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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Q: “What do you call it when you take a sip of oak barrel aged Double Bastard Ale that’s had the other half of the bounty of chili peppers from Greg’s home garden ceremoniously added in, resulting in a punishingly intense level of hot pepper heat to an already overly intense beer whose elevated alcohol level caused a significant transference of pain-inducing capsicum?” A: “Punishment.”
Punishment is 2013 Double Bastard Ale brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Brutally hot and unyielding in its imposition, this intensely hellish spawn of Caribbean red hots, fatalis and Moruga scorpion peppers is a just dessert for any spice-taunting masochist who dares to engage it.

Peacehammer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
On tap at the Stone World Bistro & Gardens. Dark copper, aroma of pepper heat. Mouthfeel consistent with double bastard, but the peppers make themselves known immediately, from start to finish. Also a strong chili like heat aftertaste. An intriguing beer, not one I’d drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
SHIG (4011) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 18, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
drjay44 (3032) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2015
500 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a medium, rapidly collapsing light beige head, over a clear copper (SRM 15) body.....nose is chile peppers, with an Habanero note, hints of toasted malts, light hints of bourbon......taste is slightly sweet with light toffee/caramel notes, light bourbon, becoming chile hot, which rapidly dissipates, no esters, minimal hops.......mouth feel, medium body. alcohol warmth present, slight astringency, high carbonation. This is a failed experiment as the chile dominate the malts, yeast, barrel overly much. Changing the chile used, reducing the quantity would be the equivalent of changing around the hops. Habanero chile should not be used in brewing. BJCP 5/3/10/4/5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
kambei70 (805) - - JUL 12, 2015
Entirely too hot to enjoy. Pepper flavor dominates and the accompanying burn masks all the flavors that may be there. At be good to cook with. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (704) - - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle. A touch darker and murkier than Crime -- like tarnished copper. Little head. The nose is highly vegetal up front, packed with freshly chopped peppers. Beneath is the undeniable toffee sweetness of Double Bastard. Caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla and maple all make appearances. The peppers disrupt what would be quite a treat. In the flavor, toffee, caramel and overripe oranges give way to rich toasted oak, which gives way to near-overpowering heat. Floral hop bitterness settles into the sides of the tongue about the same time as huge pepper heat assaults the front and throat. Malty-sweet and capsaicin-heavy. It’s physically hard to drink this -- you need to wait about a minute between sips to let the heat die down. I feel about it the way I feel about most spicy foods: good flavor is ruined by pain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (7423) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Stubby bottle. Pours a amber color with a medium white head. A big spicy nose, some bourbon. The flavor is initially more sweet barrel, vanilla and sugary malts, but this is all about massive heat. The spiciness is overpowering and makes this pretty much undrinkable. With that said, it is interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (3633) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 24, 2015
Stone gets some credit for trying, but this is a pretty undrinkable beer. I’m amazed how much beer quality remained considering how much spicyness dominates nearly every dimension of this beer. I ended up mixing part of this with a light lager, adding lemon juice, and arriving at something approaching a Michelada...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Orange, dark amber color. Some spots for lace. Scary pepper smell, like nuclear wings. Very dry. Oh my God, this is the most extreme of extreme beers. It is actually hotter than buffalo wings. You may need a beer to accompany this one. The aftertaste is forever and hot as hell. Be prepared for this one. I think it’s one of the great unique beers. It’s something special, but it’s not easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1557) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle (2013) shared by wolf! Nose of spice and peppers! Pours a murky red color. Taste like hot wings! Burns like the dickens! This one burns with an intense burning on the back of the throat. I will probably pay for this tomorrow! This is not for the faint hearted or even some one who wants to experiment. Medium sticky body, enjoyable... smooth but the heat from the peppers is the only thing you can focus on. Love or hate it.... I loved it!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHeath99 (1503) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Pours a transparent amber with very little head. Bottle was 2 years old but was still dominated by the intense chilies. Not really even much of a beer taste apparent. Was like drinking salsa.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
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.

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