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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Travlr (12900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11360) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
750 c&c from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours murky dark copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is mostly chili. Full bodied or better. Flavor: A real hot chili hit. Yeah, some dark malt too. But it’s really hot. I can see why Greg donated the chilies. More than he personally needed! And that is all she wrote. I’m not gonna get much else other than a bare hint of bourbon. Whoosh! I think I’ll survive.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11226) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
A: The beer pours an ominous murky amber color with a barely-there ring of tan foam. S: You can smell the peppers before the glass even gets near your face. The heat is quite intense and the pepper smell is very, very green and fresh. I can’t really even smell anything else, actually. T: It starts off hot with a lot of chile flavor. There’s a bit of chocolate and oak that come through, but before you can enjoy them, the intense heat comes back and sits on your tongue for quite some time. M: The body is medium and the carbonation is on the low end of medium. And the heat burns the back of your throat a bit. D: This was pretty tough to drink. I would say even if you’re a big chile beer fan this would be painful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10947) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle. Poured hazy orange copper color with an average frothy tan head that lasted with good to excellent lacing. Aroma was a heavy roasted peppers, strong dark alcohol aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Heavy complex toasted roasted peppers and dark smooth flavor and a heavy complex dark finish of long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10273) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
A hazed brown ale with no head. In aroma, lots of pepper and not much else. In mouth, holy s@&t!!! Quick sweet malt followed by unforgiving hot pepper, burning the mouth and lingering for over 5 minutes. On tap at End of Everything beer fest Dec 22 2013.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
GT2 (8662) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Pours a full haze, murky amber. Okay foam. Nose is holy Bob Saget hot sauce container. Taste is the same, downing raw habanero hot sauce bottle. Not even a spicy beer, literally hot sauce. Impossible to enjoy.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Drake (8616) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
C&C 750 mL bottle shared by maniac at the WWGT2D? Charlottesville tasting, 4/5/14. Pours a clear copper color with a medium creamy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of intense hot peppers with some caramel. The taste is intense hot peppers, a bit of caramel. Thin-medium bodied, palate-destroying heat.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Sample at Kurtkeller 018: Tequila-aged and Let’s 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 couldn’t get on board with either of these beers, as with Crime this is too over the top.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7976) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
12.7 oz cc from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruddy clay colored with off-white head. Nose is big hot pepper, malt, oak, caramel. Tastes very rich, with a gigantic hot pepper flavor and heat. Damn, if I knew I’d have saved some of this to make 5-alarm chili with. It is without a doubt the spiciest beer I have ever had. Jesus is this one spicy. I’m a hot pepper freak and it is giving me all I can handle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a syrupy, hazed red body with no head. Less peppers in the aroma than Crime. Aromas of caramel, pepper, alcohol and vegital. Flavors are peppery, smokey, burn and alcohol. Very harsh. Syrupy mouthfeel with light bubbles. A decent pepper beer, but I don’t see myself rushing out to try this again.


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