thewalker (13) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Punishment was right in the first sip, but the more I tried the more the flavours started to come through, no doubt due to the chillies, Wouldn’t rush back, but appreciate the effort.
bytemesis (6722) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 8, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from 2013. Pours murky hazel, small beige head, dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is full of chili pepper, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Flavor is quite sweet, super pepper heat, pepper flesh, toffee. Medium body, low carbonation. This is just a silly beer. I like hot food and this is kinda crazy. For most folks I would have to assume that this is undrinkable. One needs to ask why.
Fatehunter (2240) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thin head on hazy dark brown body. Aroma peppers, wood, bourbon, and booze. Taste is hot pepper, caramel, woody, and dank lemon. Texture is thicker.
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is strong peppers, bourbon, caramel. Thin mouth, toasted malt, bourbon, so much pepper and heat, this was not enjoyable.
PotjeBier (2692) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, shared at a beer tasting @ Beer Temple - thanks Peter for providing these beers. Amber/red color. Not much head. Aroma’s: pepper, Maggi, caramel. Retronasal the heat already kicks in, pepper all the way. Flavor is sweet, but masked by the heat. Strong alcohol feel (or is it the pepper?). Full bodied. Very hot from the peppers. The heat last very long, but there is some bitterness detectable. They should have a version without pepper, cause it’s really over the top.
Gluepot (423) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As hot a tamale as advertised in their always provocative promotional material. Characterized as “a brave beer” by beer enthusiasts I shared this with, it’s hard to imagine how many peppers go into creating this searing sipper. On top of the heat, there are delicious caramel malts, bourbon from the barrelling and enough hops to support the taste. Nice one to share and I wish I had more.
ryanfolty (2389) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2016
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
January 22, 2016 - bottle from AV3. Light brown pour with some head. Aroma was sweet, bourbon and veggies. Taste starts out with the sweetness and bourbon, but then becomes unbearably spicy hot. 2013 vintage.
bookman10 (946) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Having tried a Crime a couple of years ago, I was better prepared for this one. Punishment isn’t as difficult to drink as I remember the Crime being. Still, one would ask, why destroy a perfectly good beer with this level of hot pepper and then charge so much for it? And who would buy it? Well, I guess enough daredevils are out there to keep the tradition going. Pours a cloudy brown with almost no head. Aroma is, strangely enough, largely of beer, with malt and grain dominating, although there is a hint of pepper in the aroma as well. The taste is, again, largely of beer. It drinks much like a regular Double Bastard, though with the addition of a huge burn at the finish. I found myself warming up to the Crime as the beer itself warmed up over time. Punishment is a better beer from the get-go, though it is still something to be sipped and savored. You might want to try this with a few friends ready to see who can "out-tough" each other.
mcberko (14355) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark orangey brown with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out spicy peppers and vomit. Flavour is absolutely vile, with intense spicy peppers and vomit. An absolute atrocity. Drain pour.
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Poured a caramel orange with ring of tan head. Very sweet bourbon and underlying heat. Very spicy heat that hits you in the back of the throat.