RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes. Let’s just say this was a lot of ’fun’... A: Pours a murky dark brown color with lots of sediment. There’s also a one finger off-white head, lacking in retention. Ah well, it’s a 12% barrel-aged monster. S: First whiff isn’t so bad - it’s 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 won’t. I’m 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. It’s right below the threshold of what my palate can handle, so it’s 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 I’ve ever sampled before. For instance, there tries to be something resembling hops on the back end...it’s 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 don’t drainpour often. And I sure as shit don’t 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 don’t even feel like making a cute pun about this being Punishment to drink, this just plain sucks.

thornecb (6152) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2018
Pours clear deep gold into a snifter. White head with no retention recedes to nothing. Hot habanero aromas. Slick with hot habanero front to back. Like drinking hot sauce. I like hot sauce, so goes well with dinner, but not a sipper.

jandd1983 (4689) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle. It poured a clear copper color with a tan head. The aroma was of intense hot peppers, malts and caramel. The taste was similar to the aroma with more hot peppers, malts, caramel and a nasty spicy aftertaste. It was medium bodied with a definite palate wrecking flavor. Never again.

baraciisch (3440) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Caramel brown in color... Aroma of caramel, vanilla and a ton of peppers... flavor is disgustingly hot peppers, caramel malts... just fire throughout... never again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Śmieszne, ale i bez sensu.

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, Wouldn’t rush back, but appreciate the effort.

bytemesis (9502) - 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.

Fatehunter (2640) - 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.

djd07 (16298) - 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.

PotjeBier (3838) - 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. Aroma’s: 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 it’s really over the top.

Gluepot (756) - 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, it’s 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.

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