doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011baraciisch (3187) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Pours hazy red/brown with with a small offwhite head, specks of lace. Smells mellow sweet malty with lots and lots of earthy type peppers. Tastes of earth and peppers only a hint of sweetness. Lingering peppers and a bit of heat. Medium body, good carbonation.
Caramel brown in color... Aroma of caramel, hot peppers... caramel sweetness initially, gives way to insanely hot peppery heat... complex, but freaking insanely hot, despite four years aging in the bottle... kinda wanna keep drinking it
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2017
some jalapeno in finish. some hops despite two years. scotts bottle.a little brown. MetalNHopHead (1901) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 9, 2017
I honesty donít have any idea how to rate this. Iím such a Stone fanboy that I usually fawn over even their oddest creations. The 2013 Vintage of Crime was just... random-assed as all hell. It pours the regular ruby shade. Nose is pure pepper. Flavor starts out that way, too. As the brew warms, it reveals chewy whiskey caramel and then intense pepper. The transition from sweet to spicy never works especially well to begin with, but it happens so fast that your palate canít fully process the weird shit thatís happening. I canít even totally trash this beer because this itís supposed to be spicy, and itís definitely successful in that regard. That might be the only area in which it fully succeeds, but thatís something. For once, hereís a Stone beer description that isnít ironic. "[An] entire harvest of chili pepper varieties...an otherwise beautiful oak barrel Double Dry Hopped Lukcy Basartd Ale?... A Crime!" True indeed. bytemesis (8250) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 4, 2017
Bottle. A crime indeed. Pours very hazy hazel, large creamy beige head, good lacing. Aroma is an immediate blast of chili peppers, overwhelms whatever else might be there. Flavor is light plus sweet, quite spicy - drinkable if you enjoy a lot of spice in your food, otherwise probably crazy. Big big pepper flavor with some caramel underneath. Bourbon lost in the noise on this one. Medium body, burning hot finish. This is not necessarily a BAD beer, but the pepper addition was enough to take all the complexity out leaving a single note with nothing much behind it. Full disclosure: this was a 2014 vintage bottle. It is entirely possible that Stone has dialed this one back in in the years since. BeerandBlues2 (13214) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 16, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours brown with a large, frothy and bubbly beige head, short retention leaving just a spotty film on top. Aroma is medium peppers, soft cinnamon, moderate bready and toast malt, light caramel notes with medium pine and floral hops. Flavor is medium spicy peppers, medium alcohol (Whiskey), oak, medium pine and floral hops and bitterness, moderate bready and light caramel malt with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Haters gonna hate, but as disappointing as this Stone tasting was compared to expectations, this one I actually liked. But Iím a pepper guy. Hazy amber with a small tan head. Big hot pepper aroma, earthy, caramel, citrus hops. Flavor has caramel malt and loads of heat. Most other pepper beers are weak, but this one really brings it. Medium-full body, slightly syrupy. Legit! dunklermessias (181) - LŁneburg, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2017
On tap @ Stone Brewing Berlin. Comes with a hazy brown amber color with a little brown head. The nose ist malty and oaky with nice aromas of bitter fruits like grapefruits, citrus and orange-peel combined with caramel and roasted nuts. Taste of grapefruit und orange peel (like the nose), some raisins, some nuts and then a lot of spicy chilli peppers! Only citrus peel and spicy chilli pepper on the finish.
On my opinion too much spicyness.
But it has a nice effect: the palate becomes more sensitiv, so the next beer (in this case an IPA) become more intensiv. jbethea (46) - Summerfield, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2017
This is a very nice offering from progenitors of arrogant ale. Very oaky chocolateall the way through., The peppers really come through on the nose, almost smoky. Sweet, earthy, spicy, delicious. just the right amount of carbonation. Bottle 500 ml. $20 02-27-17 eRock_2013 (461) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2017
Sampled this rather extreme novelty at the Columbia World Beer Festival 2017. From a bottle poured a murky brown appearance, which was reminiscent of chocolate syrup mixed in water, yet was strangely appetizing. Aroma was that of sweet licorice and Bourbon barrel with some spicy vegetal notes of the pepper becoming apparent. The pepper flavor was surprisingly balanced and not overwhelming; I was able to distinguish notes of habanero and ghost pepper specifically, which were a nice complement to the sugary caramel malt base. Notes of vanilla were also present. The hot pepper finish was likewise not excessive; and I donít recall any booziness being apparent. Overall the taste was as good as expected for this unorthodox combination of bourbon barrel and pepper. Not a style I will ever prefer, but this was alright. superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2017
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, cherry, plum, chili pepper, pine, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted biscuit; with light vanilla, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, roast, smoke, herbal, floral, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, chili peppers, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, cherry, plum, chili pepper, pine, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted biscuit; with light vanilla, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, roast, smoke, herbal, floral, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, cherry, plum, chili pepper, pine, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, chili peppers, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly slick/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a light warmth with zero barrel booziness after the finish. Increasing pepper heat through the glass, but never overwhelming. Overall this is a great pepper spiced American strong ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, chili peppers, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV, and despite the increasing pepper spice/heat. Barrel seemed to be overpowered a bit, but had solid presence. Base beer flavors were still showcased very well. I have had other pepper beers that were more intense on peppers/heat, yet still very drinkable. I have a very high tolerance for pepper flavors, so this was extremely easy drinking. A really enjoyable offering all around.