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RATINGS: 144   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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maddmatt639 (321) - Pacifica, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (584) - - 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 (7178) - 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 (567) - 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 (1553) - 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 (1410) - 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 (9713) - 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 (3233) - 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 (9344) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
500ml bottle - I could essentially copy my review of Crime and it would fit here perfectly as well. Lots of heat and lots of sweetness all the way around. The base beer gets obliterated from the addition of the chili peppers. But I liked it.


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