Crime - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SeanBond:
2.53/5 rDev -9.3%
I went into this with an open mind; I love Stone, and I really like spicy food, so I figured all the low scores on this site must have been from people who just didn't appreciate spiciness. Turns out they were right on this one.
I cracked open the bottle, and the first thing you notice is that your nose is assaulted by the smell of peppers (seemed like jalapeños to me); it's a peppery, leafy smell, with very little beer.
Poured a little into a tulip glass, and gave it a taste. Ugh. Spicy pepper juice overwhelms the taste of what was probably a really fine beer underneath. There's a slight hint of ale, but mostly hot peppers all the way through. Burns your tongue, and burns your stomach going down. Just nasty.
Gave a sip to my girlfriend (who also likes Stone), my brother, his girlfriend, my mother, my sister, and my father (who got me in to craft beer, and who rarely dislikes a beer). All agreed: This is heinous. I can't say I'm disappointed by Stone because this was clearly one hell of an experiment, but I think it's safe to say that they can stay away from the peppers for now. Too bad too, because they designed a beautiful bottle to keep this poison in.
edit: As others have mentioned, this beer would be greatly improved by Stone turning back the heat on this one; they're taking a great base beer (Lukcy Basartd) and completely obscuring it with a bunch of peppers. I'm fine with a beer tasting of pepper, but it should still taste like a BEER too.
01-06-2014 14:16:31 | More by SeanBond
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2.53/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
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.
08-26-2011 15:50:39 | More by ehammond1
3.66/5 rDev +31.2%
right, so remember we are reviewing a chili beer with Crime. given that, i think this brew stacks up nicely in the category. reddish brown in color wih a fading tan head, Crime greets the nose with vanilla, caramel malts, hot peppers, and dark chocolate. after imvibing you feel the heat from the capsician big time. i could see how the. spiciness might be too much for those sensitive to heat, but as a hot sauce enhusiast and master crafter, i can dig it. after the initial pepper blast, you begin to taste the rich caramel and barrel aged blend of the basardt. not a subtle beer, but fun to drink in small quantities. gave me a good sweat, maybe a sligjt endorphin kick.
05-31-2014 00:46:10 | More by dannydetox
Crime from Stone Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.