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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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2
   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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
kambei70 (778) - - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (628) - - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (7244) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2015
Stone gets some credit for trying, but this is a pretty undrinkable beer. Iím 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (600) - 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 itís one of the great unique beers. Itís something special, but itís not easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1554) - 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!

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHeath99 (1436) - 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.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopdog (9829) - 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.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
500 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours medium brown color with tan head. Smells like hot peppers. "Tastes like burning"

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Sample at Kurtkeller 018: Tequila-aged and Letís 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 couldnít get on board with either of these beers, as with Crime this is too over the top.


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