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Crime - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

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422 Ratings

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 36.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 103 | FT: 15
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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Ratings: 422 | Reviews: 90
Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If you are not a fan of really hot stuff, stay the hell away from this beer..

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a thumb of cream colored head. Never quite clears up, decent lacing & okay head retention

S: Serrano & other peppers, jalapeno & even some black pepper, great nose

T: Caramel, some pear & then an assload of pepper heat. Some oaky notes as this warms, then more heat. Finishes flaming hot with a little caramel & woodiness

MF: Medium bodied/chewy with low carbonation, warming in many ways

TOO DAMN Hot. My advice, if you have this let it sit a few years. Actually paired well with some dark chocolate. Stone, you jumped the shark with this one ( and punishment, from what I hear) . Pity, dial the peppers back about 90% & this beer would be great...

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3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +33%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LittleDon
3.73/5  rDev +32.3%
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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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JAFoley
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark amber body, nearly opaque, with two fingers off-white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Well you can certainly smell the peppers and bourbon, but also citrus and sugary malts.

T - Like a kick in the mouth, the heat is intense and is felt all the way down. The flavor of the peppers overpowers everything. A biscuit and sugary malt hides in the background with smokiness from the bourbon. The high abv is felt throughout lending to the spiciness.

M - Moderate/full body with moderate carbonation. Very sticky and thick.

O - I can't get through the bottle. I love spicy food, but not a big fan of spicy drinks. The flavors aren't well balanced or very enjoyable and the heat sits in your stomach. Overall this is very gimmicky and I'd much rather be sipping a Ruination.

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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1/5  rDev -64.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +59.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
2.19/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I love spicy foods, so I was intrigued to try this one despite the poor ratings. Appearance was fine, but nothing spectacular. The smell got me though. In a bad way. It was like someone left a plastic bowl of caramels in the microwave for too long, and the plastic bowl melted and caramel burned, and then tried to mask it with bourbon and chili peppers. Disgusting. I appreciated the hotness, even though it hurt. But multiple extreme flavors that don't come together cohesively is a bad thing. More burnt caramel and plastic here. The mouthfeel was like someone made sandpaper out of caramel-flavored sugar granules and scraped my tongue with it. Not pleasant. Really a horrid beer. One of two drain pours in my life. Ugh.

Photo of bnes09
3.71/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze color. Tiny flakes of yeast or pepper or something at the bottom. Huge, frothy head does not give up and clings to the glass in everlasting lace.

Smells like an angus burger flame broiled over an oak wood fire with pepper jack cheese and habanero sauce on top. Strangely enough, it doesn't smell too bad.

Smoked beef up front. Hint of oak. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Assertive herbal hops. Aged cheddar cheese. I can taste the essence of lucky bastard in the background. While all these wonderful flavors are intriguing my tastebuds, the peppers are battling for dominance. I hate to say it but the peppers have won. The end result is complete palate destruction. Not much to say in the way of balance. The funny this is, when I read the bottle and saw 102 ibu, I thought this was going to be a hop forward beer but I can hardly taste the hops underneath the relentless pepper flavor.

Full-bodied. Lightly carbonated. Leaves me with a numb, tingly feeling all over my mouth and lips.

I can respect the creator of this beer for thinking outside of the box and for pushing the boundaries of what beer is. However, I think he went a little too far. I enjoy the taste of peppers in my beer under certain circumstances but only when it is balanced with the malt, hops, etc. I think I would really enjoy this beer if the heat were dialed down about 60-70%. Nonetheless, I am glad I tried it.

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Crime from Stone Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.