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Crime - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 440
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 74.19%
Wants: 24
Gots: 110 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-06-2011

"What do you call it when Greg takes his entire harvest
bounty of chili pepper varieties from his own personal garden, take half of them and add to...and thus ruin...an otherwise beautiful oak barrel of Double Dry Hopped Lukcy Basartd Ale?"

A: "A Crime!"


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

A: "Punishment."

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Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As chile beers go, Crime is an excellent example of how it should be done. Deep copper in color, it pours with an ample head and produces lacing akin to its no chile based brethren. At this point, any other similarities to known styles are absent. The aroma is a mix of caramel and Scotch Bonnet peppers. While the pepper taste predominates, there is enough malt backbone to make it palatable. If this were a poorly brewed chile beer all you would get would be pepper bitterness and/or heat. Not the case here. Yes, it is hot, but not throat scorching. The burn is there and may be too much for those who don't like it hot. But for someone who likes spicy food, it's just right. Yes, there is plenty of chile flavor. But you can tell that there's other stuff going on to counterbalance the peppers and heat. The oak cuts the pepper acidity and malt lend a bit of sweetness. There's a nice amount of body and a bit of smokiness on the finish. It would be interesting to see where this beer goes in a few months once the heat subsides. That said, rating this beer is difficult. I tried to compare it to other beers in the same style, which accounts for its higher score compared to other raters.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of atomic
1.24/5  rDev -60%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is indeed a crime.

A: I always give beers a 5 for appearance because I don't think the appearance of a beer should detract from its rating, If I could have given this beer 1s across the board, I would.
This one had a nice burnt amber color.

S: god awful. Smells like plastic honestly.

T: Complete mess. No pleasant taste what so ever, just hot peppers.

M: Pain? Just pain.

O: Its a shame that Stone would make such garbage, its even a bigger shame they'd make it so expensive. This bottle was $18 I think? More than $1 per ounce for a drain pour? Such a waste of money and barrels.

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Photo of Ngntjp
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

Now THERE'S the chili beer I've been looking for! Holy hell this is hot. I am a heat lover through and through and have wanted to experience the paradoxical situation of drinking something that's intensely spicy and then reaching for the same glass the cleanse that heat from my palate. This does exactly that. There are plenty of flavors here though. If you can make it through the heat you can definitely taste a "woody" ale. I'm guessing it's from the Oaked arrogant bastard but there's a charred and peppery green bell pepper flavor that I'm getting too that's mixing in with it nicely from the variety of chilis in this. I can't stop drinking it. Heat isn't everyone's bag, but it's a very different beast to try and enjoy all of the flavors in here while still experiencing (and possibly enjoying depending on your tastes) the burn. With a sweaty brow, nostrils running, and a mouth in burning beverage heaven, I absolutely recommend this to those looking for over the top spicy brews. Damn, I should've bought more!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
2013 Series
Batch No. 08

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, some pepper/spice notes, some dark fruits. The taste is pretty good, kinda reminds me of a barleywine with hot peppers, hoppy, slight malt note, dark fruits, very spicy/hot for a beer. Medium body, with a slightly dry/bitter/hot finish. Overall, a very tasty/nice brew, surprised the shit out of me how hot/spicy this brew is, definitely a few notches above any spicy/chile brew I've ever had to date.

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Photo of RLVineh
4.12/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again this series has been misjudged, it is great for what it is. its a damn spicy gimmicky beer, but it is great. much more tolerable than punishment i enjoyed these beers

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Photo of Jordy777
1.42/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When I was 17, one of my friends sprayed pepper spray in my basement. Drinking this was a terrible reminder of that day.

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1/5  rDev -67.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Dark amber and ruby with a thin light brown head and leaves spotted lacing down the glass.

A touch of caramel in the aroma and then lots and lots of face-smacking spice--smells like spicy jalapeno juice. Interesting, though perhaps even too powerful.

This beer starts similarly to the aroma: a faint hint of caramel and toffee sweetness, and then a stinging, biting jalapeno-like spice throughout. Unfortunately, the barrels/wood are tough to find.

Medium mouthfeel.

I'm very glad I tried this one, but I don't need to revisit it. Even as a lover of peppers and spicy foods, this one still isn't for me.

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

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Crime from Stone Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.