maddmatt639 (135) - Belmont, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No retention and no lacing. Smells of spicy, hot peppers. Tastes of hot peppers and nothing else. Not as hot as others were posting. Maybe because I love super spicy food. I really enjoyed it to be honest, but nothing special.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chudwick (1712) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Half liter bottle compliments of the gnarly AndyReynolds (2013 bottle) - this is going to knock the shit out of my hemorrhoids as they say in Clerks. Booze + heat = ouch. Punishment is ŗ propos. Nose is sweet salsa. Wow wow. I thought this was a gimmick. Way spicier than I anticipated. Sip two complete. I like spicy beers but the spice overpowers the beer. Do get the bourbon but only after a few minutes of ruminating. Input indicates barleywine characteristics. Gulp three complete. Whereís the celery and ranch? For those who say this not the least bit spicy, please go see a doctor. Gulp four complete. Sip five complete. Canít detect booze, but I just got a hop presence. Neato! I feel full. 12% ABV huh. Here goes... Nope, sip six. Done and not drinking the sediment. I usually do but not this time.
AndyReynolds (807) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Smells like salsa or hot sauce; my butthole is already cringing with fear before taking a sip. Oh well, maybe it will clear my sinuses. Goes down like blazing wings, fuck you bw3s! Whereís my ranch? Why would you do that to a beer? After sitting on it for a minute a barley wine quality starts standing out. It really takes awhile though. This was marked batch 09. "You might think Iím real cool but she really drools when I stick my tool in her stool."
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
1/17/14. 750mL bottle shared by a generous soul chilling at Proof - Scott maybe? This was one of the worst things Iíve ever put in my mouth, and I donít mean because itís spicy. I love spicy - even in beer. Amber pour, small khaki head if even. Awful, awful aroma. Like salty macaroni and cheese with some peppers, smoke, and garbage. Almost undrinkable flavor - spicy macaroni and cheese, REALLY reminds me of mac & cheese, salty, cheesy, spicy as all hell, smokey, alcohol heat. This is just awful. Iím not sure how they could sell this.
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.
GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Itís been at least a few weeks since I sampled Stoneís Crime. The internet seems to be apoplectic with disappointment over these two beers, and while I appreciate Gregís willingness to turn the other cheek (and even have his mother show up the internet trolls over Twitter) I have to join the rabble in considering this a very, very poor investment on a meager budget. The Punishment is similarly undrinkable. The nose is rather appreciable though, since nothing in this brewís favor scalds my nasal mucous membranes quite like what the flavor afflicts on my tongue. The aroma reminds me of freshly roasted Hatch green chilies, with a kind of tangy rawness mixing with the heavy sweet and boozy scent of the barrel aged Stone beer.The first few seconds of the taste is actually pleasant, as it delicately weaves the vegetal flavors and capseicin spice of the chilis with the aggressive posture of Stoneís Double Bastard Ale. But then everything explodes in this verdant, chili infused mess of mouth scalding peppers. Itís all spice, all papper, all violence, and monomaniacally harsh. Those first few seconds make me think there was an opportunity here for something more delicate, and frankly, amazing and innovative. But when that epper flavor is unleashed, thereís nothing I can do to prepare for a second sip. This might be my most expensive drain pour yet, tied with Stoneís Crime.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
a disgrace that this was even released .. . just terrible. I enjoy a chilli beer now + then but there is not even a pepper/chilli taste. Just heat and mild pain. a middle finger from Stone .. . pepper dick
tmoreau (2061) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml. bottle shared, and poured to snifters showing a hazed, copper color, with negligible, off white head foam that diminished to a thin ring and light spots of lacing. The nose was pepper & skins, heat, and some mellowing scent of sweet biscuit & taco chips. The blazing heat in the flavor cauterized, or at least tempered the palate so that subsequent sips were only somewhat manageable. Turned out to be a battle of how much heat one could stand by finishing. Brutality in a glass, and not my thing!
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
16.9 oz corked and caged bottle drank after Crime. Aroma is quite a bit more appetizing in this one. I still get peppers, wood, caramel and coconut (which is stronger in this one), but the overbearing wet river rock-type smell is just faint here. Appearance isnít as good, with a fast diminishing beige head. This oneís a lighter amber hue; Iím not seeing big chunks of sediment like in the other one, though. Taste is, holy shit, super good! Maybe my palate is wrecked from the Crime, but this seems much better put together than the previous beer. Itís still brutally hot, but the base beer really shines through and isnít completely buried by the peppers. Lovely oak and malt flavors from Double Bastard are strong. Call me a freak, but for hot pepper beer fans, this is pretty awesome.
dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2014
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
The ridiculous extremes that Stone goes to share a funny description of their beer is perhaps the worst thing this otherwise great brewery does. This beer captures this sentiment. Hazed copper with sudsy white head. Sweet aroma, syrupy but with some dry heat spice coming off. Starts like a dry barleywine then becomes so spicey hot that you can't taste anything...really not good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GODiSSOUTHERN (342) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pours a deep ruby brown. That is where the compliments end. So excruciatingly spicy that any other characteristic is drowned out. If you plan on trying this beer I recommend having tums at the ready.