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RATINGS: 141   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Pours hazy red brown with a tiny offwhite head, specks. Smells earthy and malty sweet and caramelly. Tastes the same earthy and sweet malty with lots of pepper flavor both earthy and spicy. Pretty good. Full body, good carbonation.

   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 it’s one of the great unique beers. It’s something special, but it’s not easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1539) - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHeath99 (1236) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopdog (9453) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
smith4498 (3166) - 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"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (8950) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 10, 2014
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. I’m glad I didn’t spend twenty bucks on this. Sorry Steve O!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
rondphoto (2538) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2014
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 isn’t punishment - this is the beer to use for playing tricks on friends. Surely Stone isn’t serious. Undrinkable (and $18.00 for the bomber). I guess the trick was on me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
phaleslu (7103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
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.

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