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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Q: ďWhat do you call it when you take a sip of oak barrel aged Double Bastard Ale thatís had the other half of the bounty of chili peppers from Gregís 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?Ē A: ďPunishment.Ē
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PotjeBier (2471) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle, shared at a beer tasting @ Beer Temple - thanks Peter for providing these beers. Amber/red color. Not much head. Aromaís: 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 itís really over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (352) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
As hot a tamale as advertised in their always provocative promotional material. Characterized as ďa brave beerĒ by beer enthusiasts I shared this with, itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryanfolty (2334) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2016
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (861) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Having tried a Crime a couple of years ago, I was better prepared for this one. Punishment isnít 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mcberko (12383) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
SHIG (4380) - 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 (3267) - 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 (919) - - 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 (935) - - 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. Itís 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 (8011) - 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.

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