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Crime - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

380 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 36.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 92 | 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:
"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!"

 http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2212 
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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."

 http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2212 

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-06-2011)
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Photo of Heady978
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's all about the peppers with this beer. Serious heat, though not as bad as I though it would be. There's a hint of the Lucky Bastard/barrel aging in here but it doesn't stand a chance against the pepper flavor and heat. This is really a novelty beer and doesn't taste very good at all, and this is coming from someone who loves spicy everything. At $20+ it's a huge rip off. I don't care if those peppers came from the god damn garden of Eden, it's worth about $12.

Heady978, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light reddish brown color with a decent sized off white head that quickly dissipates to wisps of foam on top. Aromas of earthy spicy hot peppers and little else. The flavor is pure heat, its like drinking lava and it sticks around forever. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a burning spicy mouthfeel. I love spicy food, but this beer is just insanely hot. There is no enjoying this as a beverage, maybe as a marinade.

johnnnniee, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Jas45678
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Jas45678, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of PZBREW
1/5  rDev -64.4%

PZBREW, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Shawner
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Shawner, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

sonofliberty2, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of DanSmith17
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DanSmith17, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Lovely85, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
2.5/5  rDev -11%

millerbuffoon, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Knapp85, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
2.5/5  rDev -11%

jzeilinger, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Dbrulet
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Dbrulet, Dec 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev +6.8%

meathookjones, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Sam_Frank
1.25/5  rDev -55.5%

Sam_Frank, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of dzportage
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holy shit !!! This is a hot pepper sauce with a little beer added. I love hot pepper sauce. I love beer. I just never expected to have both in the same glass!!! I love it! Hint, you will want to share this one once it's opened. The burn stays with you for a while!

dzportage, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of TBarJr
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

TBarJr, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of HeyYoMar
2/5  rDev -28.8%

HeyYoMar, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Adkins1203, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ValpoExpo
4.25/5  rDev +51.2%

ValpoExpo, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Wompus
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Wompus, Dec 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

KVNBGRY, Dec 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

nickfl, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

kylehay2004, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
3/5  rDev +6.8%

sneaks2210, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to my heterosexual life partner in crime Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Disclaimer: I love spicy food. And hot sauce. This has a substantial impact on my impression of this beer.

Consumed 12/11/13

Appearance: Medium amber, with some caramel and reddish colors - lightly cloudy - pours with a very small, off-white head - fades to very little, but leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Peppers, peppers everywhere - fleshy, ripe peppers, with skin and some seeds - definitely some varieties I'm unfamiliar with, but they are definitely peppers - some hints of Arrogant and Double Bastard underneath, but it's mostly overpowered by the pepper explosion - some bourbon, too - kind of smells like a hot sauce, honestly

Taste: I feel like the phrase "refreshing pain" is the most accurate description of the flavor - very hot, very spicy - not extreme though (this is definitely not the hottest chile beer I've had) - not really painful in a bad way, more painful in a reinvigorating way - charmingly spicy - some nice chili pepper flavor - I would put this in my chili - the base works pretty well, with some cooked malts, roasted malts - some earthiness - some bourbon as well, which doesn't entirely work with the rest of the flavors - but really, this is all about the peppers

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily (thanks to all the peppers), decent carbonation, certainly nice as a sipper

Overall: Feels so good on my skin!

This is a unique chile beer. It's not the hottest I've had. I would say that fresh Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah (which is a good beer) and Cave Creek Chili Beer (which is undrinkable) are definitely hotter. This beer features a reasonable amount of heat, if you are someone that is accustomed to adding hot sauce to everything.

angrybabboon, Dec 11, 2013
Crime from Stone Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.