docskalski (13) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A surprising find while driving through South Carolina. This beer is one of my all time favorites, with a nice roasted barley aroma and smooth mouth feel, it tastes of pure malt and is well balanced with a noble hop finish. Living in the Midwest it will be a struggle to get more of this top-notch brew.
Skallish (1) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought a six pack in Spartansberg, SC. Liked the description. Going to stick my neck out a bit, but I think its one of the better Double Pale Ales I’ve had over the years. Love the light amber & hazy color. Of course it has a thin, foamy head due to the 8% gravity. Has sweet aroma of caramel & pine (as they say, "a swift flavor combo of bitter hops & sweets malts) with a hoppy bitterness upfront and a sweeter finish of burnt sugars with caramel in between. Enjoy!
Ben_Dover (2) - - DEC 7, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good to drink, 2 or 3 will make you feel the bell, jot just got a spot in the fridge.
ronaldtheriot (1705) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
properhops (88) - - SEP 9, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNLpl4puSn4
Appearance: bright copper, 3-finger cloudy head sticks around, impressive lacing
Smell: Sweet malt, fruity-esters
Taste: Full body, buttery (from the yeast), carmel malts, a little bit of pine & bitterness on finish, a bit of warming, mid/high carbonation
Pairings: pizza, fried chicken, gyro
SPDickerman (1112) - Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from drfabulous. Thanks Jeff. Pours cloudy, hazy orange with a large white head. Smells of sweeter malts and some pine-like hops. Taste is both sweet and bitter, kinda like caramel and a bit like pine. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and nice mouth-carbonation, R.J> Rockers Bell Ringer Ale finishes with something that ins’t quite nice, but not incredibly off putting, maybe an out of place woody character?
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Serving type: bottle
Braudog (6196) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright, orange amber, and nearly opaque. Heavily sedimented with lots of floaties. Thin but standing and firm head. Pretty "normal" aroma for an American ale, hinting at some nice flavors. Indeed, this drinks with an almost surprisingly sturdy snap of piney hop expertly place in the finish, following a well blended, slightly metallic but solid earthy malt base. This could be a quality "fridge beer" to drink over and over. (#5013, 5/9/2013)
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of kinz. Beer from new state for me so special thanks pal. Aroma of a malted cany like a candy carinival apple. Copper body with off white head and mild lacing. Sweet malted caramel and the dry hoppy finish of an IPA. Smooth and easy on the palate for a strong ale. Ahhh...
thirdeye11 (5954) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle dated 8-21-09) clear orange with nearly no bubbles. Nose of sweet caramel, light citrus hops, great florals, honey, chai tea, and dark bread. Taste of chai, anise, wildflower honey, and faded citrus hops. Long duration, loved this one!