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RATINGS: 240   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!


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Pleasant floral hop aroma. Orange amber color, a bit hazy. Not much head. Bitter but balanced with the malt. There’s just a touch of chocolate flavor in the finish that works nicely. The use of dark malt and the color are out of range for a DIPA, but the beer never actually claims to be a DIPA, it may be better suited for the "American strong ale" category on ratebeer. Anyways I think its a pretty solid big beer for the price.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkinWell (245) - - JUL 27, 2014
Pours a cloudy brownish yellow, some lacing. Bready malts, hints of citrus on the nose. Malts, brown sugar on the tip of the tongue; big bitter flavors at the back. Nothing special.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
boxofrane (2062) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a medium sized khaki colored head that has solid retention. The aroma has some pine, floral notes, a bit of a caramel malt, some candied sugar, a mix of a lot of things. The taste is really sweet, brown sugar, really off aftertaste. Sorry, bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9457) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy dark orange with a medium, rocky and frothy off-white head, medium to long retention with good lacing. Aroma is peppery alcohol, light honey and caramel malt notes, toast and nutty malt with pear esters, earthy and pine hops. Flavor is medium hops, moderate bitterness accentuated by the peppery and spicy alcohol, background sweet malt, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation with a light alcohol warmth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy caramel body with some small chunks floating about under a large foamy off-white head. The nose is pretty well dominated by the caramel maltiness and a slight yeastiness, pretty minimal hoppiness. The flavor is coming across as a bit tired and muddled, lots of heavy caramel malt and not much complexity at all. It seems a little lacking in hops as well. Nothing about this is all that exciting. Fairly well hidden alcohol at least. Medium bodied with some slight clinginess on the finis and soft fizzy carbonation. Not something that I’d seek out for a second go-around.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Aroma - malt has a caramel quality about it; the hops are resiny and make you feel the beer will be much more oily than it is. Appearance - body is burnt orange; liquid is clean; the head is about 1/8" and white, and eventually results in a layer of bubbly film; there is also some slight dappled lacing Taste - is a combination of medium to heavy sweetness and a light bitterness. Palate - body is medium almost full; texture is a slightly oily and somewhat chewy; carbonation is average almost soft; the finish is bitter and full of alcohol the vapors hang around in the mouth and warm the body. This is definitely an assertive beer

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rollinsr (371) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours amber with a very thin film of head. Aroma is strong and estery tart fruits with sweet caramel malt. The flavor is much more disappointing than the aroma. The good tart fruit flavors are barely there and there is also a sort rubbery and skunky flavor as well. Not very good but at least it has the alcohol content I was looking for.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Poured a clear cola color with an almost nonexistent white head. Aroma is faint caramel, cereal, and grass. Taste is floral, caramel, and a bitter yet slightly boozey finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2185) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
7/9/2010. From bottle. Light amber color with a white head. Fruity aromas with malt and floral notes. Caramel flavors with alcohol burn on the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nealblind (690) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 21, 2013
medium dark orange clear with some head. Aroma of toasty vinegary. tastes like a grapey wall of malt. light carb good soft palate. it’s like a dressed up delicate malt liquor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1199) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 15, 2013
R.J. Rocker Bell Ringer has a thin, cream-colored head (which thickens up, once the bottom contents are swished and poured), a hazy, brilliant orange-mellon appearance, with gray chunks at the bottom and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is very strong, sweet, pungent, and of overly-ripe (rotted) light fruits. Tastes is also rich, with turned fruit, medium malt, sugar, fairly strong bitterness, and even a brandy wine aspect. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and R.J. Rocker Bell Ringer finishes cloying, sweet, semi-dry, and even harsh. This is a most excellent and challenging strong ale. RJT


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