ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes. Letís just say this was a lot of ífuní...
A: Pours a murky dark brown color with lots of sediment. Thereís also a one finger off-white head, lacking in retention. Ah well, itís a 12% barrel-aged monster.
S: First whiff isnít so bad - itís actually pretty fruity. Next whiff is a holy shit moment where the heat from the peppers start their nostril-raping mission. I mean that in a good way. Like I said, the peppers bring some great fruity tones to the nose. I could complain that it drowns out the base beer, but I wonít. Iím really impressed with the layered depth of the hot peppers.
T: Bourbon briefly opens the palate, along with the trademark vanilla and caramel of Double Bastard...and then the fruity spiciness hits the palate like a million anvils. Itís right below the threshold of what my palate can handle, so itís not the general heat I have a problem with. Here is my big, huge, OMGWTF problem with this beer: the disconnect between the peppers and the base beer is horrific. Literally, this is - by far - the most clashing, disharmonious beer Iíve ever sampled before. For instance, there tries to be something resembling hops on the back end...itís only real effect seems to be exacerbating the heat. Same with the bourbon presence, and the malt backbone, and the alcohol...
M: The mouthfeel fails because the general flavor and finish is too damn long. With just a shorter finish, or perhaps a more well-integrated flavor profile, this would be infinitely more palatable. Carbonation...who cares, really?
O: Long story short: between two people who LOVE spicy food, we had to drainpour this. I donít drainpour often. And I sure as shit donít drainpour $20 bottles, either. Stone is such a frustrating brewery - their main line is rock-solid, and some of their beers are fantastic (their 15th Anny and RuinTen are among my favorite beers ever), but then you get mediocrity like the 16th Anny...and even worse, unmitigated crap like this. I donít even feel like making a cute pun about this being Punishment to drink, this just plain sucks.
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Even for a beer with pepper this is intense. flavor of habanero and green pepper. Very hot, and I canít imagine drinking a full bottle of this.
SPDickerman (917) - Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark murky brown with a small light tan. Smells spicy with undertones of vanilla and roast. Taste is killer spicy with hints of bitterness and vanilla sweetness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Punishment finishes with a lingering extreme spiciness.
brenn79 (1486) - Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a small light tan head. Aroma is strong in peppers, jalapenos and other peppers iím sure, malt. The taste is strong pepper taste, intense heat burn, toasted coconut, wood. Body is full and carbonation is medium. Great, not for the weak! This is better than Crime, they are similar, but this seems to be more well rounded, behind all that heat which I love you can really taste a fine quality barrel aged beer, crazy experiment that only the outlaws of the craft beer movement would attempt, youíre the best Stone!
Daniel719 (122) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
So bad. Thatís all I need to say. Smell of awfulness. Taste is even worse.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
beechner224 (625) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2014
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle. Pours murky garbage. Aroma is hot, how does that happen? Iím afraid... Taste is hot, hot, hot. Why? I donít get it. I want my money back.
jbruner (2161) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy copper from the bottle with minimal head or lacing. Aroma is pepper on pepper on a hint of wood. Taste is just heat, no way around it, burns your mouth, burns your throat, burns your esophagus, burns your gut. Why.
Patrickctenchi (3446) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: (possibly made from surplus Space Shuttle tile)
Cloudy amber with a short,off-white head.
Aroma is strong pepper juice/extract.
Taste is...well....Iím not sure taste is an actual consideration in this situation.
Are pain and discomfort acceptable descriptors of flavour?
This is simply brutal...searing, ascending, biting hot.
Far more intense than itís wussy cousin Crime.
Once again, I have to give a Stone creation a few higher points just for the sheer madness of it all.
FUN FACT: Interestingly, 12 ounces of Keystone Light taken internally via shotgun delivery at just above freezing temperature is an effective nullifying agent. Administering plain water is most definitely contra-indicated.
shrubber85 (7314) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pepper and bready caramel malt aroma - peppers dominate but malt comes out more as it warms. Cloudy amber with small head. Light toffee malt flavor initially but this is quickly overwhelmed by the pepper burn. First sip set the back of my throat on fire and the burn didnít fade. Second sip lit up my tongue and took a couple more sips to get to the lips. Each subsequent sip was like a mini-flame thrower in the tongue and throat. Didnít think they could beat Crime but they did. However, canít tell if there was much more than the peppers though - only a masochist could handle much more than a few ounces.
Cory (295) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Bottle. I am all for experimentation in the brewing process but the bottle we had was bad. Myself and the other 6 people i tried this with just dumped out our glasses. I?m not really sure why they would bottle this and charge people $20 a bottle. I am glad I was not the one who bought it.
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Hot sauce beer is what this is, very peppery and fruity flavor up form, medium to high burn in the backend. Finally beer with actual heat.