather chilled. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly acidic, while the finish was very sweet, slightly acidic, extremely bitter and slightly sour with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, candy metallic hops, orangey citrus hops, alcohol, slight Cap’n Crunch, grainy cereal, then something like a solvent, hairspray or shampoo thing going on (and before you speculate, it was a beer-clean glass) and then more orange. The medium to full body was sort of creamy with fairly fizzy carbonation and a metallic, moderately astringent and lightly to moderately alcoholic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
12oz bottle, from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours transparent amber, topped with a medium-sized white head. Aroma exhibits nice balance between toffee, caramel, and grapefruity hops. Flavor begins with caramel, which is joined by honey, grapefruit and dirt. Finishes with a bit too much toffee sweetness, with some hops lingering on the palate. This just didn’t work for me.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
EithCubes (5179) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle. Big caramel and sweaty feet nose. Hazy amber-copper with a yellow-tinged, spotty head. Taste is big toffee and medium caramel, bittersweet, doesn’t really ever dry out, just a long string of Sugar Daddy and Charleston Chew. Hops are light and nopt the problem here (‘unclean’ like the pale), medium sugary body, stale aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
bottle from shp555 and my first from the southern of the carolinas... hazy to almost cloudy pour... amber with a frothy toasted almond colored head which shows great retention. the aroma is very bock-y?... sweet, malty, fruit?/orange/red apples, caramel and earthy pine...rosemary. the palate is a touch on the sweet side but it is helped/cleaned up by the alcohol and hop dryness... for the most part the flavor is just like the aroma along with a spicy sting on the finish. it is medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouth feel. i’m not really sure of what it is supposed to be but it’s good. perhaps that is why it is so easy to drink! 7/3/7/4/14/3.5

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle. What is this? Dark orange color with a small white head. Balanced mess. Citrus hop aroma, bright taste. Lingering hop bitterness, not bad but odd.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
12oz. Pours deep orange with a tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Taste is slightly hopped and all in all poor.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ben4321 (4428) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015
Location: Updating this rating with a 12 oz bottle from Bruisin’ Ales, 1/4/15

Aroma: The nose has some sweet malts, caramel, and a bit off, with some lingering earth
Appearance: It pours a murky looking orange color with a small beige head and some spotty lace
Flavor: The flavor is sweet and a little off, some boozy notes, and a slightly off finish
Palate: The body is light-medium, rather sticky, with what I don’t consider a great mouthfeel
Overall Impression: I gotta lower the score a bit. I just find this one cloying and kind of unpleasant.
2.6: 5/4/5/2/10

Old Rating: 5/13/09
Relatively hoppy, and a decent beer, but overall its just pretty bland, I’ll bumped it up a bit because of the generous hops, otherwise it would probably have been slightly lower.
2.8: 6/3/5/3/11


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