RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Q: What do you call it when you take a sip of oak barrel aged Double Bastard Ale thats had the other half of the bounty of chili peppers from Gregs 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 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes. Lets just say this was a lot of fun... A: Pours a murky dark brown color with lots of sediment. Theres also a one finger off-white head, lacking in retention. Ah well, its a 12% barrel-aged monster. S: First whiff isnt so bad - its 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 wont. Im 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. Its right below the threshold of what my palate can handle, so its 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 Ive ever sampled before. For instance, there tries to be something resembling hops on the back end...its 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 dont drainpour often. And I sure as shit dont 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 dont even feel like making a cute pun about this being Punishment to drink, this just plain sucks.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Korcz (2916) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Śmieszne, ale i bez sensu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewalker (13) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2016
Punishment was right in the first sip, but the more I tried the more the flavours started to come through, no doubt due to the chillies, Wouldnt rush back, but appreciate the effort.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bytemesis (7939) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle from 2013. Pours murky hazel, small beige head, dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is full of chili pepper, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Flavor is quite sweet, super pepper heat, pepper flesh, toffee. Medium body, low carbonation. This is just a silly beer. I like hot food and this is kinda crazy. For most folks I would have to assume that this is undrinkable. One needs to ask why.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Pours thin head on hazy dark brown body. Aroma peppers, wood, bourbon, and booze. Taste is hot pepper, caramel, woody, and dank lemon. Texture is thicker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
djd07 (13659) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is strong peppers, bourbon, caramel. Thin mouth, toasted malt, bourbon, so much pepper and heat, this was not enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PotjeBier (3026) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle, shared at a beer tasting @ Beer Temple - thanks Peter for providing these beers. Amber/red color. Not much head. Aromas: pepper, Maggi, caramel. Retronasal the heat already kicks in, pepper all the way. Flavor is sweet, but masked by the heat. Strong alcohol feel (or is it the pepper?). Full bodied. Very hot from the peppers. The heat last very long, but there is some bitterness detectable. They should have a version without pepper, cause its really over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (591) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
As hot a tamale as advertised in their always provocative promotional material. Characterized as a brave beer by beer enthusiasts I shared this with, its hard to imagine how many peppers go into creating this searing sipper. On top of the heat, there are delicious caramel malts, bourbon from the barrelling and enough hops to support the taste. Nice one to share and I wish I had more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryanfolty (2521) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2016
January 22, 2016 - bottle from AV3. Light brown pour with some head. Aroma was sweet, bourbon and veggies. Taste starts out with the sweetness and bourbon, but then becomes unbearably spicy hot. 2013 vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (1074) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Having tried a Crime a couple of years ago, I was better prepared for this one. Punishment isnt as difficult to drink as I remember the Crime being. Still, one would ask, why destroy a perfectly good beer with this level of hot pepper and then charge so much for it? And who would buy it? Well, I guess enough daredevils are out there to keep the tradition going. Pours a cloudy brown with almost no head. Aroma is, strangely enough, largely of beer, with malt and grain dominating, although there is a hint of pepper in the aroma as well. The taste is, again, largely of beer. It drinks much like a regular Double Bastard, though with the addition of a huge burn at the finish. I found myself warming up to the Crime as the beer itself warmed up over time. Punishment is a better beer from the get-go, though it is still something to be sipped and savored. You might want to try this with a few friends ready to see who can "out-tough" each other.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mcberko (16597) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark orangey brown with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out spicy peppers and vomit. Flavour is absolutely vile, with intense spicy peppers and vomit. An absolute atrocity. Drain pour.

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