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.
AgentSteve (1627) - 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. Iím glad I didnít spend twenty bucks on this. Sorry Steve O!
rondphoto (2083) - 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 isnít punishment - this is the beer to use for playing tricks on friends. Surely Stone isnít serious. Undrinkable (and $18.00 for the bomber). I guess the trick was on me.
phaleslu (6606) - 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 (1390) - 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 Iíve had. The heat from the chilies is cut slightly by the bigness of the beer itself, but itís pretty powerful. Felt it in my stomach for a few minutes. Definitely for the spicy averse.
slowrunner77 (5804) - 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 (12260) - 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.
rejtable (1376) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
No way. This was disgusting. Massive heat dominating everything. Canít drink more than an ounce. Taste massive off charts spice.
glennmastrange (2287) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate roasted and caramel for the malt, light cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with a huge amount toasted habanero pappers. Head is small, frothy, off-white with no lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is hazy medium red brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, slick with a lively carbonation and a super spicy hot finish. The Habenero blast in this American Strong Ale is awesome.
JK (4520) - 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 (975) - 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.