hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Caged and corked bottle. Umm, yeah, Punishment is a good name for this. I still see bottles on shelves for close to $40 ... why! Just a burn and peppery mess.
smith4498 (3112) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
500 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours medium brown color with tan head.
Smells like hot peppers. "Tastes like burning"
Dogbrick (8795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 018: Tequila-aged and Let’s Agree to Ruin Our Evening with Pepper beers-tastic 01 on 11/04/2014. Murky copper color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Habanero peppers and malt in the nose. Full-bodied with a strong hot pepper character that dominates the malt and oak behind it. The finish is peppery with a lingering chili burn. I couldn’t get on board with either of these beers, as with Crime this is too over the top.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle -
I could essentially copy my review of Crime and it would fit here perfectly as well. Lots of heat and lots of sweetness all the way around. The base beer gets obliterated from the addition of the chili peppers. But I liked it.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 10, 2014
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Shared with my friend Sando. This beer started with promise, as it poured a decent caramel and a creamy tight head. The nose was intense, with smokey peppers and a slight caramel influence. Then the first sip. Everything but BURN goes away. The pepper influence is so strong that nothing else in this beer shows through. I’m glad I didn’t spend twenty bucks on this. Sorry Steve O!
rondphoto (2363) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2014
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Cloudy dark amber, light tan head, no lace. Taste is somewhat sweet malt followed immediately (I mean Right Now!) by power chili. Burn is on the roof of the mouth, the soft palate, the throat, and it can be felt sliding into the stomach. This isn’t punishment - this is the beer to use for playing tricks on friends. Surely Stone isn’t serious. Undrinkable (and $18.00 for the bomber). I guess the trick was on me.
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle via local trade. 2013 vintage. Pours a semi-clear amber with an off-white head. This one is like Crime, but amped up - more spice, more peppers, bigger body, more alcohol, more balancing malty and fruity sweetness. Burns my lips. Medium-full bodied, with a spicy, boozy, heavy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Aggressive. Hard to drink much of, but fun to try.
pdx77 (1456) - Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle during the BeerMongers Fifth Anniversary Bottle Share 9/7/14. Rated only as a chili beer, it is the best I’ve had. The heat from the chilies is cut slightly by the bigness of the beer itself, but it’s pretty powerful. Felt it in my stomach for a few minutes. Definitely for the spicy averse.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Definitely disappointed in the 2nd bottle release of these. While the first scotch barreled batches were far and away the best pepper beers ever, this beer is so hot and pepper dominated that the bourbon barreling is completely covered up. I dig the peppers, but his is hard to kill. BB double bastard or the base DB are preferred. Subtlety could have gone a long way here. Scotch Punishment was an all timer to compare (4.5-6)."
Travlr (13673) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle courtesy of maniac, alongside Crime provided by obguthr in an impressive display of beer tasting coordination. Aroma is eye-watering peppers. Taste is way too hot for me, and I ate kimchi in Korea.